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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?

I love a new clay toy

 I love when I find a new toy to use with my clay. This one that I'm facinated with right now isn't new, but I got a new outlook on it from my son.  Paint.  Yeah, I'm painting my clay and more than just slapping on a single color for antiquing. Check out this bracelet

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Owls

I don't know about you, but I have always loved owls.   They are just so beautiful.   Very regal and majestic. Sometimes in the summertime when I am laying in bed and the windows are open I wake up to hear an owl or two hooting.   Sometimes it's just one but other nights I have heard

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Steampumpkins!

My favorite words when a Sculpey RFP for a project comes are "can you make it different and/or edgy?"  Yeah Baby! That's right up my crafting alley. But when the RFP for this urgent project for Michaels came and they wanted "different" and "mixed media" on one of these plastic pumpkins, I have to confess

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Where Did this Month Go?

Yikes! Where did this month go?  It's already the last day of the month and the last day for me to post to you. Dang it, we were just getting on a roll too.    I wanted to report back to you about the new Photoshop apps.  I don't have a tablet, but I discovered

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Do you own a tablet? You can get Photoshop for 10 bucks!!

Yes, it's true!  I just went to the presentation for our Photoshop Users Group Monday night.  Adobe has created 4 different apps for the iPad and Android tablets.  AND THEY COST ONLY $9.99 EACH!   You can get a pretty loaded version of Photoshop (Called Photoshop Touch) for only $10!  All the basic tools, cropping,

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The One Block Wonder

Do you ever feel like doing clay, but not really "doing" clay?  You want something easy, yet great at the same time?  My One Block Wonder is perfect for that… 1 block of clay and 1 hour of time!  Now I'm busy cooking corned beef and thinking about green beer tonight, so this project fit

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Hey! I could do that with clay!

  You know how we often see things and say to ourselves (or out loud…to no one in particular..) “Hey, I could do that with clay!” I distinctly remember in my first glory days of clay when my friend (who also had just starting claying) and I were walking through the deck of the coffee

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Teach by example

I know we all hear that we should "set a good example for our kids."  But there is one part of this example setting we tend to overlook- how you spend your "downtime".  If you have hobbies that you clearly enjoy, that entertain you, the chances are that your kids will look for hobbies that

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Huh, who knew?

Who knew that you could take little pieces of clay (these are only about 2-1/2 inches high and overlap them and create a shortened version of a Skinner Blend?  Just overlap each piece with it's neighbors and I added a thin sheet of Premo Gold underneath to add shimmer and help hold it all together.

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Meet my little friend..

I was so bummed to have to leave my clay table last weekend, but fortunately this week just flew by.  A couple of chores to do and I'm back to the table!   My friend Jen buys an jewelry that features owls.  It's like a free pass – she's got to have it.  Sort of

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Paper Towels and Quick Gifts

  So I was going around the house changing all the empty papertowel rolls (other people obviously think little elves come in the night and change these because they certainly don't bother to!).  I reflexively put the empty cores in my "studio pile" of stuff to go to the studio next trip out.  Paper towel

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Feed Me!

  Do you ever get an idea stuck in your head and you just HAVE to work it out in clay? I'm recovering from foot surgery and was not able to get out to my “deluxe designer studio” (also called the garage) for several weeks. So I asked my ever-patient son, Koji, to go fill

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You never know where inspiration will come from

Inspiration is truly everywhere we look.  I remember vividly when I first started doing clay back in the olden days of the 20th century, I once grabbed a coffee mug in a coffee shop and said to my friend, “Look! We could do this in clay!”  Needless to say, I wasn’t inhibited at all by

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Premo Accent Peacock takes a walk to the pastel side of life

Okay, so we all love the new Premo Accent Peacock.  But it has even more tricks up it's pearlescent little sleeve! I was cleaning up my clay table and I happened to end up with some Peacock and some Premo Silver in my hand. They were equal parts, so Why not?  I started to mix

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Greetings from Sandy Camp!

Greetings from Sandy Camp!   I've made it to our retreat location finally!  Fortunately, I missed the rain storm on Weds, that caused some flooding in the tent.  I had a blast yesterday doing my demos.  "But wait! check this out!"  It's so fun to hear people go "Ohhh DUH" when I show them the

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

No, I don't mean the all the Fall holidays and the ensuing friends and family… I mean Sandy Camp!  For 13 years October has meant getting together with all our clay friends and family here in San Diego for Sandy Camp, our annual San Diego Polymer Clay Retreat.  I can't believe it's been thirteen years

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