Polymer Clay Artist Sees Through Her Disability

Polymer Clay Artist Sees Through Her Disability

(CL) Alright, we have a very special guest
today, and his name is Misha the Singing Dog. (CP) He’s a long hair Chihuahua, yeah, you
gonna sing? Sleep Country USA, why buy a mattress anywhere
else? *howling* Yeah? Sleep Country USA? You gonna sing for the mattress people? That’s it? No more? Not for Minuet? You want hamburger? *laughing* Chicken? Hotdogs? He knows all those words. (CL) That’s hilarious. Hi guys, its Cindy Lietz, your Polymer Clay
Tutor and we are at the Astoria/Seaside KOA Campground, and we are sitting here with Cindy
Peterson, Cindy’s a good name, by the way, and we’re here with Elizabeth, Elizabeth is
Cindy’s neighbor and they clay together which is very cool. So actually I’m gonna let Cindy tell you a
little bit about herself, oh Doug wanted to show you that we were at the Campground, and
we’ve got the trailer here, and it’s a beautiful kinda breezy day, you can smell campfire smoke
all over the place, it’s kinda cozy isn’t it? (CP) Yeah. (CL) It’s a beautiful day… it’s a beautiful
day, so I’m gonna let Cindy tell you a little bit about herself, you are not gonna believe
this but she is actually blind, which is really cool, there isn’t a lot of, well there is
probably a few people doing… making jewelry. But you’ll have to tell us about your eyesight
and what… a little bit about how you go about this, and everything. (CP) Okay, well, I have Retinitis Pigmentosa
which is… we call tunnel vision, I have less than 10% vision left, so I do my Polymer
Clay… I enjoy making on a 6×6 clay tile, and I can
lose pieces on that tile. (CL) You were saying that it was a little
bit like looking through a… (CP) A straw. (CL) A straw, sometimes? (CP) Yeah, and then this eye decides whether
it wants to work or not, and so Elizabeth here, she’s my bead finder if I lose anything,
she has been known to get a penny a bead, if she finds it. (CL) If she hunts it down? (CP) Yeah, so anyways, I use my glasses, they’re
currently kinda like a magnifier, and I also have a magnifying light for even more close
up work, and as long as there’s contrast, I do pretty well, and I just wanna basically
send a message that, just ‘cause you have low vision or you can’t see, you can still
do Polymer. And with no vision… I got this tip from the Bead Show, this one
artist is totally blind and he said she just has somebody pick the colors for her and then
she makes it. (CL) Oh, and so she goes by feel for everything? (CP) Yup. (CL) Oh, that’s… (CP) So then that gave me even more encouragement
that I would still be able to do this as my eyes progressively get worse. (CL) And you haven’t always been blind, you
were full seeing when you were younger right? (CP) Yeah. (CL) And so it’s changed over the years. (CP) Yes. (CL) But she does some really great work,
it’s really fun to see that she’s definitely doing the tutorials, she is cranking out tons
and tons and tons of things… the whole box is over there, we might get our bead finder
to go grab it. Do you want to grab the box, and we’ll show
you all the stuff, and she’s got some beautiful necklaces and things here, I’ll show them
to you. They’ve got… you will be able to see if
you’ve been following the tutorials, that she’s got some of the Polymer Curb Chain here. She’s got some… and you’ve done such a nice
job with the colors and stuff, they have kind of a metallic look to them. (CP) Well people think it’s chain. (CL) Oh, they think it’s chain? (CP) They actually think it’s metal, until
they pick it up. (CL) Yeah, it’s so light. (CP) Yeah, then they realize, oh it’s not,
and I think that’s great. (CL) That is cool, and she’s done sort of
a neat thing here with the bead cap, she’s sorta turned them inside out on each other,
and they have a bit of… a lot of movement and stuff to them. Oh, here’s another one too, a lot of this
stuff we haven’t even seen yet, here’s another one with a Polymer chain, and hers is quite
large and neat looking. (CP) That’s the eyesight issue. (CL) That’s the eyesight… well you know
if you can’t see, you might as well just make it bigger. (CP) I make it to where I can see it. (CL) That’s really cool, and she’s got a lot
of neat bright colors and shiny metallics and things in here too, and you were saying
that you had a harder time with this kind of… it’s a memory wire bracelet, and because
the colors were really similar and the wire was Gold, she was having trouble, there wasn’t
enough contrast? (CP) Especially at the beginning of this stage. (CL) Oh with the wire springing around? (CP) When it’s mostly the Gold wire, getting
caught up with each other, and then I’d have to re-hunt the beginning. (CL) Well, it would go nicely with my KOA
bracelet, that I’ve stuck… yes this is my latest jewelry, isn’t it fabulous? But it’s so cute, you did a great job on that,
I really like it, now she’s got leaves and little pods here, she’s done tons of cane
work and lots of stuff. (CP) There’s something I wanted to show
you… (CL) You’ve got something else in there? (CP) Well this is with Kato Clay. (CL) Oh, with Kato PolyClay? (CP) Yeah, and it turned out looking like…
the way I did it, it turned out looking like leather to me. (CL) Oh, it sure does. (CP) And that’s a cane I made… (CL) Can you get a close-up of that, Doug? Cool, hey? And it does look like leather with the little
holes in it and the way the color looks. (CP) Because it’s not the Metallic Copper,
it’s just plain Copper. (CL) Oh, she has that? Or is it just… plain Copper, I haven’t seen
that yet, I just picked myself up a whole bunch of the little Kato Clays, I don’t get
it in Canada without shipping it, so I just got some when I was here, and that’s really
awesome, I’ll have to try that out. (CP) ‘Cause this is the metallic, and this
is this stuff, and see the difference. (CL) Oh, neat, she’s got like all sorts of
little… this is sorta has a bit of a steam punk look to it, is this gonna be a pin or
a pendant or something? (CP) It was gonna be a pendant. (CL) A pendant, it’s quite neat looking, it’s
got lots of little tiny detail and things on it. (CP) So that’s why I thought… (CL) Oh, you’re gonna put that together? (CP) Well they’re two different Coppers,
(CL) Oh, yeah. (CP) So they came out looking… (CL) That’s neat. (CP) So one is metallic and one is not. (CL) I’ll have to discover all of that, that’s
really neat. Now you’ve been… Elizabeth, you’ve been making flowers haven’t
you? Why don’t you talk a little bit about the
flowers? (E) The flowers, I start out with just…
with the clay machine, I do the… I make, with the little circle cutters, I
just cut circles and then I make… with the first circle, I like twist it so it has this
kinda shape. (CL) Oh, yeah, yeah, so you make the little… (E) And then I just go up a bit. (CL) Right and then you go around and around,
and look at… she’s as she’s going along, look at this one, look at… she’s gotten
really, really delicate with her pieces here, some of her first ones. And then here’s one, this one would have been
a first one too. (E) Yeah, when I just started. (CL) Yeah, so she’s just started and you
can see that at this has gotten a little bit flattened, which happens, but as she’s improving,
you can see each little petal is starting to lift up and get thinner. I showed her a little trick for rolling around
the edges, to get them all frilly, so hopefully that’ll help you continue. And she’s… they’re just so beautiful,
and you’ve done a neat thing with these ones, you’ve got some colors mixed in, did you marble
the clay first. (E) Yeah, I used the Yellow and the Red. (CL) Yellow and Red? So what brand are you working with? What brand of clay? (E) Sculpley and… (CL) Sculpey? (E) Yeah, and what was the other one? (CP) Fimo (E) Fimo. (CL) And Fimo, yeah, they are both neat, and
which one do you like, of those two? Which one do you think is nicest? (E) I think the Sculpley is… (CL) Sculpey, yeah, it’s Sculpey. (E) … is easier to work with because it
has the chunks of it, so you just cut it and that’s easy to work with. (CL) Oh, right, yeah, ‘cause the Fimo is
kinda in the little bars, oops, it jumped off in my hand. And you’ve also done… and one on here, on
this pendant, did you do all this other stuff too? (E) No, I…Cindy did the part…I just… (CP) I did the cane and this is re-claimed
jewelry… (CL) Yeah with the… yeah, upcycled… (CP) Yeah, recycled and she did the flower. (CL) So it’s a collaboration? It’s called an artist collaboration when two
people put them together. Isn’t that neat? I love it that you guys are working together
there, and Cindy has a website, and what did you say the name was? (CP) JewelryByTwoFriends and it’s at myshopify.com
(CL) myshopify.com, and you said the reason what the name was… why it was cool? (E) Because my Mom and Cindy are friends and
then me and Amanda are friends. (CL) Yeah, so then that works out to 2 friends,
twice. Well, it’s been super great, we’ll probably
do a lot more chatting here about all these different pieces, she’s got millions of them
here, and she has millions of flowers. So you guys out there who are not making anything? You have no excuses, you need to get going. (CP) And I do make them into jewelry. (CL) And she does make beautiful pieces, this
is a neat piece too here, she’s got all her little flowers all in a dangly bracelet, do
you use one of those chain stay? (CP) Yep. (CL) I figured that would be best for your
eyesight there, it’d make it easier to scroll up and down, (CP) It does. (CL) a chain stay is a little bracelet holder
that helps you design your bracelets, which is kinda really cool. Anyways, so we will wrap it up and we will
see you next time, probably on another location on the road. We’ll see you next time, bye for now.

