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  1. Practicality Comes to the Clay Table Via the New Sculpey Tools

    Is it too much to ask?  No apparently not! By now you have heard about the new Sculpey tools.  Today I'm addressing a little *something* that is pretty magical about them - Practicality.    The Nested Circle Cutters were sized to contain a cutter that fits the 12 round patterns in the Silk Screen kit perfectly.   The Nested Circle...

  2. Sculpey Soufflé Cowboy Turns Golden

    Sculpey Soufflé Cowboy is one of my favorite colors.  It's such a nice neutral brown - it's not orange, it's not magenta, it's just what it advertises - Cowboy - a straight up color. It was one of my obsessive colors for several weeks, only to be replaced by Latte (or was it Sea Glass? LOL).  Anyway, it's still at...

  3. Stay Calm and Clay On

    Have you ever had one of those days where nothing you are working on is coming out right?  All you want to do is tear your hair out, throw your clay out the window, bang your head on your work table, or maybe all of the above.  Don’t give up!  If this is something new take moment to consider a...

  4. New Color Tuesday! Sculpey Soufflé Goes Metal

    This week Premo! Gold meets Sculpey Soufflé Turnip (one of my favorite colors). Not only does it yield a rather surprising Copper color, but the partial mix is gorgeous also! So far the Sculpey Soufflé colors that I've become facinated with are Sea Glass, Turnip, Key Lime, Concrete, Latte and now Bluestone.  Is it me? Sometimes I will just pick...

  5. TBT - Bringin Back the Bolo

     Who doesn't have a man in their family that hasn't complained about having to wear a tie to an event? Especially this month - the height of the wedding season and wedding suits.  Well, it's also Father's Day time, so don't buy him a tie, make him a bolo tie! Yes, it's old school and yes, it's comfortable, and YES...

  6. Summer Fun Claytime on Pirate Island

    It is summer time and often that means finding things to do indoors on days when it is toooo hot or tooooo wet to be outside.  Here is a really fun project that you can do using Sculpey's fabulous Bake Shop clay.  This product is a bit softer to work with and great for kids.  To create the little animals...

  7. New Color Tuesday! Sculpey Soufflé Goes Metal

    I get asked frequently if there are metallic colors in Sculpey Soufflé.  The answer is NO because Sculpey Soufflé is supposed to be a wonderful addition, another color line, another surface texture,  another choice for the Sculpey artist, not a competitor to Premo! BUT that doesn't mean that we can't mix the two and create our own new metallics!  This...

  8. NEVER Scrap an idea !

    I'm thrifty --- well I will just say it I'M CHEAP and proud of it !!! Heck I used to use tea bags twice! (there are the expensive ones to defend myself) That is one of the reasons why I LOVE polymer clay so much. There is little to nothing wasted. Some of my favorite pieces came from scraps of other...

  9. New Color Tuesday! Fluorescent Pink goes Royal

    So when I decided to mix Premo! Fluorescent Pink with Premo! Accent Purple Pearl, I knew that I would get some sparkly fuchsia to purples, but I didn't expect the RANGE of colors it gave me! I got a lovely violet with the 1:1 mix, a bold purple with the 1:2 mix and a metallic fuchsia (I'm not even sure...

  10. New Color Tuesday! A 2fer

    Well, well, well.. I'm giving you a 2fer this week because I mixed two different Premo! colors withPremo! Accents Fluorescent Pink and I got very similar colors.  Premo! Sunshine and Premo! Wasabi mixed to colors that are very close.  I think that the Sunshine colors have lovely warm deep pastel effect while the Wasabi colors have a little more punch...

  11. 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...

  12. Life is like a box of Premo

    You never know what you can make of it! I wanted to discuss all the possibilities of Sculpey Polymer clay. As I was doing the rough draft for this I realized I was channeling Bubba from Forrest Gump. You got your Mokume Gane polymer clay You got your Millefioro cane polymer clay You got your Faux polymer clay You got...

  13. New Color Tuesday! Fluorescent Pink Goes Metal

    This weeks color mix is a little different.  As you know, my "Rule" (made up entirely by me)  is that I pick a color to mix for the  month and I can only mix that color with one other color that I find on my table that week.  (Actually, if you saw my table, you would see that this is a...

  14. 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...

  15. New Color Tuesday! The Old Meets the New

    Our featured mix color this month is Premo! Accent  Fluorescent Pink.  Our first mix uses our April mix color, Premo! Turquoise with the Fluorescent Pink (yes, I'm showing off that I can spell BOTH those colors!)  The 1:1 mix is my favorite, what's yours?

  16. Use Those Bits Left on Your Table!

    Whenever I do the New Color Tuesday mixes, I end up with some really nice "bits" left on my table.  The colors always go really well with each other because most of them contain bits of a single (mix) color.  This is a photo of one of the "bit stacks" that I created. I even like the patterns that the...

