Vol-041 Oct’2011 Back Issues | Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 41Video Tutorials:
1: Pirate Cane (Part 1)
2: Pirate Cane (Part 2)
3: Snowman Beads
4: Beaded Spider Ornament

Well another month has gone by and the Volume-041 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 October, 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-041 Package:

Video-041-1 Pirate Cane (Part 1): Ahoy Matey’s!!! Tis finally the hour, t’ be learnin’ me Pirate Cane! This Pirate Cane is a signature cane for me. I never have been able to keep anything I’ve made with the pirate cane for very long. One piece I made using pirate cane beads sold right off my neck! It is a great cane for Beginners and Intermediates because the nature of the design is very forgiving. Which means, any minor mistakes or distortions you may make while learning this cane, only add to the charm of this quirky design!

Video-041-2 Pirate Cane (Part 2): This is where the whole thing comes together! You’ll assemble the components from Part 1 of the Pirate Cane Tutorial, to make a full Skull and Crossbones Picture Cane, using a variety of cool cane making tricks. As a bonus, the unique background packing techniques I teach in this tute, can also be used in many other cane projects as well.

Video-041-3 Snowman Beads: Now you can add these cute little Snowmen Beads to your collection! They’re great for making wintertime accessories such as earrings, bracelets, pendants and even cell phone charms to get you in the holiday spirit. These adorable snowy guys also make awesome Christmas Tree Ornaments, as well as unique handmade embellishments for your special gift wrapped packages.

Video-041-4 Spider Ornament: Perfect for Fall beading projects, this beaded spider ornament can be worked into a Halloween theme, as well as Christmas. Plus, you’ll be able to use up some of your one-of-a-kind orphan polymer clay beads, which is always a good thing. Now, most people understand how spiders and Halloween go together, but did you know that spider ornaments are also part of a Christmas tradition? There is an old German folk story about the Legend of the Christmas Spider, that I’d love to share with you…

Pink Rose Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-041 back issue package, are the A-Series recipe cards from the Vine Maple Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-041 back issue package, click here: Pirate Cane (Part 1) | Pirate Cane (Part 2) | Snowman Beads | Spider Ornament

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-041, 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. pollyanna, 31 October, 2011

    Another fantastic month! Can anyone believe we are going into Nov?

  2. Marion R, 31 October, 2011

    I realise now why I love your beadvideo site so much: it’s because you provide ‘quality time’ which is one of my ‘love languages’ and so I can never get enough of it. For a very modest sum I can look forward to you giving me 10 minutes of quality time every Friday! Thanks Cindy, thanks again and again!

    FYI: ‘Quality Time’ is one of the 5 ‘love languages’ (LL). The other four are ‘acts of service’, ‘touch’, ‘words of affirmation’ and ‘gifts’. When someone shares your LL it creates a big rapport. So, for example, if you’re a ‘touch’ person it will feel natural to hug people, but if this isn’t your LL you’ll probably pull away and feel awkward. I suspect ‘quality time’ is one of Cindy’s, and another is probably ‘acts of service’ as she takes such trouble doing things for people – and likely loves doing it too! It’s often found that partners share some of the same LL so it’s likely Doug shares these traits too!

  3. Cindy Lietz, 31 October, 2011

    Marion – Thank you for your insightful “Quality Time” comment. There is a ton of behind the scenes effort put into making sure that the 10 minutes we ask everyone to spend with us each Friday, is packed full with useful information and value. Doug and I really appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts about this.

  4. Phaedrakat, 08 November, 2011

    Hi Marion,
    Thanks for this info about LL’s…gives me some insight into traits of certain friends & family members, and ideas about past relationships. Very interesting stuff!

  5. Linda K., 09 November, 2011

    Gee, I’ve never heard of the LLs before, but it all makes perfect sense. I’ll bet if more people were aware of these differences, a lot of relationships would run more smoothly.

  6. Phaedrakat, 09 December, 2011

    Hi Marion,
    I realize I already commented about LL’s, but Cindy added your comment to her Snowy Tree Landscape Cane post — so my interest’s been renewed! I can’t believe how much insight this info gives me into certain people in my life (past & present.) Thanks again for sharing this…from someone who “speaks” Acts of Service & Touch. ~Kat ;-)

  7. Pat Sernyk, 01 November, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    I know this is a little “behind” but I am usually late in things. I just had a chance to watch your snowman tutorial of a couple of episodes ago. It was darling.

    In it, you mentioned the “fluff” and speckles that get into white clay when you’re working with it.

    Several years ago I was doing a project for the Sculpey Website (a springy snowman which I don’t know if it is still on there or not). I was wearing a chenille sweat shirt (remember those?) and noticed that all sorts of blue flecks were getting into my demo materials. I certainly didn’t want those flecks to be visible in my snowman project. They were coming from my shirt.

