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  1. Sculpey Design Squad

    The Difference Between Polymer Clay and Air Dry Clay

    Have you been thinking about getting into clay crafting? Or, maybe you've been clay crafting for a while and are learning about different tools and projects to try. There are all kinds of clay out there, the two most popular being polymer and air-dry, and each has its unique properties. Here, we'll talk about the differences between each type, as well...

  2. Rachel Hateley

    Mixing Brands of Clay by Rachel Hateley

    I have found that with the many years I've been sharing my polymer clay work online I often get a lot of questions about different the techniques and processes I use, which is great because crafters are trying to learn new things and further improve their skills. Some of these questions are quite advanced and some we can consider quite...

  3. Jenny Sorensen

    Working with Polymer Clay and Natural Elements/Mixed Media By Jenny Sorensen

    One of the best parts about working with polymer clay is being able to transform it to resemble practically anything.  Stones, shells, wood and more can be imitated using polymer clay, making it one of the most versatile mediums on the market. Even though these elements can be mimicked with clay, using natural materials with polymer can bring a new...

  4. Sculpey Design Squad

    New Color Tuesday! Well Hello New Year

    Remember when last year January felt like it was 15 weeks long?  Well, this year on the calendar it IS long - 5 weeks!  This week I'm mixing  Premo Accents Antique Gold with Souffle Poppy Seed, Bluestone and Pumpkin.  The souffle combo is an unlikely favorite of mine - it's not a light palette or a dark palette.  It feels...

  5. Sculpey Design Squad

    How Should I Finish My Pieces?

    By Fancy Puppet Today, I’d like to share with you one of my biggest dilemma in creation : How do I have to finish this nice piece ? Do I want a shiny finish ? Something very glossy ? Matte ? Which process ? Sanding and buffing ? with or without wax ? Or, varnish, maybe ? It depends of many features on my creations. Finishing Techniques for Polymer Clay Jewelry...

  6. Sculpey Design Squad

    Common Polymer Clay Questions

    Polymer clay is a fun, highly versatile medium. You can form just about anything with it, from beaded necklaces to unique picture frames. This medium is a popular choice for artists, sculptors, jewelry makers, crafters, movie makers and anyone who wants to relax and get in touch with their creative side. Polymer clay is also an excellent medium for kids, who love...

  7. Sculpey Design Squad

    The 8 Laws of Caning

    The 8 Laws of Caning by : Teresa Pandora Salgado 1.The Path to Zen:  Caning should be relaxing; so I bite the bullet and get the “worky” part out of the way in advance. Prepare your blends and logs before you start making components. It’s much easier to get your groove on if you don't have to stop and make...

  8. Teresa Pandora Salgado

    Simple Joy vs Crafter’s Remorse

    I’ve been a crafter since 1959. Yes, I was just 5 years old when I created my first masterpiece. It was a smooth, flat stone onto which I had glued a photo cut from my Dad’s beloved collection of vintage National Geographic magazines. To add theft to defacement, I used a beautiful river rock I had stolen from the neighbor’s...

  9. Maria Saracino

    It’s All About the Details

    There is a simple quote I like by Sanford Weill, an American Philanthropist, that pretty well sums up how I approach my work. “Details create the big picture.” In my last post as your July Design Squad blogger, I want to share some of the little things that I believe turns a good piece of art into an incredible piece...

  10. Maria Saracino

    Costuming in Clay or Textiles

    I hope you are enjoying my blog posts on Figurative Sculpture. I love every aspect of creating my little people, from research and concept development to the actual sculpting, costuming and props.  Often, people who are  interested in learning what I do, have been put off by the prospect of sewing the outfits. Although it’s great if you have some sewing experience, there are many little tips, tricks and shortcuts I offer my students to make the process easier even if you have no experience what-so-ever. I’m going to share one of them with you in today’s blog that you can use with fabric or even with polymer clay to create interesting and even elaborate costumes. Continue reading →

  11. Maria Saracino

    Sculpting a Figure - Body Proportions

    I hope I’ve peaked your interest in figurative sculpture, because today I want to talk about body proportions. As I mentioned last week, I like to sculpt the head first, then use the length of the head to determine the size of the hands and feet. After that I start mapping out the body. At this point I have a...

  12. Maria Saracino

    Figurative Sculptures and Proportion

    As a new member of the Sculpey Design Squad I am very excited to be this month’s blogger and I hope I can bring something new to the community. My name is Maria Saracino and I am a figurative doll artist. My style of sculpting is realistic with an element of whimsy. My sculptures are often described as “Norman Rockwell-ish”...

  13. Sculpey Design Squad

    The Boring Stuff - The prep work before creating

    The boring stuff – cleaning routines that will save time I have to admit the only thing that I do not enjoy about crafting is the cleaning and tidying up. If you have ever made something small from clay or just had to deal with white clay, you will understand how important it is to have a workplace which is...

  14. Sculpey Design Squad

    Top Reasons Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay Is Great for Crafting

    Are you excited to enter the world of crafting but not sure what medium you want to work with? If you're looking for a medium that's easy to use and lets your imagination soar, oven-bake polymer clay is the way to go. With polymer clay like Sculpey, the crafting possibilities are endless. Keep reading to learn about all the reasons...

