Design Squad

Introducing the 2013-2014 Sculpey Design Squad

Karolina Söderberg - Melanie Muir - Miranda Farrand - Carole Monahan-Kamfe – Syndee Holt
Patti Kimle - Shirley Rufener - Niki Meiners -Kari McKnight-Holbrook - Gretchen Amberg

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.

Premo Penguin debuts on TV!


Premo Penguin debuts on TV! Have you heard of Bubble Gum necklaces? I hadn’t until my niece (a teacher) saw some of her young students wearing them to class. They are chunky beaded necklaces for baby girls-up through adults really-that are adorable! They aren’t hard to make and many are showing up with polymer clay

New Color Tuesday- Green Goes Metallic

Dec 5

I wanted to see what the effect of mixing Premo! Green with the various metallics would be.  Not too many surprises, except that I really like the Gr/C mixes the best. Then I decided to do some three-way mixes and Wow!  I think I just mixed my favorite metallic!  The 1Gr/1B/2G mix is GORGEOUS!  and

The Perfect Gift- A Handmade Sculpey Ornament


Does it seem to you like the holidays seem to arrive earlier each year, or is it just me? Thanksgiving came and went and I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away! I love making handmade gifts but sometimes I just don’t have enough time. If you can relate, here’s a few

New Color Tuesday – Holiday Mints

Pantone Lucite Green 14-5714 Color Report Spring 2015

Well, hey!  This jolly old Premo! Green is proving to be a very interesting color.  I thought I would do a mix with Premo! White to see how “minty” it would become, since there are so many mint colored textiles appearing on the Spring fashion runways. I thin that each of these versions is a

The Creative Map to the Teal Rabbit Hole

Click on this beast to enlarge it so you can follow the map.

This is what happens when I have a nice little pile of pretty colored scraps left over from the New Color Tuesday mix (  I HAD to see how far I could go with these scraps (scraps to scraps, so to speak).   It was always, “but wait, what if…” As the map shows, I

New Color Tuesday – Down the Rabbit Hole (again..)

Premo! Green and Premo! Accents Peacock yield all great colors.

I asked, you responded. I asked what color to mix for December and you responded “blues and greens”.  I immediately thought, “Oh, in search of the perfect teal..”  Now, I was fully aware that the search would lead me down a rabbit hole, filled with beautiful blues, greens, turquoise, even mints.  What I didn’t realize

And Christmas is upon us!

I’ve been paying particular attention this year to pocket-sized handmade art pieces.    Sculpey never fails me when I need to work small.  I love to be able to have a literal forest of Christmas trees  in an afternoon.  Or and abundance of small hostess gifts for holiday parties in just a few hours. I

A little project to do over the holidays


So, have you noticed how BIG tiny is right now?  Tiny boxes, miniature foods, tiny animals?  And fairies!  Fairy houses, fairy doors… So when I stumbled upon this little gingerbread house cookie cutter by Wilton, my mind immediately went to my beloved Sculpey!  And though I started out with a “gingerbread color” I intend to

Polymer inspiration on the side of the road

So I was going to post a little project I had designed while I was away on a visit to the family. However, on a stop to rest our legs at the Berea KY Arts and Craft center, I ran across the most fascinating artists polymer cane work!  Artists James C. Rich and Diana Smith

New Color Tuesday! Whaaaaat?


First, I’m  happy to report that I have full use of all 10 fingers now for typing.  I graduated from a cast to a brace on my left hand yesterday.  First thing I’m going to do at the clay table is take the brace off and roll a ball of clay in my palms.  I

Live love LAUGH and Learn

This is Walter my Seahorse- asuarus  That I made with a class I took with Doreen Kassel at Art is You mixed media retreat

Since 2014 I have called “the year of the Sponge” I wanted to learn as much as I could from as many resources that I could! I went to my 1st ever Clay ConneCTion with my Southern Connecticut Polymer clay guild.See all our fun and pictures on the Guild Facebook page I devoured books as

Another Creative Map of My Brain

This is today's map, starting with a piece from last week's map.

Ok, last week I created this map of my clay musings.  I limited my colors and my tools (okay, my 7 working fingers did that part!). The arrows indicate how the designs evolved. Believe it or not, Friday I actually found a shirt in my drawer that I can NO jewelry to match!  Well, okay,

Trying My Hand at Teaching


Have I ever mentioned that I love my jobs? Wife, mother, artist and…administrative work at a local retirement community. When I got the opportunity to combine my clay passion with spending time having fun with the elders that I get to serve at my day job, it was a truly heart-warming experience. My good friend,

Pantone Colors For Spring 2015

pantone color of the year 2015

I looked up the Pantone colors for next Spring and lo and behold – it reads like a color chart of Souffle! Look, there is Bluestone (my favorite), Seaglass, Lagoon, Sandcastle, Pumpkin, Pesto, Latte and Concrete. I just may have to try to mix that sea foam color on the top row, that blush color

Trying to sculpt cute.


