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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.

New Color Tuesday! There Is a Little Peacock in All of Us

Ahh, now we are SOLIDLY in my favorite color range – a mid-century modern color palette of greens and golds. I’m also discovering that Premo Accents Graphite pretty much fits in any palette – much more so than just black.  I suspect that Premo Accents Copper could be one of those “fits all” colors, but

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New Color Tuesday! There’s a Little Peacock in All of Us

Right? At least we like to *think* that there is a little Peacock in all of us, showing our glory to the world..not peaking at our reflections in shiny car doors.. This month, I’m featuring Premo and Premo Accent mixes.  Yes! I set down my beloved Souffle  for these 4 weeks of mixes. Peacock is

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Simple Joy vs Crafter’s Remorse

I’ve been a crafter since 1959. Yes, I was just 5 years old when I created my first masterpiece. It was a smooth, flat stone onto which I had glued a photo cut from my Dad’s beloved collection of vintage National Geographic magazines. To add theft to defacement, I used a beautiful river rock I

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 5

While I think that Souffle Bluestone is the wild card of the Souffle family, Turnip comes sauntering in this week to remind me that it can do some crazy tricks as well.  For instance, check out that 1:1 mix with Jade – that is seriously a gorgeous color.  I was expecting mud and I got

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It’s All About the Details

There is a simple quote I like by Sanford Weill, an American Philanthropist, that pretty well sums up how I approach my work. “Details create the big picture.” In my last post as your July Design Squad blogger, I want to share some of the little things that I believe turns a good piece of

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 4

I forget about how much I like Souffle Latte from time to time.  Then once I remember, I can’t quite using it!  I love these three basic colors in the top trio – Bluestone, Pistachio, Jade.  Jade is one of my more recent  Color Crush, but Bluestone was my very first Souffle Color Crush.  I

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Costuming in Clay or Textiles

I hope you are enjoying my blog posts on Figurative Sculpture. I love every aspect of creating my little people, from research and concept development to the actual sculpting, costuming and props.  Often, people who are  interested in learning what I do, have been put off by the prospect of sewing the outfits. Although it’s

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 3

                                      No lie, this mix starts with 3 of my favorite Souffle colors: Bluestone, Guava and Cinnamon. ALL the Souffle colors are amazing, but these three are such workhorses for me.  I love, love the 1:1 mixes

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Top Clay Gift Ideas

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member but can’t seem to find that something special? If you want to give a unique gift that expresses what you wish to say, it’s time to consider homemade gift-making. Polymer clay is coming to the rescue! Polymer clay is the perfect medium

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Sculpting a Figure – Body Proportions

By Maria Saracino I hope I’ve peaked your interest in figurative sculpture, because today I want to talk about body proportions. As I mentioned last week, I like to sculpt the head first, then use the length of the head to determine the size of the hands and feet. After that I start mapping out

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 2

                                      I won’t lie, I love me some  GREENS and I got some purty ones this week!  There are so many color palette combos with these seven colors, it hurts my head to think about them!  I have

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Figurative Sculptures and Proportion

As a new member of the Sculpey Design Squad I am very excited to be this month’s blogger and I hope I can bring something new to the community. My name is Maria Saracino and I am a figurative doll artist. My style of sculpting is realistic with an element of whimsy. My sculptures are

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New Color Tuesday! My Magical Bluestone Pt 1

I’m home for 2 whole days before I take off to teach in Dallas.  The class I took with Claire Maunsell in Nanaimo, Victoria B.C. was just as amazing as I could have hoped for.  I AM happy to be home with internet – trying to drive around new cities with no navigation is a

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GREEN Gotta Have Its!

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time now, you know that I absolutely love Premo! by Sculpey clays in all their forms. But you also know that more than anything, I love making my own new colors from their base colors. Here’s a few of my favorite recipes over the years and a

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New Color Tuesday! What About White? Pt 4

Ok, I know it’s New Color Tuesday on a Wednesday.  Out of country travel and surprise non-connectivity is a recipe to make syndee VERY VERY cranky! Anyway, I’m home (for 2 days) and here we go with the last mix of June.  Souffle Bluestone is one of my favorite Souffle colors because it so stands

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Elephant Mini Planter Tutorial by Katie Oskin

Elephant Mini Planter Tutorial

Elephant Mini Planter Tutorial Love air plants, tiny succulents, or faux plants made from polymer clay? Here’s a quick and easy little mini planter project made from polymer clay and a few basic supplies that you can have fun with in your studio! 

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New Color Tuesday! What About White? Pt 3

Another week another small evolution on my NCT format!  But I have to say, I think that this palette is my winner for this year’s favorite palette! Granted there are no eye/mind shattering radical mix colors , but I like all these colors and these mixes- in fact, I like the entire palette! Let’s look

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Flower Caned Stem Jade Plant

Plants, Flowers, Fairies and Garden Decorations

Last week we took a good look at plants and several of their features and what our flora and fauna friends have to offer. This week we’ll look at a few fun and funky ways to dress them up and use them as decorations in our gardens, planters, and even in our homes.

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New Color Tuesday! What About White? Pt 2

My adventure with Igloo continues..  and I’ve decided to put all the palettes together so that they stay sorted correctly (THANKS ANNA!)  This is a fun palette because the starter colors look very nautical, until you add the pop of Canary and, of course, I’ve never met a green color I didn’t like!   Canary can

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Plants and Polymer Clay?

When Was the Last Time You Looked At Plants? I mean had a really long, hard, good look at plants? From the thickness of their foliage, width of their stems, hardiness of their shoots, to the wide variety of colors and textures of their blooms. For many of us in the US, we just got

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New Color Tuesday! What About White?

I realized in last month that in all the years I’ve done NCT that I’ve never featured White as a mix color.  So this month, Igloo is my featured color-and, as usual, there were some surprises along the way.  I started with a kind of nautical palette of  Souffle Sea Glass, Igloo and Lagoon, but

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Color Mixing- New Color Tuesday Archive

Mixing Colors Technique Read on to learn how to make some of our favorite clay color mixes! Dream it, create it! Maggie Maggio’s Color Mixing Map is the key to color mixing using premo! Sculpey. Simple and straight forward, the map uses three basic premo! colors: Zinc Yellow, Cobalt Blue and Fuchsia. premo! is the

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New Color Tuesday! Another Clay Crush Pt 5

Me Likey!  These are some different greens from the usual verdant grass green. That first mix of Guava and Bright Green Pearl looks like brass!  The middle mix is a lovely Lime Green mix with a hint of metallics in hit.  the 3 base colors with the addition of the Bright Green Pearl is an

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clay kids crafts

Polymer Clay Projects for Kids

Kids love to play with clay. It gives them the freedom to build anything they want, squash it and start all over again to make something new. Plus, they love the way cool, soft clay feels in their hands. They’re allowed to get messy and let their imaginations soar. In addition to being fun, there

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New Color Tuesday! Another Clay Crush Pt 4

I won’t deny it – warm, bright colors are my Happy Place – and this weeks mixes make me very, very HAPPY. I can see myself using all three of these mixes often – I love those two golden mixes (Cinnamon/Canary 1:4 is still my favorite Maize mix though).  And I really kind of like

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New Color Tuesday! Another Clay Crush Pt 3

I know, CRAZY right?  I just triple checked my master photo to make sure that I had these laid out correctly.  I expect one or, maybe two, surprise mixes, but not ALL THREE!   And Souffle Sea Glass?  Apparently, it’s as weird as it’s Premo counterpart Peacock Pearl!  You NEVER know what the mixes will be

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