Vol-040 Sep’2011 Back Issues | Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 40

Video Tutorials:
1: Diamond Ikat Cane
2: Faux Coral Heishi Beads
3: Purse Shaped Charms
4: Using Bead Cones

Well another month has gone by and the Volume-040 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 September, 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-040 Package:

Video-040-1 Diamond Ikat Cane: Some designs are just so darn beautiful that they stand the test of time. Such is the case with Ikat Fabric. Some experts believe Ikat Textiles have been around since the 6th century, and still to this day, they are very popular in fashion and home decor. In this surprising simple cane tutorial, you will learn how to recreate a complex Diamond Ikat Pattern in polymer clay. Useful for so many polymer clay bead and jewelry projects, this cane design also lends itself beautifully to the third tutorial in the Vol-040 series, Purse Shaped Charms. In fact this cane is so versatile, you’re going to want to create several of these fabric canes in tons of different color varieties!

Video-040-2 Faux Coral Heishi Beads: According to many sources online, some of the hottest Jewelry Trends of 2011 are dramatic, layered and earthy. Popular materials include mixed metals, stones, bone, wood, coral, chains and pearls. The colors are both spicy and exotic… as well as soft and cool. The neat thing about polymer clay is that it can mimic just about any material, even organic materials such as Bone, Jade, Wood and even Coral. In this tutorial you will learn to make your own version of Red Coral Beads. And… you will also learn a fast and easy technique for making your own hand cut Heishi Beads from any polymer clay faux technique that you choose. So really this awesome tutorial is a 2 for 1 with thousands of bead possibilities!

Video-040-3 Purse Shaped Charms: Do you love purses and handbags… but your collection is just getting too big? Love shopping and all things fashion? Know a girl with a Barbie that could use a few purses to match her cute outfits? Then this awesome Purse Shaped Charm Tutorial is for you! Now you can make your own mini fashion accessories to match your favorite purses, that you can wear anytime you like. These tiny handbags are so adorable you will want to hang them from bracelets, cell phones, necklaces and even from the momma purses. They are so cute you may want to whip up a few for Barbie and her friends… ‘Cuz honestly, a girl can never have too many purses!

Video-040-4 Using Bead Cones: When making multi-strand jewelry, you need something that’s going to hold everything together neatly. Bead Cones are perfect for the job! There are tricks to using bead cones that give your jewelry a clean and professional look. That’s what this tutorial is all about. How to use Bead Cones in your jewelry making projects. Something that every aspiring jewelry designer needs to know!

Pink Rose Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-040 back issue package, are the A-Series recipe cards from the Viburnum Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-040 back issue package, click here: Diamond Ikat Cane | Faux Coral Heishi Beads | Purse Shaped Charms | Bead Cones

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-040, 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. Rose R, 03 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    The best day of my jewelry making journey was being smart enough to sign up for your beautiful instructions. Thank you for sharing and being so kind. I do not know when I am due to renew. Please tell me as I never want to not receive your emails and instructions. Love to you and to those you Love.


  2. Carol O, 03 October, 2011

    Cindy! I’m really enjoying your tutorials! You’re the best!! Blessings to you.

  3. Jean G, 03 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy – I have watched the videos that have been added to my membership account so far, and am very impressed and enjoyed them all. They made me wish that I had signed up so much earlier!

  4. Ann P, 03 October, 2011

    I wanted to thank you for the wonderful videos and color recipes. Every Friday I come straight home from work and see what the new video and colors will be. Thank you for using your time and skill to teach others, ways to use this amazing medium.

  5. Natalie H, 04 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy
    I watched your Diamond Ikat cane again to make sure I understood it. Only one question right now. when you cut the two pieces and put the together..do we reduce it and then cut in half .place it next to the previous one ..reduce again and continue the tech.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 04 October, 2011

    Yes Natalie, you got it!

  7. Cindy Lietz, 04 October, 2011

    Thank you all for your incredibly sweet comments!! You guys know how to make us feel great! Both Doug and I do our very best to bring you helpful tips and fun tutorials in the best format we can. Getting your support makes all the long hours we put into this business, worth it. Thank You!

  8. Marion R, 04 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy

    Sorry I haven’t been in touch for the last couple of weeks. When a new hard-disk was fitted to my computer I thought that was the end of my problems. Big mistake! Nothing would work, it wouldn’t boot up without using the original Windows disk, then when it did boot up it wouldn’t go on-line! Finally my PC guru decided that changing the hard-disk alone wasn’t enough, the new one is nearly 3x the size and it just didn’t have enough power to start everything up at once. So he disconnected a few things which can easily be re-connected when needed, and suddenly-hey presto!

