Up Next in Vol-022 | Glow Cane, Buttons, Faux Opals, Silverware

Polymer Clay Library Volume-022 1: Glowing Cane
2: Clay Buttons
3: Faux Opals
Silver Spoon Bail

I can’t believe how fast time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday when I was writing about what’s coming up in the Volume-021 video series at the Polymer Clay Library. But now a month later, here I’m talking about Volume-022.

As this polymer clay community grows, I’m always on the lookout for how you guys describe your experiences here. It helps me to determine what makes this site different or unique, so that I can keep giving you more of the stuff that seems to be providing the most value. For example…

Cindy, I want to crawl inside your brain just for a day, you continue to bring us such fun, gorgeous, original and truly wearable designs. I have looked through some books and thought oh my, why would anyone even consider wearing that? It just looks like sculptures you would see in an art show. You however bring us ideas and designs that are wearable and make us feel so good about having done it ourselves!! I know I have said it before, but I’ll say it again – Cindy, you rock!!! I wanna be just like you when I grow up!!! ~Tiffany-M

I can’t tell you all how much I am enjoying polymer clay since I found Cindy – I am totally obsessed! The new pieces of jewelry that I’ve made with polymer clay beads have gotten quite a bit of attention when I wear them. I used to get a few compliments on my jewelry. Now, my jewelry causes a commotion! ~Linda-K

Thank you Tiffany and Linda for sharing this type of feedback. I feel so blessed to know that my tutorials are helping each of you in such a positive way.

And speaking of tutes, the following Volume-022 lessons will be released each Friday morning throughout the month of March 2010, to help get you excited about spending some fun time on the weekends playing with your polymer clay.

Volume-022-1 Psychedelic 60’s Cane : This funky cane is my twist on the popular Rainbow Jellyroll Cane. It is the way cooler cousin to this cane for a few reasons. First it glows in the dark! Second, it is done using alcohol inks and a super easy, yet extremely awesome blending technique, which gives the cane a unique painterly look. And thirdly, It glows in the dark!

A glow-in-the-dark, psychedelic, jelly roll cane? I’ve died and gone to heaven. Roll on March and Video 22! ~Mary-U

Volume-022-2 Polymer Clay Buttons: Whether you sew, knit, crochet, scrapbook, or make jewelry with them, polymer clay buttons make for one of a kind projects! Because they need to be durable and professional looking, there are a few easy tricks you can learn about making them. I know you are going to enjoy the prospects of being able to make your own cool custom polymer clay buttons.

WOW! I was just thinking about making some buttons! This sounds awesome! I know there is quite an interest in custom made buttons. Can’t wait!! ~Catalina

Volume-022-3 Faux Opals: This is one of those techniques that has drawn people into working with polymer clay in the first place. People look at the faux opals and say, “You made that with polymer clay? It looks so real!” I am not the first to make opals from polymer clay, but I do have a few twists on the technique that you are going to enjoy!

I just love opal. I have a gold ring with a large Jelly opal and it is beautiful when the light shines on it. I would love to make a pendant and earrings in faux opal bring it on Cindy woopee! ~Ritzs

Volume-022-4 Silver Spoon Bail: Making polymer clay beads and pendants leads to making polymer clay jewelry, which in turn leads to needing great looking findings. What could be better than bails and pendants made with real vintage silver spoons and cutlery? You can even give your jewelry extra meaning by using silverware from the family set or a precious baby spoon keepsake.

Definitely a YES, Cindy. I would love to learn how to do this. I have been admiring your spoon bails for awhile now. I love vintage anything and I would like incorporate that somehow into my polymer clay pieces. Your dogwood clay flower is just beautiful! ~Lupe-M

I sincerely hope you enjoy all of the new Vol-022 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 March:

If you are interested, here’s the link to become a member at the Polymer Clay Library. Chances are you’ll experience some pleasant, and even unexpected discoveries along the way…

WOW! I can’t believe how simple this is! Before your video, I was trying to picture how you were going to do it, but I never pictured what you showed us today! If anyone is on the fence about subscribing, let me tell you, it is well worth it! ~Joyce-R

** Did You Know… Members with current subscriptions to the weekly tutorial videos are always entitled to a 10% discount when purchasing 6 or more back issue packages in a single transaction. If you are interested, let me know which back issues you would like and I will send further instructions on how to complete your order.

