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Tips and Techniques

  1. Shirley Rufener

    Limitless Surface Treatments

    I'd like to talk a bit about "Surface Techniques" which I like to experiment with in my claywork. I truly believe they are endless and there are many mediums yet to be tried on polymer clay! One of my favorite surface looks for polymer clay is simply the use of paints and pastes. The best example I personally enjoy, is...

  2. Syndee Holt

    What's in a Wrapper?

     What's in a wrapper?  Well for me, my clay wrappers often act as a disposable mini-paint palette!  They are just perfect to hold the small amounts of acrylic paints we often use to antique a bead or two or three!  I like to allow my colors to mix slightly when I'm antiquing a larger piece, so the clay wrapper is...

  3. Syndee Holt

    When Life Gives You Hard Clay

    So when life gives you lemons, er, hard clay... we still want to use it.   This happened when I accidentally set a sheet of rolled out Premo! Peacock  on top of my oven WHILE IT WAS ON. I know, right? What was I thinking?  Well, it was in a stack of index cards that I "thought" were empty.  Anyway...

  4. Sculpey Design Squad

    Trash Tools (or the Recycler)

    While working on projects this week, I realized how often I use a few items in the studio that weren't tools to begin with. My mom was a saver and re-user of many things, including plastic bags, rubber bands, and the like.  She never bought plastic containers, just reused ice cream buckets and yogurt containers; used envelopes became scratch paper...

  5. Syndee Holt

    Transfer and Toys

    Well, I'm still unpacking from the trip to the Oklahoma Twister Retreat but I wanted to share some photos with you.       One of the classes was all about toner-based transfers.  Tom had his b/w photos printed at one of the office stores on a fairly thick, but uncoated, paper.  We tried the transfer, using regular rubbing alcohol...

  6. Sculpey Design Squad

    My Final Tri-Tip Tuesday For March

    Hello Polypals!   Well I'm back for my last Tri-Tip Tuesday blog and I'm excited about today's three tips! By the way, I never did get to eat any delicious tri-tip this month, maybe next month! My hubby makes the best BBQ tri-tip. So, now that you are hungry, this first tip/technique is sure to feed your creative appetite! Creative...

  7. Sculpey Design Squad

    Accentuate with Paint

    If you are fairly new to polymer clay, you may not have tried combining it with acrylic paint. Oil paints are not a good mix with the clay so acrylic paint is recommended, whether you are completely painting a baked white clay piece or just antiquing you clay.   In the samples above I have used paint in two different...

  8. Sculpey Design Squad

    Tri-Tip Tuesday-Clean and Shiny!

    As I am one day behind this week, I will add some extra "oomph" to my blog entry!   My first tip comes from a post by Kater's Acres. Does it seem like as much as you try to clean your pasta machine, you still end up with streaks and other colors that "muck" up your clay sheets and blends...

  9. Sculpey Design Squad

    Another Fun Tri-Tip Tuesday!

    Tips on Creating a Floral Clay Mold Tip #1: I love to find or figure out another use for a tool, or reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away! I found this great Russian tutorial for using small cookie (or canapé) cutters for small frames (or round ring bases). If you've worked with polymer clay you may own one or...

  10. Sculpey Design Squad

    Tri-Tip Tuesday

    I'm back with my second blog...and I have three tips for your tonight. These tips came from Pinterest, a great source for clay work, trends and ideas! Simply use the points on a corn cob holder to create evenly spaced starter holes in your clay. Then, use a Etch 'N Pearl tool to create the holes before baking. All of...

  11. Sculpey Design Squad

    Sculpey Polymer Clay ideas for Valentine’s Day

    Sculpey polymer clay is a fabulous medium to use in jewelry making. Valentine’s day is fast approaching and it makes the perfect reason to give someone you love a piece of jewelry. Now, who would not love a piece of handmade jewelry? The first piece I want to show you today is a technique called Faux Sugar Beads. They are...

  12. Patti Kimle

    texture sheets and multiple techniques

    Have you seen and tried the new Sculpey texture sheets? There are many very versatile patterns included, in a variety of scale and fun patterns.  I have been playing with them for several months and thought I'd share a project that combines some simple techniques to good effect. I started with a layer of the brick pattern in black clay. ...

  13. Syndee Holt

    I love a new clay toy

     I love when I find a new toy to use with my clay. This one that I'm facinated with right now isn't new, but I got a new outlook on it from my son.  Paint.  Yeah, I'm painting my clay and more than just slapping on a single color for antiquing. Check out this bracelet I had made.  Kinda blah...

  14. Sculpey Design Squad

    Sunflower Magnet

    I really love sunflowers!   I think they are such a happy flower.   I finally grew a few small ones this year. Next year I would really like to try to grow a row of the big Mammoth ones.   Anyway, sunflowers are a fun fall flower. Although most have gone by now I thought it would be fun to try to make...

  15. Sculpey Design Squad

    Sculpey Clay Extruder Tips

    Tip #1: When you're done using the Sculpey Clay Extruder, take the plunger out, unscrew the disk holder and remove the disk. Now bake all the pieces for 15 minutes; allow to cool and peel off the baked clay. So much easier than trying to clean raw clay out of the barrel!   Tip #2: Make your extruder into a...

  16. Sculpey Design Squad

    Jewelry tool

    I went shopping at Michaels and found this great tool to make earring wires and toggle clasps. It is made by bead landing and is called a Jewelry Jig. It comes with four templates. Three of them are to make earring wires and one is to make toggle clasps. It has raised plastic inserts which the wire is twisted around...

  17. Sculpey Design Squad

    Claying with Pre-schoolers

    Hello everyone!  I have so enjoyed reading what my fellow designers have been up to.  I have some fun things that I would like to share with you during this month of June. I just finished up another fun of year of being an assistant pre-school teacher.  Our classroom consisted of fourteen 3 to 5 years old's.   As the assistant...

  18. Syndee Holt

    Do you own a tablet? You can get Photoshop for 10 bucks!!

    Yes, it's true!  I just went to the presentation for our Photoshop Users Group Monday night.  Adobe has created 4 different apps for the iPad and Android tablets.  AND THEY COST ONLY $9.99 EACH!   You can get a pretty loaded version of Photoshop (Called Photoshop Touch) for only $10!  All the basic tools, cropping, layers, text (limited fonts).  It's...

  19. Syndee Holt

    The One Block Wonder

    Do you ever feel like doing clay, but not really "doing" clay?  You want something easy, yet great at the same time?  My One Block Wonder is perfect for that... 1 block of clay and 1 hour of time!  Now I'm busy cooking corned beef and thinking about green beer tonight, so this project fit right into my schedule. You...

  20. Syndee Holt

    Huh, who knew?

    Who knew that you could take little pieces of clay (these are only about 2-1/2 inches high and overlap them and create a shortened version of a Skinner Blend?  Just overlap each piece with it's neighbors and I added a thin sheet of Premo Gold underneath to add shimmer and help hold it all together.  Run it through the pasta...

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