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Niki Meiners

Niki Meiners

Growing up in a small mid-western town, Niki Meiners was surrounded by a modest, resourceful and very entrepreneurial family. Her simple upbringing spurred her “Can Do” attitude and gave her the confidence to try any challenge placed before her. She knew there was more out there that just her small town and set off after high school to explore the world. It was through these travels that she discovered her love of art and her desire to make the world a prettier place. It was not until she suffered a paralyzing illness that she realized she wanted to reconsider her corporate career as a Chief Paper Pusher, and her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her prom product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Niki is an idea Architect, easily outlining every project from concept to completion. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional and her in depth knowledge of the industry allows her to produce projects with a specific with specific understanding of both the consumer and the manufacturer. This knowledge has allowed her work to be featured in the industries’ leading craft and lifestyle publications and manufacturers’ websites.

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Fairies Gnomes and other garden friends

Spring is right around the corner.  But you do not have to wait for the flowers to blossom to create garden friends.  Enjoy this collection of Fairies gnomes and other garden and fantasy friends.  Get inspiration for your next creation using the incredible techniques and fun inspiration. Hidden Hollow creates incredible mermaids and other fantasy

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fun faux clay techniques for jewelry

I love working with faux clay techniques to create stones and faux metals for use in my jewelry.  There are may tutorials out there and I have created a lot of my own and wanted to share some other bloggers versions of a faux  technique.  I like Practically Functionals version and the look of the faux turquoise

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Sculpey Easter Crafts Round up

Easter Crafts are a fun activity for children.  This year is no exception since Easter is early and winter is still here and indoor activities are needed.  The winter this year in Ohio has been on the extra cold side so it is fun to fire up the oven and make the kitchen warm.  You

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No sew Pumpkins with Sculpey Polymer Clay stems

Create stems for your no sew decorative pumpkins with Sculpey Polymer Clay.  These pumpkins are pretty quick and easy to make.  You do not even have to sew.    If you know how you could, but with my special tip you will not have to sew. This is a front view of the stems. Material

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My favorite things

My favorite things made with Sculpey brands of polymer clay is a collection of things I have saved on pinterest because want to try to make some version of it or try the technique. First up is a Sock Monkey, not only is it adorable just because it is a sock monkey, but it is

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Inspired by color

I was inspired by color from a recent fabric dyeing project.  I might try to recreate the look of the fabric in clay.  I think it would look great set in a bezzle and turned into a focal for a necklace.  These colors would look good for a few different seasons depending on what was

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Seven in the series of Color Combinations

This color combination is brought to you from another foral arrangement. I really do have a thing for flowers and yet another picture from the Flower Market in NYC.  Mother nature makes the most interesting combinations.  I know this is not a combination that I would pick on my own, yet somehow it looks great

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Color Combination and Inspiration #6

The picture for the Color Combination Inspiration came from a trip to NYC.  I had to make a stop at my favorite store, ABC Home and Carpet.  I could spend hours in the store shopping and taking pictures.  The home store has 5 floors of pure awesomeness.  Each time I go to the store their

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Color Combination and Inspiration #5

Color Inspiration can be found almost anywhere, but I think mother nature provides the best color pallet.  Not quite sure that these are purely mother natures work, their might be a little dye involved.  wink wink.  But no matter what the results are lovely and inspiring.  I hope you enjoy the combinations and create some

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Ornament for Sculpey blog

Button and clay christmas ornaments

The project today is a part of an ornament hop with the line of Laura Kelly buttons from Buttons Galore and More and and a few of our crafty friends.  The hop participants were asked to make ornamnts no bigger than three inches.  The ornament I chose to make is using one of my favorite

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Color Inspiration #4

This color inspiration is a photo from a flower market in New York city.  I was there earlier in the year and managed to snp a couple of photos before the battery in my camera died.  Insert super sad face here.  The market had every flower imaginable.  There were boxes everywhere loaded with fragrant bouquets.

