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  1. Gretchen Amberg

    Phase 2- Bringing Home the Work

    Before moving to my new workspace, I had a small sandwich board style dry-erase board.  The dry-erase board is a great tool to have; I use it to write down reminders on what I need to finish working on first thing in the morning.  Over time, the dry-erase board I had been using became too small for the list of...

  2. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Cinnamon is my New Neutral Pt 2

    Okay, I'm starting with Souffle Cinnamon again since it's the my color of the month (as well as my current color crush), AND I'm keeping the Souffle Sea Glass as well as putting my mixer from last week, Souffle Latte into the base trio - Cinnamon, Latte, Sea Glass. This week's Mixer is Souffle Turnip (my color crush from like...

  3. Gretchen Amberg

    Phase 1 by Gretchen Amberg

    While I war with indecision about what to make for my first polymer clay addition, I decided it would be good to start with things I already have. With all of the sunlight I get, with the exception of today where the now much light is getting through the falling snow, plants were the obvious choice. Within a couple...

  4. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Cinnamon is My New Neutral

    Souffle Cinnamon - I love the color by itself, but I'm finding that it's an excellent mix color as well.  For instance, want a soft maize yellow? Mix 2 parts Canary and 1 part Cinnamon. But I'm ALREADY digressing.. I'm using Cinnamon as my "base color" this month in our trio mixes this month.  So let's get to it! This...

  5. Gretchen Amberg

    Bringing Home to Work

    New job and new digs.  OK, technically the job is not new since I have been with the company a year, but after some musical chairs, our department seems to have finally landed in a permanent location.  I am pleased to announce I am now out of the ever-popular grey walled cubicle and in a more open area where I...

  6. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! New Year-New Beginning Pt 5

    I don't often mix with a black clay.  And I can't really tell you why, except I love vibrant colors.  But when I DO mix with a Black color (or Poppy Seed Souffle here), I usually fall in love.  My kids showed me many years ago that you can get that cool acid green/yellow by mixing a little black into...

  7. Syndee Holt

    The Power of Television...and Etch n' Pearls

    I have literally sat down three other times today to write this blog and been distracted by other issues - emails, garden watering, UPS dude.. ANYWAY - I love Etch n' Pearls - once I found out how to use them!  I quickly figured out that there needs to be a little mold release on the tool for the clay...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! New Year-New Way Pt 3

    This idea didn't quite work out like I thought it would.  I assumed that adding the Premo Accents Copper to these colors would tone them down but add a warmth as well.  It did work that way on the Souffle Latte and So 80s but I don't care for the 1:1 mix with the Souffle Royalty.  My guess would be...

  11. Syndee Holt

    I'm a Lil Dotty

    I have a weakness for polka-dots. They are like little welcoming beacons for me.  Ask me to pick a pattern and I guarantee it will have polka-dots..or dots of some kind.  So it's only natural that I incorporate dots into my clay work. My polka-dot bracelets for Sculpey a couple of years ago The word polka-dot has been around since...

  12. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! New Year-New Way Pt 2

    Okay, I've double checked my calendar and I *believe* I"m in the right place at the right time for New Color Tuesday! (actually, you can't blame me for being so excited that I posted on Monday last week can you?) We are a whole week into the New Year and I have been having a "productive play" week with my...

  13. Syndee Holt

    It's Logical Really

    HI! syndee here.. I really like to work on multimedia projects and I often use paper in the projects.  Whether its an actual photo or images from scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.  I kept running into a problem though.  No matter how I attached the paper to the sheet of clay, it would curve after baking.  Yeah, it would LOOK...

  14. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday -New Year-New Way

    I'm starting the New Year off with a second cup of mocha coffee - not because I was out late, but because I have a dog who can't handle fireworks. I even dutifully gave BOTH dogs calming drops, but once the neighborhood started popping them off around 11, she was a mess.   The little one snored through everything, but they seemed...

  15. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Syn's Favorite Mixes Pt 5

    Well, Well, Well, the last NCT of 2017. Where did this year go? This mix was one my sons showed me years ago when they came up to me and gave me this cool acid green color clay.  I asked them where they got it and they said they mixed it and they proceeded to school me in how to...