    I noticed you might have been wearing a sweater or sweat shirt when you were doing the snowman. It might be a hint to pass along to folks to check what clothes they’re wearing before setting off on a white project.

    Thanks again for your many projects. I realize from my own teaching, demos and projects I’ve done for publications and websites the INCREDIBLE amount of preparation that goes into a production, no matter how simple it sounds. I wonder how many others out there that are on the receiving end realize how much work is involved. So kudos to you and Doug

    Please don’t take my comment as a criticism. To use your “byline”, this comment is just meant to pass along a little of my own “mistakes” so others won’t have to make them, lol.

    Keep up the great projects.

    From a fellow Canuck (in Winterpeg)
    Pat Sernyk (Aka Fishie, Fishy, or Fishwife)

  8. Cindy Lietz, 01 November, 2011

    Great advice Pat! Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

    And also… thanks for mentioning about the amount of work that goes into putting together tutorials and lessons… from one teacher to another :-)

  9. Pat Sernyk, 01 November, 2011

    No problem Cindy. Maybe it will save a few moments and prevent fluffy snowmen/women.

    I learned the preparation thing through many years of teaching in schools, to adults and by doing polymer clay classes now that I am not working full time. Better to be WAAAY over prepared than to risk being ‘caught’ not knowing or without something you need for a class.

    In your ‘job’ there are so many things to consider in getting an episode ready. I talked to Donna Kato and some others about their stints way back on the Carol Duvall show (where I learned many of my techniques) and she said that what was condensed into about a seven minute segment took as much as five or more hours to get ready. So I agree, doing homework and preparation counts. Other people would only realize the amount of work involved if they had to prepare sessions themselves. So thanks again for going those extra miles (kms) to produce straightforward tutorials that are easy to follow in smoothly flowing videos.

    Looking forward to more great tutorials.

  10. Carolyn C, 02 November, 2011

    Hi Cindy: I have been having a problem with the black Premo clay. After I have baked, sanded, and buffed the beads when you put them in the light they are turning blue-purple. I had about 6 necklaces ready for sale and they all turned on me. I couldn’t sell them that way. I thought it might be that I had used the copper and gold leaf on the beads but it is also happening with black and white. What is going on. I never had this problem before. I was buying the large blocks of black because I use so much of it. My friend is also having the same problem. Can you help us solve the mystery?

  11. Cindy Lietz, 04 November, 2011

    Hmm that is a weird problem Carolyn. I haven’t experienced that yet myself, but I’m wondering if there was a color problem in that particular batch?

    Have you contacted Polyform yet? If you have the packaging I am sure that would be helpful, I have noticed that the new packages have some numbers stamped on them that look like batch numbers.

    Do contact them because they are usually quite responsive to things like that. If you don’t get any action through email, you could always try their Facebook page. Iris Weiss should be able to get you the info you need.

    Do come back and let us know what happened. Now you have got me real curious!

  12. Marty C, 06 November, 2011


    I cannot find the video about your studio. I would like to purchase the cases you use to hold the polymer clay and I cannot remember their names.

    Thanks for your help,


  13. Cindy Lietz, 06 November, 2011

    Hello Marty – The best way to find stuff here on my blog is to use the search box with appropriate keywords like… “drawers” … or even… “cindy drawers”

  14. Phaedrakat, 08 November, 2011

    Sorry this is late; I wanted to express my thanks for this wonderful volume of tutorials. As usual, you gave us some great projects & techniques, as well as those extra tips/tricks that make working with clay so much easier. This back-issue was a little different, in that you included “specialty” or holiday tutes (that really came/will come-in handy for the Halloween, Christmas, etc.) Thanks again — I know you put SO much work into these amazing vid’s. You & that handy hubby of yours are much appreciated!!. ;D

  15. Cindy Lietz, 09 November, 2011

    Thank you Kat! I appreciate you very much as well, for all that you say and do around here in our sweet little polymer clay family. I know I am not alone in saying that your kind supportive (and helpful) words make this busy and often hectic life we are all living a little more friendly and a lot more fun!

  16. Cherie, 09 November, 2011

    I absolutely agree with everything everyone has said here on the blog. Thank you for so much of time and effort you and Doug put in to make the video tutorials so informative, interesting and easy to follow. As a teacher myself, I know all the hard work that goes into preparing lessons and teaching. Thank you too for the wonderful community you have built. I look forward to the tutorials and taying in touch with my ‘claying family’!

  17. Cathy C, 13 June, 2012

    Hi Cindy, I am a beginner, and have bought many good reference books… however, I am a “visual” person…lol. Spent a fair amount of time browsing your site before deciding to join. I made a very good decision and am looking forward to learning so many wonderful things about Polymer Clay.

    Thank you…………. Cathy

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