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Tips and Techniques

  1. Syndee Holt

    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...

  2. Syndee Holt

    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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Syndee Holt

    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!

  6. 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...

  7. Syndee Holt

    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...

  8. Syndee Holt

    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...

  9. Syndee Holt

    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...

  10. Syndee Holt

    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...

  11. Syndee Holt

    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...

  12. Syndee Holt

    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...

  13. Syndee Holt

    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...

  14. Syndee Holt

    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!

  15. Syndee Holt

    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...

  16. 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...

  17. Syndee Holt

    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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. Syndee Holt

    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...

  21. Syndee Holt

    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...

  22. 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...

  23. Syndee Holt

    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...

  24. Syndee Holt

    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...

  25. Syndee Holt

    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...

  26. Syndee Holt

    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...

  27. Syndee Holt

    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...

  28. Syndee Holt

    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...

  29. Syndee Holt

    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...

  30. Syndee Holt

    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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