  16. 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...

  17. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Syn's Favorite Colors

    Oh yeah, definitely one of my favorite mixes!  I absolutely love everyone of these colors.  What a way to add a rich highlight to a black background, or even a texture to a black - using the Gold Glitters.  I've used that 16RG/1B mix so often now for my work.  I especially like it for the bezels, but in this...

  18. Patti Kimle

    Office Party Favors by: Patti Kimle

    A good friend of mine hosts a Christmas party for her husband’s office. He is the head of a government research facility here where I live. For the past 4 years, I have made a cane design to slice into ornaments for the party favors she gives the employees. Every year, the design includes the lab’s logo, a shaded blue...

  19. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Syns Favorite Colors Pt1

    I love December. Things seem to slow down for me after a hectic Fall. I actually unpack my tool bag and clean up around the studio. One of my most favorite parts is looking through all the NCTs for the year to find my favorites and the surprises.  I'm starting this December off with one of my all time favorite...

  20. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights Pt 4-1/2

    Apparently, I was confused last week and thought that it was the last week in November.  Right?  Not like the month hasn't flown by anyway.. So here is Pt 3 masquerading at Pt 4-1/2: First thing I noticed was how similar these mixes were to the Peacock Pearl mix.  I thought it was surprising because, well, you know Peacock Pearl...

  21. Gretchen Amberg

    Dragon Eye Blog 2 – Extra Details

    I am officially having entirely too much fun (if there is such a thing) making these eyes!  I wish had this idea while first writing up the project but as we all know that hindsight is 20/20.  It’s never too late for cool ideas so here goes… Glittery Pupil Clay Dragon Eyes The addition of the color around the pupil...

  22. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights Pt 4

    Well, this was a surprise!  Fluorescent Pink hardly affected the Souffle Cherry Pie at ALL!  I do like that 1:1 mix though, it reminds me of a rose color. I also really like the straight Fluorescent Pink and the straight Cherry Pie together as well.  And I like them with the grey background, so Souffle Concrete or Rhino Grey (long...

  23. 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...

  24. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights Pt 3

    I had to try the Fluorescents with a Souffle color right?  Cherry Pie seemed like it was just the ticket - deep, rich color.  I was surprised that the Fluorescent Pink didn't effect it too much, but the Yellow sure did!  I really like that 1:1 Cherry Pie and Fluorescent Yellow - it's kind of a tomato color - a...

  25. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights

    So Fluorescent.. not normally my cup of tea, but they ARE fun to mix with! And this week I mixed with Premo Orange and I love every one of these mixes!  And I love them all together as well.  I want to paint my walls with these colors, dress in these colors, clay in these colors!  Oh! and look at...

  26. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 5

    Oh yeah, I love me some warm, rich orange tones.  I've seen (and photographed ) these colors on my beach so many times.  It's my favorite time of the day - long shadows and golden dust motes floating everywhere.  Actually, it's my dog, Annie, favorite time of the day too.  She's a Sparkle Hound.  She hunts sparkles and late afternoon...

  27. Miranda Farrand

    Experimenting with Glow-in-the-dark Polymer Clay

    Yesterday with the help of my mini-me, I experimented with Glow-In-The-Dark or GITD polymer clay. She took notes while I dictated what I was doing. The idea was to discover if any other light clay could be mixed with Sculpey III Glow-in-the-Dark and still retain the glow. For our experiment, we used Sculpey III Glow-in-the-dark, Premo Translucent, Premo Pearl and...

  28. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 4

    I do love to throw colors together that have no business being together.  And sometimes I put together two colors that I THINK should have business with each other and it turns out that they are not having it AT ALL.  For instance, Souffle Guava and Premo Sculpey Accents Peacock Pearl.  I figured I would get some colors in the...

  29. 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...

  30. Syndee Holt

    New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 3

    Personally, I don't feel you can ever go wrong with Latte - both the drink and the Souffle clay.  It's neutral with a bit of a casual attitude - sort of a "I'm so cool I can either be the star of the show or just lay back here and be cool". I know that sounds like I need more...

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