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  1. Cara H, 28 February, 2010

    I love the variation you offer Cindy. It is great to not only get polymer clay techniques but also ways to help use your creations. I love the polymer clay bit of jewellery making, but often struggle to turn it into something interesting to wear. Your tutorials help me with this. Always looking forward to my Friday emails. Thanks!

  2. Peggy Barnes, 28 February, 2010

    BAM!!!!!! – Another grand slam for Cindy. March is out of the ballpark with ideas just like all the months before. I love all 4 ideas and I couldn’t pick out a favorite if I had to. Thank you and your hubby Cindy for the willingness to give so very much to your very Blessed students. For me that is eagerly Blessed student. Another Friday putting me on pins and needles waiting for it to get here…
    Love and Uuuuugggggs glowing in the dark, Peggy

  3. carolyn, 28 February, 2010

    What a fabulous month this will be!

  4. Mary, 28 February, 2010

    Putting ‘practical’ and ‘opals’ in the same sentence may be odd, but, no, wait. Many years ago I bought a beautiful opal ring in Lightning Ridge, an opal-mining town in northern NSW, Australia. Incredible place! Anyway, sad to say, during its busy life the ring lost a chip in one of its shoulder pieces – just a small piece but too much for my budget these days to replace. My plan is to make a piece of opal from Cindy’s lesson and use that. It’ll need some sort of green/blue backing, with firey red elements ..h’mmm – what a delicious challenge and what fun I’ll have trying. It may take me ages, but that doesn’t matter, it’s all fun and games. Thank you Cindy, you’re a wonderful inspiration. And so clever with it! XX Mary

  5. Lupe Meter, 28 February, 2010

    Excited to try these new tutorials out, Cindy! March will definitely be fun! I am going to start shopping for spoons this week. 8-)

  6. Carole Holt, 28 February, 2010

    Cant wait looking forwards to all the tutorials. Still have’nt found Buffalow snow or whatever its called in England.can anyone suggest a mail order site?

  7. carolyn, 28 February, 2010

    @Carole Holt: prairiecraft.com – Donna Kato’s site – has some Arnold Grummer’s Iridescent Flakes. I just ‘Googled’ Arnold Grummer and found even more: arnoldgrummer.com/product/paperMaking/listing.cfm?prod_cat_id=2&view=10&prod_sc_id=12

    Cindy, I sure hope I removed enough so that this won’t end up in your moderation pile, but so Carole can still find the sites.

  8. Linda K., 28 February, 2010

    Oh, my goodness! This is going to be like Christmas all over again. I’ve wanted to learn about all the things you’re going to teach us this month. I can’t wait for Friday!

    By the way, congratulations to Canada for the Gold medal won by the Men’s Hockey team today. That’s Gold for both hockey teams!

  9. Elizabeth S., 28 February, 2010

    The other day I made an extruded flower cane using the cornflower palette, created a pendant from the heart tut, applied the flower cane to it, wired it and created a clasp using those respective tuts, and ended up with one of my favorite pieces to date. Is there a point here you may ask? It’s just that when I look forward to the next set of skills awaiting us I am reminded again about how I have grown in my creative ability. As I looked at this piece which I love, the making of which combined so many of Cindy’s lessons, there can be no question of her limitless ability to push us toward creative beauty, no matter what our level of pc skill or experience.

    Oh, and by the way, the March tuts are beyond awesome!!

