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Tips and Techniques

  1. Amy Koranek

    How to Paint on Polymer Clay

    I have never really painted on clay a lot in my career. I guess I’ve always tried to achieve the end goal through the colors of the clay itself. With that said, I have called upon a couple of my claying friends to shore me up in the areas of clay painting where I am weak. I hope you enjoy...

  2. Jennifer Courington

    What Is Polymer Clay and How Is It Used?

    Whether you're looking to decorate your home, craft a stunning pair of earrings or add creative accents to your scrapbook, polymer clay provides the ultimate way to unlock your artistic side. In addition to its range of uses, polymer clay is soft, flexible, fun and easy to use.  You might have questions about this one-of-a-kind art medium if you've never...

  3. Cindy Luo

    My Top 5 Hacks for Working With Polymer Clay

    Every creative person has their secrets, techniques, and tips for making what they do appear even more impressive. A motto I live by is “work smarter, not harder”, which is why I am excited to share the following polymer clay hacks with you. Most of these techniques use everyday household items, so anyone of any skill level should be able...

  4. Jennifer Courington

    Using Sculpey kits to Make Clay Jewelry

    Techniques for Making Polymer Clay Jewelry Sculpey® Kits for making jewelry have everything you need to create beautiful pieces. For some, making polymer clay jewelry may be preferred over other claying techniques. On the other hand, you may be completely new to the art of jewelry making and want to know more about how to work with clay.  Polymer clay is...

  5. Jennifer Courington

    Hide Flaws in Polymer Clay With Sculpey Tools™ Texture Sheets

    Hide Flaws in Polymer Clay With Sculpey Tools™ Texture Sheets Sometimes, flaws can crop up on your polymer clay creations, often seemingly out of nowhere. These imperfections can show up in the forms of small air bubbles, often called "The Bumpies," or fingernail dings and fingerprints.  By applying a uniform texture to the surface of your polymer clay creations, you can...

  6. Jennifer Courington

    Choosing Silkscreen Designs for Polymer Clay 

    Choosing Silkscreen Designs for Polymer Clay  Silkscreen stencils are an excellent way to add design elements to raw polymer clay with chalk, paint and mica powders. You can then make a myriad of designs — everything from complex rolled and shaped forms to simple flat pendants — from the unbaked clay.  Polymer crafters can even use silkscreen images as the...

  7. Jennifer Courington

    Different Types of Polymer Clay Tools and How to Use Them

    Benefits of Having Polymer Clay Tools Claying is a fun and accessible hobby for crafters of all ages. Many household items can double as your crafting tools. However, having specialized clay tools lets you enjoy claying to the fullest. They're a good investment to make if you expect to craft frequently. Your clay tools will help you: - Improve faster: Whether you're...

  8. Jennifer Courington

    Tips for Working with Deluxe Handprint Keepsake Kits

    Deluxe Handprint Keepsake Kits: Tips for Working With Polymer Clay There's nothing quite as precious as a newborn baby — they really do grow so fast! Sculpey® is thrilled to offer Keepsake Oven Bake Clay Kits to help parents remember how small their infants were when they entered the world. Clay products only require infants to remain still for short...

  9. Jennifer Courington

    What Is the Difference Between Modeling Clay and Polymer Clay?

    What Is the Difference Between Modeling Clay and Polymer Clay? One of the Sculpey® lines of modeling clays, Sculpey Non-Dry™ has many characteristics that set it apart from other types of clay. Both modeling clay and polymer clay have their uses in arts and crafts, but the way they perform differs significantly.  Drying Characteristics Sculpey non hardening clay was designed for...

  10. Jennifer Courington

    What Are Polymer Clay Multipacks?

    What Are Polymer Clay Multipacks? Loved by crafters, polymer clay is a type of modeling clay made from a synthetic plastic polymer. Composed of resins, polymers, coloring agents, and other fillers, polymer clay is a versatile material that retains its size and beautiful coloring even after the baking process.  Sculpey® polymer clays come in a variety of bright hues, textures...

  11. Jennifer Courington

    Different Types of Super Sculpey®

    Different Types of Super Sculpey® Super Sculpey® is loved by both crafters and doll makers and comes in three different types. There are differences in the types of Super Sculpey® so it is important to understand the differences before choosing which type you want to use for your project. Read on to find out the differences between the types of...

  12. Jennifer Courington

    What to Make With Original Sculpey® Clay

    Benefits of Original Sculpey® Original Sculpey® is pliable and inexpensive, making it a popular choice for both experienced and beginner crafters. It is smooth, non-sticky, non-staining, non-toxic and resistant to shrinking.  After baking, Original Sculpey® polymer clay will become permanently hard, standing up to chipping, cracking and crumbling.  What to Make With Original Sculpey® Clay So what can you make with...

  13. Jennifer Courington

    Sculpey® Bake Shop for Kids

    Why Sculpey® Bake Shop Is Ideal for Kids  Whether you're a teacher inspiring the classroom or a parent introducing your children to a new hobby, Sculpey® Bake Shop is the perfect clay for kids. This clay will bring the whole family together — it's an excellent way to enjoy a family experience and create fun mementos of your time together...

  14. Jennifer Courington

    Working with Sculpey® Soufflé™

    Features of Soufflé™ Clay  Sculpey® Soufflé™ is versatile and can be used for a large variety of projects. Some key features of this clay include that it is: LightweightFlexibleExtremely strongHold shapes easily Has a suede-like finish Learn more about how to work with Sculpey® Soufflé™ by reading on. How to Work With Sculpey® Soufflé™ Clay  Ensure your hands and work...

