Category Archives: Hints, Tips, & Tricks

Hints, tips, tricks, and valuable information for working with polymer clay.

How to Spring Clean Your Studio Easily & Efficiently

Posted on April 14, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

How to Spring Clean Your Studio by KatersAcres

How to Spring Clean Your Studio

How to Spring Clean Your Studio by KatersAcres

Spring clean your studio easily, quickly, and efficiently. These tried and true tips that will take you from danger zone to comfort zone in less than 30 minutes. The arrival of spring not only makes me want to clay my days away, but it also makes me want to clean! It’s not secret that I can’t clean in a mess. I’ve written many times about how I LOVE a very clean studio. Unlike many other artists, I crave a clean and tidy workspace. [It’s okay, you can laugh.] I do know that I’m not the only artist that is like this. I have written articles on this blog before about how you can clean up your studio, but today I’m talking about the BIG clean up (almost like a purge) that you really should do every spring.

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Selecting a New Project Considerations on the Sculpey Blog

Posted on April 7, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Polymer Clay Tip: What To Consider When Selecting a New Project

Polymer Clay Tip: What To Consider When Selecting a New Project

Selecting a new project can often be a daunting task. Today I’m going to help you to conquer it! As many of you know I’m a freelance designer and part of the Design Squad for Polyform. I’ve been part of their Design Squad since 2015. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long! This is my month to write for the blog and I’m inviting YOU to come over and join us!

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Acrylic Paints for Polymer Clay

Posted on March 28, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Acrylic Paints for Polymer Clay | My favorite acrylics to use with polymer clay - CLICK to read the article now

Acrylic Paints for Polymer Clay

Acrylic Paints for Polymer Clay | My favorite acrylics to use with polymer clay - CLICK to read the article now

Acrylics paints for polymer clay? Absolutely! Acrylic paints have been used safely for years with polymer clay. I have written about the use of acrylics with polymer several times here on the site. (See the linked articles at the end of this post.) Today I will share with you my four most used acrylic paints. You may enjoy these acrylic paints for polymer clay sculpting, jewelry making, or many other polymer clay disciplines too.

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Overlooked Polymer Clay Tips You Might Not Know

Posted on March 7, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Polymer Clay Tips from KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Tips from KatersAcres

When it comes to polymer clay, one of the most frequently asked questions when I teach at workshops, give classes, and receive emails is: “can you give me some polymer clay tips?” It’s no secret that everyone wants tips when starting out on a new hobby. Here’s a few overlooked polymer clay tips to help you in your polymer clay journey.

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Five Tips for Sculpting with White Polymer Clay

Posted on February 14, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Tips for Sculpting with White Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

Tips for Sculpting with White Polymer Clay

Tips for Sculpting with White Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

There can be nothing more frustrating than sculpting with white polymer clay. Before you know it dust, lint, fibers, rouge cat hair, glitter (than you haven’t used in a month), and specks of other colors of clay find there way embedded into your pristine white polymer clay. There’s no need to hyperventilate, panic, throw out the clay, scream, cry, or even give up completely. Here’s a few tips that might help you along your journey to whiter, sparklier, and all around crisper white sculpted designs.

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Fingerprints in Polymer Clay: Two Tips to Banish Them!

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Q&A with KatersAcres: Fingerprints & Sculpting | The Two Solutions You Need to Know VIDEO

Fingerprints in Polymer Clay

Q&A with KatersAcres: Fingerprints in Polymer Clay & Sculpting | The Two Solutions You Need to Know VIDEO

There’s only two things you need to know when dealing with fingerprints in polymer clay when you are learning how to sculpt. These two simple solutions are the two things each of my students who venture to my studio for lessons learn first. If you can remember #1 and master #2, fingerprints in polymer clay will be a thing of the past for you.

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LC Machine Tips

Posted on November 29, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

LC Machine Tips from KatersAcres | Lucy Clay Tools Clay Rolling Machine

LC Machine Tips from KatersAcres | Lucy Clay Tools Clay Rolling Machine

Today I’m going to bring you my LC Machine Tips that has been highly requested by many of you. The LC Machine is still new to the market and polymer clay world. Here’s a little advice to use your LC Machine.

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Polymer Clay Work Surface, Mable Tile

Posted on September 22, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Polymer Clay Marble Tile Work Surface from KatersAcres | CLICK to watch a video and read more

My Polymer Clay Work Surface: Marble Tile

Polymer Clay Marble Tile Work Surface from KatersAcres | CLICK to watch a video and read more

There are lots of options for a polymer clay work surface. Which one should you use and why should you use it? Here’s the polymer clay work surface that I use and the reasons why a marble tile is my choice.

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Polymer Clay Tool Giveaway – Pretty Darn Nifty

Posted on September 9, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Offers by Katie Oskin

Christi Friesen Polymer Clay Tool Giveaway, Pretty Darn Nifty Tool from Christi Friesen

Christi Friesen Polymer Clay Tool Giveaway

“Pretty Darn Nifty” (PDN) Tool

Christi Friesen Polymer Clay Tool Giveaway, Pretty Darn Nifty Tool from Christi Friesen

OPENS 12:30PM EST on September 9

ENDS 11:59PM EST on September 15

Introducing the splendid Christi Friesen “Pretty Darn Nifty” polymer clay tool giveaway!

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Explorations in Voice Collaboration with Ginger Davis Allman

Posted on August 22, 2016 in Creative Prompts, Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Explorations in Voice Collaboration with Katie Oskin & Ginger Davis Allman | Polymer Clay Tools & Supplies Review

Explorations in Voice Collaboration with Katie Oskin & Ginger Davis Allman | Polymer Clay Tools & Supplies Review

Explorations in Voice a collaborative project with Ginger Davis Allman from The Blue Bottle Tree. Explorations in Voice is a joint collaboration in projects, materials, and supplies for polymer clay.

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Your Voice in Polymer Clay, The Necessity

Posted on August 18, 2016 in Creative Prompts, Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Explorations in Voice with Katie Oskin and Ginger Davis Allman

Your Voice in Polymer Clay, The Necessity

Explorations in Voice with Katie Oskin and Ginger Davis Allman

All this week at The Blue Bottle Tree and KatersAcres Facebook pages, we have been discussing your voice in polymer clay. We’ve garnished your feelings, thoughts, opinions, and even been surprised by how others define our individual voice. While I can’t fill you in on all the details of Ginger and my time together (details on Monday); I can talk a little more about your voice in polymer clay and developing it. Read More