  10. Elizabeth K., 28 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy and all
    The March tuts are all I want, cant wait. Have threatened myself to make Faux Opal, so now I cant wait for this tut, it is so much clearer watching your videoos that even reading the books on things.
    So roll on March, even tho I dont want to wish my days away, I cant wait til we all get it under the belt, so to speak, from Cindys Tuts.
    Elizabeth K.

  11. Barb C, 28 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy
    I love the Polymer Clay Faux Opal Pendent with Hammered Copper Jewelry Bail. I would love to see a video on how to make this bail. I tried to make faux opal from someone on the net but did not turn out very well. I think maybe the direction may not have been clear enough. As yours are. I look forward to starting my day reading the news letter with a hot cup of coffee.


  12. Elizabeth S., 28 February, 2010

    Congratulations Canada!!

  13. Phaedrakat, 28 February, 2010

    Thank you, Cindy! What a great selection of tutorials — March is going to be a month full of great videos! I’ve got to find some silverware I can bend, but other than that, I’ve got everything I need to get to work. (At least as far as supplies go.) I need to feel better, but it’ll happen eventually. I’m glad the PsycheJelly cane is first, because my niece saw the pendant and wants one just like it. In order to make it like Cindy’s, I’ll have to go thru my stash to find something I can use for the back of the pendant.

  14. Cheryl Hodges, 01 March, 2010

    Wow! Can hardly wait for Friday! Love the colors shimmering in the opals.
    After two days at the gospel music workshop my back gave out yesterday morning and i couldn’t make it to the concert as our car has a problem too. i was so looking forward to participating. Anyway the gold medal win cheered me some – way to go Canada! I’m so proud of the Olympics.

  15. Phaedrakat, 01 March, 2010

    @Cheryl H.: Hi Cheryl, I’m sorry to hear about your back and your car. No Fair! You worked really hard, and it’s such a wonderful thing to be a part of something like that. Making music together with others is an experience that’s hard to match (I only sing; no piano for me, but I remember that glorious feeling.) I pray that your back is feeling better very quickly. I’ll pray for your car, too (sometimes those repairs can be a nightmare!)

    I think we’re all proud of Canada — and I’m American! I feel closer to you guys than ever before; beyond just the physical location. This has been a wonderful Olympics, full of inspirational stories and some amazing stars (Tessa & Scott, Alex Biladeux-sp?, Joannie Rochette…) The hockey game was probably one of the most exciting games ever. Canada has always been our neighbor, but I’ve never felt so close to your beautiful country. I even caught myself humming O’Canada this morning. (I was in the US Air Force — I think I could get in trouble for that!) LOL Hope you feel better ASAP, Cheryl!

  16. Phaedrakat, 05 March, 2010

    Hi again, Cheryl, I just wanted to say I hope your back is feeling better. Cool tute in just a few hours~

  17. Cindy Lietz, 05 March, 2010

    Hi Everyone,

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Some new project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Polymer Clay Buttons), have just been added in another post. The link by my name will take you to where you can see full size photos along with descriptions and stories about each one.

    BTW: Thanks to all of you above who took the time to comment in this thread. Your feedback and support is always such a wonderful part of my day.

  18. Phaedrakat, 05 June, 2010

    If you’re looking for the Video Tute pages, the ones where the preview is shown and the discussion of the tutorial takes place, try these links below. The ones shown in the article above will take you to the technique pages that came out BEFORE the video tutes. They talk about the projects in a general way (with some exceptions.) They also have some “where to get supplies” information. Good info on these pages! However normally, the tips & any “problem solving” tricks are on the actual video page, which the links below will take you to:

    > Vol-022-1 Psychedelic 60’s Glowing Jellyroll Cane
    > Vol-022-2 Making Your Own PC Custom Buttons
    > Vol-022-3 Faux Opal, Bake and Bond Technique
    > Vol-022-4 Silver Spoon Bails for Jewelry

    Be sure to check out these awesome tutorials, just as Cindy always creates for us! Have a great weekend!

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