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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! The Old Meets the New

Our featured mix color this month is Premo! Accent  Fluorescent Pink.  Our first mix uses our April mix color, Premo! Turquoise with the Fluorescent Pink (yes, I’m showing off that I can spell BOTH those colors!)  The 1:1 mix is my favorite, what’s yours?

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Use Those Bits Left on Your Table!

Whenever I do the New Color Tuesday mixes, I end up with some really nice “bits” left on my table.  The colors always go really well with each other because most of them contain bits of a single (mix) color.  This is a photo of one of the “bit stacks” that I created. I even

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New Color Tuesday – Frozen with a twist

My apologies to those of you currently experiencing a Game of Thrones decades-long Winter, but I wanted to see what happened when we mixed our Premo! Turquoise withPremo! Pearl. Show these colors to anyone under the age of say, 20 years old, and they are probably going to shout “Frozen! Elsa! Snowman!”  (BTW if you haven’t

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TBT – The Treasures in my China Cabinet

My mother’s china cabinet has always proudly displayed the beautiful china my grandmother painted.  Over the years though, it’s become the repository for my treasures as well.  My old jewelry box my father brought from Japan, a couple of old green Army men we have randomly found years after the battles were waged (we call

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Can’t get any easier than this!

So this is my new favorite “set” at my house to do a quick glamour shot of a finished piece.  Looks nice right?  Nice light tent set up? Except that it’s not.  It’s shot on my table on the deck with a great prop book that Iris gave me (actually she gave it to me

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I’m a little obsessed…(so what else is new?)

So after having a box of Pluffy sitting in my “deluxe designer studio” (yeah, it’s a garage) for almost a year, I’ve suddenly become obsessed with it.  I had sent a photo of a project I had just designed and she wrote me back, “Can you do it in Pluffy?” CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!  Pluffy, like it’s

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I want it, I’ll build it!

No thanks major department stores!  As a matter-of-fact I DON’T want a boring sponge holder with suctions cups (seriously, it’s the 21st century – we all know they don’t work!). I’m trying to do the right thing and get a sponge holder to help cut down on bacteria left in an always-wet sponge. First of

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Make a dog lover happy

I wanted to share a holiday success story with you.  I have a great friend from work who is not only an Ortho Trauma P.A., but she is so talented at beading and crafting! She also has raised and trained champion Bouvier de Flanders dogs.  Now in case you can’t immediately recall just what a

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CHA is no longer a marathon

Well, I’m back from the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) after dropping Iris and Jen from Polyform off at the airport this morning and driving home.  The show was REALLY small and really quiet by the end of the first afternoon. Trends? chalk – EVERYONE was pushing chalk paint, chalk pens for any and all

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Sculpey and Pearl Ex – A match made in heaven

With the big Craft and Hobby Association trade show just days away, I thought I would review the new Pearl Ex colors for you and at the same time, drop some tips on how to work with Pearl Ex (or any micro powder) on Sculpey clays. First, the good stuff.  The new colors are highly

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This One Took a Left Turn

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I’m taking advantage of my two extra days off by spending time at my clay table experimenting and preparing for my January blog month on Sculpey.com. These were *supposed” to be bracelet blanks I was going to cover. (You know, the kind you put on a soda can like I did

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How Did It Get to Be End of Summer?

Wow! End of Summer..it's hot, humid and not a breath of air here at the beach right now.  But it's time to look forward to Halloween!  I created a really fun multi-media necklace with a Halloween theme last year that I want to share with you.  It's a lariat necklace, which means that the ends

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Play Time!

 I had a rare weekend with no clay assignments so I decided to do a little playing.  We cherish our butterflies and humming birds in our neighborhood, planting plants specifically for their needs.  The Monarchs and Western Tiger Swallowtails are our favorites of the butterflies, with many people counting their caterpillars daily.  I have a

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What’s in a Wrapper?

