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Introducing the 2019 Sculpey Design Squad

Syndee HoltJenny SorensenRachel HateleyAnke HumpertClaire MaunsellSherman ObersonKrithika ParthanTeresa SalgadoMo TiptonLynn YuhrAmy KoranekMaria Saracino

Read their blog posts and enjoy their projects, tips, techniques and creative uses of clays, tools and accessories. Their varied specialties and work styles will educate and inspire you.

New Color Tuesday! A Hint of Blush- Pt 3

Oh yes, Mid-Century colors – right in my wheel house! Premo Sunshine is another color I tend to forget in my clay closet. And it doesn’t make sense, I’m all about sunny warm colors, but I’ll tell you a secret – I can’t keep yellows clean – any yellow is an instant dirt/clay scrap magnet

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How to Use Texture Sponges on Polymer Clay

Are you looking for ways to spice up your polymer clay projects with a splash of novelty or added creativity? If so, texture sponges make an excellent addition to your art studio. Apply texture to polymer clay with sponges that lend a classy, unique finish to any polymer clay project. What Are Texture Sponges? Texture

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Can You Paint on Polymer Clay?

A question we often receive is if you can use acrylic paint on polymer clay. The short answer is yes. You can apply acrylic paints to polymer clay and after baking. In fact, acrylic paints are the most popular choice for painting clay that’s already been cured in the oven. Do You Paint on Polymer

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New Color Tuesday- Just a Touch of Blush Pt 2

Okay, first of all – I really like Premo Blush and 18k Gold together! Granted, I think I like EVERY color with 18k Gold, but the Blush has the touch of warmth that matches 18k and a soothing, well, blush, to it. I always forget about Premo Sunshine, but then again, I always have trouble

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New Color Tuesday! Just a Touch of Blush Pt 1

Just a touch of Blush…I’m mixing with Premo again this month and looking at how Premo Blush does in mixes. I admit it, I DO tend to forget about the reds and pinks…well, especially the pinks. Hey, I’m a redhead that was raised that pink was like poison to redheads – we didn’t need to

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New Color Tuesday! A Spanish Olive in the Mix Pt 4

I mixed this week with Premo Turquoise – another forgotten clay in my clay closet. It’s an interesting color – you can change a color from warm to cool with just a little bit of Turquoise (see Spanish Olive above and that’s 1:1 and it’s still strong green!) The Copper mix is intriguing to me.

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My Liquid Sculpey Design and Exploration Journey Pt 2

In my first blog I talked about my beginning adventures with Liquid Clay (LS), including how I once “lost” it in my oven. Ohhh, and then Liquid Sculpey really got exciting (and easy!) when we discovered silicone molds! First I want to point out something – a matte mold will make a matte finish on

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New Color Tuesday- A Spanish Olive in the Mix – Pt 3

Ohhh, I”m mixing with Slate this week. This should be interesting…or a lot of nice mud. I wasn’t sure about this – and that’s my favorite kind of mixing to do. It turns out that Slate is quite a color tool! It’s a great way to tone down the vibrancy of a color – sort

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My Liquid Sculpey Design and Exploration Journey

I was asked to write about Liquid Sculpey and I thought, “What am I going to talk about? How to use it? When to use it? That’s pretty much been talked about already.” So I decided instead to take you on a little pictorial journey with me and my LS. Translucent Liquid Sculpey (which we

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Photo Gallery from syn’s Souffle Blog

Part of my job is to “break” new stuff. I threw everything I had at Souffle – transfer, silkscreen, pencil, ink, caning, molding, color mixing – it not only worked- it surpassed what I thought it *could* do if it worked! So here are some photos of the MANY things I waved at you in

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New Color Tuesday! A Spanish Olive in the Mix Pt 2

Well, Purple Pearl really came to the table to play! LOOK at those mix colors.. I love, love that warm grey, that deep ultraviolet purple and that pink mix is no shrinking violet. How did I let my Spanish Olive and Purple Pearl languish in my clay cabinet so long? #1 This is a classic

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New Color Tuesday-2019 Review Pt 4

I thought I would have some nice holiday colors today, since it’s Christmas Eve and the third eve of Hanukkah and we just celebrated the Winter Solstice a couple of days ago! This palette is from this September, when we were all just starting to get into the Fall Feeling! And it’s allllll my favorite,

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New Color Tuesday – 2019 Review Pt 3

