Vol-032 Jan’2011 Back Issues Now Posted in Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 32

Video Tutorials:
1: Polymerized Cloth;
2: Faux Knit Technique;
3: Polymerized Fabric Roses;
4: Shaded Rose Cane:

Another month has gone by (time flies when you’re having fun :-) and the Volume-032 Back Issue Videos have now been added to the Polymer Clay Library. If you missed your chance to see these tutorials as they were released each Friday during the month of January, 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-032 Package:

Video-032-1 Polymerized Cloth: In the Mixed Media, Fiber Arts, Jewelry Making and Quilting communities, the concept of handcrafted Art Cloth has become quite popular these days. So I figured why not add to the creative possibilities and come up with an art cloth made with polymer clay? And so… my Polymerized Cloth idea was born!

Video-032-2 Faux Knit Technique: Learn how to make your polymer clay look just like a cozy hand knit sweater! Although there are others who actually knit long strands of baked polymer clay, the technique I teach is a Faux version that looks much like the real thing. And my way is really, really easy to do.

Video-032-3 Polymerized Fabric Roses: In this video I demonstrate how to use the polymerized cloth from the Vol-032-1 tutorial outlined above, to make some beautiful Polymer Fabric Roses. These delicate yet sturdy fabric roses can be used as beads, pendants, quilting and scrapbooking elements. As well, they make great fashion accessories that can even be sewn onto any kind of cloth material imaginable.

Video-032-4 Shaded Rose Cane: Being able to make a stunning shaded rose cane is the desire of so many polymer clay enthusiasts, from beginners all the way up to even the most advanced artists. In this tutorial I simplify the process so that anyone at any level can have success with this popular technique. Although it is what should probably be ranked as an intermediate project, with practice and some basic cane making skills under your belt (i.e. reducing canes and making color blends), even newbies will have success creating this beautiful shaded rose cane.

French Quarter Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-032 back issue package, are the A-Series recipe cards from the French Quarter Color Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-032 back issue package, click here: Polymerized Cloth | Faux Knit Technique | Polymerized Fabric Roses | Shaded Rose 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-032, 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. Elizabeth S., 31 January, 2011

    No doubt about it-you two outdid yourselves this month. These are all amazing tuts. Thank you so much as always for all you do for us.

  2. Laura Z, 31 January, 2011

    I was just looking at the tutes and thinking the same thing, Elizabeth. What a wonderful month to prepare for Valentines and beyond. Thank you Cindy and Doug!

  3. Phaedrakat, 31 January, 2011

    Me three! Thanks so much, Lietz’s! The Polymer Clay Tutor, aka our beloved Cindy, came up with super-duper material this month. All of the above tutes for less than the price of a happy meal! (at least I think…haven’t actually bought one lately, LOL…)

    It was a great month…ending with the wonderful rose cane I’ve been wanting. What a fantastic way to start the new year!!!

  4. Peggy Barnes, 01 February, 2011

    Indeed what is left to say The two of you ended 2010 with a huge BANG!!!
    Then even better started 2011 with an OUTSTANDING “KABOOOOOM!!!!!!”
    I love it all of it. The Tutes, cost, enthusiasm, encouragement, family environment, consideration and all the love that is put into the work. You and Doug put so much of yourselves into each tutorial. I am here to stay as long as you are here to teach and inspire me to the best of my ability. This is something I have only been able to get from the two of you. For this I am so very thankful for all you have given and will continue to give me.
    Love and Uuuuuuggggs, Peggy

  5. Jan, 01 February, 2011

    Cindy, in the rose cane shown last week, on the right hand side of the large pink one, one of the petals is ‘twisted’ as if you can see both sides of the petal. The white ruffle sort of goes across the petal.

    Is this a happy accident, or did you deliberately do that? I’ve managed to get close to that effect, but wondered if you had another way to do it.

    Thanks, Jan

  6. Maria, 01 February, 2011

    @Jan: Jan, I was intrigued by this effect,too. I wonder if it was created accidentally when two cane pieces were joined together?

