Vol-027 Aug’2010 Back Issues Now Posted in Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 27

Video Tutorials:
1: Blend and Switch;
2: Embedded Links;
3: Wire Wrapped Rings;
4: Cookie Cutter Canes:

With another month gone by, the Volume-027 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 August, 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 Vol-027 Package:

Video-027-1 Blend and Switch Technique: Sometimes the coolest polymer clay techniques, happen by accident. That was the case with this original idea I am calling the Blend & Switch Technique. Once you see the tutorial video of this remarkably simple approach to creating complex, mosaic-like patterns, you’ll see exactly how the name came about. This sparkling mosaic-like technique incorporates one of my favorite color blends… the Metallic Rainbow Teardrop Blend. Which believe it or not, only uses four colors of Premo Sculpey Clay.

Video-027-2 Embedded Links: Although it is common to just embed eye pins and jump rings as metal attachment loops in polymer clay beads, I use a different approach that adds a lot more strength. It is especially important to have strong metal links when making toggles for your handmade polymer clay clasps. This member video tutorial will teach you all about embedded links that will hold up to even the toughest wear and tear.

Video-027-3 Wire Wrapped Rings: Super fun to make and even more fun to wear, these cute little rings are quick and easy to make. They can be made using your own polymer clay beads and done in many different styles, so the possibilities are endless! And because you make them yourself, they can be created in any size you want. These rings are so much fun, that you may just want to make one for every finger!

Video-027-4 Cookie Cutter Canes: Making polymer clay canes, does not have to be a complicated process. In fact, there are absolutely tons of cool graphic cane designs that can be created using simple little cookie cutters. This video tutorial will teach you how to make some wonderfully simple Cookie Cutter Canes from polymer clay.

Snapdragon Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-027 back issue package is the A-Series recipe cards from the Snapdragon Color Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-027 back issue package, click here: Blend & Switch Technique | Embedded Links | Wire Wrapped Rings | Cookie Cutter Canes

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-027, 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.


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  1. Elizabeth S., 06 September, 2010

    What an amazing month!!

  2. Jeanne C., 06 September, 2010

    What a great month of tutorials, you never disappoint us. How you can come up with so many ideas I’ll never know!! But glad you do ’cause I sure couldn’t on my own. That’s why we love you :)

  3. Tanya L, 06 September, 2010

    It HAS been an amazing month of tuts! WOW! Three cheers for Cindy, and, of course, for Doug’s amazing video taping skills and photography!!! Thanks so much, guys!

  4. Peggy Barnes, 07 September, 2010

    Unfortunate for me I was late watching some of these tutes this month and I am so far behind not just on my clay work but that is the important part I haven’t even tried one of these tutes yet this last month. BUT I have watched them all and I know for a fact Cindy and Doug have given us their all and more for just pennies just like they have on every other tute they have ever done for us and ever will do. I am so looking forward to the day when things get a little better and I can get back to my clay again on a regular basis. So Thanks you two for August and I can’t wait to see what the Lietz team hits out of the park in September.
    It’s another graaaaaaaaaaaaaand slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam – The leitz team WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN
    This PC fan Cheers with happy tears, Peggy

  5. Phaedrakat, 07 September, 2010

    So true…this has been an amazing month of tutorials. Cindy never ceases to amaze. How she keeps coming up with so many cool ideas is beyond me…she keeps it interesting…and gives us WAY more than we pay for. We are getting $10, $15, or even $20 tutes for about 80 cents. I don’t know how any clayer can pass that up!

    Even an advanced clayer hasn’t seen it all…and Cindy not only provides the ‘how to’ in these videos, she also provides inspiration. She shows you or at least hints at how to take the tutes even further, and that’s what many of her students have been doing. The gallery is proof of what the Polymer Clay Tutor can do for you! For less than the price of a fast-food burger…you can get a membership here. C’mon…join up!

    Thanks, Cindy, thanks, Doug!

  6. Fuckai, 09 September, 2010

    Hi. I am after a very small quantity of polymer clay to tinker around trying to make a mould of a coin. Would you know where to head for just a small quantity of the right clay for coin mould making? Cheers, Fukcai

  7. Phaedrakat, 10 September, 2010

    @Fuckai: Hello! You can make basic molds out of most polymer clays. They’re rigid when finished, but they capture the detail amazingly well. You mention a small amount…you probably want just one 2 oz. bar of polymer clay, which is how they’re sold at most arts & crafts or hobby stores. In the US, stores like Michaels, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, etc. have coupons you can clip for 40% off an item, or they have sales sometimes, too. The better clay brands are Premo Sculpey, Kato, or Fimo, but other clays should do the job just fine, too. If you mention which country you’re from, someone might be able to steer you to a specific store where you can buy clay.

