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  1. 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 baking.  Yeah, it would LOOK...

  2. 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 through everything, but they seemed...

  3. 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 school me in how to...

  4. Some musings on the Christmas color scheme…

    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, closest to what we all...

  5. 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 the bezels, but in this...

  6. 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 lab’s logo, a shaded blue...

  7. 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 of my all time favorite...

  8. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights Pt 4-1/2

    Apparently, I was confused last week and thought that it was the last week in November.  Right?  Not like the month hasn't flown by anyway.. So here is Pt 3 masquerading at Pt 4-1/2: First thing I noticed was how similar these mixes were to the Peacock Pearl mix.  I thought it was surprising because, well, you know Peacock Pearl...

  9. Dragon Eye Blog 2 – Extra Details

    I am officially having entirely too much fun (if there is such a thing) making these eyes!  I wish had this idea while first writing up the project but as we all know that hindsight is 20/20.  It’s never too late for cool ideas so here goes… Glittery Pupil Clay Dragon Eyes The addition of the color around the pupil...

  10. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights Pt 4

    Well, this was a surprise!  Fluorescent Pink hardly affected the Souffle Cherry Pie at ALL!  I do like that 1:1 mix though, it reminds me of a rose color. I also really like the straight Fluorescent Pink and the straight Cherry Pie together as well.  And I like them with the grey background, so Souffle Concrete or Rhino Grey (long...

  11. Dragon Eye Blog part 1 – Mixing it up

    One of my favorite parts of working with the liquid clays is adding powders and inks to get different colors and looks. Aside from the amazing clarity of the Sculpey Clear Liquid Clay is how smooth it pours when powders and inks have been added. After making the batch of eyes used for the project (view here) I continued playing...

  12. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights Pt 3

    I had to try the Fluorescents with a Souffle color right?  Cherry Pie seemed like it was just the ticket - deep, rich color.  I was surprised that the Fluorescent Pink didn't effect it too much, but the Yellow sure did!  I really like that 1:1 Cherry Pie and Fluorescent Yellow - it's kind of a tomato color - a...

  13. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Brights

    So Fluorescent.. not normally my cup of tea, but they ARE fun to mix with! And this week I mixed with Premo Orange and I love every one of these mixes!  And I love them all together as well.  I want to paint my walls with these colors, dress in these colors, clay in these colors!  Oh! and look at...

  14. New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 5

    Oh yeah, I love me some warm, rich orange tones.  I've seen (and photographed ) these colors on my beach so many times.  It's my favorite time of the day - long shadows and golden dust motes floating everywhere.  Actually, it's my dog, Annie, favorite time of the day too.  She's a Sparkle Hound.  She hunts sparkles and late afternoon...

  15. Experimenting with Glow-in-the-dark Polymer Clay

    Yesterday with the help of my mini-me, I experimented with Glow-In-The-Dark or GITD polymer clay. She took notes while I dictated what I was doing. The idea was to discover if any other light clay could be mixed with Sculpey III Glow-in-the-Dark and still retain the glow. For our experiment, we used Sculpey III Glow-in-the-dark, Premo Translucent, Premo Pearl and...

  16. New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 4

    I do love to throw colors together that have no business being together.  And sometimes I put together two colors that I THINK should have business with each other and it turns out that they are not having it AT ALL.  For instance, Souffle Guava and Premo Sculpey Accents Peacock Pearl.  I figured I would get some colors in the...

  17. Tips on How to Apply a Basic Patina

    Wondering how to "finish" your sculpture to give it more depth? Consider applying a basic patina with an acrylic paint wash. If you read my article last week regarding creative inspiration, it featured a head sculpture in various stages of creation. In this article, I will discuss adding a patina to finish the sculpture. Some people choose a clean look...

  18. New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 3

    Personally, I don't feel you can ever go wrong with Latte - both the drink and the Souffle clay.  It's neutral with a bit of a casual attitude - sort of a "I'm so cool I can either be the star of the show or just lay back here and be cool". I know that sounds like I need more...

