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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.

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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Huh, who knew?

Who knew that you could take little pieces of clay (these are only about 2-1/2 inches high and overlap them and create a shortened version of a Skinner Blend?  Just overlap each piece with it's neighbors and I added a thin sheet of Premo Gold underneath to add shimmer and help hold it all together.

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Meet my little friend..

I was so bummed to have to leave my clay table last weekend, but fortunately this week just flew by.  A couple of chores to do and I'm back to the table!   My friend Jen buys an jewelry that features owls.  It's like a free pass – she's got to have it.  Sort of

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Paper Towels and Quick Gifts

  So I was going around the house changing all the empty papertowel rolls (other people obviously think little elves come in the night and change these because they certainly don't bother to!).  I reflexively put the empty cores in my "studio pile" of stuff to go to the studio next trip out.  Paper towel

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Feed Me!

  Do you ever get an idea stuck in your head and you just HAVE to work it out in clay? I'm recovering from foot surgery and was not able to get out to my “deluxe designer studio” (also called the garage) for several weeks. So I asked my ever-patient son, Koji, to go fill

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You never know where inspiration will come from

Inspiration is truly everywhere we look.  I remember vividly when I first started doing clay back in the olden days of the 20th century, I once grabbed a coffee mug in a coffee shop and said to my friend, “Look! We could do this in clay!”  Needless to say, I wasn’t inhibited at all by

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Premo Accent Peacock takes a walk to the pastel side of life

Okay, so we all love the new Premo Accent Peacock.  But it has even more tricks up it's pearlescent little sleeve! I was cleaning up my clay table and I happened to end up with some Peacock and some Premo Silver in my hand. They were equal parts, so Why not?  I started to mix

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Greetings from Sandy Camp!

Greetings from Sandy Camp!   I've made it to our retreat location finally!  Fortunately, I missed the rain storm on Weds, that caused some flooding in the tent.  I had a blast yesterday doing my demos.  "But wait! check this out!"  It's so fun to hear people go "Ohhh DUH" when I show them the

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

No, I don't mean the all the Fall holidays and the ensuing friends and family… I mean Sandy Camp!  For 13 years October has meant getting together with all our clay friends and family here in San Diego for Sandy Camp, our annual San Diego Polymer Clay Retreat.  I can't believe it's been thirteen years

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