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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.

Sunflower Magnet

I really love sunflowers!   I think they are such a happy flower.   I finially grew a few small ones this year. Next year I would really like to try to grow a row of the big Mammoth ones.   Anyway, sunflowers are a fun fall flower. Although most have gone by now I thought it would be

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Halloween Decorations

Well October is here and I decided to dig out my Halloween decorations.   I don't have too many but I love to put out what I have.  Having a few decorations around the house just makes the holidays feel more festive and fun! I love to put things away and then take them out each

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Secret color mixing weapon

Many moons ago, I was the editor of a decorative painting magazine. One of the best painting tricks I use in my clay work is the concept of "mud" — adding a dab of neutral to every color in the palette to create color harmony.   You don't have to mix "mud" for your Premo

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Sculpey Clay Extruder Tips

Tip #1: When you're done using the Sculpey Clay Extruder, take the plunger out, unscrew the disk holder and remove the disk. Now bake all the pieces for 15 minutes; allow to cool and peel off the baked clay. So much easier than trying to clean raw clay out of the barrel!   Tip #2:

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Uncool Is the New Cool

I was talking to a friend this morning. We were trying to figure out why some people just don’t seem to have a passion for anything. Their jobs don’t thrill them, they have no hobbies, even the TV shows and movies they watch never seem to be quite good enough.   Do you know people

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Snafitry

One of my favorite things about polymer clay is its snafitry. That’s a word I just made up that means “easy to make something nice the first time you try.”   Anyhow, a knitting friend recently admired one of my polymer clay shawl pins, and asked if I she could commission me to make some

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Scrap clay and shape cutters

Scrap Clay and shape cutters   Here is a great idea, to use up some of our scrap Clay. I often have leftover Clay, which I then mix and roll out into sheets and store for later usage. I went through my pile of Clay colors and found some that were harmonizing with one another,

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Jewelery tool

Jewelry tool   I went shopping at Michaels and found this great tool to make earring wires and toggle clasps. It is made by bead landing and is called a Jewelry Jig. It comes with four templates. Three of them are to make earring wires and one is to make toggle clasps. It has raised

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Fall inspirations

  Here are some Fall inspirations!   Fall and winter decorations and crafts are everywhere,I just picked up my first Holiday crafts magazine and am starting to get inspired,by everything around me.Seasons are slowly changing!    

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Fall inspirations

  Here are some Fall inspirations!   Fall and winter decorations and crafts are everywhere,I just picked up my first Holiday crafts magazine and am starting to get inspired,by everything around me.Seasons are slowly changing!    

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Inspirations for the upcoming holidays

Inspirations for the upcoming holidays   I know it is still beautiful outside and we can probably not imagine, that this wonderful weather will ever stop, but fall is on its way and decorations and craft supplies are already in the stores. I always get inspired by candles and their colors and love making candle toppers.

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Polymer clay bowl

Polymer Clay bowl   Another fun thing, I've learned at the Connecticut polymer Clay connection was, how to make a bowl, using canes. I used the outside off a very small glass bowl, which I covered, starting in the middle and then working my way down to the rim. You want to make sure that

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2012 ClayconneCTion,Bottles of Hope

2012 ClayconneCTion, Bottle of Hope   I had such a wonderful time last weekend, being part of this year’s ClayconneCTion. There were tons of demos and so many wonderful and talented people. I have learned a lot and am so inspired, that I would like to hide somewhere for at least a week and try

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Caning Library

For my first few years of experimenting with polymer clay, I didn't even try to make millefiori canes. Then again, I refused to use a pasta machine too, go figure… Once I did start caning, that was all I wanted to do! I soon got to a place where I had created loads of canes

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Clay Collecting

Over the weekend, my family and I visited the local Sugar Creek Arts Festival held annually in Uptown Normal, IL. My 7 year old mistakenly thought we were going to the "Sugar Free Taco Bell" (not the Sugar Creek Arts Festival) but that's for a whole 'nother blog. My husband splurged on 3 polymer clay

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Fabric Fascination

Besides loving all things polymer clay, I am extremely fascinated by fabric. I am very oftenly inspired by the prints and the patterns and the color combinations that tantalize my eyes through fabric. I could go on and on about how much I love fabric and fabric stores and shopping for fabric… But since this

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Hello from Maine

Hello everyone.   This will be a short post as I am getting ready to move.    We are staying within our same town but moving just the same.   It is time for me to start packing up my clay supplies and crafting things so I'll be taking a short break from creating. A New Perspective, Some

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Journey to making a Gnome

I was thinking what I would like to write about next and I got this idea to make a gnome.  I guess I am kind of sticking with a garden theme this month.   My inspiration came from that funny travelocity gnome that you see on TV.   I really love gnomes and have made them before

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Summer Fruits and Veggies

We are very lucky in Brunswick to have a wonderful farmer's market on our downtown green every Tuesday and Friday throughout the summer.    I look forward to going each week.   It is just so nice to walk around and look at all the beautiful stands filled with vegetables, fruits and berries.   There are flowers,

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Inspiration for Flower Pins

Inspiration can come from so many places.  Some unexpected! My boys and I were over at our neighbor’s house taking care of their cats while they were away.  I happened to notice this cute little painted wooden sign hanging on the wall.  It said “If friends were flowers I’d pick you”. I thought this was

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Claying with Pre-schoolers

     Hello everyone!  It is great to be back on our design team blog.  I have so enjoyed reading what my fellow designers have been up to.  I have some fun things that I would like to share with you during this month of June.      I just finished up another fun of year of

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crossing media and coming back

Like many artists, I like to try other media occassionally.  I came to polymer clay from textiles, so I took lots of fiber classes in college.  Later, I have taken watercolor painting classes, and on my own, I've explored other painting and mixed media.  One of my current outside polymer interests is making mixed media

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Spring stuff!!

One of the classes which I am teaching at the Bead & Button Show is my Leaf Fossil class.  The class makes use of sheet molds of foliage.  It's one of my favorite classes to teach, and seems to be fairly popular.   My own work has made use of leaf molds for many years

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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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