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Tips and Techniques

  1. Sculpey Design Squad

    Broke it?

    Sometimes things break that we spent a lot of time making. Maybe it breaks because it is not properly cured or because we forgot to use Oven bake clay adhesive to adhere raw clay on to baked. I broke some pieces when I drilled them, they were layered so nowadays I use Bake and Bond more often. Anyway! If you...

  2. Syndee Holt

    Syn's Photo Tip: Add a Signature

    Have you noticed the Polyform logo or my name on recent photos I've posted here?  That's because I made a custom brush in Photoshop with the logo and one with my name.  Tricky right?  Actually, it's really stupid simple and takes about 15 seconds. (Okay, it take ME about 2 minutes to pick the font though.) I can't believe I...

  3. Sculpey Design Squad

    Sculpey Soufflé Causes a Left Turn to the Right Side of My Brain

    So, I had a new blouse....with a pattern....an excuse to create a custom necklace based on the pattern and colors, right?  Of course, I wanted to use Sculpey Soufflé and the colors matched the trending colors in the blouse right out of the package.  Can I get any luckier?  Yes, because it was a floral pattern on the blouse, so...

  4. Shirley Rufener

    Clay Embroidery...using Sculpey Soufflé!

    If you are an Etsy, Pinterest or jewelry fan, then you've probably come across artists creating intricate, raised clay designs that resemble embroidery and appliqué. I'm no exception. As a designer and writer, I love to spend time developing various techniques to replicate other objects and surfaces outside of our medium. One of my first published booklets on polymer clay contained textured faux fiber pieces...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

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