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Introducing the 2019 Sculpey Design Squad

Syndee HoltJenny SorensenRachel HateleyAnke HumpertClaire MaunsellSherman ObersonKrithika ParthanTeresa SalgadoMo TiptonLynn YuhrAmy KoranekMaria Saracino

Read their blog posts and enjoy their projects, tips, techniques and creative uses of clays, tools and accessories. Their varied specialties and work styles will educate and inspire you.

Let Me Introduce Myself – Debbie Bulford

Let me introduce myself! I am a self-confessed polymer clay addict, but my journey towards this creative medium had many twists and turns. I have always enjoyed ‘creating’, from making my own pencil cases and key rings at school to making my own clothes. So, when a fabric pattern company came to my school asking

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A Year in Review By Amy Koranek

There are a few things that occupy my thinking in this phase of my life. Family, health, and polymer clay. In regard to family, I just celebrated my 29th wedding anniversary with the one-true-love-of-my-life – Tom. In December, we are expecting our first grand baby! I’m a mom to four children and one daughter-in-law. My

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna Be Some Greens Pt 4

I’ve become quite fascinated with Souffle Canary again. It can really hold it’s own in a mix, even with Premo Accents Bright Green Pearl. I love, love the 1:1 mix of these two colors as well – it’s a perfect bridge between yellow and green.  And of course, I already love Latte and Canary together

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A Predicament with Patterns By Amy Koranek

I love patterns. Especially in textiles and fabrics and on furniture and in art and found in nature. I especially love patterns in coordinating colors like you find in fabric displays where the designer has created a color way of materials that all go together color-wise but the patterns are all different. Throughout my life

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna Be Some Greens Pt3

I’m beginning to think that Souffle Turnip is a magical color.  First, it creates that ultraviolet blue color when mixed with Premo Accent Peacock and it even plays nicely with Bright Green Pearl! I like this beginning color palette of Bright Green Pearl, Souffle Bluestone, Cinnamon and Turnip. (Yes, I would like any palette with

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Creative Journey Studios – You Must Visit

Creative Journey Studios – You Must Visit By Amy Koranek I had the privilege of visiting Creative Journey Studios in Milton, Georgia this Summer during the grand opening of their new location. For any polymer clay enthusiast, this is truly a must-see, must-visit, must-be-part-of situation. Creative Journey Studios is a one-of-a-kind polymer clay haven, museum,

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna Be Some Greens PT 2

I know, technically these are NOT greens in the mixes, but LOOOOK at how luscious those colors are! That Bright Green Pearl and Cinnamon mix is all kinds of skanky brown/green and I love it! The same with the Bluestone/Cinnamon – it’s like a dark dust bunny brown but I really like it.  Put that

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My Stories by: Amy Koranek

I’ve been claying since 1989. The first time I saw anything ever made in polymer clay was on my honeymoon—so it’s easy for me to remember how long I’ve been at this. My husband and I were honeymooning on St. Martin, and there was this jewelry case chock full of—to me—the most intriguing designs in

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New Color Tuesday! These Gonna be Some Greens

ARgh! Second Monday caught me unaware that it’s ACTUALLY Tuesday! I’m using Premo Accents Bright Green Pearl as the standard color in my mixes this month, so these gonna be some greens!  Wheee… I decided to play it a little safe and mix my 3 palette colors (Brt. Green Pearl, Peacock Pearl and Graphite) with

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Thinking Outside the Jewelry Box

I LOVE to make jewelry. I’ll always make jewelry. The only thing jewelry-making lacks is the ability to “work large”. You see, I sometimes I feel like I spend entire days without moving anything but my eyeballs and four of my fingers (2 pointers, two thumbs). Such is the life of a caner. So, for

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New Color Tuesday! There Is a Little Peacock in All of Us Pt 3

I love the bright colors in this palette! They aren’t a typical combination of colors, but I think they really work. I especially love the Peacock, Bright Green Pearl and Magenta Pearl together – maybe with a little kick of White or Black? Bright Copper Blended Clays Now to the sub-palettes: #1 This is my

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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

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New Color Tuesday! There Is a Little Peacock in All of Us

Ahh, now we are SOLIDLY in my favorite color range – a mid-century modern color palette of greens and golds. I’m also discovering that Premo Accents Graphite pretty much fits in any palette – much more so than just black.  I suspect that Premo Accents Copper could be one of those “fits all” colors, but

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New Color Tuesday! There’s a Little Peacock in All of Us

Right? At least we like to *think* that there is a little Peacock in all of us, showing our glory to the world..not peaking at our reflections in shiny car doors.. This month, I’m featuring Premo and Premo Accent mixes.  Yes! I set down my beloved Souffle  for these 4 weeks of mixes. Peacock is

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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

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 5

While I think that Souffle Bluestone is the wild card of the Souffle family, Turnip comes sauntering in this week to remind me that it can do some crazy tricks as well.  For instance, check out that 1:1 mix with Jade – that is seriously a gorgeous color.  I was expecting mud and I got

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It’s All About the Details

There is a simple quote I like by Sanford Weill, an American Philanthropist, that pretty well sums up how I approach my work. “Details create the big picture.” In my last post as your July Design Squad blogger, I want to share some of the little things that I believe turns a good piece of

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 4

I forget about how much I like Souffle Latte from time to time.  Then once I remember, I can’t quite using it!  I love these three basic colors in the top trio – Bluestone, Pistachio, Jade.  Jade is one of my more recent  Color Crush, but Bluestone was my very first Souffle Color Crush.  I

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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

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 3

                                      No lie, this mix starts with 3 of my favorite Souffle colors: Bluestone, Guava and Cinnamon. ALL the Souffle colors are amazing, but these three are such workhorses for me.  I love, love the 1:1 mixes

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Top Clay Gift Ideas

  Are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member but can’t seem to find that something special? If you want to give a unique gift that expresses what you wish to say, it’s time to consider homemade gift-making. Polymer clay is coming to the rescue! Polymer clay is the perfect

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Sculpting a Figure – Body Proportions

By Maria Saracino 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

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 2

                                      I won’t lie, I love me some  GREENS and I got some purty ones this week!  There are so many color palette combos with these seven colors, it hurts my head to think about them!  I have

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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

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 1

I’m home for 2 whole days before I take off to teach in Dallas.  The class I took with Claire Maunsell in Nanaimo, Victoria B.C. was just as amazing as I could have hoped for.  I AM happy to be home with internet – trying to drive around new cities with no navigation is a

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GREEN Gotta Have Its!

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time now, you know that I absolutely love Premo! by Sculpey clays in all their forms. But you also know that more than anything, I love making my own new colors from their base colors. Here’s a few of my favorite recipes over the years and a

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New Color Tuesday! What About White? Pt 4

Ok, I know it’s New Color Tuesday on a Wednesday.  Out of country travel and surprise non-connectivity is a recipe to make syndee VERY VERY cranky! Anyway, I’m home (for 2 days) and here we go with the last mix of June.  Souffle Bluestone is one of my favorite Souffle colors because it so stands

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Elephant Mini Planter Tutorial by Katie Oskin

Elephant Mini Planter Tutorial

Elephant Mini Planter Tutorial Love air plants, tiny succulents, or faux plants made from polymer clay? Here’s a quick and easy little mini planter project made from polymer clay and a few basic supplies that you can have fun with in your studio! 

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