  15. Jennifer Courington

    Creating with Sculpey Premo™

    Why Choose Sculpey Premo™? Curious about all the hype surrounding Sculpey Premo™? There's a reason it's known as the best! Sculpey Premo™ polymer clay retains its softness and flexibility, which means that the finished product will remain durable. Sculpey Premo™ is the go-to choice for jewelry-making techniques like mokume gane and caning thanks to its ability to hold details and highly saturated colors. This...

  16. Jennifer Courington

    Sculpey® III: Ideal for Beginners and Kids

    Sculpey® III for Beginners and Kids Sculpey® III is perfect for first-time crafters and kids due to its soft, easy-to-use texture. This oven-bake clay: - Will stay soft until baked in your home oven.- Can be stored and reused — will not dry out!- Is easy to clean, bend and manipulate, making it a great introduction to crafting.- Can be...

  17. Precious Nunez

    Useful Tools for Every Clayer

    Whether you’re a beginner or been sculpting for some time, using tools to help you create your piece is essential. From adding small details, conditioning clay, slab making, and much more; you can pretty much do anything! Here are a few tools that I use for just about any project that will be sure to help you on your clay...

  18. Precious Nunez

    Tips and Tricks for Creating Well-Made Items

    Hello, my name is Precious Nunez. I am a longtime lover of polymer clay and run my own business selling my various clay creations. I’m here to help and give you some simple tips & tricks when it comes to Polymer Clay. In this blog post, I share with you on how you can make your pieces durable and last...

  19. Jennifer Courington

    Using Polymer Clay in Fish Tanks or Snow Globes

    Using Polymer Clay in Fish Tanks or Snow Globes Being a pet parent isn’t relegated to having a pooch or a kitty as your best friend. Many pet enthusiasts love their fish, snails and other aquarium creatures just as much as any other pet! You can give your swimmers some variety in their tanks in the form of decorations. This...

  20. Jennifer Courington

    Clay Expiration and Storage Tips

    Clay Expiration and Storage Tips Many everyday products like milk, eggs and bread have a shelf life, which means they're unusable after a certain amount of time has passed. If you're a crafter, you probably have the same questions about your materials and how long they last, like polymer clay. In this guide, we'll discuss the shelf life of this...

  21. Jennifer Courington

    Polymer Clay Techniques Based On Experience Level

    Polymer Clay Techniques Based On Experience Level If you've ever looked at a polymer clay craft and wondered how they made it look marbled, sparkly or textured, you've come to the right place! Clayers use specific polymer clay techniques to add pizazz to jewelry and other crafts.  Learn how to work with polymer clay to produce unique details and faux effects in...

  22. Jennifer Courington

    Beginner Tips for Working With Liquid Polymer Clay

    Beginner Tips for Working With Liquid Polymer Clay With so many polymer clay products to explore, you may notice one type that appears quite different because, unlike the rest, it comes in a bottle — liquid polymer clay. You can create tons of fun things with this fluid clay medium! The possibilities are endless with this unique claying resource, from...

  23. Jennifer Courington

    Standard Pottery Techniques and Polymer Clay

    Standard Pottery Techniques and Polymer Clay It’s easy to get excited about all the artistic possibilities at your fingertips after your first introduction to clay. However, it's helpful to know the differences between two of the most popular types of clay — standard pottery clay and polymer clay. That way, you’ll be able to choose the right type of clay...

  24. Jennifer Courington

    Cleaning Polymer Clay

    Cleaning Polymer Clay Uh-oh! You’ve just noticed that the polymer clay mini-sculpture you made last year is dusty. And that gorgeous Sculpey® oven-bake clay pendant? You've worn it so much that it’s gotten a bit dirty. Now, you’re wondering whether it’s possible to clean in-progress or finished polymer clay projects. You’ll be happy to hear that the answer is yes...

  25. Jennifer Courington

    Which Clays Can Be Used With Polymer Clay Softener?

    Which Clays Can Be Used With Polymer Clay Softener? Although polymer clay can last for years, it may lose some of its pliability and elasticity over time. The good news is that you can restore its original workable texture with a polymer clay softening agent like Sculpey® Oven-Bake Clay Softener or Clay Softener & Thinner. What Is a Sculpey® Clay Softener? Clay softeners...

  26. Jennifer Courington

    How to Make a Clay Color Palette

    While you can always choose one of the diverse polymer clay colors and finishes from Sculpey®, sometimes you need a custom color that can't be purchased. The great news is that you can make countless colors by mixing our clays! A clay color palette will help you keep track of the exact colors you can make by combining two or more polymer...

  27. Jennifer Courington

    6 Things to Avoid When Baking Polymer Clay

    6 Things to Avoid When Baking Polymer Clay Once you've finished detailing your polymer clay masterpiece, you're ready to cure it in the oven for use! After all the time and creative energy you put into your work, the last thing you want to find is burnt clay or breakage after baking.  How to bake polymer clay successfully is one...

  28. Jennifer Courington

    Types of Polymer Clay Techniques: What Works Best?

    Types of Polymer Clay Techniques: What Works Best? Crafters use countless methods when working with clay to add designs, patterns and visual interest to their projects. If you're wondering what technique for clay detailing will work best for your project, we're here to help!  This guide highlights several of the most popular polymer clay techniques you can use to add...

  29. Jennifer Courington

    Top Project Ideas for Living Doll Polymer Clay

    Top Project Ideas for Living Doll Polymer Clay Clayers of all skill levers can create amazing figurines with Super Sculpey Living Doll™ polymer clay. However, it may be a little tough to know where to begin when it comes to starting this type of project. If you love the idea of shaping everything from life-like doll heads to fantastic creatures out...

  30. 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...

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