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Inspiration

  1. Cindy Luo

    Finding Inspiration and Working Thru Creative Blocks

    A lot of creatives straddle with the back-and-forth of their inspiration. It’s a mystical thing, a unicorn that peeks its head from behind an old tree you’ve walked by for years, and suddenly you’re looking at it with an entirely different perspective. However, that tree has always been as it was, only cloaked by a fleeting magic called inspiration. When...

  2. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Fiji 1:1 Mixes - Pt. 4

    The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm mixing with the featured color on the far right. The bottom 3 colors are the colors mixes created by mixing the color directly above with equal portions (1:1) of the featured color. Okay, are those fun mixes or WHAT?! I love all three of them. The Soufflé...

  3. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Fiji 1:1 Mixes- Pt. 3

    The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm mixing with the featured color on the far right. The bottom 3 colors are the colors mixes created by mixing the color directly above with equal portions (1:1) of the featured color. Well, I really gave my Soufflé Fiji a test this week by mixing with 3...

  4. Teresa Pandora Salgado

    Why I Teach Caning with Souffle and Why I Teach Caning with Just One Color

    I believe we’ve established the fact that I’m obsessed with cane making. That’s why I’ve paid close attention to the properties of Sculpey III, Premo and Souffle. I choose Souffle for caning for these reasons: I love the dryish, velvety texture. The clay does not stick to the work surface and it resists sticking to itself. That allows me to...

  5. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Fiji 1:1 Mixes- Pt 2

    The mystery color is unveiled! Sculpey Soufflé™ Fiji! The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm mixing with the featured color on the far right. The bottom 3 colors are the colors mixes created by mixing the color directly above with equal portions (1:1) of the featured color. As usual, I had to start my...

  6. Teresa Pandora Salgado

    The Agony & Ecstasy of Millefiori in Polymer Clay

    Wayyyy back in 1961, Irving Stone wrote a book about Michelangelo’s struggles as an artist. I was always obsessed with art, and a voracious reader; but I didn’t read the book. My excuse? I was seven. I DID see the movie in 1965 though; and it made a big impression on me. People suffer for their art! Who knew? I...

  7. writer artist

    Designer Tips for Creating with Sculpey Air-Dry™ Clay

    Guest Blogger Linda Hollander Sculpey Air-Dry™ is a versatile and very forgiving product with which to make a myriad of projects. Air Dry Clay an excellent clay for earthy, organic projects as well as for more primitive or rustic creations. From simple ornaments, buttons, and jewelry to more complicated projects such as figurines, fairy houses, and containers the things you...

  8. Courtney Chapman

    Clay for Fun and Profits – A Tale of a Small Business Clayer

    Hello! My name is Courtney Chapman, and I’m here to talk a little bit about how I got started with my clay business and offer some advice for anyone who is interested in starting their own small business with clay! I am a self taught sculptor. After watching a few sculpting tutorials on the internet when I was 8 years...

  9. Cindi McGee

    Tips to Get Your Art Published (or Apply for a Design Team spot!)

    Working in the creative industry in various formats, including video production and print publication production/magazine editing for over 20 years, I’ve worked with a lot of artists. I’ve always been on the lookout for artists to contact to feature their work in videos or print publications. I’ve also been involved in a lot of design team searches, and managed a...

  10. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Premo TEAL Pt 3

    The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm mixing with the Teal on the far right. The bottom 3 colors are the colors mixes created by mixing the color directly above with equal portions (1:1) of the Teal. I'm a day late with my NCT this week because...YAY! The Mystery Color is finally revealed this...

  11. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing A New Sculpey Premo™ Color - Pt 2

    I couldn’t WAIT!! Sculpey is releasing a brand new Sculpey Premo™ color this month and I just HAD to mix my NCTs for this month with it.  But, until the color is released, I’ve called it a “mystery color” and greyed it out.  IT IS REVEALED NOW! The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm...

  12. Cindi McGee

    Pattern to Slab – Adding Dimension with Translucency

    I have a bit of an obsession with translating patterns I see in fabric, photos, etc. into polymer clay. Whenever something catches my eye, my mind begins to ponder what techniques I can use to recreate the look. Sometimes, it’s silk screening or textures. Sometimes it’s colorings like alcohol inks or pastels. Sometimes it’s dimensional effects like molded or sculpted...

  13. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing a New Sculpey Premo™ Color! Pt 1

    I couldn’t WAIT!! Sculpey is releasing a brand new Sculpey Premo™ color this month and I just HAD to mix my NCTs for this month with it.  But, until the color is released, I’ve called it a “mystery color” and greyed it out.  I will edit the blogs after the color is released to show the color.  IT IS REVEALED...

  14. Syndee Holt

    Searching for Inspiration

    I started a daily photo project about 7 years ago to post a daily photo on my Instagram. Since Instagram is a square format, I challenged myself to not only find something photographically interesting on my walk, but to also visualize the cropping for the square format (since my phone is set to wide format for our sunsets). Then something...

