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  1. Jennifer Courington

    How to Soften Polymer Clay

    Table of Contents: Issues of Working With Hard Polymer Clay Why Is My Polymer Clay Hard? Five Ways to Soften Hard Polymer Clay Shop Sculpey® Polymer Clay Softeners and Conditioning Tools You gather your clay tools and excitedly pull out your favorite colors of polymer clay to start a new craft when you notice the clay begins to crumble in...

  2. Sculpey Design Squad

    How to Stiffen Polymer Clay

    When the weather gets warmer, your polymer clay may soften and even become sticky. Warm hands and hot work areas can also cause clay to become too soft. As a crafter, you know how important it is to work with firm polymer clay. When clay is stiff enough, you're better able to get crisp, fine details in your designs and...

  3. Sculpey Design Squad

    How to Condition Polymer Clay

    Before using polymer clay for crafts, structures, figurines or jewelry, it's essential to learn how to condition it. Always condition your polymer clay straight from the package to ensure maximum softness and flexibility.  You can follow these simple tips to condition polymer clay and bring your crafting ideas to life.  What Is Conditioning? Conditioning is the process by which you...

  4. Lynn Yuhr

    Claying with Veneers by Lynn Yuhr

    Veneers are a staple in polymer clay creations.  I use veneers ALL the time. It is basically a decorative sheet of clay. It could be a sheet with a surface treatment (for example, silk screened or alcohol inks), a pattern of cane slices pieced together or a mokume gane slice. But it can also be simple . . . . ...

  5. Sculpey Design Squad

    How to Get Started in Miniatures

    Design by Melissa "Mo" Tipton Miniature food making relies on a set of basic sculpting skills, and handily enough, today’s project gives you a chance to practice all of them. The skills you’ll be learning, which will help you with a variety of other tiny food projects, are: Using the proper amount of translucent clayCreating realistic crumbsGiving clay a browned...

  6. Sculpey Design Squad

    Finishing Polymer Clay Pieces

    This is Krithika, and today I want to talk to you about the different ways I like to finish my pieces once they’re cured. I use a variety of techniques and products depending on the situation. Finishing your piece is one of the most vital parts of the construction! Read on to find out how I decide what to use...

  7. Sculpey Design Squad

    My Most Favorite Clay Technique Ever!

    Hi! Krithika Parthan here and today I get to talk about what is probably my favorite clay technique ever. That's a pretty bold statement! But I just adore silkscreening so much! For someone who considers herself "crafty but but not artsy", silkscreening is the perfect way to create detailed gorgeous pieces without needing to draw myself. Textures let me do...

  8. Sculpey Design Squad

    10 Surprising Facts About Polymer Clay

    Table of Contents: 1. It’s Non-Toxic 2. It Dries Faster Than Air-Dry Clay 3. It Doesn’t Shrink or Expand 4. It Doesn’t Fade 5. It Will Not Dry Out 6. It Is Durable 7. Storage Is Easy 8. Do Not Overbake 9. Easy Cleanup 10. Small Bars Go a Long Way Shop Sculpey Products Today Since its creation, polymer clay...

  9. Sculpey Design Squad

    Sculpey for Beginners

    Table of Contents: What Is Polymer Clay? What Types of Polymer Clay Are There? What Can I Create With Polymer Clay? What Polymer Clay Tools Do I Need? How Do I Bake Clay? Where Can I Find Clay Inspiration? Learn to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry Sculpey polymer clay is fun to use and extremely versatile. Anyone can work with polymer...

  10. Claire Maunsell

    NEW LOOK STRATA BEADS by Claire Maunsell

    For today’s post I thought it would be fun to update a classic hollow bead technique that I’ve used for many years by using the delicious new bright colours in the Souffle line. I was sent some of these to try (along with some other fun stuff – thanks Polyform!) and I think they are just the thing for me...

  11. Sculpey Design Squad

    New Color Tuesday! But Do They Get Along? Pt 3

    I decided I wanted to see how these vibrant new colors play with Souffle Igloo to create pastel. Again, I was surprised that they reacted like any other color (don't ask my WHY I think it would be different - no idea!) And I really liked the addition of the Igloo to the original color palette as well as a...

  12. Sculpey Design Squad

    Translucent clay components: Colour Inside and Colour Outside

    When I first began exploring polymer I was coming from years working with hot glass. You can imagine how excited I was to find that translucent clay existed in a few varieties in the Polyform line! I found it was a natural progression from sandblasted glass to translucent polymer clay. It’s very easy to add small amounts of colour to...

  13. Sculpey Design Squad

    How Did You Do? Oven Bake Clay Quiz Answers

    1.       True or False – you can mix new colors using our current colors of clay?               Answer- True! Sculpey oven bake clays come in hundreds of amazing bright colors but the best part is that you can create your own unique shades by mixing them together! 2.       True or False – You use a kiln to cure polymer clay?        ...

  14. Anke Humpert

    My Favorite Technique to do using Polymer Clay

    By: Anke Humpert My favorite technique in polymer clay is a very simple one. I learned it from Donna Kato and I have used it ever since. It´s easy to make but very versatile. And you don’t need a lot of tools: You need at least two colors of clay, but you can use more if you want to. I...

  15. Sculpey Design Squad

    Where to Bake Polymer Clay

    Creating polymer clay sculptures is a great way to engage your child's imagination — and yours, too! The clay starts out soft and moldable, but once you bake it, the polymers fuse and harden. Magic! If you've never worked with polymer clay before, you might have some questions about the process of baking it. That's why we created this "how...

  16. Sculpey Design Squad

    Understanding Terracotta Clay

    It doesn't matter if you're new to clay or you've been working with this medium for many years. With so many types of clay out there, it can be hard to remember exactly how they're similar or what their unique characteristics are. Terracotta and polymer clays represent two different types. If you're new to this craft, or even if you...

  17. Jennifer Courington

    The Difference Between Polymer Clay and Air Dry Clay

    Polymer and air-dry clay are great options for crafting and creating wonderful art and jewelry pieces. While both clays are useful products, they each have unique properties and advantages, from composition to finishings. People often wonder can you bake air dry clay? The answer is no which makes its drying process vastly different from polymer oven-bake clay. Air-dry modeling clay...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. Sculpey Design Squad

    Common Polymer Clay Questions

    Table of Contents: What Is Polymer Clay Made out Of?How Is Polymer Clay Used? What Can You Make With Polymer Clay?Are Modeling Clay and Polymer Clay the Same Thing?Is Polymer Clay Toxic?What Is the Best Polymer Clay?Can You Bake Polymer Clay?How Do You Bake Polymer Clay?Can You Bake Polymer Clay in a Microwave?Can You Bake Polymer Clay on Aluminum Foil?Can...

  21. 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...

  22. 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 →

  23. 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...

  24. 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”...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. Sculpey Design Squad

    A Guide On How To Make 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...

  30. 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...

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