Up Next in Vol-021 | Kaleidoscopes, Butterflies, Inlay, Earwires

Polymer Clay Library Volume-021 1: Kaleidoscope Canes
2: Butterfly Earrings
3: Inlay Technique
Handmade Earwires

Gosh, I think you guys are just going to love this next set of Volume-021 video tutorials coming for February at the Polymer Clay Library. As I look forward, I can’t help but agree with those of you who feel things are just getting better and better around here…

Every set of videos just keeps getting better and better. I love Fridays. Thanks for everything you have taught me Cindy. Never a dull moment. ~Peggy-B

What can I say? Better and better and better. Cindy, just when I think you’ve got this site about perfect, you take it up a notch. As always, I am looking forward to the next opportunities to learn from you. ~Elizabeth-S

Here I am with my coffee thinking it is a good day for reflection. Hopefully you find all the wonderful and sweet things I see in this blog, teaching forum, and community that I have grown so very attached too. While I haven’t followed you from the beginning, I have looked back through your two years. It is a beautiful piece of work that shows your love, your passion, and your sweet spirit… and it keeps getting better… Thank you Cindy… and to all of the extended family out there. Love, ~Melinda-H

Cindy and Doug, Your combined efforts and products marked a turning point for me to the better as a major life improvement. I cannot thank both of you enough and am in your debt. It means the world to me that you both are so professional, caring and supportive. I wish you both the very best that life has to offer. May your business and reputations prosper and grow with daily blessings from me. Every day, each morning, I cannot wait to rise, grab a coffee, and read the latest blog and all the comments. It has been a long time since I have felt that type of motivation and excitement. Each daily blog post, comment and video get better and better, and it is so amazing and enjoyable to watch and participate! I especially appreciate the fact that you both strive so hard to always give credit to those whose ideas and techniques you choose to modify and transform as well. Every link on your site is an adventure, LOL! I wish you both and Willow and Fisher a wonderful Christmas season and a fabulous 2010! Mine will be because of you all. Fondly always, ~Jocelyn-C

I have been here for quite a while now, and have not been disappointed yet Cindy. So anything you want to do, just makes being here better and better for me. I love every minute of it I can get. Even when I’m very busy I try to peek in every day. Just to take a breath and suck in some of the atmosphere of creativity and comraderie here. Hopefully one day I will be able to participate more when I have my own work space done. Until then you all keep me stoked and ready to go the second I am able! Couldn’t face a week without a Friday tute and color recipes either. So don’t ever stop! XOXO ~Jamie-H

The following Volume-021 tutes will be released each Friday morning throughout the month of February 2010, to help get you excited about spending some fun time on the weekend playing with your polymer clay.

Volume 021-1 Easy Kaleidoscope Canes: This is one technique that many of you have requested over and over again. Kaleidoscope designs look intricate and complicated, which is why many clayers are intimidated by them. But I’m going to show you a way to make these beauties that is simple and easy to follow.

The kaleidoscope canes look amazing! Another nice thing in any lesson are the words “easy to follow” !  Looking forward to this one. ~DJ

Volume 021-2 Inked Butterfly Earrings: These fluttering earrings were originally going to be taught closer to Summer. But since so many of you expressed interest the other day when I introduced them, I’ve decided to bump this tute into the February line up. The surface techniques that will be demonstrated in this project are quite versatile, and you will end up being able to use them in many different ways. Some advance notice on special materials required, get some Staz-On Ink (or other permanent ink), a background rubberstamp, some translucent clay and a small butterfly shape cutter. If you already have earwires, you can use those. Otherwise, I’ll be showing you how to make your own in the last tutorial of the month.

I’d certainly be interested in this surface technique! :) The end result is quite striking and it sounds versatile enough to cater for all tastes from classically feminine to bold and modern. ~Sue-F

Volume 021-3 Inlay Technique: With inlaying, you embed beautiful accent pieces into a sheet of unbaked clay. The third panel in the photo above, shows strips of faux turquoise and crackled gold leaf added to a faux bone sheet of polymer clay that is covering a tin container. Using similar materials and techniques, I will show you how to make a pendant or other jewelry item in this upcoming tutorial.

I also am in for this technique. I have a feel for it but have not been able to completely master it. I know that I will see what I am doing wrong by watching your demo Cindy. Bring it on!!!!! I have a nice bone sheet ready to go. Thanks to your Vol-019-3 faux bone video. ~Illaya-B

Volume 021-4 Handmade Earwires: If you are making your own polymer clay beads, chances are you may want to create a set of earrings or two, every once in awhile. And making your own earwires for your earring sets, is fast, easy and expensive. Plus you can add your own creative voice, using metals that match or compliment the other design elements in your jewelry making projects. I will show you several designs and give you tips on how to come up with some of your own as well.

Yes.. Yes.. Yes.. please Cindy make a video tutorial. I just spent more money at Michaels last night buying earwires as I have lots of beads and clay ideas to make earrings with. I have enjoyed starting to make my own findings to match my clay treasures, it makes the whole process complete. ~Sam-M

I sincerely hope you enjoy all of the new Vol-021 video tutorials. Preview clips of each tutorial will be posted here at the blog, usually by Tuesday each week. Then on Friday’s, the full tutorials are posted for paid members at the Polymer Clay Library.

