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    How to Make Your Polymer Clay Look Like Gems

    Gemstones are beautiful additions to jewelry, but they can be pricey. One way to create the same look without using real gems is to craft faux gemstones out of polymer clay. With the versatility of polymer clay, you can make various unique gemstones for all your jewelry needs. We've compiled a list of the most popular tips and styles to...

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    The Importance of Finishing Polymer Clay Designs

    Crafting with your polymer clay designs is a fun way to express your creativity. You can use polymer clay to make jewelry, holiday ornaments and a variety of other creations.  Whether you prefer intricate designs or keeping things simple, the way you finish your design makes all the difference. Why You Should Finish Your Polymer Clay Design If you want to...

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    How to Clean Your Clay Tools

    Working with clay is an enjoyable activity — but eventually, your tools will become pretty messy. You might find that your polymer clay tools start to get a little sticky and covered in gunk after some claying sessions. This clay residue can build up, making your tools feel a little gross and look dingy. You may have tried using soap and water...

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    Polymer Clay Earrings 101

    7 tips for creating earrings from Sculpey clay! What's the best clay to use? Sculpey Premo: Strong, flexible and includes special finishes like Granite, Glitters and MetallicsSculpey Souffle: Lightweight with a suede-like finishLiquid Sculpey: Lightweight and flexible once bakedHow to bake clay for jewelry:Sculpey clay is safe to bake in your home oven!Always preheat your oven before bakingAlways use an...

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    5 DIY Gifts for Brightening Your Office Space

    Whether you’re telecommuting or sharing a “cubbie” space with your co-workers, a little personality can go a long way! Show your style or share a smile with these fun DIY Office gifts – we’ve included the easy how-to instructions in the links below! 1) Keep your important people close at mind with this adorable (and delicious looking!) macaron photo holder...

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    Tips for Beginner Clay Artists

    Back when I first began working with clay, I had no idea about the true possibilities it had.  When I began to discover them, it was honestly overwhelming. Start where you are comfortable – with a simple project, and let your creative muse free to spread their wings and fly.  Experiment. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. We all make what...

  7. Cindi McGee

    Pattern to Polymer - My Obsession

    For the last two years or so, I’ve been having vision problems. I literally see everything, and I mean everything, in terms of how I could translate the pattern to polymer. Photos, fashion (fabric, shoes, you name it), home décor, mixed-media art, things in nature; my mind begins envisioning how I could recreate what I see in clay. Most of...

  8. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Premo™ Burnt Orange-Pt. 4

    Well, of course I had to try my new favorite color with my favorite clay, Sculpey Soufflé™ ! And I am loving the results! Of course any of these colors or mixes can be used in combination with any other colors you wish, but I've picked 3 palettes of colors using ONLY the original colors and their mixes above. #1...

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    Easy Polymer Crafts for Little Ones

    Sculpey oven-bake clay is a fun and easy craft for kids. With a variety of styles and colors, our polymer clay is perfect for any project. Your imagination is the limit!  Using their hands to create something of their own is a great way for kids to express themselves and explore their creativity. Whether it's for a cozy rainy day...

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    The History of Polymer Clay

    You know Sculpey oven-bake clay as the fun and colorful material you use to make crafts, jewelry and other unique creations. But where did it come from? Polymer clay has a fascinating history that may surprise you! What Is Polymer Clay? Polymer clay is a synthetic modeling material, not an earth clay. It comes from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the third...

  11. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Premo™ Burnt Orange-Pt. 3

    This palette kind of reminds me of the the first week palette with a few little textural twists of granite and mica in the 18k Gold and Pearl. Of course any of these colors or mixes can be used in combination with any other colors you wish, but I've picked 3 palettes of colors using ONLY the original colors and...

  12. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Premo™ Burnt Orange-Pt. 2

    I'm really mixing up the colors this week! Peacock Pearl, Wasabi, Fuschia and Burnt Orange. Recipe for disaster? I thought it *might* be, but look at those colors! What a change to the Peacock Pearl while just lightly tinting the Wasabi. And that deep red/orange of the Fuschia/Burnt Orange mix looks like a tomato red! Of course any of these...

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    Premo + Soufflé = Sparkle + Shimmer!

    Combine these two fave Sculpey clays to create even more options! Have a look: Take your favorite sparkle or glitter Sculpey Premo clays and blend them with your favorite Sculpey Soufflé colors for magical results! You can get all of these colors from our Sculpey Premo & Sculpey 24 Piece Multi-pack at Sculpey.com Give it a try!

  14. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Sculpey Premo™ Burnt Orange-Pt. 1

    I am so exciting to show you the incredible mixing power of this Sculpey Premo™ Burnt Orange. If you have caught me on one of the Zooms where I show the new colors, you are probably aware that I am AMAZED at this color. Just mixing it with Sculpey Premo™ White yields everything from buttery yellows to bright oranges. (This...

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    A Guide to Making Polymer Clay Beads

    Although polymer clay hasn't been around as long as some other mediums, it's making a statement in the world of artistry. You can create many things with polymer clay — just a few examples include keychains, picture frames and most commonly, jewelry.  In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about how to make beads out...