  7. Andrea-I, 01 February, 2011

    Dear Cindy,
    Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials you provided us with last year. I had a blast watching this volume, especially the shaded rose cane. You always manage to make complicated thinks look so much easier. Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with this month. Have a beautiful week! Squash

  8. Cindy Lietz, 01 February, 2011

    Thank you everyone, you are so sweet! Your comments make me feel all warm and cozy on such a chilling morning.

    @Jan: Maria is right, that effect happens when the two white highlighted edges meet, which is usually only once on the right hand side of the design near the center. The effect is really lovely isn’t it? Each time you build this cane, it will be a little different depending how the sections end up piecing together. So on some roses it will be a dominant feature and some not as much. With practice you could make this ‘happy accident’ happen every time! :-)

    @squash: How wonderful to hear from you!! It seems like forever. I am so glad you have enjoyed the tutorials this year. You have always been such a prolific jewelry maker. Your comment means a lot! Any special lesson requests for the New Year?

    … actually that goes for everyone. If you have special requests for upcoming tutorials in this new year, be sure to let me know!

  9. Maria, 01 February, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Vol-031 Polymer Clay Videos: Well, dear Cindy, since you ask … I have always been intrigued by, I guess they’re called, “scene canes” that picture a mountain with clouds above or an ocean with waves…might be a bit tricky, but then again, you’re always up to a creative challenge, right? : )

  10. Laura Z, 03 February, 2011

    @Maria: I’ve seen those canes! That would be cool to learn too!

  11. Laura Z, 03 February, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Vol-031 Polymer Clay Videos: I was thinking about a faux abalone technique, but it looks like with a variation in colors, we might be able to do this with your new Aurora Technique (which I can’t wait to see). I recently purchased an abalone pendant and it was very expensive (especially when I think about how I can do it much cheaper with clay).

  12. Cindy Lietz, 03 February, 2011

    @Maria: Those canes are pretty Maria and are often referred to as Landscape canes. I have been thinking of doing a tutorial on that, so I am glad that you brought them up!

    @squash: Thank you for ideas! As far as conditioning your clay with an immersion blender, I don’t know if it will work. Those machines are meant for liquids, so I don’t think a solid clay would work very well. A coffee grinder will work if you don’t want to use a food processor. Or just pound it with a hammer to get things softening up a bit. If you do a search on ‘hard clay’ you should be able to find quite a few articles and comments that will give you some more ideas. And when you come across a particularly long comment thread, the “CTRL-F” feature in your web browser is very useful for easily jumping to specific keywords on the page. Hope that helps!

    @Laura Z: If you chose the right colors this technique could look very much like abalone. This would also be a way easier method of doing it compared to any of the other abalone techniques I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for the sweet comments you wrote today in this and the Aurora Technique thread. They really mean a lot to me!

  13. pattw, 01 February, 2011

    All the roses are beautiful. I am going to make earrings and necklace – and wear them to the Rose Society meeting next week. Maybe someone ( hope,hope) will show interest in buying. LOL

    I have told so many about your tutes,the low cost and how all of this has stretched me creatively. I am now making things I never thought I could. Thank you and Doug – hugs…….

  14. squash, 02 February, 2011

    Dear Cindy,

    Every lesson from you is so beautiful that I’m happy with each and every one of them. I loved all the faux techniques you showed us and I hope you won’t stop this kind of lessons (faux gemstones or anything else). I would like to learn how to make more sculpted flowers. I loved your sculpted roses and your calla lily beads, tried them and they turned out great. Now I’m working on some sculpted orchids and I can’t stop myself from thinking :”Oh, if Cindy had a tutorial on that…” But I guess all good things require hard work, otherwise they wouldn’t be so rewarding :)

    I want to ask you and all the other clayers around here if one could use an immersion hand blender instead of a food processor to soften hard dry clay. After more than a year of not using the clay, I found my Fimo classic bars so stiff that I could use them as lethal weapons. And as you might know, this can get very frustrating. The clay is extremely crumbly and I have to add a lot of liquid Fimo to make it workable. Thank you for your answers and have a nice day!

