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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! It’s an Egg-citing Mix Month Pt 2

  Look Ma! No Cinnamon! LOL  I’ve moved the Premo Gold into the Main Mix Three, along with Guava and our Robin Egg. I’ve added Souffle Canary as our Mix Agent this week. And I got some surprises in the 1:1 mixes.  First, Canary and Robin Egg make a killer green that is not quite

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Thinking Outside the Jewelry Box

When I started working with polymer clay I started sculpting with it. The minute the clay is in my hands that’s my first thought. Imagine my surprise when I joined my local guild. I went to my first meeting and discovered that with the exception of one other person in the guild every single person

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day We would like to celebrate International Women’s day by showcasing our amazing CEO Denice Steinmann.  She has been the leader of Polyform for over 10 years.  Her vision and passion for the business are an inspiration to us all and we feel very lucky to have her at the helm of

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New Color Tuesday! It’s an Egg-citing Mix Month

I’m attempting to wean myself off Souffle Cinnamon and I decided to explore Souffle Robin Egg a little more.  It always seems to surprise me when I add it to a color palette or mix it with other colors.  As you can see, I’m not quite weaned off my precious Cinnamon, it makes an appearance

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making polymer clay earrings

A Guide to Making Oven-Bake Clay Earrings

Polymer clay is not only an exciting and fun crafting material but also one that you can use to make just about anything. It’s highly versatile and flexible, plus you can mix it to form different colors, from contrasting to complementary. If you are a creative type, you’ll never get bored playing with polymer clay —

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Clayathon 2018 by Sherman Oberson

About 40 years ago while on a business trip my aunt Kathy discovered polymer clay. It was Sculpey original, she brought it home and gave it to me. I was 9 or 10 at the time. I was obsessed with sculpting things out of modeling clay and always sad when they didn’t survive. Little did

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New Color Tuesday! Cinnamon is my New Neutral Pt 4

Winter decided to visit us in February after a spectacularly glorious January of 75 degrees, cool breezes, sleep weather nights.. It was actually colder when I got home here to SoCal than it was in New Jersey at the Clayathon! My new format here for the NCT is still evolving and you will notice that

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Phase 3- Decorating your work space

    Raise your hand if you fork up the extra bit of money for the more expensive facial tissue because the design on the box is nice.  Yeah, I’m totally guilty of that.  Maybe it’s just because I’m an artsy-fartsy person, but I can’t seem to bring myself to spend less and end up

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New Color Tuesday! Cinnamon is My New Neutral Pt 3

I’m on the road at the New York Clayathon this week, but I’m checking in with my NCT blog for this week! Some of our mix colors this month are sticking around – Souffle Cinnamon, Turnip and Latte.  I’m also adding Souffle Robin Egg this week.  I keep forgetting about Robin Egg and it’s a

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Phase 2- Bringing Home the Work

Before moving to my new workspace, I had a small sandwich board style dry-erase board.  The dry-erase board is a great tool to have; I use it to write down reminders on what I need to finish working on first thing in the morning.  Over time, the dry-erase board I had been using became too

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New Color Tuesday! Cinnamon is my New Neutral Pt 2

Okay, I’m starting with Souffle Cinnamon again since it’s the my color of the month (as well as my current color crush), AND I’m keeping the Souffle Sea Glass as well as putting my mixer from last week, Souffle Latte into the base trio – Cinnamon, Latte, Sea Glass. This week’s Mixer is Souffle Turnip

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New Color Tuesday! Cinnamon is My New Neutral

Souffle Cinnamon – I love the color by itself, but I’m finding that it’s an excellent mix color as well.  For instance, want a soft maize yellow? Mix 2 parts Canary and 1 part Cinnamon. But I’m ALREADY digressing.. I’m using Cinnamon as my “base color” this month in our trio mixes this month.  So

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Bringing Home to Work

New job and new digs.  OK, technically the job is not new since I have been with the company a year, but after some musical chairs, our department seems to have finally landed in a permanent location.  I am pleased to announce I am now out of the ever-popular grey walled cubicle and in a

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New Color Tuesday! New Year-New Beginning Pt 5

I don’t often mix with a black clay.  And I can’t really tell you why, except I love vibrant colors.  But when I DO mix with a Black color (or Poppy Seed Souffle here), I usually fall in love.  My kids showed me many years ago that you can get that cool acid green/yellow by

