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syndee holt

syndee holt

Does Sculpey look interesting, but you tell yourself you just don’t have time?

Well, syndee holt will prove you wrong. She has worked as an independent polymer clay artist, photographer, and author for over 18 years while maintaining a full time career (she recently retired!) and raising her two sons herself, even caring for her terminally ill father for several years. She wrote her book, Polymer Clay for the First Time, with 4 little boys playing Nintendo behind her and in between laundry and cooking duties. Her bibliography now lists over 100 polymer clay articles in magazines published throughout the world as well as over 35 television appearances. Still don’t think you have time for crafts?

New Color Tuesday Part II: The Moroccan Souffle

I felt like I had rather slighted the Souffle clays when I nonchalantly mentioned at the beginning of the month that I didn’t need to make mix charts for the Souffle colors because they WERE the Moroccan colors already.  They are jewely colors right out of the package.  But I decided to do a color

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New Color Tuesday Part I: The Moroccan Blues

(I typed that title and immediately tried to wrap my head around what Moroccan blues music would sound like. Still got the head tilted on that one!) This is going to be a busy week for the NCT blog.  Not only am I presenting the last of the color groups for the Moroccan theme, but

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Playing in the Scrap Pile

I looked at last week’s mix scraps from the Moroccan red/orange group and I couldn’t just let them sit there.  I really liked this soft purple color that was mixed- it reminds me of Turnip in Souffle (actually, it COULD be Turnip, since it’s in the scrap heap!).  I got these great earring findings at

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New Color Tuesday! The Moroccan Greens

I’m love me some greens!  These were really fun, but I have to say that I didn’t get any color really that I may like better than Premo! Spanish Olive.  I also have a little bonus Bright Green Pearl mix at the end of this.  I also have to say bear with me as I

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New Color Tuesday! The Moroccan Reds

I know, I know, there are also oranges and yellows.  The Moroccan Warm Tones then?  I love every single color in this palette.  I started with Premo! Raw Sienna then mixed with Premo! Cad Red, Orange and Cad Yellow.  I”m going to split each color mix out individually, so let’s get started shall we?  

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New Color Tuesday: The Marsalas

Pantone has announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala, which is a gorgeous color that goes so well with so many different color palettes.  Plus, it can be metallic or non-metallic.  If you don’t like to mix colors, Premo! Accents Bronze, right out of the package is a pretty darn close

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New Color Tuesday – the Top Ten of 2014

I seem to careen along a creative highway zooming from one challenge to the next, one design to the next, one technique to the next and I don’t often look back. Like that project or post? Too bad, because I’m already zooming off to new ideas and hopefully, new frontiers. Call for Proposals to teach

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Creative Map #4 How Hard Can It Be?

Just thought I would pop in and share some of the stuff I’ve been trying to work on when I have a few moments during the holidays.  As you know, I’ve been OBSESSED with mixing the Moroccan colors for the NCT in January.  I started by mixing the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala.  Well,

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New Color Tuesday -Green Gets the Blues

For my final Green mix I decided to try some blues.  I expected to produce some really pretty teals and greens, but not so much with the Ultramarine Blue.  Since I’ve been on such a Turquoise kick, I added a little Turquoise into the mix.  Now THERE are some pretty colors! That last mix with

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New Color Tuesday- Green Goes Metallic

I wanted to see what the effect of mixing Premo! Green with the various metallics would be.  Not too many surprises, except that I really like the Gr/C mixes the best. Then I decided to do some three-way mixes and Wow!  I think I just mixed my favorite metallic!  The 1Gr/1B/2G mix is GORGEOUS!  and

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New Color Tuesday – Holiday Mints

Well, hey!  This jolly old Premo! Green is proving to be a very interesting color.  I thought I would do a mix with Premo! White to see how “minty” it would become, since there are so many mint colored textiles appearing on the Spring fashion runways. I thin that each of these versions is a

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The Creative Map to the Teal Rabbit Hole

This is what happens when I have a nice little pile of pretty colored scraps left over from the New Color Tuesday mix (https://www.sculpey.com/create/new-color-tuesday-down-the-rabbit-hole-again/).  I HAD to see how far I could go with these scraps (scraps to scraps, so to speak).   It was always, “but wait, what if…” As the map shows, I

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New Color Tuesday – Down the Rabbit Hole (again..)

I asked, you responded. I asked what color to mix for December and you responded “blues and greens”.  I immediately thought, “Oh, in search of the perfect teal..”  Now, I was fully aware that the search would lead me down a rabbit hole, filled with beautiful blues, greens, turquoise, even mints.  What I didn’t realize

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New Color Tuesday! Whaaaaat?