  15. Anke Humpert

    Where do your ideas live? – How to build a home for your ideas

    The Spring cleaning, I told you about, is still happening in my studio. And if you think I have too much stuff you are probably right. It does feel good to go through all my supplies and decide what will be worth taking up the valuable real estate in my studio and what will have to find some other...

  16. Anke Humpert

    Liquid Sculpey - What can I do with it? 

    Liquid Sculpey bakeable medium is one of the newest products from Polyform and more than once I heard the question: “What can you do with it?” Well sometimes it is kind of hard to answer that just using words. So I thought I would share some of my experiments with you and point you to some more information to help...

  17. Anke Humpert

    How can I improve my work? – Self evaluation - or how “failures” can help you grow

    It´s April…spring time! I know for some of us it still feels very much like winter, but we do hope spring will soon come for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere! In Spring time a lot of us get that urge to clean and get everything tidy. You want to get the cob webs of winter out and get fresh...

  18. Sculpey Design Squad

    Nail RX after playing with clay….

    Playing with clay is so fun!! But sometimes my nail polish needs a refresh after working with my favorite crafting medium.  Getting a manicure is the best feeling… When my nails look good I feel good…. I happen to be one of those people who gets their nails done almost every week.  I also happen to play with clay every...

  19. Sherman Oberson

    Sculpting 101 by Sherman Oberson

    As I mentioned in my last blog post I’ve always been a sculptor. I’ve also been teaching sculpting for a long time. One thing I hear over and over from students is “I can’t sculpt” or “I’m afraid to sculpt. I’m always surprised by it because these aren’t always beginners sometimes it’s people who do incredibly complex things with polymer...

  20. Sculpey Design Squad

    A Guide to Making Oven-Bake Clay Earrings

    Table of Contents What is Polymer Clay What Makes Polymer Clay So Great? How to Prepare to Make Polymer Clay Earrings Different Types of Earrings How to Make Polymer Clay Stud, Unicorn Horn and Other Earrings Pattern Ideas for Your Polymer Clay Earrings Bring Your Polymer Clay Earring Designs to Life With Sculpey Polymer clay is an exciting and fun crafting...

  21. Sculpey Design Squad

    Guava.  I always forget about Souffle Guava and it's actually a pink that I like! (NOT a fan of pink, raised by a mom who didn't believe in a sea of pink for little girls and especially NEVER on little redheaded girls).  Guava is a pink that can go with the cool colors as well as the warm colors.  It...

  22. Sculpey Design Squad

    We Are a Clever Bunch of Pirates

    If you have spent any time with me at all, you know I liken us clayers to pirates - we plunder and pillage all other art mediums, garages, estate sales, kitchen - and we are proud to share what clever things we come up with. I thought I'd share a few of those things that my friends and I have come...

  23. Patti Kimle

    Some musings on the Christmas color scheme…

    What makes an ugly Christmas sweater so ugly?  I was shopping a vintage store today where they had a special display of ugly Christmas sweaters. (Not sure how they acquired such a large selection, they were truly vintage, though!)  But I noticed something as I perused the assortment:  the worst had the most traditional colors, closest to what we all...

  24. Sculpey Design Squad

    Dragon Eye Blog part 1 – Mixing it up

    One of my favorite parts of working with the liquid clays is adding powders and inks to get different colors and looks. Aside from the amazing clarity of the Sculpey Clear Liquid Clay is how smooth it pours when powders and inks have been added. After making the batch of eyes used for the project (view here) I continued playing...

  25. Miranda Farrand

    Tips on How to Apply a Basic Patina

    Wondering how to "finish" your sculpture to give it more depth? Consider applying a basic patina with an acrylic paint wash. If you read my article last week regarding creative inspiration, it featured a head sculpture in various stages of creation. In this article, I will discuss adding a patina to finish the sculpture. Some people choose a clean look...

  26. Sherri Kellberg

    Building a Polymer Clay Cane Collection

    Here is just a small sample of some of my raw polymer clay canes. When the mood strikes me I'll make a bunch of different canes, I find it relaxing and fun. I usually work on about 3 projects at once. If I get tired of working on one, or can't come up with any new ideas, I simply set it...

  27. Sculpey Design Squad

    Using Different Types of Sculpey for Miniatures

    Sculpey Premo is great because it comes in so many colours which is a dream come true for any artist. However there are different types of polymer clay and you should always take this into consideration depending on what sort of finish you want your project to be in. As a miniaturist, I always model something to look like the...

  28. Nadia Michaux

    Let's Talk About Molds

    "Let's talk about Molds" Molds can be a very important tool for a clayer. It helps you achieve uniformity and even helps you sculpt something complex in an instant. You can buy molds but you can also make your own molds just as easily. For a miniaturist like me, it is a very handy tool since there aren't that many...

  29. Anke Humpert

    Why it can give you a boost to go off the beaten track!

    Most of us do spent a fair amount of time on line. Often for work, but also in our free time. We connect to friends and family and we inform ourselves. And let´s be honest more often that we want we also fall down the rabbit hole and one thing leads to another: we spent much more time that...

  30. Shirley Rufener

    Chalkboard Flowers

    With the popularity of chalkboards this season I wanted to mimic the look with polymer clay for adding accents, and it worked! I was so excited when the first flower was finished that I put it right on a chalkboard. Let me back up a bit and tell you when I learned this technique which is called “chalking” in the...

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