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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.

Understanding Liquid Clay: Clear vs. Translucent

If you’re wondering what the difference is between clear and translucent polymer clay, you’re not alone. First, let’s talk about the meaning of liquid clay.  Liquid polymer clay is what it sounds like: polymer clay in liquid form. Liquid clay is a slightly sticky, medium-density liquid that does not require softening. While liquid polymer clay bakes

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Using Silicone Molds With Polymer Clay

Are you wondering how to use silicone molds with polymer clay to get a good casting? Read on for tips and tricks for making polymer clay designs with silicone molds for a fun, easy and mess-free project. How to Use Silicone Molds With Polymer Clay Due to their ease of use and flexibility, silicone molds

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New Color Tuesday! My Favorite Things Pt 1

I love doing December NCT because I get to look back through the year and pick my favorites. This year, I get to pick FIVE! I’m not posting these in any particular order by date or preference (although you will certainly know which one is my favorite!). I picked this palette because I love, love

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Seven Common Polymer Clay Mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life. After all, they’re how we learn. But when it comes to working with polymer clay, some mistakes are best avoided. Here are some tips and tricks for how to avoid some of the most common clay mistakes.  Using the wrong glue: One common mistake clayers make is using superglue on

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Avoiding Fingerprints in Your Polymer Clay

If you’ve ever been working in your polymer clay studio and realize you’ve gotten fingerprints on your finished clay, you’re not alone. Fingerprints on polymer clay is a common mistake crafters often overlook. The good news is, it can easily be avoided and fixed!  How to Keep Fingerprints off Your Polymer Clay  Getting fingerprints on

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Overlooked Polymer Clay Tips

Polymer clay is a versatile medium used for anything from jewelry and home decor items to fun crafts and figurines. Whether you’re a professional artist or polymer clay newbie, having a few tricks up your sleeve will make the creative process easier and more enjoyable.  Top Nine Tips for Working With Polymer Clay Once you

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New Color Tuesday-Concrete Crazy Pt 4

The last NCT Mix for the year this week. (Next month I get to pick my 4 favorites from the year!) This weeks mix helped me solve a little clay riddle – I love Shamrock and Sea Glass together, but what other colors can I use in the mix? #1 Yay! Look at how well

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How to Be Productive in Your Polymer Clay Studio

One of the skills every artist strives to master — and one that takes some practice — is the art of productivity. While the term “productivity” can mean different things to different people, we can all agree that it’s important. Being an artist is a rewarding and sometimes challenging job that takes willpower, inspiration and

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How to Soften Polymer Clay

A common question from clayers and crafters is what to do about polymer clay that’s become too hard. Can clay become too firm to the point where it’s unusable? The answer is yes and no. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to soften polymer clay that has become too hard.  Sometimes, you can

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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

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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 either knead polymer clay in your hands or run it through a pasta machine for the desired effect.  What Is

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New Color Tuesday November Mix Pt 3 with Concrete

New Color Tuesday! Concrete Crazy Pt 3

I’m highlighting mixing with Souffle Concrete this month. I’ll admit it, Concrete was a forgotten color in my clay cabinet – but what a great subtle mixer it is! I thought that mixing with some seasonal colors this week would be appropriate and they are all gorgeous! That ENTIRE palette looks wonderful together! I love

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November New Color Tuesday pt 2

New Color Tuesday – Souffle Concrete Pt 1

That’s right, I get subtle this month – no in-your-face color mixes for once! Hey, I’ve got to play grownup once in a while! It’s no secret that I’m really into greys now with my Antique Red hair. Premo Slate, Premo Accents Graphite and Souffle Concrete are figuring quite prominently in my clays on the

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Polymer Clay Basics 101 – Work Surfaces and Baking Tips

I’ve been working with polymer clay for over thirty years now. I’ve learned a few things in these first 30 years and I’d like to share some information with you about work surfaces and baking tips.             I have a beautiful studio in our home that has everything I need. But I realize that having

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New Collor Tuesday mix featuring Souffle Guava and Raspberry

New Color Tuesday! Great Guava Part 5 Fall Color Mixes for Oranges

I thought it would be appropriate to create the “bonus” 5th NCT post for October with some orange mixes for Halloween and The Season. I correctly figured that if I teamed Souffle Raspberry with some yellow type colors, I would get some oranges. I was OBSESSED with Souffle Raspberry when it came out and I’m

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Souffle Guava and Pistachio mixes

