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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.

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,

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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

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It the Tiny Bits

You know how we will often buy a blouse or dress and when we are at the checkout, we are designing the Sculpey jewelry to go with it?  YEAH, you've done that before and so have I.  I've also bought a piece of clothing because I wanted to design the jewelry to go with it

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There’s Colors in that Rabbit Hole!

So, we are still traveling around my living room here.  When you have bold colors (like the big red chair and the walls) regular items just seem to disappear. (But apparently, seasonal decorations DON'T disappear – I believe both Halloween and Christmas are represented here…and it's May.)  You can see the black vase on the

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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

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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

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What have I been up to?

I have had a nice, productive weekend, besides enjoying the sunshine on the beautiful Oregon coast, my first E-Book has been published as a download on the internet! It has been a long time in the making. This first "Craft E-Book" in a series of instructional resources for beginners through advanced clayers is specifically about

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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

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Tri-Tip Tuesday-Clean and Shiny!

As I am one day behind this week, I will add some extra "oomph" to my blog entry!   My first tip comes from a post by Kater's Acres. Does it seem like as much as you try to clean your pasta machine, you still end up with streaks and other colors that "muck" up

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Another Fun Tri-Tip Tuesday!

Tips on Creating a Floral Clay Mold Tip #1: I love to find or figure out another use for a tool, or reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away! I found this great Russian tutorial for using small cookie (or canapé) cutters for small frames (or round ring bases). If you've worked with polymer clay

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Tri-Tip Tuesday

I'm back with my second blog…and I have three tips for your tonight. (No, tri-tip Tuesday is not what I had for dinner)   These tips came from Pinterest, a great source for claywork, trends and ideas! Simply use the points on a corn cob holder to create evenly spaced starter holes in your clay.

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Fresh Inspiration from a Unique Source

Hello to all my polypals and future friends, I'm Shirley Rufener. Since you can read about me on the Design Squad page, I won't bore you with details about myself. I'd much rather share with you an inspiration resource that I use, in my first polymer clay "tips" blog for March. I am hooked on

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New Venues for Clay Workshops

I am happy to have found a new venue to teach my classes…at fiber shops! You just have to create the right project accessories for them. My latest pieces have included Shawl Pins (felted/knitted/crocheted) aka Scarf or Collar Pins. I will be teaching these at Makers Mercantile, a new, spacious, very cool fiber shop outside

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Mold Maker – More DIY crafty ideas

Mold Maker was my focus this week, and I wanted to share a few more pieces that were made using molds. I love creating for my home, family and friends.  Maybe these projects will inspire you to create something too. This necklace is one of my favorites.  I made the enameled beads and the pendant.

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Mold Maker Button and Polymer Clay Jewelry idea

Mold Maker can be used for a myriad of applications.  If you check out the What's New Wednesday link. You can learn how to make a mold from Mold Maker.  I used the Mold Maker to make a pendant from a knob on my dresser.  I adore the pattern on the knob and I think

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3-piece jewelry set – Perfect round Bezels for polymer clay

Create a coordinating 3-piece jewelry set with the Round Premo! Sculpey Findings.  The bezels in this kit are the perfect sized bezels for a smal cane.  I am not new to working with polymer clay or jewelry, but I am new to making canes.  While browsing through Pinterest one night, I saw really cool canes.

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Premo Polymer Clay covered tin – Chevrons and Swarovski

  A Premo Polymer Clay covered tin with Swarovski Crystals is fabuous gift to give or to make for yourself.  I recently shot a video demonstrating the Chevron cane and fel in love with it.  I loved it so much that I decided to use the left overs to make a veneer to cove a

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Sculpey Polymer Clay ideas for Valentine’s Day

Sculpey polymer clay is a fabulous medium to use in jewelry making. Valentine’s day is fast approaching and it makes the perfect reason to give someone you love a piece of jewelry. Now, who would not love a piece of handmade jewelry? The first piece I want to show you today is a technique called

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Heart Happenings!

  Wow, what a weird month I've had!  Deadlines out the whazoo, (15 canvases finished!) a whirlwind trip to Florida to see my parents, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and great aunt and great uncle and friends, and then- gasp!  I come home with a case of CHICKEN POX!  And on my birthday to boot- so I

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A Little Dreaming

  Brrr!  It’s cold in Ohio, and I am bundled up inside ready to go on a warm vacation to someplace sunny! I’m sure I’m not the only one bundled up, working on projects inside this time of the year.  As for myself, it seems as when the weather turns cold, my art tend to favor projects that

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texture sheets and multiple techniques

  Have you seen and tried the new Sculpey texture sheets?   There are many very versatile patterns included, in a variety of scale and fun patterns.  I have been playing with them for several months and thought I'd share a project that combines some simple techniques to good effect…   I started with a

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Welcome to 2013!

Hello! Did the New Year hit you with a bang?  It sure packed a punch for me; I can’t believe we are in to January as far as we already are!  Thought I’d start off by introducing myself.  I’m Kari McKnight Holbrook, aka The Backporch Artessa, a Mixed Media Artist, Instructor and Author who has

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Matchy-matchy gifts!!

I got a bit of Christmas shopping done yesterday.  My husband has three nieces who are grade-school/middle-school ages.  I don't know what toys they like, but I feel safe buying them clothes.  So I picked out tops or sweaters for each of them, then brought them into the studio for a little personalizing!   All

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Shhh! Secret Santa!

This summer, my bff, my daughter and I went to Galena, IL for a girls' weekend.  Galena is an old river town resurrected into a tourist location.  There's lots of cute shops in every category, great restaurants, some historical sites (US Grant's home), some B&Bs, etc.  We checked out everything!  One of the hot trends

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The Home Stretch

My most recent book effort is nearing completion.  I've written a canework book that is appropriate for beginners and for those who want to explore color and design in depth.  Last summer, I shared some peeks at projects on this blog.   I recieved the nearly complete book mock-up from my editor today.  It's time

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Happy Creative December

Hello again!  Wow, I can't believe it's December already!  Where has this year gone so quickly?   I'm very pleased to be back this month blogging and honored to be on board for another year with the Sculpey Design Team!   What have I been up to?  Well, actually, developing a new line of jewelry

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These are a few of my favorite things

Like it or not, the holidays are upon us.  Whether you fall on the side of "no Christmas until after Thanksgiving" or you welcome it in July – it IS time for making those holiday gifts.  This is one of my favorite things I've ever created for Christmas.  I did this for Sculpey in 2005

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I love a new clay toy

 I love when I find a new toy to use with my clay. This one that I'm facinated with right now isn't new, but I got a new outlook on it from my son.  Paint.  Yeah, I'm painting my clay and more than just slapping on a single color for antiquing. Check out this bracelet

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Owls

I don't know about you, but I have always loved owls.   They are just so beautiful.   Very regal and majestic. Sometimes in the summertime when I am laying in bed and the windows are open I wake up to hear an owl or two hooting.   Sometimes it's just one but other nights I have heard

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Steampumpkins!

My favorite words when a Sculpey RFP for a project comes are "can you make it different and/or edgy?"  Yeah Baby! That's right up my crafting alley. But when the RFP for this urgent project for Michaels came and they wanted "different" and "mixed media" on one of these plastic pumpkins, I have to confess

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