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    Guide to Making Polymer Clay Necklaces

    Perhaps you've dreamed of a beautiful necklace that you can't seem to find anywhere. Or maybe you want a fun activity for kids that lets them create sentimental projects. No matter who's creating, DIY polymer clay necklaces provide endless possibilities. You can create the necklaces you've only imagined before, and let kids craft fun, personalized jewelry to give as gifts...

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    What Happens to Polymer Clay in the Microwave?

    When you're looking to speed up the crafting process, you may question whether the microwave is a hack others haven't tried. It can heat frozen food and leftovers well. Why not polymer clays? The directions on Sculpey® packages say not to put the clay in the microwave, but could you use it for baking polymer clay? The short answer is...

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    Tips for Working With Liquid Polymer Clay

    Before you work with any kind of polymer clay, it's important to keep a few considerations in mind to ensure a seamless crafting experience. Here's a few simple tips to get started! 1. Use Baby Wipes  Baby wipes are invaluable when working with polymer clay. Use them to clean your tools, work surface and remove the oily, waxy residue from...

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    Top 5 Jewelry Techniques for Polymer Clay

    There are multiple ways to work with polymer clay to deliver stunning results. Although your options are virtually endless, there are five essential techniques involved when making polymer clay jewelry. 1. Conditioning  Before starting any jewelry project, you'll have to condition your clay to make it soft and easy to work with. To do this: Knead it with your hands...

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    Parchment Paper, Plastic Wrap and Deli Paper for Polymer Clay

    The right techniques, tools and practices can help you make beautiful clay creations. There are various helpful materials that can simplify your claying process, such as when you're protecting your work surface, baking your creations and storing unused clay for your next project. Many people wonder whether parchment paper, plastic wrap or deli paper is the best for these steps...

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    Where to Start With Polymer Clay

    Are you interested in crafting with polymer clay? How exciting! More and more artists are experimenting with polymer clay, and they all have the same question — where do I start?  Polymer clay is an extremely versatile medium. You can do and create so much with it, including jewelry, bookmarks, science fair projects and much more. It makes sense why...

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    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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    Pigments vs. Dyes — What Is the Difference?

    If you're like the crafters at Sculpey®, you love experimenting with different mediums. Crafters have so many mediums to choose from, like watercolors, fabric dyes, markers, polymer clay and more. You've likely seen two vocabulary words thrown around in the craft world — pigments and dyes. They're often used interchangeably to describe a medium that's colored, but they're two completely different...

  24. Syndee Holt

    Got Scrap?

    First of all, I don’t think of scrap clay as SCRAP.  I usually think of it as “Round Two” of my designs. And Sometimes, I even try to purposely create scrap clay – that’s a lot harder than it sounds actually! This is a 1:1 mix of these 2 colors for a NCT post. Every month when I go through...

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    10 Tips for Baking Your Polymer Clay Projects

    Ten Tips for getting the best results when baking your clay creations! It's safe to bake your polymer clay in your home oven or toaster oven!Always use an oven thermometer when baking polymer clay.Always pre-heat your oven prior to baking polymer clay.To keep the back of your clay from being shiny, bake on a piece of copy paper or an...

  26. Syndee Holt

    My Love Letter to Etch n' Pearls

    If you know me, you know that I love the Sculpey Tools™ Etch n’ Pearls.  Those odd little metal pokey things that are sold in a set of 3. Most of us bought them before we really even knew what they did – besides poke holes. But it is the magical cupped end that is really the workhorse of our...

  27. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Introducing Premo™ Turquoise Granite- Pt 1

    It's a New Year. It's a New Color. It's a New Mix - a MARBLED mix! But only for this month...well, maybe just this month.. As I started to make the first couple of mixes, I was so amazed at the gorgeous marbling happening that I was cutting off small pieces to bake and save when I realized that YOU...

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    Tips for Painting on Polymer Clay

    Table of Contents: Select Quality Paint Use the Right Tools Let the Clay Cool Sand the Surface Paint Before You Bake Create Texture With Paint Add an Antique Finish Seal the Finished Product Craft Colorful Creations With Sculpey Painting polymer clay puts the finishing touches on your project. Create little details on miniature creations or add gradients of color to...

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    Surface Effects for Polymer Clay

    As you're crafting something amazing out of polymer clay, you may realize it needs an extra special touch to feel complete. Perhaps your creation would look perfect with a certain shine, texture or color variation. In that case, it helps to know how to create surface effects for polymer clay. Polymer clay is a versatile tool for crafters and artists...

  30. Amy Koranek

    I’m a BIG Liquid Sculpey® Fan

    Liquid Sculpey® is my favorite product in the Sculpey line. I love what can be accomplished with Liquid Sculpey® all on its own as well as how many new dimensions it adds to my work with solid clays like Sculpey PremoTM. Since I’ve been a project writer and designer, one of my greatest challenges has always been: How to help...

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