Also don’t forget about the great new color recipe palettes that will be available during the month of February:

If you are interested, here’s the link to become a member at the Polymer Clay Library. The price is so small, you won’t even know it’s there :-)  In the following comment, Sue-W says that it would be a bargain at even twice the price or more…

Hi Cindy, Thank you so much for updating my account. I would hate to miss even one of the Friday videos especially since I am now on winter break from my school job and I have time to “carve” away (bad pun :-o ). And Cindy, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed new year. I am so grateful to have found your site and to have become a member. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the quality of the instruction you provide which is so packed with tips, information and encouragement I wonder how you do it! And the videos are so professionally done! Although I did sign up for your beginners course (which was very helpful), I think anyone could pick up any lesson and be successful with it. And it continues to improve all the time. I was so flattered that you took my suggestion to list the supplies we need for the upcoming video, thank you so much! All that and personal attention to the blog, to our account problems, encouraging the growth of a new community… well I could gush on. Your site membership would be a bargain at twice the price (or more)! Thank you for a wonderful part of my 2009 and I hope, to a long continuing virtual relationship. I look forward to what 2010 will bring! Most sincerely, ~Sue-W

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  1. Elizabeth S., 31 January, 2010

    I don’t know which one I am more excited about learning!! Thank you, Cindy.

  2. Rose, 31 January, 2010

    February can be so dreary. It’s nice to have some fun things to look forward to each week.

  3. Maureen, 31 January, 2010

    Although I’m getting older and time is flying by and I should be hoping for it to slow down… Fridays can’t come fast enough!!! Great things coming this month! Thanks, Cindy!

  4. Lupe Meter, 31 January, 2010

    I agree with Elizabeth…not sure which tutorial I am more excited about learning. Can’t wait! 8-)

  5. carolyn, 31 January, 2010

    Ah! There’s your Dad’s Christmas box! Wonderful!

  6. Phaedrakat, 31 January, 2010

    Wow, what a fantastic lineup! I absolutely love canes, so I’ll admit it. I’m most excited about the Kaleidoscope cane video. I am excited to see it simplified Cindy-style (thanks for making it first!) I know I’m going to love every one of these videos, though. Gorgeous butterfly earrings, an inlay technique with realistic results, and homemade earwires to make our earrings stand out from the rest–it’s all good!

    I’m so happy that I finally dove in and became a member. It really is true what everyone says about the quality of the videos and instruction. I find myself excited when Fridays come, just like I know everyone else does. I only became a member last month, but I am already addicted to Cindy’s videos. I have 2 back issues already. I just watched Vol. #9 ( it features the oh-so-amazing Lietz teardrop method for quicker skinner blends, cool Mobius Beads, an awesome Extruder Mod Cane, and some absolutely adorable Trumpet Flower Beads.) There’s so much stuff here to feed creativity!

    Anyway, I am looking forward to all these amazing projects in store for us in Feb. Thanks, Cindy!

  7. sam miller, 01 February, 2010

    I agree Cindy..this is the most exciting lineup yet. What a great time of year to get our internal craft creativity flowing.Thanks for the look ahead after one of the coldest weekends of the year.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 01 February, 2010

    Thank you so much everyone for your comments and your excitement over what’s coming up next. I think you’re going to have fun with the videos!

    @Phaedrakat: A HUGE thank you for your amazing words, Denise! It is very rewarding to hear that you are getting such goods value from the information. I am happy you ‘finally dove in’ too! :-)

  9. Lisa Whitham, 08 February, 2010

    Yipee!! I can’t wait to learn the earwire techniques!! And the rest too, but mainly the earwires… *big grin*

    ~Lisa :)

  10. Cheryl Hodges, 22 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    I just wanted to say I am so glad I decided to buy your beginners course. I love modeling flowers and had bought some clay and made a few beads myself before i signed up with you. I learned so much from the videos each week but I found that I needed to get to the basics. There was so much i did not know. I could have experimented and found out a few things after the mistakes but this saved me time and clay. I learned about storing clay correctly and rolling perfectly round beads. A friend of mine commented on how nice and round my beads were! The video on making holes and enlarging holes was priceless because i had a problem with that – I’m not perfect yet but I now know I’m doing it right. I can also make holes after the bead is baked which I did not know before. I enjoyed the cane videos – the bulls eye and jelly roll and checkerboard. I also learned how to make a nice beveled edge pendant; I had made a flat pendant and rolled it up because I was not satisfied with the edge. So thank you for all those wonderful videos too and sharing all of your knowledge. You are just awesome! I hope you will continue having those videos coming for a long, long while. I look forward to them all.


    PS: Thank you for the bonus videos too.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 22 February, 2010

    OK Cheryl… you get the “made-my-day-award” for today… and it’s not even noon yet (I’m out here on the west coast :-). Thank you so much for taking the time to write those very kind words. Sharing feedback like this really gives others great insight about what they can expect from the video tutorials. I truly appreciate your help. ~Cindy

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