  17. New Color Tuesday - Frozen with a twist

    My apologies to those of you currently experiencing a Game of Thrones decades-long Winter, but I wanted to see what happened when we mixed our Premo! Turquoise withPremo! Pearl. Show these colors to anyone under the age of say, 20 years old, and they are probably going to shout "Frozen! Elsa! Snowman!"  (BTW if you haven't seen this movie, rent it...

  18. New Color Tuesday - Our Turquoise month continues with a little Sunshine in our day!

    This week I'm mixing Premo! Sculpey Turquoise with Premo! Sculpey Sunshine.  I always call Sunshine "Pop-a-Color Yellow" because I seem to use it when I need just that little pop of color in a design.  I was surprised that our little Sunshine held it's own against Turquoise! I guess that kind of proves the Pop of Color theory.. it isn't...

  19. Another mold, this one courtesy of Spring!

    Is it Spring where you live?  I'm in the midwest and it's really crazy.  In the space of 9 days, I froze in the stands at 2 soccer evenings, and got a sunburn at a third event between the two!  And Monday I woke up to the sound of the snowplow at four in the morning!  Mother Nature, make up...

  20. Where inspiration comes from?

    Ever see something and think, "ooh, that'd be cool in clay?"  Well, if it's something you see repeatedly, you'd probably better just do it! Such was the case for me. About two weeks or so ago, I bought a new tablecloth for my dining table.  In the screen printed pattern, there are many variations of a William Morris-esque oakleaf and...

  21. What Can YOU Do With Stripes?

    I'm building on my black and white swap post from a couple of days ago. Black and white is still trending for Spring and Summer, so  I challenged myself to see what I could make with a block of black and white striped Premo clay.  My block was 2 x 21/2 inches and about 14 layers high (on the #1...

  22. TBT the first bead swap!

    In the Grand Ole Days of polymer clay, there was an artist living in Alabama/Georgia who organized twelve of us for a "Birthday Club" at one of the first Ravensdales (so we are talking 1998ish).  Someone had a birthday each month and we all made the very best clay creation to send to them. And when it was YOUR birthday...

  23. Adorable Clay Spring Chick Decorations

    Easter is right around the corner and as the weather starts to think about warming up I am ready to decorate and add some touches of adorable fun to my home.  I made these adorable spring chicks using the designs in my licensing portfolio to get started and can't wait to share them. The first step was to look through...

  24. TBT (Throwback Thursday) - the Beginning

    Here is the very first necklace that I created about 24 years ago.  My babysitter and I had got our hands on a small (self-printed, I think) book by David Edwards on polymer clay and millifiori.  It's not too bad, except of course, I thought Flesh (now Beige) belonged in a milliefiori pattern.  Still the genesis is still there.  More...

  25. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

    I was processing my photos on my camera card and I came across this photo from a couple of weeks ago.  As usual, I was making a last minute necklace to go with a new blouse before I left for a trip.  It had some rather tricky color mixing to make the matches.  I tend to work on either large...

  26. Inspired by color

    I was inspired by color from a recent fabric dyeing project.  I might try to recreate the look of the fabric in clay.  I think it would look great set in a bezzle and turned into a focal for a necklace.  These colors would look good for a few different seasons depending on what was paired with.  What would you...

  27. I'm a little obsessed...(so what else is new?)

    So after having a box of Bake Shop Light sitting in my "deluxe designer studio" (yeah, it's a garage) for almost a year, I've suddenly become obsessed with it.  I had sent a photo of a project I had just designed and she wrote me back, "Can you do it in Pluffy?" CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!  Pluffy, like it's older sister, UltraLight...

  28. I want it, I'll build it!

    No thanks major department stores!  As a matter-of-fact I DON'T want a boring sponge holder with suctions cups (seriously, it's the 21st century - we all know they don't work!). I'm trying to do the right thing and get a sponge holder to help cut down on bacteria left in an always-wet sponge. First of all, it took FOREVER to...

  29. Make a dog lover happy

    I wanted to share a holiday success story with you.  I have a great friend from work who is not only an Ortho Trauma P.A., but she is so talented at beading and crafting! She also has raised and trained champion Bouvier de Flanders dogs.  Now in case you can't immediately recall just what a Bouvier looks like, think BIG...

  30. Sculpey and Pearl Ex - A match made in heaven

    With the big Craft and Hobby Association trade show just days away, I thought I would review the new Pearl Ex colors for you and at the same time, drop some tips on how to work with Pearl Ex (or any micro powder) on Sculpey clays. First, the good stuff.  The new colors are highly pigmented, so it doesn't take...

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