Vol-024 May 2010 Back Issues Now Posted in Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 24

Video Tutorials:
1: Ivy Leaf Charms;
2: Leopard Cane;
3: UV Epoxy Resin;
4: Zebra Cane:

With another month gone by, the Volume-024 Back Issue Videos have just been added to the Polymer Clay Library, right on schedule. If you missed your chance to see these tutes as they were released each Friday during the month of May, now is your chance to add them to your collection as a convenient bundled package.

Today’s photo shows thumbnail images for the 4 videos included in this package:

Video-024-1 Ivy Leaf Charms: This pretty nature inspired charm is created using a real Ivy Leaf or other leaf of your choice. The use of color blends and the texture from the veining in the leaf gives this charm a very realistic look and feel. Learn how to create a enchanting twisted vine as the bail for your charm, using a simple balled copper headpin. Use the tiny leaves as earrings, pendants or even home decor items.

Video-024-2 Leopard Cane: Go a little Wild with your polymer clay jewelry with this fun and creative animal print. I will show you how to create this fun and realistic leopard pattern in its natural color palette. But feel free to create the funky pattern in any wild color combination you desire. Purple Leopard Print anyone?

Video-024-3 UV Epoxy Resin: Take your polymer clay projects to a whole new level of shine with this easy to use UV Epoxy Resin called UltraDome! Since it is cured using UV light (sun or lamp), you have all the time you need to get it perfect without the worry of having it set up before your done working with it. Learn the simple tricks to getting a perfect glassy smooth finish to your flat polymer clay pieces that are really professional looking. You’re going to love this stuff!

Video-024-4 Zebra Cane: Hey if you’re going wild with leopard, you might as well go all the way and add zebra to your animal print cane repertoire! This bold graphic pattern is wonderful for your polymer clay beads, pendants, bangles and all kinds of funky jewelry projects. And just like the leopard cane, you aren’t limited by the colors you choose for making your zebra prints. So feel free to Go Wild!

Stargazer Lily Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-024 back issue package is the A-Series recipe cards from the Stargazer Lily Color Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-024 back issue package, click here: Ivy Leaf Charm | Leopard Cane | UV Epoxy Resin | Zebra Cane

And, Sneak Peak Preview Clips are available for viewing here: Polymer Clay Tutorials [Videos]

If anyone else would like to add a review for any of the videos or color recipes in Volume-024, I would love to hear from you. Or if you have not yet purchased this back issue and have a question, ask away. In either case, use the comments section below.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Ritzs, 03 June, 2010

    Wonderful month;s Tutorials Cindy & Doug, looking forward as ever for the next one. A massive thank you Ritzs

  2. Elizabeth S., 03 June, 2010

    Ditto! Just keeps getting better and better.

  3. Phaedrakat, 03 June, 2010

    This was one of the most exciting months to date! (What am I talking about — they’re all exciting!) Every month is filled with great projects and tutorials. This is truly the best value for polymer clay video tutes there is! There’s no other site that comes close to what you offer us. Like I read somewhere when I first joined, the low membership rate we pay is actually “better than free.” We get “more” in every way — quality of the videos & instruction, quantity of the tutorials, color recipes, ideas, & inspiration, and help & advice from our Polymer Clay Tutor, as well as other members, whenever we need it! I’m so happy to be a member of this fantastic community, and so very glad to have found you, Cindy Lietz! Thank you so much for everything you do!

  4. Carole Holt, 03 June, 2010

    this goes from me also,such a fantastic place to be .anyone still sitting on the fence ,jump in and join us you will never regret it

  5. Lindsay Weirich, 03 June, 2010

    Wow, so many wonderful techniques!

  6. Peggy Barnes, 03 June, 2010

    Oh yes we can all say everything again and again. People just don’t know what they are missing and when they find out they want to kick themselves you know where.

    So much fun is being missed by so many. I wish I knew a way I could convince all people interested in polymer clay this is the #1 place to be not only on Fridays but everyday.

    Thanks Cindy and Doug for all you have given and will continue to give.
    Uuuuugggggs to all, Peggy

  7. Laurie, 04 June, 2010

    Dear Cindy,

    Just want to say that I found your polymer clay beginners course to be not only be helpful, but quite encouraging as well. I really just need someone to show me and let me try for myself. I like that I can go back and review anytime, day or night. I also like the idea of a library. Thanks for the opportunity to learn polymer clay!


  8. Valerie G, 16 June, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    I am a member of your group and I have a problem that I think only you, or someone in your group can help me with. I am desperate – HELP!!!! Instead of polishing some of my larger pieces on the muslin buffing wheel, I opted for what I thought was a shortcut (I was in a hurry) and I sprayed my pieces. I used a friend’s can of acrylic spray and did not know about the caveat on the non-water based varieties. To tell you the truth, I think the can even said it was suitable for clay (ha ha ha!). I don’t have the can any longer and don’t know whether it was non-water based, but based upon the results, I’d have to guess that it wasn’t water based. I sprayed three pendants and after 4 days, they have only dried to a sticky finish. My research suggests that I used something that didn’t react well with the clay. NO MORE SHORT CUTS! Now I’m left with 3 pieces that may well end up in the trash but before I scrap them I thought I’d reach out to you to see if you might have any solutions for fixing these. Maybe spray something over the spray? Bake them some more? I don’t know what to try but I’m desperate and open to suggestions. Thanks for helping me.