    But this problem did have a good side; when I got my power back I decided to go through all your videos again, and what a delight that was! I’d forgotten some of them and got a lovely surprise when I realised there were all these brilliant works of art for me to look at whenever I wanted!

    Thank you again for all that you and Doug do. I am so very glad I’m a member of your BeadVideo group, long may it last!


  9. Cindy Lietz, 05 October, 2011

    Great to hear from you Marion! So glad that you are back in the loop again, and able to access the tutorials. Your story does a great job of explaining a big advantage of having the library videos stored in your virtual PCT library account, instead of on a computer hard drive. If (when) your system decides to pack it in (this happens to everyone at some point), and all of your local files go bye bye… getting your PCT tutorials back is a breeze! Another happy ending :-)

  10. Pat R, 14 October, 2011

    I am just beginning in polymer clay. However, I don’t think my baked objects are coming out as hard as they should be. When I bake a pendant, even at the right temp for an hour, it comes out flexible and “rubbery” kind of. Not hard like porcelain which I assume is how it should be. What is going wrong?

  11. Linda K., 25 October, 2011

    Pat, we need more information. What kind of clay are you using? How thick are your pendants? Are you using an oven thermometer (not just the thermostat on your oven) to assure that you really do have the correct temperature? Are you mixing anything else into your clay before you bake?

  12. Conny G, 29 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy and good morning to Canada,

    Thank you very much for always making my Fridays to special days :)) starting the day with a nice big cup of coffee and watching the videos always make my day!

    Have a nice day and greetings from Germany


  13. Michele E., 04 November, 2011

    Goodmorning everyone! My name is Michele, and I am not quite new here, however, I am new to posting – I am a bit of a hermit! So, I finally wanted to say hello to everyone and write how much I enjoy reading the posts – I get much information from all of you. Thanks! I just made some of these adorable purses, and I had to say wow! Aren’t these great! I can not stop making them! Cindy has the most clever ideas!

  14. Cindy Lietz, 04 November, 2011

    It’s wonderful to have your voice here, Michele… and great to hear that you are enjoying making the purse beads. I’d love to see pictures of your work… bet they are very cute!

  15. Phaedrakat, 08 November, 2011

    Hello, and welcome to Connie G. & Michele E. Nice to meet you both…hope to see more posts in the future! I’m glad you’re enjoying your videos — Cindy’s so awesome, isn’t she? :-)
    ~Kat Riverside, CA USA

    PS: Thanks for these great tutes, Cindy. Looks like I missed this post, too (when it first came out.) Sorry about that…I usually try to express my appreciation right away. You offer these amazing tutorials to us at such a low price, so the least we can do is offer thanks and feedback here at the blog (ask questions, add tips, tutorial requests, info on where to get supplies, etc.) You’ve mentioned before how much you want/enjoy getting our feedback so you can see “how you’re doing.” I believe it’s helpful for you in a business sense, as well (if these pages get lots of “action.”)

    I’ve been having tough times lately, but as soon as I feel better/get things under control, you’ll be seeing more of me around here again. As always, thank you so much!

  16. Cindy Peterson, 12 March, 2012


    My ? is…… I have some polymer clay discs that are still blendable after 3 bakings. Did I do something wrong? I am using fimo and they are about 1/4 in thick. They feel hard but have a little give ti them.

    Thanks Cindy

  17. Cindy Lietz, 14 March, 2012

    Hi Cindy (great name btw!) – You haven’t done anything wrong. Polymer clay can be quite flexible after it is baked. It depends on the thickness and the brand. There seems to be a lot of people new to polymer clay that think that it is going to bake super hard and unbend-able, similar to something like shrink plastic or a hard plastic such as a CD Case is made of. Although polymer clay is quite hard and firm when it is thick (like a bead or a thicker pendant), thin pieces are still quite flexible. In fact the better it is cured, the more flexible it is. A very thin piece of undercured polymer will ‘snap’ easily when bent. Hopefully that helps.

    Make sure to search through this blog using the search box at the top of the page, to learn more about baking and all other things polymer clay. I do have a beginner’s course and weekly tutorials, if you are interested in taking your skills further. Have fun!

  18. Linda H, 15 June, 2012

    Hi Cindy, As a new member I have learned so much and really appreciate all that you do. You’re a great instructor and your hubby is really great at filming everything in closeup detail. Thank you both.

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