  19. Put Your Hands to Work to Find Inspiration

    Stuck without an idea in mind but a desire to make something anyway? When this state of confusion strikes, put your hands to work with what I call clay doodling. You know? Mindlessly squishing my clay until it starts to take shape into something. I find this to be a great way to getting back in the saddle so to...

  20. New Color Tuesday! Doing the Guava Pt 2

    Well, well, well. I'm finally home from my most recent wanderings.  I spent a wonderful couple of days at my home clay guild retreat, Sandy Camp, and then another couple of days up in North County with my brother and his family. I have a "Rule" that I enforce with myself that before I unpack from a clay trip, that...

  21. A Dream Come True- My visit to the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween Art Show

    Saturday ushered in a weird sculpture artist's dream come true. I attended a one day Halloween art show at a small fairgrounds in lower Michigan. For years I've wanted to attend the now named Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show in Chelsea, Michigan but timing has never been right. More information regarding future shows can be found at www.bewitchingpeddlersofhalloween.com...

  22. New Color Tuesday - Doing the Guava Pt 1

    My Souffle stash was feeling a little neglected, so I decided to do some Souffle mixes this month featuring Guava.  Once again, a color that wasn't really thrilling to me became kind of a star of classy, subtle mixes. Like these three mixes with Souffle Cinnamon - all three mixes are subtle but classy mixes.  ALL of them would look...

  23. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Sunset Pt 4

    I CANNOT BELIEVE IT'S THE END OF SEPTEMBER ALREADY!  While I'm really ready for the hot, humid weather to go away (we are 68-75 all year except for a couple of weeks in Aug/Sep), I don't want time flying this fast!  I have stuff I still need to do this month - how could this be possible? Anyway, here is...

  24. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Sunset Pt 3

    Sunset Pearl and Peacock Pearl - I could just about guess I would get some purplish metallics, right?  Well, I got a little surprise (once AGAIN).  I did indeed get a wonderful steely-looking metallic with the 1:1 mix, but the cool blush color from the 4SP/1PP was really special.  Boy I would love to silkscreen on that color!  Can't you...

  25. New Color Tuesday! It's All About the Sunset Pt 2

    Um, Um, UMM!!  I love me some golden oranges.    In fact my office that I'm sitting in right now is painted a color between the first two mixes.  That final mix is my new favorite yellow mix as well - kind of a maize color?  That mix will look amazing with Peacock Pearl or Sea Glass Souffle.  Actually, all...

  26. Getting Trendy

    My Cactus Ring Dish (above) is a great way to add a bit of the Cacti Trend to your nightstand. Trends come and go, but 2017's Cactus motif is still going strong.  Cacti are popping up everywhere in Home Decor, Fashion, and Jewelry. Current trends inspire my polymer clay work all the time. Ring dish bowls are also on trend...

  27. New Color Tuesday- It's All About the Sunset

    Sunset Pearl (and Mai Tai in Souffle) are two colors I seem to forget about in my color palettes.  In fact, I seem to forget about the reds pretty much altogether (except for Orange tones that I want to bathe in).  But apparently my cat likes the reds, she kind of tore up the side of the 1:1 mix when...

  28. Building a Polymer Clay Cane Collection

    Here is just a small sample of some of my raw polymer clay canes. When the mood strikes me I'll make a bunch of different canes, I find it relaxing and fun. I usually work on about 3 projects at once. If I get tired of working on one, or can't come up with any new ideas, I simply set it...

  29. New Color Tuesday! That Flashy Peacock Pt 5

    Okay, this one kind shocked me.  I didn't think I would get any color, other than a mud look, when I mixed premo! Sculpey Accents Peacock Pearl with premo! Orange.  I not only got colors, I got COLORS. That 4PP/1O mix is a really nice Teal!  Then when I added the 18k Gold to the last mix, I fell in...

  30. Recycled Crafts

    I love to recycle all kinds of stuff & then use them in my latest clay craft projects. I've been saving/hoarding burned out light-bulbs to cover with Polymer Clay. The Purple Wildflower (above) was created over a standard 60 watt light bulb. I also incorporated Q-tips to use as the flowers stamen. The petals were formed over pieces cut from...

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