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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.

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

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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

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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

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Can’t get any easier than this!

So this is my new favorite “set” at my house to do a quick glamour shot of a finished piece.  Looks nice right?  Nice light tent set up? Except that it’s not.  It’s shot on my table on the deck with a great prop book that Iris gave me (actually she gave it to me

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I’m a little obsessed…(so what else is new?)

So after having a box of Pluffy 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

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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

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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

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CHA is no longer a marathon

Well, I’m back from the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) after dropping Iris and Jen from Polyform off at the airport this morning and driving home.  The show was REALLY small and really quiet by the end of the first afternoon. Trends? chalk – EVERYONE was pushing chalk paint, chalk pens for any and all

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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

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This One Took a Left Turn

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I’m taking advantage of my two extra days off by spending time at my clay table experimenting and preparing for my January blog month on Sculpey.com. These were *supposed” to be bracelet blanks I was going to cover. (You know, the kind you put on a soda can like I did

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Seven in the series of Color Combinations

This color combination is brought to you from another foral arrangement. I really do have a thing for flowers and yet another picture from the Flower Market in NYC.  Mother nature makes the most interesting combinations.  I know this is not a combination that I would pick on my own, yet somehow it looks great

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Round robin bracelet

It’s my turn!  The round robin package got to me this week.  I excitedly opened the package to see what the other gals contributed. Here’s the beads that came to me: Since the beads were nearly 7″ already, I knew I couldn’t add anything too wide.  I wanted to unify the beads and provide the

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Color Combination and Inspiration #6

The picture for the Color Combination Inspiration came from a trip to NYC.  I had to make a stop at my favorite store, ABC Home and Carpet.  I could spend hours in the store shopping and taking pictures.  The home store has 5 floors of pure awesomeness.  Each time I go to the store their

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Holiday Help from Homemade Holidays 101

We are always looking for inspiration from our partners in the DIY communties and we have found a great site that offers just that. Homemade Holidays 101 is a great place to find project ideas for cooking, crafting and gift making. Besides having a creative blog and newsletter, you are able to download ebooks for

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polymer decoys for the holidays

Have you ever had a gift you were giving in your family that really couldn’t go under the tree?  Or shouldn’t because it would be obvious what it was? One of my kids asked for a guitar for Christmas this year.  I found a nice one on a used items exchange list.  But the box

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Color Combination and Inspiration #5

Color Inspiration can be found almost anywhere, but I think mother nature provides the best color pallet.  Not quite sure that these are purely mother natures work, their might be a little dye involved.  wink wink.  But no matter what the results are lovely and inspiring.  I hope you enjoy the combinations and create some

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Juried exhibit entries

It’s that time of year again for me… no, not Christmas, it’s the entry deadline for my local art center’s juried craft design show. Juried shows are always a dilemma for me.  I don’t enter my “usual” designs or those which form the staples in my wholesale or retail lines.  I guess I expect that

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Button and clay christmas ornaments

The project today is a part of an ornament hop with the line of Laura Kelly buttons from Buttons Galore and More and and a few of our crafty friends.  The hop participants were asked to make ornamnts no bigger than three inches.  The ornament I chose to make is using one of my favorite

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Color Inspiration #4

This color inspiration is a photo from a flower market in New York city.  I was there earlier in the year and managed to snp a couple of photos before the battery in my camera died.  Insert super sad face here.  The market had every flower imaginable.  There were boxes everywhere loaded with fragrant bouquets.

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Color Combination and Inspiration #3

This color combintaion was inspired by a pile of dishtowels at World Market.  I loved the bold bright colors.  The clay colors I picked to match are from the Pluffy line. If you have kids and havenot tried the pluffy line, you should.  It is light weight, easy to work with and super fun.  My

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Finely Crafted Polymer

My “Honey-Bunch” and I just got back a wonderful weekend getaway in the beautiful area in and around Douglas & Saugatuck, Michigan. During our time in the area we made a point of checking out the local small brewery, a winery, and a wonderful place that does craft ciders.  While enjoying all of the flavors

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The Gift of Guild Membership

Whether or not you belong to a guild of some kind I think you can understand my message.  During my time as a member of the Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild I have learned the value of belonging to a community of artists; however, the recent loss of a member has given me a deeper

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Color Combination and Inspiration #2

Last week I posted a color combination and had several emails asking for more.   Who knew picking colors would be so popular?  Not me, that is for sure.   I thought I might try to bring you a new one each week through the rest of the year. I love photography and will go

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Color Combination and Inspiration

Color combinations are a struggle for many crafters. As an artist I am a frequently asked how to put together great color combinations.  Color inspiration, for me is all around.  You have to open your eyes and learn to look for the way nature pairs them.  Often I find great color combinations at the unlikeliest

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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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