I bet you can see why I included this mix from June. Yes, I love that deep bronze color that the Bronze/Shamrock combo created. I kind of shocked me when I saw it start blending to that color in the pasta machine. But I was also surprised that Cornflower and Shamrock darn near replicates Souffle

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Six Top Tools for Polymer Clay

Whether you have just started working with clay or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll need some tools. Tools can smooth out your edges for a clean look, add lines of texture for a fun visual element, give your project a beautiful finish and more! Tools make the work easy and your final result professional. With

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Mica Powder vs. Glitter

If your clay project needs a little bit of shine and sparkle, glitter or mica powder will do the trick. However, though they may look the same, there is a difference between mica powder and glitter. These materials will work differently on polymer clay, so clayers need to know which sparkly material is best for their

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Adding Curves to Polymer Clay Pieces

For some of your polymer clay projects, you may want to give the piece a curve. The curve may serve a practical purpose, like when making a bracelet. Curves also add a nice aesthetic touch, such as making a leaf look realistic. Baking curves into polymer clay is easy to do and will transform your

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Baking Polymer Clay in Cornstarch or Baking Soda

You’ve got your polymer clay creation finally perfected. You smoothed out the edges and got that swirl to sit just right. It’s finally time for the oven. You know that if you place it on a pan, you’ll have a smooth, shiny spot where it was resting, and you’re also worried that it will roll

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Creating Armature That Supports Your Sculpts

In my last blog I gave you a method for creating a simple body armature for an art Doll. Today I want to talk about the armature that supports your sculpt. Let’s start with the obvious. Aluminum foil is without a doubt, indispensable as an armature for any polymer clay artist. It has an expansion

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New Color Tuesday 2019 Roundup Pt 2

THIS IS MY FAVORITE PALLET FOR 2019! That #1 mix has been mixed and remixed at least twice and used to create necklaces, bracelets. I love these colors. You really can’t see in the photos but there is a soft sheen in all the mix colors from the Copper. when you mix a Souffle color

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Creating Doll Armatures

Happy December! I’m proud to be a Design Squad member and your December blogger. I’m a figurative doll artist and this month I’m going to share a few of my tips and techniques for creating body armatures. Proportion and body armature are important in creating a balanced and realistic figure. There are several methods depending

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Understanding Liquid Clay: Clear vs. Translucent

If you’re wondering what the difference is between clear and translucent polymer clay, you’re not alone. First, let’s talk about the meaning of liquid clay.  Liquid polymer clay is what it sounds like: polymer clay in liquid form. Liquid clay is a slightly sticky, medium-density liquid that does not require softening. While liquid polymer clay bakes

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Using Silicone Molds With Polymer Clay

Are you wondering how to use silicone molds with polymer clay to get a good casting? Read on for tips and tricks for making polymer clay designs with silicone molds for a fun, easy and mess-free project. How to Use Silicone Molds With Polymer Clay Due to their ease of use and flexibility, silicone molds

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New Color Tuesday! My Favorite Things Pt 1

I love doing December NCT because I get to look back through the year and pick my favorites. This year, I get to pick FIVE! I’m not posting these in any particular order by date or preference (although you will certainly know which one is my favorite!). I picked this palette because I love, love

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Seven Common Polymer Clay Mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life. After all, they’re how we learn. But when it comes to working with polymer clay, some mistakes are best avoided. Here are some tips and tricks for how to avoid some of the most common clay mistakes.  Using the wrong glue: One common mistake clayers make is using superglue on

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Avoiding Fingerprints in Your Polymer Clay

If you’ve ever been working in your polymer clay studio and realize you’ve gotten fingerprints on your finished clay, you’re not alone. Fingerprints on polymer clay is a common mistake crafters often overlook. The good news is, it can easily be avoided and fixed!  How to Keep Fingerprints off Your Polymer Clay  Getting fingerprints on

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Overlooked Polymer Clay Tips

Polymer clay is a versatile medium used for anything from jewelry and home decor items to fun crafts and figurines. Whether you’re a professional artist or polymer clay newbie, having a few tricks up your sleeve will make the creative process easier and more enjoyable.  Top Nine Tips for Working With Polymer Clay Once you

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New Color Tuesday-Concrete Crazy Pt 4

The last NCT Mix for the year this week. (Next month I get to pick my 4 favorites from the year!) This weeks mix helped me solve a little clay riddle – I love Shamrock and Sea Glass together, but what other colors can I use in the mix? #1 Yay! Look at how well

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