Polymer Clay Tutor Cindy Lietz Product Review Videos

Cindy has very recently done 2 videos which review my products. 🙂 The first shows you how to do the Sutton Slice technique with one of my clear stamps called Round Design Patterns #2 .

The newest video shows how to silk screen using dry ingredients like Pearl-Ex and pastel chalks. The look it creates is wonderful ! This is a list of the silk screen names that Cindy uses in this video 🙂 – Tribal Dance, Microbial Doodles, Retro Circuit Board, Stonewalled, Tapestry Flowers, Tile Mosaic #1, Mehndi Doodle.


You can find all my silk screens and stamps in my Etsy Shop Tonja’s Treasures.


Please check out Cindy’s site Polymer Clay Tutor ! She has so many wonderful video lessons and you can sign up for her monthly club which provided new lessons each month that will keep you creating and having fun.


Iris Mishly’s Cosmic Ceramic tutorial & My Fossil Stamps

What a great pairing !!! Iris Mishly of PolyPedia used my 2 ammonite stamps from the Fossils stamp set to make these AMAZING polymer clay beads following her tutorial called Cosmic Ceramic: faux ceramic !!!!!!!!! The technique is stunning and a must have for your tutorial library. 🙂



Quick Christmas Star Ornament

I know it’s been ages since I posted anything, so here is a free tutorial. 🙂

I used Sculpey Ultralight clay.


a silicone mold from First Impressions called Filigree Star,


leafing pens made by Krylon (available in Silver, Copper and Gold)


The oldest dullest clay blade I own. 🙂 A dull blade will trim excess clay from the mold nicely without cutting into the soft silicone mold. Plus a way to drill a hole (I prefer a push drill like the one pictured below). I don’t recommend trying to put holes in the raw Ultralight clay. It is very soft and likes to squish easily.



Condition a small ball of Ultralight and press it into the mold. I like to shape it to fit so I can see what I need to trim, but that’s just me. 🙂 I’m not going to go into deep detail on “How to use molds” because there are a bunch of tutorials & YouTube videos already available on the internet.  Trim away the excess clay with your dull blade.


Slowly bend the mold to pop out the clay.

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I ended up with 27 stars from one pack of Ultralight with just that tiny ball of clay left over. Now bake your stars according to package instruction.


Once baked and cooled you will need to drill a hole.  The drill bit goes through very easily. FYI: did you know Ultralight clay floats? 🙂


Now pick your favorite color leafing pen and have some fun coloring. Drag the tip of the pen along the raised areas of the Filigree Star design. The paint dries quite quickly. Add a string to hang in on your tree and enjoy !


Here are all 3 colors – Silver, Gold and Copper. I think my favorite is the Copper. 🙂



My Favorite Polymer Clay Books

Someone recently asked me my opinion on the best polymer clay books, so here is my list in no order of preference. 🙂

(FYI: I prefer books that are more technique based or reference style. I’d rather know how to do the techniques than how they were used by another artist.)

Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception by Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Randee M Ketzel

The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide by Marie Segal

Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay by Irene Semanchuk Dean

The Chameleon Clay by Tory Hughes

Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes by Ellen Marshall

The Encyclopedia of Polymer Clay Techniques by Sue Heaser

The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects by Donna Kato

Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio

All of these books can be purchased through my Amazon A-Store 🙂

When Is Viral A Good Thing?

When it’s Bettina Welker’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane that’s gone viral!

In a recent post I listed several free tutorials you just had to try. One of those tutorials was Bettina’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane. It’s one of those technique that just screams “Try Me !!” Even I was enticed into making a couple canes and turning it into some jewelry. It seems the tutorial has gone viral in the polymer clay community. It’s a world wide phenomenon. Just Goggle the title and you will get many links, plus there is now a group on Flickr specifically for the technique.

I found a few special pictures I wanted to share in this post that really highlight the beauty of this canes possibilities.

Fun polymer clay projects to keep you busy this Winter

Golden Polymer Clay Beads

Golden Polymer Clay Beads

Spring Bouquet Tutorial

Spring Bouquet Tutorial
Songbird Eggs

Songbird Eggs

Rough And Tough Polymer Clay

Rough And Tough Polymer Clay

Radiant Mica Shift

Radiant Mica Shift

Persian Beads

Persian Beads

Faux Enamel

Faux Enamel

Butterfly Cane From Basic Canes

Butterfly Cane From Basic Canes

Earth Toned Mokume Gane Beads

Earth Toned Mokume Gane Beads

And a cool tip :) Inside of pop can bottom makes a great curved surface to bake on. Just be careful of the sharp edges.

And a cool tip 🙂 Inside bottom of pop can makes a great curved surface to bake on. Just be careful of the sharp edges.

Faux Mother of Pearl Tutorial

faux mother of pearl

Check it out over at Parole de Pate’s blog !!!!! Love this technique. It looks so real.


