Vol-048 May’2012 Back Issues | Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 48Video Tutorials:
1: Etching Polymer Clay
2: Stamen Bails
3: Polymer Daisies
4: Jewelry Display Cards

Well another month has gone by and the Volume-048 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 May, now is your chance to add them to your collection as a convenient bundled package.

Today’s photo above, shows thumbnail images for the 4 videos included in this Vol-048 Package:

Video-048-1 Etching Polymer Clay: You can get some very interesting looking surface designs on your polymer clay projects, by removing (or etching) a very tiny amount clay and replacing it with a colored pigment such as paint, glazes, inks and waxes. Well, successful execution of this technique had eluded me for years. There always seemed to be a small piece of the puzzle that was missing from the tutorials and articles I had seen published. Until one day, my general polymer experience, ‘filled in the blanks’ and I finally figured it out… and it wasn’t even hard! So naturally I HAD to share how easy it was with you, by putting this tutorial video together. Now you can learn this cool (and simple) technique too!

Video-048-2 Stamen Bails:Polymer clay and wire go beautifully together. Especially when making polymer clay flowers. Why not learn to add great looking wire stamens to your gorgeous polymer clay flowers? In this video I will show you how!

Video-048-3 Polymer Daisies: Daisies are one of the simply beautiful flowers that everyone loves. Remember picking daises as a child with your mom, and stringing them into wreaths to put in your hair? They are the symbol of peace and love… at least they were in the hippie days. And they are perfect for Spring and Summer jewelry projects. Learn the simple techniques that make this pretty little flower look so realistic, that people will be tempted to pluck the petals for a game of ‘He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not!’

Video-048-4 Jewelry Display Cards: Now that you’re making your own unique polymer clay jewelry, you need a way to package/display them, in an equally unique way. Make your own custom Jewelry Display Cards with these easy techniques. Whether you’re selling your pieces or giving them as gifts, your pieces will finally get the presentation they deserve and that the recipients will love!

Pink Rose Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-048 back issue package, are the A-Series recipe cards from the Crocus Color Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-048 back issue package, click here: Etching Polymer Clay | Stamen Bails | Polymer Daisies | Jewelry Display Cards

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-048, 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. Monique U, 28 May, 2012

    Yes, hard to believe that another month is gone, and a great selection of new videos and custom clay colours offered by the multi-talented Lietz team. Every month I reflect on how pleased I am I became a member… but since I am not an impulsive soul I naturally had to “study” these videos for a while before joining. I bought quite a few of the previously released videos and tried them out at my leisure. It didn’t take long for me to realize what fantastic value they offered! Now as a member I get them for a “steal”, and Fridays are extra-special. Anyone who feels reluctant to purchase a membership, just click on the “Member Video Library” tab at the top of the page and you can puchase a volume or two (or ten) to enjoy. There is so much variety, and Cindy’s conversational style makes me feel like I’m in my studio with my best friend; the professional filming and editing by Doug means I get superior close-ups of everything Cindy is demonstrating. Thanks you guys for the kind of video teaching I can’t get anywhere else, and for a price even I can afford!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 28 May, 2012

    Monique, thank you so much for your sincere and supportive words about our membership. You wrote them so perfectly that a skeptic would think that we wrote them for ourselves! (In fact that happened a few years ago when some customers were praising our site in a well known clay forum… so many that the site moderator thought Doug and I were writing the comments ourselves and banned us from the site. Still can’t comment there and they still don’t believe us. But whatever… don’t have time for negative situations any ways.)

    We love how you and others here share what is inside your hearts. I feel sad for people who don’t trust such positive feedback. I know that the world does have some unscrupulous people in it, but if people started opening up to others, they would find that the bulk of people out there, are good, kind people that just want a place to belong, be happy in, and be inspired.

    Thank you for being YOU Monique! It is great to have you as part of our Polymer Clay Family!

