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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.

Bead show!

Its time for me to get ready for the largest consumer bead show in the US!!  The Bead & Button Show, sponsored by Kalmbach Publishing, who bring us Bead & Button, Art Jewerly and Bead Style magazines is coming up quickly.  The event is a week of classes, shopping, learning, teaching, beads, jewelry, clay, wire,

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Mother’s Day ring holder

Ring holder Mother's Day project A couple of years back we went through a phase of painting our own pottery. We acquired many different things, from dog bowls to a ring holder. Whoever came up with the idea of a ring holder should be congratulated. It is such a neat thing to have. Mine sits

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Inspiration on Pinterest

I found something fun at pinterest, a silver aluminum bird, made by Karismabykarajewelry on etsy. I loved the design and thought it would be a great idea to make it with Polymer clay. So I chose some sculpey III turquoise, conditioned it and made a long snake with the extruder, then I shaped it like the

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Vegetable Stakes

                         With planting season just ahead, I thought these vegetable stakes would be a great project to do. They can be an inspiration for other vegetable and flower ones too. You can have a whole garden full of these.     Purple- on #1, roll out a sheet of clay and cut out

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Dragon naturally speaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a speech recognition software.   What a great tool to have, with all the writings I have to do, for instructions, e-mails and now writing the blog. I'm not very accomplished in typing, so it takes me forever to complete written projects. I was very fortunate so far to have a son who does

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Easter candle topper

Happy Easter Holidays are wonderful occasions to become creative and make something fun. I love making ornaments, figures and candle toppers. I am a fan of candles and love the ones in glass jars, which have a flat top. I have made candle toppers for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, birthdays or just seasonal. I love matching the

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Polymer colors

Inspiration on Pintrest   I’m a visual person and get inspired by everything around me. I also love the web and the vast information and pictures it provides. Just a while back I learned about Pintrest, a website, which lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. I found

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Fun Necklace Cords

What a great find I had today. I had a fun day shopping with my daughter Alina at a nearby JoAnn's fabrics. I always stroll around and look to see if there's something I can use for my little projects. I found these great Stretch Magic Necklaces, which I think are great for children's necklaces.

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Where Did this Month Go?

Yikes! Where did this month go?  It's already the last day of the month and the last day for me to post to you. Dang it, we were just getting on a roll too.    I wanted to report back to you about the new Photoshop apps.  I don't have a tablet, but I discovered

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Do you own a tablet? You can get Photoshop for 10 bucks!!

Yes, it's true!  I just went to the presentation for our Photoshop Users Group Monday night.  Adobe has created 4 different apps for the iPad and Android tablets.  AND THEY COST ONLY $9.99 EACH!   You can get a pretty loaded version of Photoshop (Called Photoshop Touch) for only $10!  All the basic tools, cropping,

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The One Block Wonder

Do you ever feel like doing clay, but not really "doing" clay?  You want something easy, yet great at the same time?  My One Block Wonder is perfect for that… 1 block of clay and 1 hour of time!  Now I'm busy cooking corned beef and thinking about green beer tonight, so this project fit

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Hey! I could do that with clay!

  You know how we often see things and say to ourselves (or out loud…to no one in particular..) “Hey, I could do that with clay!” I distinctly remember in my first glory days of clay when my friend (who also had just starting claying) and I were walking through the deck of the coffee

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Teach by example

I know we all hear that we should "set a good example for our kids."  But there is one part of this example setting we tend to overlook- how you spend your "downtime".  If you have hobbies that you clearly enjoy, that entertain you, the chances are that your kids will look for hobbies that

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Review and book peek

                I’ve been around the polymer clay world for over 20 years.  In the beginning of my experience as a clayer, our corner of the art world was filled with excitement.  It often felt like a race.  Designers were intent on exploring and mapping the possibilities of this wonderful medium.  We were interested in developing

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Reworking Canes

       I've been cleaning out my cane stash and thinking about ways to inspire myself to use up some of my old canes. I decided to re-work some of them into new canes.        I had an abundance of chrysanthemum canes that I gave a makeover. I changed them into rectangular shapes and put them

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And Now a Word About Organization

             Now I've done it… I've basically invited the whole polymer clay community into my studio, and you know what they're gonna find out… I'm just not that organized! You'd think with 3 filing drawers, 26 storage drawers and 30 cabinets, I'd have "a place for everything and everything in its place." Well, I do

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Welcome to my home studio, wish you were here.