How Do They Do That?

Techniques I really Want To Try – if I can figure out how they did it 🙂

The first technique on my list is Lisa Pavelka’s faux batik.

Second is Sarah Shrivers reverse inlay veneers.

And the third has me very intrigued. Sylvie Peraud’s faux denim which can be learned over at Craftedu.com

There is also a crackle technique I have seen around that looks different than the one I have done in the past using a crackle medium that was brushed on the clay. I have a tutorial at Polkadot Creations showing how I did it. This newer technique has a lot of depth and I love it. While searching for a picture example to share I found this tutorial 🙂 https://www.cottagefever.com/Crackled%20Polymer%20Clay.pdf A heat gun is the key !!!!

You can also do a really nice crackle effect using paints and inks that are brushed onto a raw sheet of clay, left to dry and then stretched to make the paint or ink crack.

using paint

using paint

Here is a tutorial using pearlescent ink by Daler Rowney http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/faux_ammolite1.html

And another using silver leaf and inks http://people.delphiforums.com/ananda37/pentutorial.html

Free Tutorial Alert: Blue Stitched Flower Cane

stitched flower cane

Kael Mijoy recently added this wonderful flower cane tutorial to her blog. I am a visual learner (and cane challenged LOL) so I really appreciate the easy to follow instructions and lots of pictures. 🙂 I may even give it a try.

Mica Shift: Great for beginners

Mica Shift is one of those techniques that has many levels of possibilities. For beginners is perfect to experiment with because you only need one color of clay. If you don’t like how it turned out just roll the clay into a sheet again and start over. It’s especially fun now that Premo polymer clay comes is several new colors of metallic clays. The new colors are Peacock, Copper, Purple, 18K Gold, Antique Gold, Magenta, Bright Green & Blue are fabulous !!! The still have 3 of the old colors too: Gold, Silver & Pearl. The Pearl clay can be tinted with small amounts of the opaque clays or with alcohol inks to create your own custom colors. Just be sure to let the ink dry completely on the surface before you mix it in.

Mica Shift is simply the particles of mica in the clay being disturbed or distorted creating the illusion of depth and layers or chatoyancy like you would see in Tiger’s Eye gemstones. First you must align the mica particles so they all lay in a single direction. The easiest method is to condition the clay with a past machine so you have a smooth sheet of clay to begin you project. The process of conditioning the clay with the pasta machine aligns all those mica particles with little effort on your part.

To distort or disturb the mica you have many option. Objects like a ball stylus, a pencil, knitting needle, etc. can be drug along the surface of the clay sheet to create shallow lines and designs. Run the sheet of clay through your pasta machine 2 or 3 times (making it thinner each time) and you will still see the lines you made, but the sheet will be smooth. Other items such as texture sheet and rubber/clear stamps can be used to make more intricate patterns. (*Tip – I always use a release agent like water or Armor-All to keep the stamps from sticking to the clay.)

Here is a very simple project of mine showing a basket-weave Mica Shift project.
And couple by my friend Kellie called Twisted Rope Mica Shift and also the Satin Swirl Egg.
And a few more beginner level projects:
Jelly Roll
And a nice video showing the technique for you visual learners 🙂

The secret to a really nice Mica Shift finished project is the sanding and buffing. You will first need wet/dry automotive sandpaper starting with 320 grit up through at least 1000 grit and a buffer with a muslin cotton wheel. (*Tip – Use the muslin buffing wheel with only a couple rows of stitching at the center. I do not recommend flannel cloth wheels. They tend to be very hard to use on polymer clay and leave gouges in the surface.) I will be the first to admit sanding is tedious and I do not like doing it at all LOL but it’s one of those evil necessities. I always work in water to keep the dust from sanding the clay contained. Add a couple drops of liquid soap as a lubricant. Start with the 320 grit to smooth out any lumps, bump or imperfections. Once it feels smooth all over, then move on to the 400, 600, 800 and 1000 grits. The 1000 is really just polishing, because the paper is so smooth, but that is the whole point, yes? 🙂

The electric buffer takes a very light touch. Don’t push the clay deep into the wheel, the fast momentum of the wheel can grab the clay right out of your hands and fling it across the room. I put an empty box on it’s side, with a layer of quilt batting in the bottom, behind my buffer to catch any projectiles that may leave my hand. You don’t want to break a window or your favorite vase 😉 A bit of practice and you’ll be an expert on buffing in no time.

Some eye candy to inspire you 🙂

Jan Geisen mica shift beads

Jan Geisen mica shift beads

Donna Kato

Donna Kato

Donna Kato

Donna Kato

Sherri Kellberg

Sherri Kellberg

Rita Seale - PCC Contest Entry

Rita Seale - PCC Contest Entry

Kathy Weinberg

Kathy Weinberg

Laurel Steven

Laurel Steven

Into The Dawn Designs

Into The Dawn Designs

Happy Claying 🙂

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