New Color Tuesday! Great Guava Mixes with Pistachio Pt 4

Yeah, I am LOVING this month’s NCT mixes! I know I’m going to get amazing (often shocking) mixes when I mix with Souffle Pistachio, but little did I know it could stand so strong with the bolder colors in the Souffle palette. And OF COURSE, check the amazing golden color Pistachio and Guava create! To

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Jewelry created with veneered canes made with Sculpey polymer clay

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

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October New Color Tuesday Pt 3

New Color Tuesday-Great Guava Pt 3

Premo Accents Copper (one of my favs) is mixed 1:1 with 3 of my favorite Souffle clay colors to create one of my most favorite color palettes EVER! In face, I’ve created 4 necklaces and a bracelet already with this palette and I want to make more. The 3 1:1 mixes invoke a kind of

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1:1 color mixes with Souffle and Premo Accents 18K Gold

New Color Tuesday! Great Guava Pt 2

Now I love me some Premo Accents 18k Gold – and it mixes so beautifully with the Souffle color palette. The gorgeous hint of sparkle from the 18k adds a soft luster to the finished mix. Wow! That IS effusive, but I DO love the mixes. I really liked how these randomish colors of Guava,

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Creating Color Stories

By Lynn Yuhr The colors of clay and the way we can manipulate those colors is probably one of the leading factors that drew us into this medium. It was for me!  The range of polymer clay colors right out of the package are wonderful. They provide a solid jumping off point for any design.

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polymer clay 1:1 color mixes with Souffle Guava

New Color Tuesday! Great Guava Pt 1

Now, if you know me, you know that I’m allergic to pink, right? I’m a redhead – my mom NEVER let me wear pink or red. But I like this Souffle Guava. It’s got such a nice warm pink – more of a cocktail pink- grownup pink? Let me show you, starting with some Souffle

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Souffle color mixing for cool Fall colors

New Color Tuesday! Almost Fall Pt 4

This week I am combining a cooler palette of Souffle colors for Fall – think more like in the cool shadows of the trees with ripe berries on the bushes. (Of course, I’m imagining all that, since palm trees and berry bushes aren’t seen together too often!) Mixing equal parts of colors can seem pretty

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Creating a faux miniature pizza with Sculpey clays

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 clay

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New Color Tuesday! Almost Fall Pt 3

This week I’m starting with a classic Fall palette of colors, featuring Souffle Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Canary and Grape (that sounded like a pie recipe until I listed the Canary, right?) The mixed set of colors are a lovely set of almost wine colors that still evoke the Fall mood. I was stunned to see that

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New Color Tuesday! Almost FAll with Souffle Pt 2

Souffle Canary is one of those colors that always surprises in mixes. OF COURSE I love the Maize color created by Souffle Cinnamon and Canary mixed 1:1 (change the ratio dropping the Cinnamon amount for a lighter version). I was surprised that the Souffle Cowboy/Canary mix makes almost a Latte color! And of course, super

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sculpey bakeable molds

Sculpey® Bakeable Molds

Do you ever get a design in mind that is just too complex to do by hand? Or maybe you’d like to create multiple identical pieces? Sculpey® can help! Silicone molds with polymer clay and Liquid Sculpey offer an easy way to create detailed designs that come out just as sturdy as your non-molded pieces.

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New Color Tuesday! Cornflower Pt 4

This is possibly my most favorite mix for the year! That BGP/Souffle Cinnamon mix is such a gorgeous deep golden color with a beautiful shimmer. And the BGP/Souffle Latte? It makes my mid-century modern brain so happy. I got a little carried away with my scraps and I’ll show you later what I made with

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It’s All About the Shapes

    by Teresa Pandora Salgado We’ve established the fact that bull’s eyes, stripes and spirals are the basis for complex caning; but being “creative types”, we’re not quite satisfied, are we? Individuality comes from shaping the components and even the finished canes into new configurations. For this cane, I made the typical components: a log

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New Color Tuesday! Cornflower Pt 3

I admit it, I have FUN mixing Souffle colors with the Premo Pearls because I NEVER know what it is going to produce. I mean Purple Pearl and Latte produced a deep gold color! WHAAAT? Latte is a color super hero like Robin Egg and Pistachio – it more than holds its own against the

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Simple Complexity – The Caning Oxymoron

In the course of daily interactions, I’m often asked the default conversational question, “What do you do?”. I’ll admit I get a cheap thrill out of replying, “I teach millefiori complex caning.” That phrase alone weeds out those who really don’t care what I do, (which is most people). When they do show interest, I

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