13 thoughts on “Polymer Clay Artist Sees Through Her Disability

  1. Cindy that turned really good. Thanks Doug for making me look so young. HEHE
    Elizabeth was covering pen blanks today with me and she has done a great job. Thanks again Cindy for all you tips we are using them today. Great video!

  2. I don't know how to post comments without replying, so I apologize. I just wanted to say this video was really helpful and inspiring: I also have RP, and I am looking into starting to make jewelry and it's all a little overwelming…but this video makes me just want to jump in and try my best! Thank you so much for being an inspiration Cindy πŸ™‚

  3. what a wonderful story…. I like your roadtrips Cindy, know about different people with different abilities but one passion in common πŸ™‚

  4. Loved this video…wonderful to a Polymer Clay Artist…under 18 yrs. of age…keep claying, Cindy & Elizabeth…

  5. I do lots of art and when my son whose a few months old was diagnosed as legally blind, I was really saddened at the thought that he may never experienced the joy from creating art… so this video was very encouraging, and hours to show you if there's a will there's a way!:) thanks!


  7. Cindy, so inspiring…I’m a disabled artist as well…and it’s incouraging Always to show others a way to be happy as we adjust to our abilities …in a positive way! Your an amazing and beautifully talented Artist… great video!

  8. I know this is an older one, but how inspiring! Indeed, what's my excuse? I would love to see how the skills of the young collaborator has grown!
    Rachel D

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