  15. Syndee Holt

    Scrap Clay Play Out of My Comfort Zone

    I love to play with scrap - it is a opportunity to explore ideas that I don't really want to gamble my "good" clay on. Most of the time, it works out, but SOMETIMES...well, we have all had THAT experience! When I mix the New Color Tuesday mixes, I mix the entire month at the same time (that way it...

  16. Anke Humpert

    Tips and Tricks for Mixed Media

    “Mixed media is a term used to describe art works composed from a combination of different media or materials.” the “tate”,London, UK, states on their website (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/m/mixed-media ). Polymer clay is the main medium in our work and it is extremely versatile. If you use it in combination with another media, let´s say metal (as in findings or connections) or...

  17. Anke Humpert

    Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Looking for inspiration we often find ourselves on social media. We often find beautiful pictures, quotes and inspirational words. They are meant to inspire or help spark a new idea. One of the topics, I often see, is based around the idea that we do have a comfort zone. And often we are encouraged to break out of it. I...

  18. Heidi Helyard

    Stitching on Polymer Clay

    Stitching polymer clay is such a wonderful technique and a great way to add detail and texture to your polymer clay pieces. The fact that polymer can be cured many times over allows this technique to be incorporated in various ways! The basic materials needed to stitch on polymer clay include: Cured polymer clay, threads (see below), Super glue, masking...

  19. Heidi Helyard

    Working with Polymer Clay Scraps

    Working with scrap polymer clay can yield the most wonderful, unique and unexpected results! I love consciously re-using and reworking my scrap clay (both raw and cured). And the management of my scrap clay stash is a big part of my studio organisation.  Polymer clay is plastic. I like to think of plastic as a precious material (rather than a...

  20. Heather Robertson

    Using Mixed Media with Polymer Clay

    Mixed media art is defined as a combination of different materials being used together to create one piece of art. If anything is added to polymer clay, then by definition a piece of mixed media art has been made. This could be as simple as adding a little paint, chalk, or ink to your piece, or more elaborate by adding...

  21. Syndee Holt

    Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Ivory Pt 5

    Now this is my kind of palette! Bright, warm colors that trend towards mid-century memories. The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm mixing with the Ivory (I) on the far right. The bottom 3 colors are the colors mixes created by mixing 4 parts of the color directly above with 1 part (4:1) of...

  22. Syndee Holt

    Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Ivory Pt 4

    Wow! This is a trio of really rich Soufflé™ colors that I'm mixing 4 parts to 1 part of the Soufflé™ Ivory this week! I actually like all the four original colors together because the Ivory really adds the pop to the darker palette of the other three colors. The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors...

  23. Syndee Holt

    Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Ivory Pt 3

    Okay! This week we are mixing with all Sculpey Soufflé™! Again I am mixing 4 parts of each of the selected clay colors to 1 part of the Sculpey Soufflé™ Ivory. The top row of the large photo contains the 3 colors that I'm mixing with the Ivory (I) on the far right. The bottom 3 colors are the colors mixes created...

  24. Kristin Vaughn

    Tips for Creating Canes

    Making polymer clay canes can be such a fun and rewarding process! And cane work can add intricate little details to your clay pieces. It can also be an extremely frustrating process for beginners.  Here are my top five tips for making and working with canes. #1 Let it rest before reducing.  I know, I know, you just want to...

  25. Kristin Vaughn

    How to Choose Colors That Work Well

    I am no stranger to using lots of color in my work and I often get complimented on the color combinations I use.  And while it does come fairly natural to me, it’s not magic, it’s science!  Remember that color wheel from Elementary school? Well, dust it off because that baby will be your best friend if you struggle with...

  26. Syndee Holt

    Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Ivory Pt 2

    Well, of course, I had to try three of the Sculpey Premo™ colors that I think have the most depth to their colors - the new Burnt Orange and Forest Green. Alizarin Crimson, an old stalwart in the Sculpey Premo™ line of colors was actually my first choice for this weeks color experiment. The top row of the large photo...

  27. Syndee Holt

    Introducing Sculpey Soufflé™ Ivory Pt 1

    Okay, I can't tell you how much I love this clay color! It is like the combination of the color with the unique texture of Soufflé™ creates the perfect clay for my preferred work palette. This color may look like it is a soft color, but WOW, I had to mix 4 parts of the other colors with it because...

  28. Ace Clay

    When to Use What Super Sculpey by Ace of Clay

    My go-to Sculpey clays are always the Super Sculpey line. I use Super Sculpey Original and Firm the most. I love using both clays together on one project to take advantage of their different properties. While both clays can be used to create entire sculptures alone, using them for different areas will make the job easier so that you can...

  29. Teresa Pandora Salgado

    The 20 Minute Effect

    I first heard the term “flow state” in 1986 from Dr. Ruth; (and she was not talking about clay). It was Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who coined the term in 1975. According to Wikipedia: “… a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full...

  30. Jennifer Courington

    How to Store Polymer Clay Canes

    Keep your polymer clay canes safe with this storage tip from Sculpey. We offer high-quality tools and crafting materials to ambitious artists. Learn more here!

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