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design-squad

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.

Molds and 7 tips to make working with them easy

  Molds are one of my favorite items to work with.  I love combining them with traditional Sculpey Polymer Clay and the Model Air ultra light clay.  I really like working with them because you can create multiples of the sames pieces and you can make the same projects in diffrent colors. Along the way

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Polymer clay Snowman

A snowman is the cutest symbol of winter.  My kids and I started plaing with clay the other day and we decided to get a head start on our Christmas.  They decided they would make each of their cousins a snowman.  So the claying began.  My three year old is fascinated by the clay machine

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Stamping in Clay – Mosaic Photo Frame and jewelry

Mosaic can be created with a variety of matierials.  For a home decor piece I chose to use Premo Sculpey in a variety of colors that fit with my colors.  You could chose colors to match your home decor.   While I am pulling out older projects I thought I would share some jewelry pieces

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Seaside Christmas Decor with Polymer Clay

Seaside Christmas is my home decor this coming holiday season. I share a sneek peak with you last month of the startfish topper.  Below are the companion piece and the actual piece the topper is on.  I started on it back in June and I am finished with the main pieces.  My tree is on

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ANNOUNCING……

I wanted to save “the best for last” today, the last day of my Sept. blogging month. I finished it! I am excited to announce my second Craft E-Book(let). The title is “Hollow Faux Glass Beads” and it has been a long time coming. I have had a blast experimenting…or as my hubby calls it,

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Texture can stand alone!

I have loved handmade ceramics since before I even discovered polymer clay back in 2006! But, believe it or not, to my knowledge I have never made an earthen clay sculpture (unless it was as a kid). I am sure I will as it intrigues me to say the least. Ceramicist who hand sculpt their

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Outside Inspiration: Plique-à-jour Enamel

   I rediscovered a jewelry technique today that I hadn’t seen for a few years, Plique a Jour Enamel. It was developed in the Byzantine Empire in 6th century AD. Plique A Jour, French for “letting in daylight” or “glimpse of day” is a vitreous (glass) enameling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but

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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

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“Wait…don’t toss that aside!”

Upcycling Polymer Clay My title today is what I should have been thinking when I was too quick to toss a cuff bracelet into my ‘donate to a thrift store’ box. If you know me at all, you know that I try not to waste anything. I’m a believer in reusing, recycling or even better…”upcycling”!

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“What I did on my Summer Vacation”

Rememeber when a new school year started and the teacher would ask you to share or do a report on, “What you did on your summer vacation”? Well I thought that would be a good place to start off my blogging month. Here on the Oregon Coast the kids in town just started back to

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How Did It Get to Be End of Summer?

Wow! End of Summer..it's hot, humid and not a breath of air here at the beach right now.  But it's time to look forward to Halloween!  I created a really fun multi-media necklace with a Halloween theme last year that I want to share with you.  It's a lariat necklace, which means that the ends

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Seaside Christmas Decor with Polymer Clay

Seaside Christmas Decor?  Yes, I know it is still August, but I have decided I want a new look for Christmas this year.  I have used the same tree skirt and theme on my tree for 20 years now.  Last year I added a few new things that changed  the theme but no the color

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Play Time!

 I had a rare weekend with no clay assignments so I decided to do a little playing.  We cherish our butterflies and humming birds in our neighborhood, planting plants specifically for their needs.  The Monarchs and Western Tiger Swallowtails are our favorites of the butterflies, with many people counting their caterpillars daily.  I have a

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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,

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(Clay) Life Doesn’t Always Have to Be Hard

  As the (self-appointed) Queen of Stoobid Simple Clay, I just want to remind you that clay design doesn’t have to be difficult or intricate to be effective.  This necklace, featured in this month’s Bead It magazine, is super simple, but one of the most elegant necklaces I think I’ve created. Sculpey Bead Projects Are

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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

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What You Looking At?

At my last opportunity to blog a couple of months ago, the last blog I featured one of my tikis on the deck (see blog below) who often shows behind me when I did a Sculpey video.  Well, he had lost an eye and I mentioned that one of my goals this summer was to

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What we will do to display our clay!

HELLOW!   I get to spend my birthday month with you!  I've been squirreling away little things to blog about with you all. It's been a busy, busy Spring and Summer.  I've been traveling and teaching and getting ready to RETIRE from my "real job" of 22 years next Feb.  It's so fun to apply

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Calming Clay

Happy student Dana's beautiful and calming bird ring!   I am always amazed at how relaxing clay can be.  Even in the midst of a busy teaching schedule, just sinking my hands into some Sculpey makes me feel centered and grounded.  It's like the rest of the stress and stuff in life just fades into the

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Bonjour! Sculpey in France!

            Bonjour!   I'm just back from teaching in southern France, and am so excited to show you a bit of it!  The travel was a nightmare due to an Air Traffic Controllers strike, but we persevered and were rewarded with sights and memories we will never forget.     Those of you who know

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Summercamp!

  Do you remember how much fun summer camp was?  Or did you always want to go and never had the opportunity?     I remember summer camp fondly.  I remember friendships that were made that have lasted to this day.  I remember the endless slumber party, non-stop fun!  I remember the excitement and energy

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Happy Summer!!!

  Bonjour!  Kari here-sort of. I hope this finds you enjoying your summer~(or winter…depending where in the world you may be.)  As this blog posts, I will be enjoying teaching a workshop in France!  I have many Sculpey projects we will be working on, and can't wait to show you the results upon my return!

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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

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Telling stories

At the Bead and Button Show, or in any class I teach, I like to tell stories while I'm demonstrating.  I talk about my experiences, my work and where it comes from, as well as funny things that have happened in my family related to my art over the past 20+ years.   Often when

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Being in a comfort zone, but with a nudge…

At the Bead & Button Show, here I am doing a demo during a class titled Mokume Gane at least 5 ways.  We organized the different techniques according to two variables:  1: How and what comprises the clay "strata" (ex. solid vs. translucent layers, inclusions, etc) and 2: How the Strata is manipulated or textured

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Bead & Button 2013

Unpacked!  Is it a law of physics that it takes 3 times as long to pack as unpack?    All my tools and supplies are back in their places in the studio.  The suitcase that weighed at least 75 lbs. this morning is now empty and put away.  It really only took an hour or

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Polymer Clayers Do It Better

  There is a plethora of things out there that can be made out of polymer clay, and it seems that when you least expect it inspiration strikes.  A few weeks back I went into a shop specializing in home décor with a friend.  She headed for the candle section and I followed her. While

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Color Color Everywhere

So why is it that we are surrounded by every imaginable color but when we want to try a different color combination or mix up something special we get stuck?  The place I work is somewhat involved in interior design so we get all of these cool magazines.  I have taken to swiping them from

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Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

Why are some of us so self-critical?  I mean we all know the phrase about being our own worst critic but why does it seem so hard to turn that part of ourselves off?  A while back I was going through my studio and came across a small bin of some things I made when

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