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Tips and Techniques

  1. 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...

  2. 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 →

  3. 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...

  4. 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”...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. Katie Oskin

    Colors of Spring are Bold, Vivid, & Bright!

    Bold, Vivid, & Bright, Colors of Spring Colors of Spring for Polymer Clay & Acrylic Paints Colors of spring are those colors that make me feel happy, bouncy, and rejuvenated. Are there certain colors that you automatically gravitate to because of the way that they make you feel? Let's look at some tried and true spring colors to liven up your spring palettes. Continue reading →

  20. Katie Oskin

    Bakeable Mixed Media Products

    Oven Safe Bakeables All month I have been addressing the ever important question, "what can I use with polymer clay" here on the blog. Today we are going to discuss not what you can use on polymer, but what exactly polymer can go on... In other words, here's a short list of things that can safely go in your oven and be baked right along with your polymer clay. Continue reading →

  21. Katie Oskin

    What is Polymer Clay Mixed Media?

    This month, I have been focusing on helping each of you understand how polymer clay might work and mix with other craft products. By definition, polymer clay that has anything done to it instantly becomes a "mixed media" project, piece, or design. So whether you add something on the surface of the clay or add it into the clay itself, you have created a mixed media piece. Continue reading →

  22. Katie Oskin

    Products You Can Use on Polymer Clay

    Products You Can Use Safely with Polymer Clay This month, I am taking some time to talk about mixed media. To make mixed media work for polymer clay, you must know which media will make the best pairing. Today, I'm going to help narrow down your search in the craft store, so your next mixed-media project comes together beautifully. First, you can get started by checking out our...

  23. Gretchen Amberg

    That Pesky Stuff Called Scrap

    I’m sure many polymer clay users out there can identify with the issue of having an abundance of scrap clay.  I personally don’t like the idea of just throwing clay in the garbage, and although I do manage to salvage some of it by working in “like colors”, I all too often end up with bits that when combined will...

  24. Sherri Kellberg

    Working with Liquid Sculpey to Create Faux Raku

        I'm working on some Faux Raku tab beads this week. Using brown hemp cord to assemble them into a bracelet. I used antique brass chain, and large end caps to complete the earthy look.         The pink/orange/gold tab bracelet was an experiment in Faux Raku. The pink/orange/gold tab bead bracelet, was an experiment of my...

  25. Syndee Holt

    Sculpey as a Household Tool by syndee holt

    We all joke that you can do anything with Sculpey, so I thought I would show you some of my recent "fixes" with Sculpey.  First, my gate latch.  I got tired of it not closing (when we slam it), so I put a little bit of baked, extuded clay in the back of it so the latch can't lay back...

  26. Sculpey Design Squad

    Fun faux clay techniques for jewelry

    I love working with faux clay techniques to create stones and faux metals for use in my jewelry.  There are may tutorials out there and I have created a lot of my own and wanted to share some other bloggers versions of a faux  technique.  I like Practically Functionals version and the look of the faux turquoise she creates.  Hers is heavier...

  27. Katie Oskin

    The Importance of Keeping a Polymer Clay Journal

    Many have wondered if they should be keeping a polymer clay journal. In my opinion, I think a polymer clay journal is essential for cataloging where you’ve been, where you’re going, and how you might get there. Think of it as a little “glimpse” into your studio over time. What Kind of Things Might Your Write Down? Colors you’ve used...

  28. Teresa Pandora Salgado

    Sculpey Soufflé- The Chameleon of Clay

    Sculpey Soufflé-The Chameleon of Clay Right off the bat I’ll admit it. Thoughts of polymer clay and its particular properties dominate way too many of my waking hours. Here’s my rationale, though: I could be worrying about lots of other stuff I can’t control, like climate change, cybercrime, and the catastrophic caloric content of Pop Tarts; but instead, I choose...

  29. Sculpey Design Squad

    Super Easy Bell Flowers

    I just want to show you how easy it can be to make some nice bell flowers. Just make a sheet of clay in your favorite colour , mabye a skinner blend or just a one toned sheet. Use the round cutters to punch out circles,any size you want. Roll them up in one end and insert a needle tool...

  30. Sculpey Design Squad

    How to Fix a Boo-Boo

    It happens to the best of us. You get in a hurry and forget to check for air bubbles that sometimes form between your clay and the armature of your critter body. Everything looks okay on the surface of things, then the next thing you know, you’re pulling a critter out of the oven that looks like it’s about to...

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