First, I’m  happy to report that I have full use of all 10 fingers now for typing.  I graduated from a cast to a brace on my left hand yesterday.  First thing I’m going to do at the clay table is take the brace off and roll a ball of clay in my palms.  I

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Another Creative Map of My Brain

Ok, last week I created this map of my clay musings.  I limited my colors and my tools (okay, my 7 working fingers did that part!). The arrows indicate how the designs evolved. Believe it or not, Friday I actually found a shirt in my drawer that I can NO jewelry to match!  Well, okay,

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Pantone Colors For Spring 2015

I looked up the Pantone colors for next Spring and lo and behold – it reads like a color chart of Souffle! Look, there is Bluestone (my favorite), Seaglass, Lagoon, Sandcastle, Pumpkin, Pesto, Latte and Concrete. I just may have to try to mix that sea foam color on the top row, that blush color

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NEW Color Tuesday – 2ups and 3ups

 Okay, I know that you all know that Bluestone is my very favorite Sculpey Souffle color, but LOOK at the Bluestone Premo! Accents Copper mixes!  I love every single mix here, I can’t even pick a favorite!  What classy colors they are.   And since I got carried away with color mixing this month, here

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10 Tricks for Etch n’ Pearls

I had the Etch n’ Pearl tools in my toolkit for the longest time before I actually realized their full potential. I thought that they were cool pokey things with funny ends on them (sounds familiar right?). Then I had the chance to see my fellow Sculpey teammates, Amy Koranek and Patti Kimle, use the

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My Creative Map

 I decided last weekend to do another study like I did with the cutter bracelets last year. The way I do my challenges is to decide on a creation type – bracelet or pendant, etc. and then nominate the tools that can be used in all the projects.  This time I also limited myself to

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New Color Tuesday – the Neutrals

It’s always a challenge for me to find the right neutral for my project.  Sculpey Souffle has wonderful neutrals with Concrete for a cool neutral and Sandcastle and Latte for warm neutrals.  I generally tend to grab the Latte for my warm neutral, but lately I’m finding that the Sandcastle is a gorgeous mixing color.

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New Color Tuesday – Thar’s Gold!

I am having so much fun with Premo! Accents Copper, I decided to mix it this month with Sculpey Souffle and see what happens.  Since my broken arm prompted me to get a motor for my pasta machine, I went a little overboard on the mixing.  So we are going to pretend like there are

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New Color Tuesday with Mix Recap

Well, now isn’t that interesting?  Usually the four mixes look like variation of a similar color. Premo! Accent Copper and Premo! Turquoise mixes look like four very distinct colors. And, as usual, I don’t know which one I like best. Although….that 4C/1T mix makes a pretty rich looking bronze that would make a wonderful bezel

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Sunset Synergy Across the Sea

(say THAT 3 times quickly!) Earlier this week I was working on the New Color Tuesday (NCT) for November and I just had to try this Skinner Blend of Sculpey Soufflé Bluestone and Premo! Accents Copper. Bluestone is my all time favorite clay color, so I’m a little stoked about this blend.   I posted

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New Color Tuesday- With 2 Olives Please

When I was in Spain, I could have lived on ham, bread and olives.  In fact, I think I tried to! Big olives, tiny olives, most of them green olives.  This  Premo! Spanish Olive  color makes me crave olives!  So I wanted to see what would happen when I mixed it with Premo! Accents Copper.

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Orange You Glad It’s New Color Tuesday?

Ok, sorry for the bad pun in the title, but I couldn’t help it! I’m excited this week, this is like TWO uncharted territories for me – Premo! Accents Copper and Premo! Orange.  I don’t mix a lot with orange, other than maybe a little yellow or white.  I love the mixes with Copper, they

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New Color Tuesday – Mining Copper

Okay, so I’m sort of fascinated (fixated?) with Premo! Accents Copper this month.  Originally, I was going to do 2 weeks of Premo! mix and 2 weeks of Souffle mix, but I got so intrigued with the Premo!  I am doing the whole month with Premo! First up is Copper mixed with Premo! Accents Purple

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Notes from the Prescott Retreat

First of all, they have the BEST venue EVER!  It’s a rustic camp, but the amenities!  If you didn’t want to hike the 1/2 mile to the chow hall, they sent a bus.  And every evening, a tray of fresh cookies magically appeared! All the artists attending get a FULL TABLE to themselves!  Ahhh, room

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New Color Tuesday! It’s All About Copper

So I’ve just unpacked my clothing from my trip to the fantastic Arizona Polymer Clay Guild retreat in Prescott (more on that later!).  My clay stuff is waiting for me to unpack in the garage.  It was funny when I crossed the state line back into California, they always have a check station to see

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New Color Tuesday: Lagoon and Metallics

By now you know that I tend to get fascinated with a color and go crazy with it for a couple of days (or weeks) before the next infatuation.  So far, my longest infatuation is with Sculpey Soufflé Bluestone, but as usual, I’ve run out of it.  So, look what magically appeared on my worktable…18k

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Your Kids Can Teach You About Clay

..but you have to be willing to listen! When my boys were in grade school, it was tradition in California that in the 4th grade they all built a mission or something reflective of Junipero Serra era of our state history.  Well, my son came home and announced that he was building the original Royal

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