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Every day I get questions about some of the most basic issues in polymer clay—
What do you do when your clay won’t condition? And why the heck does it need conditioning in the first place? What is reducing? How do I store the stuff? How long will it stay useable?
In response to all the questions, some from clayers who have been working with the stuff for years now—I’ve gone back to basics and created a tutorial for polymer clay 101:

In this tutorial, you will learn polymer clay from the ground up—how to properly choose and condition your clay: What clay is best for jewelry? What’s the fastest way to condition the clay, and how do I know when it’s done? What happens if I have problems?!!

How to create a gradient blend (a modification of the Skinner Blend): How do I seamlessly blend several colors?

How to form and reduce a basic cane: How do I avoid waste? And how do I know I’ve reduced enough?

Along with shaping and piercing beads, curing and finishing your work for years of wear; a bonus bibliography points the newbie to several online and print resources—the most reliable ones I’ve found. Also included are a wealth of tips and shortcuts to help you navigate the wonderful world of color. (Wasn’t that a TV show..?)

This 26 page tutorial is lavishly illustrated with 59 full color in-depth illustrations; and like all my tutorials, It comes with full online support. This pdf.file will be shipped to your designated email within 24 hours of payment.

As a bonus, this tutorial ships with an additional tutorial on my signature Striped spiral Pendant, which is the perfect complement to this download.

If you find you have fun with this, please check out my newly published book, "Polymer Clay Gemstones, The Art of Deception", a tongue-in-cheek mystery spoof that incorporates 20 sophisticated polymer clay techniques and projects, now available on Amazon! At over 200 pages, the full scale tutorials contained within are less than $1.50 each.

Chapters include instructions on how to create:

Black Opal
Petoskey Stone
Bog Oak
Tiger Claw
Faux metal settings
Favrile Glass
Blue Lace agate
Carnelian and many more!

Here is what users have told me about my tutorials:

These are beyond gorgeous! The tutorial is well written and very easy to follow. I can't wait to start making these! Thank you also for the spiral tutorial...I honestly would have NEVER guessed something that unique to be that simple! Awesome!!

Great tutorial, great communication First class!
This is such a great tut and it includes lots of really useful hints and tips. I made a credible first attempt and am looking forward to trying some variations of my own soon.

I think this is a truly inspirational and most interesting tutorial. Clear instructions and marvellous photos. Very, very happy with this purchase from such a lovely lady. A+++

Thank you, dear Randee for this wonderful tutorial, it's clear written with a lot of detailed photos, I can only recommend this seller, Randee is not only a lovely "clady" but a very talented artist and instructor, too

Legal stuff: All tutorials are available as digital files which you may download after purchase, once you have received a confirmation email from Etsy. To download you will need Adobe reader installed on your computer which is available for free on the web--just Google Adobe reader.
You are welcome to print out the file if you desire a hard copy.Tutorials are available in English only, and are not refundable once downloaded.

Purchasers are more than welcome to create and sell the work they make from this tutorial, but like all tutorials, this document remains the copyright protected property of the author, and like all other electronic downloads, are not refundable once shipped. Available in English only. Seasonal coupons do not apply to tutorials, so sorry!

Polymer Clay Tutorial--Boot Camp