  3. Joyce Folsom, 30 May, 2012

    Sometimes I wonder about this world we live in when we can’t sing someone’s praises. Sometime ago my husband and I went to a new restuarant and really enjoyed our lunch. We expressed to the waitress how much we enjoyed the food, it was freshly prepared and the presentation on the plate made our mouthes water. She said she would give us two web sites where we could express ourselves and it would be greatly appreciated. So we went home and I went to my computer to do so. I was proud (“pride commeth before the fall”) of my presentation and pushed the send key. Of course I had to leave my email address and the next day I received a rather nasty email saying that as the owners I was not allowed to comment on the site and they were banning me from it. Oh, I was furious! I sent them a return email to let them know that I was not the owner and did not appreciate their email. Of course they had to have the last word and said that IF I was not the owner then they offered an apology.
    So there are “watch dog” businesses out there for everything. But I will continue to sing the praises of those who have merit to everyone I come
    in contact with.
    I love it when others sing the praises of the Lietz Family. It is so well deserved. You all give so unselfishly of your talents. And, there are so many other talented artists in our clay family who also willingly share their
    experiences as well. It is always such a pleasure to stop by and get caught up on what is happening. Sometimes I’m behind in doing this and find a
    comment that raises more ??? so have to backtrack. Its always some of my happy time of day. Thanks everyone.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 31 May, 2012

    Thanks so much Joyce for saying that. Wow, you have a very similar story! I think with all the spam and sales crap we just thrown at us all the time, I guess some people have gotten suspicious of anything that is too kind or supportive. Kinda sad really. If you just read the words carefully that people write, you can tell if they are sincere or just being spammy. Any way, I love what you all have to say, and believe in you wholeheartedly! It is nice to have sunshine when there is a whole lot of rain!

  5. Natalie H, 04 June, 2012

    I too love to give praise were praise is do… Recently a dead friend brought over her granddaughters .. One who was into. Making thing with pokymer clay …even though I am not as experienced as so many of my polymer clay friends on this site…I gave her some suggestions and recommend your site and irsis’ …. Told her to check out your 3 free videos to get a feel for what you have to offer.. I think there is no greater praise for you and Doug’s work than having a teenager get hooked on your website .. I hope that she joins or should I say her grandmother Joins for her!!! I’ll keep you updated an her status as a new polymer clause z….. On a different note…. I have decide to purchase a better set of jewerly making tools… The set I originally bought had groves in them… Which leaves marks when working wit h wife for my fInding to go with my polymer clay beads and pendants… What do you recommend for a basic kit…. I was looking at a multiple step bail maker by bead landing( ACMoorebrand) are ACMoore and Micheals brand Ok to use or do you recommend somethIng else…..

    Since on another note…I did my first.craft fair out oft comfort zone..Place are I knew no one…what a bust…only sold one item forc$10… But did meat several nice people .. Told me not to get disilussioned…. Now w contact each other about other places Loki g for venders..soothing god came out of a bad situation
    Natalie aka Safti… Sorry about being so winded

  6. Jocelyn, 01 June, 2012

    Cindy, you might want to ask that site to check the ISP listings for each post about you. It is very easy for them to do, and will prove very quickly that these positive comments come from a variety of people.

    This situation still “burns my butt” LOL. So petty and stupid of them.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 08 June, 2012

    Natalie, if you look at the wire working posts I have done, most of them have supply lists with links to jewelry making tools. That would be a great place to start when putting together your basic jewelry making kit.

  8. Monique U, 28 May, 2012

    Wow… that sounds kind of pathetic, that people would believe that, I mean. While I recognize ANYONE’S right to paranoid thought, this seems over the top. When I first started reading your blog, it was painful for me to “get out there” and share my thoughts, even superficially. I guess I’ll need to reign it in a bit… my father, may he RIP, used to call it “verbal diarrhea”… don’t know if that applies to blogging LOL. Hope when I grow up Ha Ha, I’ll learn to edit myself before hitting SUBMIT. Anyway, glad you appreciate the words, Cindy. Just thought it was time to point out again the great options you offer even for non-members. I know for me it was a helpful step, before membership, to be able to pick and choose stand-alone volumes, and after I joined I eventually got them all because I recognized their value.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 29 May, 2012

    Gosh Monique, I hope I didn’t say that wrong. I LOVE your wonderful heartfelt over the top comments! Don’t ever stop! Others are just going to have to believe the comments, or move on to another site. Never apologize or try to ‘reign that in’. We love you just the way you are!

  10. Monique U, 29 May, 2012

    No worries, Cindy, it’s clear to all of us here that YOU treasure words that come from the heart… it’s quite unfortunate if others don’t see it the same way… unfortunate for THEM, that is. As for the rest of my little rant, I guess I should order some cheese to go with the “whine” LOL

    And I wanted to comment earlier, Dixie Ann, that your description of your latest project has me salivating. Pictures please, dear… and HURRY!

