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    FAQ — How Long Do You Need to Bake Polymer Clay?

    Polymer clay is a great versatile medium that lets you express your creativity. Perhaps one of the most attractive qualities of oven-baked polymer clay is its ability to maintain its suppleness before baking and hardened shape after baking. Baking is an important step when crafting with polymer clay. It's not too difficult, but it can ruin your hard work if...

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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...

  5. 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...

  7. 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...

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    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

    Painting polymer clay puts the finishing touches on your project. Create little details on miniature creations or add gradients of color to handmade jewelry. You could even use paint to simulate other materials, like wood or stone. The possibilities are endless when you use mixed media in your projects. If you're ready to get painting on polymer clay, prepare with...

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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...

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    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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    How to Stamp on Polymer Clay

    Stamps and Sculpey® clay are the perfect combination. Stamping on your polymer clay is so much fun that you might be tempted to skip lunch. So how does using rubber stamps on polymer clay work? Learn all the ins and outs below, starting with the tools you’ll need for your next clay-stamping project. Tools You Need to Stamp on Polymer...

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    How to Create Textures in Polymer Clay Using Household Items

    You have your Sculpey® polymer clay sheet in hand and want to play around with your latest idea, but something’s missing — texture. You can come up with all sorts of clever and fun ways to texturize your clay without having to leave your home and buy a polymer clay texture sheet.  Below are some of the most fun ways...

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    How to Use Liquid Sculpey® With Molds

    At Sculpey®, we’re always trying to develop new and exciting products, including our Liquid Sculpey®. This liquid polymer clay in a bottle is a versatile product that comes in several colors, so you can expand what you make with clay. You can drizzle and dab Liquid Sculpey® on a variety of products or use it on its own.  Liquid Sculpey® is also...

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    Making Pendants With Liquid Sculpey® and Molds

    When you combine Sculpey® products and your imagination, you can create just about anything. That includes dazzling pendants to wear yourself, give away to loved ones or even sell. Liquid Sculpey® is a terrific product that allows you to construct the centerpiece for unique necklaces. Tools to Make Pendants With Liquid Sculpey® To get started learning how to make pendants with liquid...

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    Tips for Using Cutters With Your Clay

    Many people love sculpting polymer clay because it's a bit sticky and tacky. These properties help you use polymer clay to make marvelous creations. However, stickiness can be a challenge if your clay sticks to your cutters. When you’re working with Sculpey® polymer clay, you can get a precise cut no matter what type of cutter you use. Follow some...

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    Modeling Tools for Sculptors and Clayers

    If you love to craft beautiful miniatures, sculptures and clay creations, you need the tools to do it. When you have the right utensils in your corner, you can create even more detailed and intricate creations you can be proud to display around your home. Many new clayers don't know where to start when looking for tools, since there are...

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    How to Avoid Cracks When Baking Polymer Clay

    Cracks will destroy the look of your clay creation, disfigure your designs and harm your project's durability. They can appear as large fissures that spread over most of your piece, or they can show up as small fine cracks that appear on the surface of the clay. To prevent these cracks from forming, you need to know the best practices...

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    Polymer Clay for Sculpting Dolls

    We’re always eager to help Sculpey® enthusiasts by offering much-needed products so their projects can turn out as planned. That’s one of the reasons that we invented Super Sculpey® Living Doll™ polymer clay. Like all our polymer clay, Super Sculpey® Living Doll™ is a high-quality product. But its many benefits make it the best polymer clay for sculpting dolls. Advantages...

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    Affordable Polymer Clay Tools

    Once you have a few Sculpey® products, you’re ready to start working with polymer clay. However, you want to make sure that you have the right tools to bring your imagination to life. You don’t have to spend tons of money to make downright stunning and imaginative creations — plenty of affordable polymer clay tools are available on the market. So what...

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    Using Ceramic Tiles With Polymer Clay

    What’s just as exciting as purchasing another package of Sculpey® polymer clay? Knowing some great hacks to make innovating and creating even easier, of course! Many of our top enthusiasts and clayers use ceramic tiles for their polymer clay projects and musings. If you’ve never considered adding ceramic tiles to your polymer clay toolkit, read more to learn about all...

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    Ace of Clay - How Do I Sculpey?

    Hey everyone! I’m Anthony from Ace of Clay on YouTube again and today I’m going to be discussing various aspects of the creative process and what gets me inspired to sculpt. I am a self-taught sculptor and I love pretty much anything and everything horror, sci-fi, and fantasy related. I have been a creative since the day I was born...

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    Why is Sculpey clay so hard to find right now?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Sculpey and our fans in many ways. We are delighted to see both our current fans and those new to the world of clay creating amazing things! Unfortunately, we were not able to produce at 100% capacity for several months due to the government-mandated COVID-19 business shutdown.  This has resulted in out-of-stock clay in both...

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    Tips for Keeping Polymer Clay Clean

    Whether you're an expert clayer or new to the craft, you've probably experienced the frustration of dust, dirt and hair embedding themselves in your hard work. You'll see the specks and hairs stick out like a sore thumb on light colors, and if you have pets, it's almost impossible to keep their shedding at bay. Fortunately, it's not impossible. With...

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    Does Polymer Clay Melt Plastic? 

    Polymer clay can melt — or soften — certain plastics in its raw state. If you place a slab of unbaked polymer clay onto the surface of an incompatible plastic, the plasticizers in the clay can soften the plastic and cause it to unstiffen or "melt." There are several different plastics made with different materials, and many have the potential...

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    #HowDoYouSculpey? with Melissa Piddington

    Well hello there again, its me Melissa Piddington, amateur polymer clay artist here to tell you all about what inspires me, how I create and why Sculpey polymer clay is just so darn fun to play with. Now when it comes to inspiration for me, it literally comes from everywhere, I could be visiting a friend and notice that their...

  27. Teresa Pandora Salgado

    #HowDoYouSculpey? with Teresa Pandora Salgado.

    Behold, the Bowl of Shame. I present it to you with a mix of humor, humility, and, yes, compassion for the poor bowl itself. On New Year’s Day, 2010, I opened my first three blocks of clay. My profound artistic ignorance had led me to believe I could simply roll up some clay and make cane like Jon Stuart Anderson...

  28. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Summer Sea Glass Pt 4

    Sea Glass is back! I'm transitioning here to a late Summer/early Fall palette. As a pro photographer for over 40 years, I'm rather responsive to natural lighting and the tracking of the seasons in outdoor light. #1 Oh yes, all 3 of these look so good together. Latte is a great mix color to help bring a diverse group of...

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    Using Baby Wipes With Polymer Clay

    Baby wipes are a must-have when it comes to working with polymer clay. Baby wipes are incredibly versatile and provide an easy way to keep your work surface, tools and hands clean.  You can also use baby wipes to delicately clean unsightly overflow areas of paint on your polymer clay. Let's say you are creating an intricate design and paint a little...

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    How to Make Polymer Clay Buttons

    Need to find the perfect button for your latest creation? If you knit, sew or crochet and are interested in making your own unique buttons, consider using polymer clay! Polymer clay buttons are easy to make, durable, come in multiple colors and can be made into any shape or texture.  Making Polymer Clay Buttons: What You Will Need  You'll need...

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