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The Power of Television…and Etch n’ Pearls

I have literally sat down three other times today to write this blog and been distracted by other issues – emails, garden watering, UPS dude.. ANYWAY – I love Etch n’ Pearls – once I found out how to use them!  I quickly figured out that there needs to be a little mold release on

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Guava.  I always forget about Souffle Guava and it’s actually a pink that I like! (NOT a fan of pink, raised by a mom who didn’t believe in a sea of pink for little girls and especially NEVER on little redheaded girls).  Guava is a pink that can go with the cool colors as well

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We Are a Clever Bunch of Pirates

If you have spent any time with me at all, you know I liken us clayers to pirates – we plunder and pillage all other art mediums, garages, estate sales, kitchen – and we are proud to share what clever things we come up with. I thought I’d share a few of those things that my

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New Color Tuesday! New Year-New Way Pt 3

This idea didn’t quite work out like I thought it would.  I assumed that adding the Premo Accents Copper to these colors would tone them down but add a warmth as well.  It did work that way on the Souffle Latte and So 80s but I don’t care for the 1:1 mix with the Souffle

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polymer clay dot band

I’m a Lil Dotty

I have a weakness for polka-dots. They are like little welcoming beacons for me.  Ask me to pick a pattern and I guarantee it will have polka-dots..or dots of some kind.  So it’s only natural that I incorporate dots into my clay work. The word polka-dot has been around since 1857 to define a pattern

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New Color Tuesday! New Year-New Way Pt 2

Okay, I’ve double checked my calendar and I *believe* I”m in the right place at the right time for New Color Tuesday! (actually, you can’t blame me for being so excited that I posted on Monday last week can you?) We are a whole week into the New Year and I have been having a

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It’s Logical Really

HI! syndee here.. I really like to work on multimedia projects and I often use paper in the projects.  Whether its an actual photo or images from scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.  I kept running into a problem though.  No matter how I attached the paper to the sheet of clay, it would curve after

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New Color Tuesday -New Year-New Way

I’m starting the New Year off with a second cup of mocha coffee – not because I was out late, but because I have a dog who can’t handle fireworks. I even dutifully gave BOTH dogs calming drops, but once the neighborhood started popping them off around 11, she was a mess.   The little one snored

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New Color Tuesday! Syn’s Favorite Mixes Pt 5

Well, Well, Well, the last NCT of 2017. Where did this year go? This mix was one my sons showed me years ago when they came up to me and gave me this cool acid green color clay.  I asked them where they got it and they said they mixed it and they proceeded to

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Christmas colors Part Deux by Patti Kimle

Now here is a Christmas piece that doesn’t fit all the standards.  Silver and Gold, and dark red, and two sharply different greens. The colors of the cane pop out of a dark neutral background. The light green solid texture is even highlighted with green mica powder.  All of the elements in this pendant are

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premo wasabi polymer clay

New Color Tuesday! Syn’s Favorite Colors

I’m always in search of the perfect Turquoise color.  I love the Turq from the 50s – it was warm, bold, sunny and BRIGHT.  These last two mixes here, mixed with Premo Wasabi and Turquoise,  are very close to my vision of that color.  I want to dive into these colors and float on a

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holiday sweater

Some musings on the Christmas color scheme… by Patti Kimle

What makes an ugly Christmas sweater so ugly?  I was shopping a vintage store today where they had a special display of ugly Christmas sweaters. (Not sure how they acquired such a large selection, they were truly vintage, though!)  But I noticed something as I perused the assortment:  the worst had the most traditional colors,

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New Color Tuesday! Syn’s Favorite Colors

Oh yeah, definitely one of my favorite mixes!  I absolutely love everyone of these colors.  What a way to add a rich highlight to a black background, or even a texture to a black – using the Gold Glitters.  I’ve used that 16RG/1B mix so often now for my work.  I especially like it for

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Office Party Favors by: Patti Kimle

A good friend of mine hosts a Christmas party for her husband’s office. He is the head of a government research facility here where I live. For the past 4 years, I have made a cane design to slice into ornaments for the party favors she gives the employees. Every year, the design includes the

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New Color Tuesday! Syns Favorite Colors Pt1

I love December. Things seem to slow down for me after a hectic Fall. I actually unpack my tool bag and clean up around the studio. One of my most favorite parts is looking through all the NCTs for the year to find my favorites and the surprises.  I’m starting this December off with one

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