  15. squash, 04 February, 2011

    Thank you, Cindy! I was looking for a way to keep my food processor and your idea with the coffee grinder is much better than mine with the hand blender.

  16. Lorraine C, 25 February, 2011


    Thanks for your tuts, I enjoy them more than you will know. I’ve made some stunning items, which I need to photograph, and then share.

    Kind regards,
    Lorraine Coetzee

  17. Rose Rader, 27 February, 2011

    Hey little beauty, well I am on the start of a wonderful and hopefully long road. No one should begin any sport, instrument, art, etc., without the prior proper lessons and knowledge. It won’t stop us from making mistakes along the way but it sure will help us make a lot less. Your polymer clay tutor course is truly one of the best I have ever taken. You really share your knowledge with me and make it so enjoyable to learn. Thank you so very much Cindy.

    The problem I personally have is I don’t know where I should NOT go. Please let me know if what I have paid for makes it okay for me to look at all the wonderful videos as I do not want to go where I am not supposed to. May God keep you and yours safe in his care. Rose

  18. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2011

    @Lorraine C: Photos of your pieces are always so inspiring to see! I’m so glad you are enjoying your time here.

    @Rose Rader: What beautifully kind words you have shared. Thank you so much for your feedback about the course. I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the videos.

    Now in regards to what you have access to at the library… any videos you have paid for will show for you, and those that you have not paid won’t. So there is no need to worry about going to where you are not supposed to be. To add back issues to your your library account, you can simply follow the link by my name above.

  19. Mavis T, 16 June, 2011

    I tried making some polymer clay fabric using kato polymer liquid clay but the results were not good.

    Is there a difference between the Kato and TLS ? OR did I just mess up somehow?

    Any thoughts appreciated ~

  20. Cindy Lietz, 17 June, 2011

    @Mavis T: I don’t know Mavis. I haven’t worked with Kato Liquid before. Why do you say the results are not good? What is wrong with it?

  21. Mavis T, 18 June, 2011

    Hi Cindy,
    I baked my fabric at for the length of time and at the temp you recommended.

    After it cooled, I found that it was rubbery on the side facing up and had pill like bits of the liquid clay on the bottom.

    I baked it in a stoneware dish that I use for baking my beads.

    I was able to pull the rubbery bit off and it also just peeled off the baking dish…..so, I know I messed up somewhere…..

  22. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2011

    @Mavis T: Sounds like the liquid clay was able to penetrate the fabric if it was oozing out the back. As far as the rubbery part, I would have to see a picture to really know what was happening and whether or not you did anything wrong, or if it is a product issue. For the baking temp and time, since it was a product from a different company, those times and temps may be different. Maybe it wasn’t cured properly?

    If you do get the chance to try the technique with the Bake and Bond, let me know how that goes for you.

    I wrote a post some time back about the differences between Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS) and Sculpey Bake and Bond. This info may be of some help for you. I linked to the article by my name. Hope that helps!

  23. Jocelyn, 21 June, 2011

    @Mavis T: Another hint, Mavis. I only did tiny squares to test, and found that using an old bathroom shower tile rubber squeegee worked with a base of waxed paper, got the excess of liquid out and the product to lay flat….better than wringing it out, which I tried, and can advise it’s a “bad look,” lol.

  24. Mavis T, 21 June, 2011

    Thanks Cindy,

    I’ve ordered some of the TLS….and am excited about trying again.

    The fabric I used may not have been pre-washed, that would cause problems I think and I did think after that as you suggest, a different product type may have different baking time and temps ~

    I really like this whole idea of using the fabrics!

  25. Mavis T, 21 June, 2011

    Thanks Jocelyn ~ My hubby has a squeegee !!
    Never would have thought of that!

  26. Phaedrakat, 01 August, 2011

    Nice tip, Jocelyn! Wow, I’d forgotten what a great month of tutes this was. I just loved these videos and the techniques Cindy taught us!!!

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