    Welcome to my home studio. I am one of the most fortunate artists I know of because my husband is so supportive of my art (habit, addiction, whatever you wanna call it). A couple years ago Tom decided that my studio needed to be remodeled and I'd like to share how awesomely he remodeled

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Ornaments Through the Years Continued

  2009 found me making Santa's sleigh. My husband designed the metal cutter that I used to create the sleigh shapes.     Cookies for Santa plates was the theme of the 2010 ornament. I used silver paint pens to highlight the edges of the plates and put the name and date on.    

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Ornaments Through the Years

  I know it's the New Year and we are all ready to move on to new things, but on New Year's Day, when I took my Christmas tree down, I went reminiscing through my collection of polymer clay ornaments. Shortly after moving to this small rural community in 2000, I was commissioned by the

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Easy Candy Canes

Here is a super easy way to make fun Holiday Candy Canes or Lollipops for gifts, packages or your own tree!   I used Premo clays in Frost White Glitter, Pomegranite, and Green.   Condition your Frost White Glitter clay really well and then roll out a long snake maybe 5" or so about 3/4" thick.  Next

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Gift Wrapping

Well, the wrapping has begun!  I actually love to wrap gifts.  I love to go out and pick out the wrapping paper.  I am kind of picky about it.  I like to get a few different kinds with matching ribbon and bows.  When it's time to wrap I get all my supplies ready and spread

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Craft Fair!

This past Friday I participated in a local craft fair at Bowdoin College. It is called the Sunsplash Festival and it is to celebrate the last day of classes for students and faculty. It is also open to the public. This fair has been going on for the past 15 years so it is really

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Ornaments for Chilly Winter Days

Hello!  I am so happy to be here on the Design Squad Blog!   I really enjoyed Patti's post about her family Christmas tree.  It was fun to see the photos of her many polymer clay ornaments from over the years.   I thought I would continue on the ornament theme as I am getting ready

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My Christmas tree is a record of polymer in my family

    Generally, after our Thanksgiving turkey is picked clean, it's time for my middle child to get on our roof and string up our Christmas lights.  He gets this job because my husband doesn't like heights and my son is 14 and fearless.  I intended to avoid Black Friday (don't like shopping or crowds) but

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For the holiday table

     We've been invited to share Thanksgiving dinner with friends at their home this year.  So I'm not making the turkey, just a few dishes to bring to take the load off my host and hostess.  Since I'm not pressed for time or really busy in the kitchen, I can play with clay instead!!      

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benefits of housecleaning, er, studio cleaning

   I've been spending a little time each day lately cleaning in my studio, tackling different counters, drawers, etc. until I get distracted or better, inspired.  There are two types of organization for creative people, I've heard… those who have a place for every supply and every tool and everything is put away.  And those

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Knit one, Purl two, Mold, Sculpt

    November and December always find me knitting.  I have a long tradition of making a hand-knit sweater for my husband for Christmas.  I've been doing this for almost 20 years.  The sweaters are almost all original designs, and depending on my timeliness, sometimes they are vests!     The past two weekends marked the end

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Fall color

I love the season of Fall.  I don't get into Halloween much, and I'm relieved now that my kids are a little older that I don't have to deal with costumes and trick or treating anymore.  But I love the changing seasons, the leaves changing colors, then making piles that crunch underfoot.  (Thankfully, we live

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