 What's in a wrapper?  Well for me, my clay wrappers often act as a disposable mini-paint palette!  They are just perfect to hold the small amounts of acrylic paints we often use to antique a bead or two or three!  I like to allow my colors to mix slightly when I'm antiquing a larger piece,

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(Clay) Life Doesn’t Always Have to Be Hard

  As the (self-appointed) Queen of Stoobid Simple Clay, I just want to remind you that clay design doesn’t have to be difficult or intricate to be effective.  This necklace, featured in this month’s Bead It magazine, is super simple, but one of the most elegant necklaces I think I’ve created. Sculpey Bead Projects Are

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When Life Gives You Hard Clay

So when life gives you lemons, er, hard clay… we still want to use it.   This happened when I accidentally set a sheet of rolled out Premo! Peacock  on top of my oven WHILE IT WAS ON. I know, right? What was I thinking?  Well, it was in a stack of index cards that

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What You Looking At?

At my last opportunity to blog a couple of months ago, the last blog I featured one of my tikis on the deck (see blog below) who often shows behind me when I did a Sculpey video.  Well, he had lost an eye and I mentioned that one of my goals this summer was to

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What we will do to display our clay!

HELLOW!   I get to spend my birthday month with you!  I've been squirreling away little things to blog about with you all. It's been a busy, busy Spring and Summer.  I've been traveling and teaching and getting ready to RETIRE from my "real job" of 22 years next Feb.  It's so fun to apply

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I’m thinking he needs some new eyes

 Our deck and yard (ok and our house) features a lot of tikis.  Why not, we live at the beach right? This is one of our largest and you might have seen him in the background of some of my Sculpey videos. I'm thinking that my project this summer will be to make him some

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Take the picture!

Take the picture!   Whenever you are working at your clay table, I HIGHLY recommend that you photograph each step. You never know when a design is going to be a "hit" and a magazine or company will want your project.  Not your thing?  Well, how about as a record or a "recipe" for the

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More from the Rabbit Hole

Soooo, what do you say to the former in-laws when you've painted the hand-made Japanese dining table they gave you? My former father-in-law made this table for my boys and I decided one day that the dark wood just didn't fit with the Rabbit Hole.  So, I painted it free hand with primary colors and

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Quick tip for doing bargello with new Sculpey Technique Tool!

   So this comb tool (bottom right) in the new Sculpey Technique  DesignTools set is great for creating bargello.  All you need is a sheet of striped clay and drag the tool perpendicular THROUGH the stripes.  Easy right?  Except how do you get a striped sheet of clay?   I was messing around at my

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Transfer and Toys

Well, I'm still unpacking from the trip to the Oklahoma Twister Retreat but I wanted to share some photos with you.       One of the classes was all about toner-based transfers.  Tom had his b/w photos printed at one of the office stores on a fairly thick, but uncoated, paper.  We tried the

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Home Sweet Home

I’m home from the Oklahoma Twister Retreat and I already miss all my new clay friends.  I thought I would make a quick post here before I started the tedious process of unpacking all my clay stuff in the studio.  It always seems that when I’m packing to go I keep saying to myself, “Oh,

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Greetings from Oklahoma

We are having a blast here in Oklahoma Twister retreat!  I was prepared to teach 2 4 hour classes and a photo demo.WhenI got here Penni Jo Couch, who heads this retreat says "great! and what are you going to do for your 2 make-it-nd-take-its?" Well, Im sure my face registered complete shock. apparently we

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It the Tiny Bits

You know how we will often buy a blouse or dress and when we are at the checkout, we are designing the Sculpey jewelry to go with it?  YEAH, you've done that before and so have I.  I've also bought a piece of clothing because I wanted to design the jewelry to go with it

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There’s Colors in that Rabbit Hole!

So, we are still traveling around my living room here.  When you have bold colors (like the big red chair and the walls) regular items just seem to disappear. (But apparently, seasonal decorations DON'T disappear – I believe both Halloween and Christmas are represented here…and it's May.)  You can see the black vase on the

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Tales from the Rabbit Hole

Ok, so I was sooo excited, I started my blog LAST month, when I was supposed to start THIS month.. and it's a blog series based on my wacky living room, so I need to repost the first to get us rolling.  But first, I have to share that I was just in the kitchen

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These are a few of my favorite things

Like it or not, the holidays are upon us.  Whether you fall on the side of "no Christmas until after Thanksgiving" or you welcome it in July – it IS time for making those holiday gifts.  This is one of my favorite things I've ever created for Christmas.  I did this for Sculpey in 2005

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