  9. Phaedrakat, 17 June, 2010

    @Valerie G: Hi Valerie, welcome! I’m glad you decided to become a member. I’m sorry to hear about your beads. I only know the name of one spray finish that works with polymer clay, and that’s Preserve Your Memories II (PYM II, branded as CI Superseal in scrapbooking stores.)

    There may be others out there, but most sprays have propellants or other ingredients that cause the clay to become sticky after a period of time.

    You can try to salvage your pieces by baking them, and seeing if that will “set” the finish. Try a low temp for 10 -15 minutes to see if it’s helping (you can bake a bit longer if it’s seems to be working, just be careful since we don’t know what type you used!) If that doesn’t do the trick, you can try to remove the finish with alcohol or acetone. After the old finish is removed, you can start again by sanding your beads. Alternatively, use a known clay-safe finish like Future, Varathane, or Studio by Sculpey Glaze.

    To find informative articles on sanding & buffing, for more on these finishes, or to look for any topic, use the search box at the top left of any page. Just type in a word or phrase like “clay safe finishes” “how to sand beads” or “Varathane”, and you’ll get a list of articles on that subject. Be sure to read the comments under each post as well, as there’s often even more info & tips there than in the actual article.

    Just about every topic has come up on this blog at least once. There are hundreds of articles, and countless comments, questions, & answers. So if you have a question, especially if you’re in a hurry, it’s best to try the search box first. For example, type in “sticky spray finish” (or whatever problem you’re having,) and you’ll find articles where someone’s had a similar problem. Most likely, their answer will be helpful to you, too. Sometimes you might have to try different word combinations, but even if you only get a partial answer you’ve saved some time. Then you can ask follow-up questions, or leave a completely new question or comment.

    This article is called, Polymer Clay Finishes – Which One is Best? It has a picture of Varathane wood finish (Rust-Oleum Varathane Interior Water-Based Polyurethane) at the top of the post, which is one of the more popular, trusted finishes for polymer clay. The article can get you started, learning about some of the various clay finishes, as well as lots of other info & tips in the comments (or Q & A) section under the post.

    Best of luck to you in rescuing your pieces! I really hope it works out—please let us know how it goes. Leave another comment if you have any other questions. Have a great day! :D

    Links—other clay compatible finishes:

    > Pledge with Future Shine (Future Floor Finish/Wax, same product with new name.)

    > Studio by Sculpey Glaze, comes in Gloss or Satin. This is the newer product. It’s thinner and less globby than the old version. It can also be used on raw clay, then baked.

  10. Carla M, 20 June, 2010

    Hi Miss Cindy,

    Just had the time to say something about the beginners course I purchased. I learned so many things and it was helpful for the workshop I did here in the Philippines. Thanks so much and looking forward to more video tutorials.

    Keep moving forward!

  11. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2010

    Thanks for all the very kind words guys. I so much appreciate all of you “regulars” taking the time to share your thoughts about my video tutorials, and about this site. Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

    @Laurie: You are new here. Big welcome. The point you made about having the option to go back and review the videos is an important one. It’s amazing what you you can learn in the second or third or fourth sitting. Looking forward to hearing more from you as you progress with your polymer clay projects.

    @Valerie G: We are all so lucky to have Phaedrakat around, with her willingness to provide such valuable support. The information she outlined will definitely help you with the “Sticky Finish” issues you described.

    @Carla M: Big International welcome to you!!! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the Polymer Clay Beginners Course. I’m glad to hear it was helpful. Recently, someone else from the Philippines joined us as well. The link by my name will take you to where she posted some information, if you are interested in taking a look.

  12. Lawrence, 29 June, 2010

    Hi Cindy: Some of your back issue videos touch on techniques I am quite familiar with but you always come up with tips and tricks to speed up or perfect many of these techniques, making them a worthwhile investment. Then of course there are the colour recipes which are a great bonus I really appreciate. Many thanks.

  13. Lisa Whitham, 30 June, 2010

    Hiya Cindy,

    Your tutorials are the best Cindy, and with your tute’s I have so little scrap clay and I always am able to find a use for the scraps. And I’m very glad your tute’s are so affordable. I learn so much from you. And thanks to Doug too – his video’s and photography are fantastic! Thank you both for all you do for us, your students!!!

    One of your many grateful students,
    ~Lisa :)

  14. Natalie H, 22 November, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    I just finished watching the video on epoxy finishes you make it look so simple. I went on Amazon to check out UV lamps. Do you know anything about the Uspicy 36 Nail UV lamp Acrylic Gel and Sellac Curing light Timer& Drying Spa. It has a timer. Does the Judikins 9w. UV lamp have a timer. How do you work with a timer…would I have to keep turning it on after the timer goes off and would that effect the finish?

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