  11. Dixie Ann, 29 May, 2012

    ah-h-h- patience dear Monique, if this dumb idea turns out I will be so danged surprised myself, but I will post a pic to facebook. ;) Cindy just saved my hide.

  12. Dorothy H, 28 May, 2012

    Cindy… I really appreciate your site and have learned so much from you. Thank you for what you do for us.

  13. Dixie Ann, 28 May, 2012

    Well Cindy I certainly would not waste my time trying to convince people that real praise and gratitude came from your subscribers. What we say is from our big hearts and if they can’t believe that, they are either jealous or have very small hearts and have not done a very good job of endearing their subscribers!

  14. Dixie Ann, 28 May, 2012

    HELP! I did a real dumb thing and need some advice. I am making a PC necklace that required many little pieces like a puzzle only more of an abstract puzzle. I made a beautiful art sheet, cut out all the pieces, sanding them and then applied resin to each piece. I would then attach the pieces to a piece of polymer cloth and bake them together to attach the pieces. WRONG! I can’t bake the pieces again because dumb me, I added the resin first. I sure don’t want to throw all this away. If I made a polymer cloth with liquid clay and baked it
    seperately, would I be able to bond them together? What kind of glue would hold them together? I had planned on using a very light colored Organdy fabric to make the polymer cloth. I would so appreciate any suggestions, I’m just about in tears.

  15. Cindy Lietz, 29 May, 2012

    Hi Dixie Ann, sorry to take so long to get back to you, but I had to test it out myself. I took a baked piece of polymer that was coated with UltraDome UV Resin, and re-baked it for a full hour at 265F – 265F. It had no negative issues that I could find. No fogging, bubbling or delaminating that I could find at all. I have no idea if you can re-bake other resins, but it worked fine for the UltraDome. Yeah! So hopefully you can go back to your original plan, without any problems. Hope that helps!

  16. Dixie Ann, 29 May, 2012

    OMG! Cindy you are amazing. I don’t know why I didn’t think to try it, I guess I was afraid there would be nasty fumes. I had already burned up the corners of a tent folder after it fell down onto the lower heating rod and it took forever to get the smell out. I know you prefer to bake pieces for an hour but since these pieces are very thin and will be bonded to the polymer cloth, do I need to bake it that long?
    The polermerized cloth will be holding all the pieces together… (I hope) and there are 24 pcs. that make up the necklace. Does the full hour make the clay stronger or will just 30 minuites do the same job? I am a little confused on this…….

  17. Cindy Lietz, 29 May, 2012

    You’re welcome Dixie! Yes I like to bake the full hour, no matter how thin. I get the best results that way. And as long as the temp stays between 265F and 275F there is no problem with scorching or browning, no matter how long it has baked. That piece I just re-baked was probably only 4 or 5 cards thick and it was in a total of 2 hours with no problems.

    Can’t wait to see your project. Sounds cool!

  18. Lesley Symons, 31 May, 2012

    Dixie, this sounds like such an interesting project, and what an original idea!! I’m trying to get a mental picture of it ……. Please please post a pic when it’s finished, I’m sure everyone else is dying to see it!

  19. Peggy Barnes, 01 June, 2012

    Dixie Ann your idea sounds so great. If this is your original idea you need to find out if there is a way to make sure you get credit for it and maybe even write up a tutorial on it and sell it. Maybe Cindy or someone else here can tell you how to go about doing this. Might as well get the credit for your brilliant idea if it is your own. Good luck with your artistic creation. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more about it.
    Many Uuuugggs

  20. Dixie Ann, 01 June, 2012

    Thanks Peggy, I will admit it has been quite a challenge and is taking a lot of time since I don’t know what I am doing and just making it up as I go. I saw a black and white photo of a necklace that was similar but it was just a photo and I guess my creative juices kicked in and the challenge was on.

  21. Jocelyn, 31 May, 2012

    Cindy and Dixie, this new method of being able to rebake items with the UltraDome resin finish opens up a lot of new possibilities. Dixie, I can’t wait to see the results, hope you can post them soon.

    Hope Terry picks up on this and adds this fact to his sites. One more reason to love the product.

  22. Dixie Ann, 31 May, 2012

    Isn’t that the way it is….some of your biggest blunders turn out to be a whole new idea entirely. Cindy was really on the ball with this one. I rebaked the whole necklace on a tile for an hour and it turned out just fine.

