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    Wetting Polymer Clay

    Using quality polymer clays such as Sculpey Premo™, Sculpey III®, Sculpey® Soufflé and Super Sculpey® gives your imagination a chance to soar. We engineer our quality polymer clay to be supple and soft until your project is finished and you're ready to bake it in your home oven. Embrace your creativity to make jewelry, ornaments and anything else you imagine...

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    Does Air Dry Clay Break Easily?

    Sculpey air dry clay is durable when it's completely dried and cured. It has a different texture than polymer clays, appearing porous after curing. Unlike polymer clay, air dry clay does not require an oven. It cures in the air as it dries, making this clay ideal for camping, school projects and any crafters interested in experimenting with something new! Sculpey...

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    5 Ways Clay Crafts Help You Live Your Best Life

    (Bigger Brains, Lower Stress and more!) Creating with Sculpey has all sorts of benefits - creative outlet, productive use of time, even as a side-gig to make extra money! But did you know about these five other positive effects of claying with Sculpey? Crafts increase self-esteem! Research shows that visualizing, planning, working on and achieving a project increases feelings of...

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    Everything You Need to Know About Oven-Bake Clay

    Working with oven-bake clay is a fun and versatile activity for adults and kids alike! It comes in many different colors and consistencies for all of your project ideas. If you're new to using oven-bake clay, you have so much to explore!  From designing jewelry to making personalized gifts, you can let your imagination run wild. This guide will explain oven-bake...

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    Polymer Clay and Essential Oils

    Essential oils come in countless fragrances. They run the gamut from fresh scents like lemon and cinnamon to earthy aromas like sandalwood and patchouli. Is it any wonder that so many homes have at least one essential oil diffuser? As a clayer, you can experiment with essential oils in your crafts made of polymer clay. Below are some ways to...

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    How to Make Fake Lava Rock With Your Polymer Clay

    It's impossible to mistake the unique look of lava rock with its pitted surface. However, you don't have to order actual lava rock to create jewelry and other projects.  Instead of investing in real lava rock, you can create fake lava rock using polymer clay. DIY polymer lava rock holds up well, can be any color you choose and remains...

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    How to Make Switch Plate Covers With Polymer Clay

    Making your own polymer clay switch plates is a unique way to add personality and charm to your home. You can replace your plain switch plate and outlet covers with a custom clay version that matches the color scheme and style of the room.  Polymer clay comes in a wide range of different colors to create countless designs. You can...

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    A Beginner's Guide to Sculpting in Clay

    Do you want to learn how to sculpt clay but aren't sure where to begin? If you're new to the medium, we've got you covered! This beginner's guide to clay sculpting will walk you through different clay types and techniques to set you up for at-home crafting success. Ignite your creativity and learn how to sculpt clay with confidence —...

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    How to Create a Polymer Clay Keychain

    Personalized keychains let you express your unique style. Whether you are making a keychain for yourself, a friend or a loved one, your creativity will shine through with our polymer clay keychain craft. Use our directions to create a polymer clay keychain.  How to Create a Clay Keychain To make the keychain, you will need:  A rolling pin.A cookie sheet. Jump...

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    How to Create Polymer Clay Coins

    Did you know you can make coins out of polymer clay? Whether you want to flesh out a fun fantasy world or make a lifelike coin replica, our tips for creating polymer clay coins can help.  How to Create Clay Coins To make polymer clay coins, you will need:   A toothpick or another clay piercing tool.Linoleum cutters. Denim cloth. A glossy finish...

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    Which Type of Oven Thermometer Is Best When Baking Polymer Clay?

    ven-bake polymer clay is a fantastic way to create with your hands and express your imagination. Whether you're a beginner hobbyist or a professional artist, you put valuable time and creative energy into your polymer clay masterpieces. But how can you be sure the finished product doesn't end up underbaked or scorched when it comes out of the oven? Oven...

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    Should You Apply Mica Powder Before or After Baking?

    Mica powder has recently become a popular and trendy element essential to adding pizzazz to sculpture and art pieces. While mica powder has been around for quite some time, it has seen an increase in popularity with the rise of DIY home crafts. What Is Mica Powder and How Can You Use It? Mica powder is created from a shiny...

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    How to Use Blending Chalks on Polymer Clay

    Sculpey®’s vast selection of polymer clay products comes in an array of beautiful colors. But what if you want to experiment with different color combinations, create unique effects such as swirls and textures or even just make something unique? That’s where using blending chalk pastels can come in handy for your next polymer clay project. What Are Blending Chalks? Blending chalks, also...

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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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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!

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    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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