    Since you’re starting with new clay, you will need to condition it first. Roll & smush until it’s “warmed up” into a smooth & pliable consistency. Then follow these basic mold-making directions…from an older article.

    (Cornstarch is also called ‘cornflour’ in some countries.) You can bake the mold with the coin in place to preserve the detail and prevent any distortion. You can find baking information & lots of other article types all over this blog, should you run into questions. Just use the search box at the top of the page. Beware, playing with polymer clay is addictive and fun…hard to stop with just one bar! :D ~Kat

  8. Linda Granger, 14 September, 2010

    hi,cindy i wouid love oepn a business making rosaries out of rose,can you send me some information

  9. Phaedrakat, 17 September, 2010

    @Linda Granger: Hi Linda,
    There are actually a few different articles on adding rose petals to clay to make beads, as well as a video on Flower Petal Inclusion Beads for Memorial Jewelry. I’m not sure if you are wanting to make the rosaries with clay beads, or the more typical rose petal beads. Check out the description in Cindy’s article, Rosary Beads Different from Rose Petal Beads.

    If you are interested in the clay version, you’ve come to the right place. Polymer clay, and teaching you how to work with it, is what this website is all about! It’s probably best to read up on some of the articles, as most of the information has already been discussed in detail. Use the search box at the top of the page, and type in things like “rosary beads” “memorial jewelry” “flower petal” “inclusion beads” etc. to find the other articles. There are probably 5 or 6 on this topic or similar. You can also look for links imbedded in the other articles. Be sure to read the comments under the articles, as this is where a great deal of the tips and additional information has been added.

    The post that describes the Tutorial on Dried Flower Inclusions has an intro video on the page.

    The flower bead in the video can be made with other kinds and colors of flowers, to make some gorgeous effects. If you look at some of the other posts, you’ll see how far this can be taken — such lovely floral beads, rosaries, or prayer chaplets. Good luck, and leave another comment if you have additional questions after reading the other posts. ~Kat

    PS: I just remembered, Cindy has a new floral bead she recently showed us. The post is called, Delphinium Flower Petal Earrings.

    The beads are stunning, and I can’t wait for Cindy to tell us her secret to getting the striking blue in these beads…

  10. Jon W, 17 September, 2010

    Just wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I love your website. You’ve done such an outstanding job with it… so informative, so well organized, and such GREAT videos. I am fairly new to polymer clay and have fallen in love with it. For a brand new person like me, do you have any suggestions for me as to what I should do first to learn the basics? Any particular book out there, tutorial on your site, etc? Any particular order of things I should do to get a good basic foundation/understanding? Just curious. Mainly writing to commend you on your site/business and to say thank you for the wealth of information!! Have a wonderful weekend. Jon

  11. Phaedrakat, 19 September, 2010

    @Jon W: Hi Jon! Welcome to the site…Cindy really does have an amazing website, doesn’t she? And her videos are fantastic — as you’ve discovered. Cindy has a Polymer Clay Basics Course, which covers the Fundamentals, which is perfect for someone who’s just discovered this wonderful medium we’re all addicted to! The course also has intermediate tips and tricks, and it teaches you how to get started making beads right away (without all the mistakes we make when we do it alone!) There are 39 videos, but they’re short and to the point…so you can go through them all, or just watch certain topics first…however you want to do it. I highly recommend! :D Kat

  12. Phaedrakat, 19 September, 2010

    Ooops! Forgot to tell you where to find it…click on the name of the Polymer Clay Basics Course at the top of this page.

    The page you’ll be taken to has a list of the videos in the course, and the subjects they cover…

  13. Jon W, 22 September, 2010

    Hi Kat, thanks SO much for your response. I really appreciate it. Have a great day. Jon

  14. Amy C, 13 January, 2011

    Thanks again Cindy, for providing such a great resource! :)

    One thing I absolutely love is your video previews! I can’t tell you how many times I have bought the back issues based solely on the previews, because you let us see the “end result”. Sometimes, when the thumbnail and title doesn’t quite make me hit the buy button, the preview sways me into the BUY mode :)

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