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Sculpey Blog

  1. 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 with you too.  Jewelry is...

  2. 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 our second floor of the...

  3. 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 creations frequently rely on texture as a...

  4. Outside Inspiration: Plique-Ã -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 with no backing in the...

  5. 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 example I personally enjoy, is...

  6. "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"! Up close there is some...

  7. "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 school yesterday (the day after...

  8. 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 don't attach to each other...

  9. 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 particular fennel plant that the...

  10. 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, so the clay wrapper is...

  11. (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 Fun! Magazines aren't always looking for...

  12. 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 I "thought" were empty.  Anyway...

  13. 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 replace his eyes with Sculpey...

  14. 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 to teach at different venues...

  15. 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 backfround for me.   Many...

  16. 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 me, know I love to...

  17. 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!   Until then, I hope...

  18. 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 containers; used envelopes became scratch paper...

  19. 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 and sliced.  The students quickly...

  20. 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 she was stocking up on...

  21. 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 my boss’s desk when he...

  22. A Mokume Gane Mother's Day Gift

    Mokume gane is not just for adults!  As a step in helping my son and his fellow Webelo Boy Scouts pack achieve their Artist badge, we created Mokume Gane canes.  The canes were placed in a metal Purse Hanger as Mother's Day gifts.  Before we began making the canes we talked about color theory and the color wheel and how...

  23. Take the picture!

    Take the picture!   Whenever you are working at your clay table, I HIGHLY recommend that you photograph each step. You never know when a design is going to be a "hit" and a magazine or company will want your project.  Not your thing?  Well, how about as a record or a "recipe" for the project?  I do this especially...

  24. More from the Rabbit Hole

    Soooo, what do you say to the former in-laws when you've painted the hand-made Japanese dining table they gave you? My former father-in-law made this table for my boys and I decided one day that the dark wood just didn't fit with the Rabbit Hole.  So, I painted it free hand with primary colors and added the black and white...

  25. Transfer and Toys

    Well, I'm still unpacking from the trip to the Oklahoma Twister Retreat but I wanted to share some photos with you.       One of the classes was all about toner-based transfers.  Tom had his b/w photos printed at one of the office stores on a fairly thick, but uncoated, paper.  We tried the transfer, using regular rubbing alcohol...

  26. Home Sweet Home

    I'm home from the Oklahoma Twister Retreat and I already miss all my new clay friends.  I thought I would make a quick post here before I started the tedious process of unpacking all my clay stuff in the studio.  It always seems that when I'm packing to go I keep saying to myself, "Oh, I HAVE to take this...

  27. Greetings from Oklahoma

    We are having a blast here in Oklahoma Twister retreat!  I was prepared to teach 2 4 hour classes and a photo demo.WhenI got here Penni Jo Couch, who heads this retreat says "great! and what are you going to do for your 2 make-it-nd-take-its?" Well, Im sure my face registered complete shock. apparently we had talked about it last...

  28. Tales from the Rabbit Hole

    Ok, so I was sooo excited, I started my blog LAST month, when I was supposed to start THIS month.. and it's a blog series based on my wacky living room, so I need to repost the first to get us rolling.  But first, I have to share that I was just in the kitchen making my dinner and I...

  29. My Final Tri-Tip Tuesday For March

    Hello Polypals!   Well I'm back for my last Tri-Tip Tuesday blog and I'm excited about today's three tips! By the way, I never did get to eat any delicious tri-tip this month, maybe next month! My hubby makes the best BBQ tri-tip. So, now that you are hungry, this first tip/technique is sure to feed your creative appetite! Creative...

  30. Accentuate with Paint

    If you are fairly new to polymer clay, you may not have tried combining it with acrylic paint. Oil paints are not a good mix with the clay so acrylic paint is recommended, whether you are completely painting a baked white clay piece or just antiquing you clay.   In the samples above I have used paint in two different...

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