2020 Polymer Clay Challenge

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Cynthia Gougian
Cynthia Gougian

The 2020 Polymer Clay Challenge will begin shortly, can you believe it? I can’t. I can’t believe that I’m about to close the books on 2019 and start an entirely new year once again! So it’s onward with this years new challenge that opens on January 1st, 2020! Last year’s 2019 Polymer Clay Challenge was a success for everyone who tried to complete the entire year. It was highlighted by the wonderful weekly posts of Cynthia Gougian [read one of them here]. We were so fortunate to have her and even more fortunate to have her return and write for us this year. 

This past year more people were able to successfully able to complete all 52 weeks of the challenge. I am so proud of everyone who participated and was able to do this successfully. Again, for the second year in a row, I was not one of them that was able to complete the challenge. As I encourage EACH of those that participate every year, do not beat yourself up if you can not complete the entire year. Remember the goal of this project is that you continue to grow and that by the end of the year you find yourself being more creative, working harder toward your goals and most importantly seeing your work get better and better with each passing year.

The purpose of this project is to make sure that each polymer artist is pushing on and creating, growing in their creativity and their voice. As usual, I will attempt again in 2020 to complete the challenge. And if you didn’t get to complete it, barely got started, or just stumbled upon this post today. Now’s your chance to come and join us this upcoming year!

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Glow in the Dark Clay Product Review & Help

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Polyform Glow in the Dark Clays

The new Polyform Premo! by Sculpey Glow in the Dark clay is wonderful; except for one thing … because it is brand new, it is hard to sculpt with because it’s so soft. This video will walk you through a few helpful hints, tips, & tricks for making this and Sculpey III’s Glow a little easier to manage.

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Don’t Let Frustration Be The End of Your Creativity

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Cynthia Gougian's Mermaid Box

Meet Cynthia Gougian

Cynthia is one of this year’s administrator’s for the 2019 Polymer Clay Challenge. She is incredibly devoted to the group and for that we owe her a round of applause! [Please clap here] Every Monday she writes us an inspirational message to keep us inspired and creating throughout the week. It’s just one of her ways that she keeps all of us on task; yes, even me. Today I’m sharing one of the posts that she wrote near the end of September. I’ve chosen this one to share here today because I think we’re often way to hard on ourselves and we demand perfection from our projects and our processes. But we need to keep in mind that we must also at all times be learning something from our own polymer clay work. So without any further ado, I’d like to share a few thoughts for you from Cynthia’s own experiences in her clay room.

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Fall Sunset Color Recipe for Premo Polymer Clay

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Fall Berries Color Palette & Color Recipe for Polymer Clay by KatersAcres
Fall Berries Color Palette & Color Recipe for Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

Since Fall has finally arrived in NW Pennsylvania, this polymer clay color recipe may be just what you’ve been waiting for. This color was the color palette that I showcased on my Facebook Page several weeks ago. The dark sunset fuschia color in the top right was the most highly requested from this color palette. So without further ado… here’s that color recipe for you.

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Making Antiqued Tins

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There’s just something about a little antiqued tins that makes my heart sing! I’m not sure if it’s the way the metal is all sorts of shades of light and dark in some places and not in others, or what. But here’s what I do know … I’m absolutely in love with the look! So before you try to make these adorable little tins for this month’s project, you’ll want to be sure that you do a thorough job of antiquing your tins.

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CF Rainbow Tree 2019 Ornament Donations

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The CF Rainbow Tree is back! Once again this year we’re onto another donation adventure and I’m in need of polymer clay Christmas ornament donations. Are you willing to help? I’m calling on you; That’s right you. I’m calling on all clayers worldwide! I need your help decorating a Christmas tree for Cystic Fibrosis patients again this year. And this year we’re doing more, growing bigger, and are in need of many more ornaments! Are you willing to help me? Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.

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2019 Polyform Products Lineup

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The 2019 Polyform Products Lineup is pretty impressive this year. With a host of new products hitting the shelves and many already available at your local retailer, these tools will hit it big for a wide variety of disciplines in polymer clay. It’s no secret that Premo! is my favorite brand of polymer clay and one I readily rely on for all my projects. It’s relatively easy to condition compared to other clay brands, it has a versatile and wide color palette, and because of its true pigment properties the colors you think you will end up with when you create color blends & custom colors you actually get.

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Polymer Clay Lessons

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What if you could take polymer clay lessons from the comfort of your own home? And what if those polymer clay lessons were tailored to you and your needs? Wouldn’t it be even better if those lessons were one-on-one just you and the instructor! Well, now is your opportunity. Many people can afford the cost of a basic workshop, but when it comes to the cost of travel and lodging, that’s where the real challenge arises. Let’s bring the workshop, class, and instruction virtually, right into your home.

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