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Color Combination and Inspiration #3

This color combintaion was inspired by a pile of dishtowels at World Market.  I loved the bold bright colors.  The clay colors I picked to match are from the Pluffy line. If you have kids and havenot tried the pluffy line, you should.  It is light weight, easy to work with and super fun.  My

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Color Combination and Inspiration #2

Last week I posted a color combination and had several emails asking for more.   Who knew picking colors would be so popular?  Not me, that is for sure.   I thought I might try to bring you a new one each week through the rest of the year. I love photography and will go

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Color Combination and Inspiration

Color combinations are a struggle for many crafters. As an artist I am a frequently asked how to put together great color combinations.  Color inspiration, for me is all around.  You have to open your eyes and learn to look for the way nature pairs them.  Often I find great color combinations at the unlikeliest

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Molds and 7 tips to make working with them easy

  Molds are one of my favorite items to work with.  I love combining them with traditional Sculpey Polymer Clay and the Model Air ultra light clay.  I really like working with them because you can create multiples of the sames pieces and you can make the same projects in diffrent colors. Along the way

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Polymer clay Snowman

A snowman is the cutest symbol of winter.  My kids and I started plaing with clay the other day and we decided to get a head start on our Christmas.  They decided they would make each of their cousins a snowman.  So the claying began.  My three year old is fascinated by the clay machine

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Stamping in Clay – Mosaic Photo Frame and jewelry

Mosaic can be created with a variety of matierials.  For a home decor piece I chose to use Premo Sculpey in a variety of colors that fit with my colors.  You could chose colors to match your home decor.   While I am pulling out older projects I thought I would share some jewelry pieces

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Seaside Christmas Decor with Polymer Clay

Seaside Christmas is my home decor this coming holiday season. I share a sneek peak with you last month of the startfish topper.  Below are the companion piece and the actual piece the topper is on.  I started on it back in June and I am finished with the main pieces.  My tree is on

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Seaside Christmas Decor with Polymer Clay

Seaside Christmas Decor?  Yes, I know it is still August, but I have decided I want a new look for Christmas this year.  I have used the same tree skirt and theme on my tree for 20 years now.  Last year I added a few new things that changed  the theme but no the color

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A Mokume Gane Mother’s Day Gift

Mokume gane is not just for adults!  As a step in helping my son and his fellow Webelo Boy Scouts pack acheive their Artist badge, we created Mokume Gane canes.  The canes were placed in the premo! Sculpey Purse Hanger as Mother's Day gifts.  Before we began making the canes we talke about color theory and

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Mold Maker – More DIY crafty ideas

Mold Maker was my focus this week, and I wanted to share a few more pieces that were made using molds. I love creating for my home, family and friends.  Maybe these projects will inspire you to create something too. This necklace is one of my favorites.  I made the enameled beads and the pendant.

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Mold Maker Button and Polymer Clay Jewelry idea

Mold Maker can be used for a myriad of applications.  If you check out the What's New Wednesday link. You can learn how to make a mold from Mold Maker.  I used the Mold Maker to make a pendant from a knob on my dresser.  I adore the pattern on the knob and I think

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3-piece jewelry set – Perfect round Bezels for polymer clay

Create a coordinating 3-piece jewelry set with the Round Premo! Sculpey Findings.  The bezels in this kit are the perfect sized bezels for a smal cane.  I am not new to working with polymer clay or jewelry, but I am new to making canes.  While browsing through Pinterest one night, I saw really cool canes.

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Premo Polymer Clay covered tin – Chevrons and Swarovski

  A Premo Polymer Clay covered tin with Swarovski Crystals is fabuous gift to give or to make for yourself.  I recently shot a video demonstrating the Chevron cane and fel in love with it.  I loved it so much that I decided to use the left overs to make a veneer to cove a

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Sculpey Polymer Clay ideas for Valentine’s Day

Sculpey polymer clay is a fabulous medium to use in jewelry making. Valentine’s day is fast approaching and it makes the perfect reason to give someone you love a piece of jewelry. Now, who would not love a piece of handmade jewelry? The first piece I want to show you today is a technique called

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