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Introducing the 2018 Sculpey Design Squad

Syndee Holt – Gretchen Amberg –  Sherman Oberson – Anke Humpert – Nadia Michaux – Katie Oskin – Maria Saracino – Teresa Salgado – Amy Koranek – Debbie Bulford – Marion Le Coq – Megan Durocher

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! Pumpkin Souffle Pt 4

Anytime I mix with a pinkish color, I now I’m going to get a make-up palette of colors – this is sort of a highlight/contour palette?  I really like the Guava color – I think it’s kind of a magical color because it looks bubblegum pink in the package, but when it’s cured it has

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common polymer clay questions

Common Polymer Clay Questions

Polymer clay is a fun, highly versatile medium. You can form just about anything with it, from beaded necklaces to unique picture frames. This medium is a popular choice for artists, sculptors, jewelry makers, crafters, movie makers and anyone who wants to relax and get in touch with their creative side. Polymer clay is also an excellent

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When Looking for Inspiration

I know many artists look to the outdoors when inspiration disappears and you are probably thinking I am being very predictable, but Mother Nature is amazing isn’t she? I am lucky to have October as ‘my’ featured month as Autumn shades are emerging, the deep russet and copper tones I can see through my window

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New Color Tuesday! Pumpkin Souffle Pt 3

I admit it, I’ve become obsessed with these 3 mix colors.  I’ve used them in at least 2 projects and I have more of the blends sitting in my travel bag, ready to go to Kansas City and Chicago!  This month has triggered me to use blended colors for EVERYTHING.  That Pumpkin/Pistachio 1:1 makes a

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We All Have a Safe Color

By Debbie Bulford Whilst studying Interior Design I discovered a really interesting fact: we all have a ‘safe colour’! I know this sounds strange but it will all become clear I promise! Even though you may follow fashion and colour trends, everyone will have one colour that they keep returning to. What happens if that

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New Color Tuesday! Pumpkin Souffle Pt 2

All four of these colors, Pumpkin, Canary, Jade and Latte are my “go-to” colors right now (along with Pistachio). All of these colors have languished in the clay locker at one time or another and then I rediscover them and can’t live without them.  Am I fickle? I’d say so! I can’t even blame it

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New Color Tuesday! Pumpkin Souffle

Well it’s October so, of course, I had to feature Pumpkin in the mixes this month!  I also was intrigued to see what I would get and I wasn’t disappointed – I got some of the biggest ranges of colors yet! I started this month’s mixes off by adding the 1:1 color of Canary –

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Let Me Introduce Myself – Debbie Bulford

Let me introduce myself! I am a self-confessed polymer clay addict, but my journey towards this creative medium had many twists and turns. I have always enjoyed ‘creating’, from making my own pencil cases and key rings at school to making my own clothes. So, when a fabric pattern company came to my school asking

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A Year in Review By Amy Koranek

There are a few things that occupy my thinking in this phase of my life. Family, health, and polymer clay. In regard to family, I just celebrated my 29th wedding anniversary with the one-true-love-of-my-life – Tom. In December, we are expecting our first grand baby! I’m a mom to four children and one daughter-in-law. My

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna Be Some Greens Pt 4

I’ve become quite fascinated with Souffle Canary again. It can really hold it’s own in a mix, even with Premo Accents Bright Green Pearl. I love, love the 1:1 mix of these two colors as well – it’s a perfect bridge between yellow and green.  And of course, I already love Latte and Canary together

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A Predicament with Patterns By Amy Koranek

I love patterns. Especially in textiles and fabrics and on furniture and in art and found in nature. I especially love patterns in coordinating colors like you find in fabric displays where the designer has created a color way of materials that all go together color-wise but the patterns are all different. Throughout my life

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna Be Some Greens Pt3

I’m beginning to think that Souffle Turnip is a magical color.  First, it creates that ultraviolet blue color when mixed with Premo Accent Peacock and it even plays nicely with Bright Green Pearl! I like this beginning color palette of Bright Green Pearl, Souffle Bluestone, Cinnamon and Turnip. (Yes, I would like any palette with

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Creative Journey Studios – You Must Visit

Creative Journey Studios – You Must Visit By Amy Koranek I had the privilege of visiting Creative Journey Studios in Milton, Georgia this Summer during the grand opening of their new location. For any polymer clay enthusiast, this is truly a must-see, must-visit, must-be-part-of situation. Creative Journey Studios is a one-of-a-kind polymer clay haven, museum,