  23. Pauline Duke, 30 May, 2012

    Hi Cindy and everyone:
    I am so excited to tell you that I finally ordered my Sizzix BigKick DieCut Machine Periwinkle (from Amazon) and I found the Tags Scallop Combo #2 Die Set @ Michael’s with a discount coupon. I have been trying to decide on the Die cut machine for quite some time now, but you finally got me hooked on the idea when you sent out the last video for the Jewelry Card tags. I have been so curious how you made such delightful cards and now that I have my own ideas in place, I can fulfill those dreams now too! Thank you again and again Cindy and Doug. Even through your own personal tough times, you still provide for your customers and “polymer friends”. Thank you so much.
    I bought 2 different pads of papers, they are already in precut stages…..just waiting for the UPS man to bring my new toy! Can I say I bought myself a birthday present??? LOL

  24. Dixie Ann, 31 May, 2012

    Congrats girl! It’s like Christmas getting our new toys. You are really going to enjoy them..

  25. Sandra J, 31 May, 2012

    hey guys back from holiday in your wonderful country. I too found the scallop tags in michael’s too boy was i excited. I can tell you i spent up large while over there. What a wonderful store!! was hoping to get to a hobby lobby, unfortunately we were out of time. I’m looking forward to catching up with the videos. Hope everyone has a good day!

  26. Dixie Ann, 03 June, 2012

    Ok guys, I have another problem that is causing me grief. I always like to use parchment paper on a tile when I bake a flat clay piece but it seems like the paper wants to wrinkle while baking and when you look at the back side of the clay afterwards you can see the wrinkle marks in the clay! I use fresh paper and cut it just a tad larger than the tile. I am using a convection digital toaster oven.
    This has happened the last 3 times I baked a flat piece. Does anyone have a solution? It’s very frustrating. By the way for those of you who are following the saga of the mosaic necklace, it is toast.
    I blackened 7 pieces today because dumb me forgot to turn my oven to the correct temp. I am going to make another one. “This too shall pass” W-a-a-a-a-a-a-h!

  27. Jocelyn, 04 June, 2012

    Dixie, put the paper down, then put a smooth face tile on top of it. Works for me. Try it see if it helps you.

  28. Dixie Ann, 04 June, 2012

    Jocelyn, that is what I have been doing. I sandwich the piece between 2 smooth white tiles with the parchment paper on the smooth side of the tile. As the clay piece is baking, the parchment paper develops these kind of lazy wrinkles that ultimately end up being baked somewhat in the clay. If I want a really smooth back I have to eliminate the paper but then I get a shiny surface which I don’t want. I wonder if it is because I am using a convection oven and the fan is blowing on the paper? Do you suppose that could cause it?
    hmmm, maybe I will try it just on regular bake and see how it does. Thanks doll, you got me thinking. If that doesn’t work then I give up.

  29. Cindy Lietz, 04 June, 2012

    I know what you’re talking about Dixie, it has happened to me lately. Don’t know if it is because the clay is softer or something? But I have switched over to only baking on cardstock or File Folders instead of the parchment and the problem is solved. Hope that helps!

  30. Dixie Ann, 04 June, 2012

    Oh Thanks Cindy, I will switch over too. Thought I was losing my mind there for awhile. I”m sorry you were having the same problem too. Cardstock I have plenty of!

  31. Joy Davis, 11 July, 2014

    Hey Guy’s,
    Well, it’s been a little over a month (or is it two?), since I became a PcT member. Well just let me say, it’s flown by with pleasure because of the both of you!
    you have gotten me up and doing, not just sitting in my studio and just conditioning clay, that’s as far I would get before! This is wonderful, and made me actually believe that it’s just me doing it, when I full well know that it’s you two that got me out of myself and into my clay, which if you knew what my life has been like over the past year, you’d say, “hey, we helped make a miracle happen”!
    You see, I’ve become familiar with my clay, my tools and my space, and the both of you!
    Just thank you so very much for helping me become a member of the clay community once again and a participating in life once more!
    My very best to you and yours,
    Joy :)

  32. Cindy Lietz, 11 July, 2014

    Well Joy, aren’t you the sweetest thing! All the wonderful words you have been saying lately are very inspiring for me. To know that you are enjoying the tutorials so much, and that they are causing you to be motivated to create, is exactly the kind of thing an instructor strives for. Thank you so much for being such a fabulous student and lovely person! We are all very happy to have you in our ever growing clay family! :)

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