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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?

  1. 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 added the black and white...

  2. 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 transfer, using regular rubbing alcohol...

  3. 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, I HAVE to take this...

  4. 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 had talked about it last...

  5. 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 making my dinner and I...

  6. 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 according to my records.  These...

  7. 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 I had made.  Kinda blah...

  8. 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 that my eyebrows did that...

  9. Oh come on, you have a recycle stash SOMEWHERE on your worktable!

    I tend to keep bits and pieces of everything.  If a T-pin is too long, I keep the scrap I trim off, bits of clay (of course!), the stray earring wire, the odd bead or two, I keep them. Today, when I was finishing up another project, I got lazy and made the final round cuts without cleaning out the...

  10. 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, layers, text (limited fonts).  It's...

  11. 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 right into my schedule. You...

  12. 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 shop at UCSD and she literally...

  13. 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.  Run it through the pasta...

  14. Meet my little friend..

    My friend Jen buys jewelry that features owls.  It's like a free pass - she's got to have it.  Sort of like when kids want you to buy them a book - you can't say no.  so I decided I was going to try to figure out an owl for her for Christmas.  Since I'm still obsessed with cabochons, I...

  15. 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 cores are wonderful items in...

  16. 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 a box with some stuff from...

  17. 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 the fact that the mug...

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

    Okay, so we all love Premo Peacock Pearl.  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 them.  I was liking what I was...

  19. 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 since we held our first...

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