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna Be Some Greens PT 2

I know, technically these are NOT greens in the mixes, but LOOOOK at how luscious those colors are! That Bright Green Pearl and Cinnamon mix is all kinds of skanky brown/green and I love it! The same with the Bluestone/Cinnamon – it’s like a dark dust bunny brown but I really like it.  Put that

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My Stories by: Amy Koranek

I’ve been claying since 1989. The first time I saw anything ever made in polymer clay was on my honeymoon—so it’s easy for me to remember how long I’ve been at this. My husband and I were honeymooning on St. Martin, and there was this jewelry case chock full of—to me—the most intriguing designs in

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna be Some Greens

ARgh! Second Monday caught me unaware that it’s ACTUALLY Tuesday! I’m using Premo Accents Bright Green Pearl as the standard color in my mixes this month, so these gonna be some greens!  Wheee… I decided to play it a little safe and mix my 3 palette colors (Brt. Green Pearl, Peacock Pearl and Graphite) with

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Thinking Outside the Jewelry Box

I LOVE to make jewelry. I’ll always make jewelry. The only thing jewelry-making lacks is the ability to “work large”. You see, I sometimes I feel like I spend entire days without moving anything but my eyeballs and four of my fingers (2 pointers, two thumbs). Such is the life of a caner. So, for

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New Color Tuesday! There Is a Little Peacock in All of Us Pt 3

I love the bright colors in this palette! They aren’t a typical combination of colors, but I think they really work. I especially love the Peacock, Bright Green Pearl and Magenta Pearl together – maybe with a little kick of White or Black? Now to the sub-palettes: #1 This is my favorite – it’s both

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The 8 Laws of Caning

The 8 Laws of Caning by : Teresa Pandora Salgado 1.The Path to Zen:  Caning should be relaxing; so I bite the bullet and get the “worky” part out of the way in advance. Prepare your blends and logs before you start making components. It’s much easier to get your groove on if you don’t

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New Color Tuesday! There Is a Little Peacock in All of Us

Ahh, now we are SOLIDLY in my favorite color range – a mid-century modern color palette of greens and golds. I’m also discovering that Premo Accents Graphite pretty much fits in any palette – much more so than just black.  I suspect that Premo Accents Copper could be one of those “fits all” colors, but

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New Color Tuesday! There’s a Little Peacock in All of Us

Right? At least we like to *think* that there is a little Peacock in all of us, showing our glory to the world..not peaking at our reflections in shiny car doors.. This month, I’m featuring Premo and Premo Accent mixes.  Yes! I set down my beloved Souffle  for these 4 weeks of mixes. Peacock is

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Simple Joy vs Crafter’s Remorse

I’ve been a crafter since 1959. Yes, I was just 5 years old when I created my first masterpiece. It was a smooth, flat stone onto which I had glued a photo cut from my Dad’s beloved collection of vintage National Geographic magazines. To add theft to defacement, I used a beautiful river rock I

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 5

While I think that Souffle Bluestone is the wild card of the Souffle family, Turnip comes sauntering in this week to remind me that it can do some crazy tricks as well.  For instance, check out that 1:1 mix with Jade – that is seriously a gorgeous color.  I was expecting mud and I got

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It’s All About the Details

There is a simple quote I like by Sanford Weill, an American Philanthropist, that pretty well sums up how I approach my work. “Details create the big picture.” In my last post as your July Design Squad blogger, I want to share some of the little things that I believe turns a good piece of

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 4

I forget about how much I like Souffle Latte from time to time.  Then once I remember, I can’t quite using it!  I love these three basic colors in the top trio – Bluestone, Pistachio, Jade.  Jade is one of my more recent  Color Crush, but Bluestone was my very first Souffle Color Crush.  I

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Costuming in Clay or Textiles

I hope you are enjoying my blog posts on Figurative Sculpture. I love every aspect of creating my little people, from research and concept development to the actual sculpting, costuming and props.  Often, people who are  interested in learning what I do, have been put off by the prospect of sewing the outfits. Although it’s

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 3

                                      No lie, this mix starts with 3 of my favorite Souffle colors: Bluestone, Guava and Cinnamon. ALL the Souffle colors are amazing, but these three are such workhorses for me.  I love, love the 1:1 mixes

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Top Clay Gift Ideas

  Are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member but can’t seem to find that something special? If you want to give a unique gift that expresses what you wish to say, it’s time to consider homemade gift-making. Polymer clay is coming to the rescue! Polymer clay is the perfect

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