I mostly make jewellry but i really love all those little cute animal sculputers that you all make. When i try to make some they end up not so cute. Today we had a go me and my girl at making some cutness. We made some snowmen together and i must say that they actually

NEW Color Tuesday – 2ups and 3ups


 Okay, I know that you all know that Bluestone is my very favorite Sculpey Souffle color, but LOOK at the Bluestone Premo! Accents Copper mixes!  I love every single mix here, I can’t even pick a favorite!  What classy colors they are.   And since I got carried away with color mixing this month, here

10 Tricks for Etch n’ Pearls

step 14

I had the Etch n’ Pearl tools in my toolkit for the longest time before I actually realized their full potential. I thought that they were cool pokey things with funny ends on them (sounds familiar right?). Then I had the chance to see my fellow Sculpey teammates, Amy Koranek and Patti Kimle, use the

My Creative Map

brain 1 w arrows

 I decided last weekend to do another study like I did with the cutter bracelets last year. The way I do my challenges is to decide on a creation type – bracelet or pendant, etc. and then nominate the tools that can be used in all the projects.  This time I also limited myself to

New Color Tuesday – the Neutrals


It’s always a challenge for me to find the right neutral for my project.  Sculpey Souffle has wonderful neutrals with Concrete for a cool neutral and Sandcastle and Latte for warm neutrals.  I generally tend to grab the Latte for my warm neutral, but lately I’m finding that the Sandcastle is a gorgeous mixing color.

Clay TV shows

Besides teaching all over the country this year, last month I was lucky enough to go and film for Craft Daily TV!  I had a ball, and in about 2 months, I will be excited to see the finished shows- some of which were using Sculpey Souffle’ clay! I was a little nervous at first,

Where has the year gone???

Hi gang!  Kari McKnight Holbrook here!  Oh my goodness!  I cannot believe it is November already!!  I thought for sure I would have an entire cabinet full of finished projects by now!  However, I find myself looking at the calendar and how close Christmas is and am a bit panicked!  I love to give holiday

New Color Tuesday – Thar’s Gold!


I am having so much fun with Premo! Accents Copper, I decided to mix it this month with Sculpey Souffle and see what happens.  Since my broken arm prompted me to get a motor for my pasta machine, I went a little overboard on the mixing.  So we are going to pretend like there are

A sister can deliver too!


My girl 4½ year old was only 3 years old when she made her first polymer clay piece and not long ago she started making her own toys. Her younger brother right now has a fascination for fire trucks, he loves them and even sleeps with all his firetrucks. So she decided to make him

New Color Tuesday with Mix Recap

Oct 4

Well, now isn’t that interesting?  Usually the four mixes look like variation of a similar color. Premo! Accent Copper and Premo! Turquoise mixes look like four very distinct colors. And, as usual, I don’t know which one I like best. Although….that 4C/1T mix makes a pretty rich looking bronze that would make a wonderful bezel

Sunset Synergy Across the Sea

bluestone pendants

(say THAT 3 times quickly!) Earlier this week I was working on the New Color Tuesday (NCT) for November and I just had to try this Skinner Blend of Sculpey Soufflé Bluestone and Premo! Accents Copper. Bluestone is my all time favorite clay color, so I’m a little stoked about this blend.   I posted

EEK! It’s a Spider Celebrating the Halloween Popcorn Box Party

Sculpey Popcorn BOx SC

This is the second year of the Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party where designers create boxes and share their creativity in an online party.  Check out what you can do with a little Sculpey III… This one features an adorable clay spider made with Scupley III clay that I designed and shared on a tutorial

New Color Tuesday- With 2 Olives Please

oct 3

When I was in Spain, I could have lived on ham, bread and olives.  In fact, I think I tried to! Big olives, tiny olives, most of them green olives.  This  Premo! Spanish Olive  color makes me crave olives!  So I wanted to see what would happen when I mixed it with Premo! Accents Copper.

No sew Pumpkins with Sculpey Polymer Clay stems

Sculpey Pumpkin stems - New sew fabric pumpkins

Create stems for your no sew decorative pumpkins with Sculpey Polymer Clay.  These pumpkins are pretty quick and easy to make.  You do not even have to sew.    If you know how you could, but with my special tip you will not have to sew. This is a front view of the stems. Material

Polymer fascination.


A little while ago i was selling at a local small fair or market. First of all i forgot all my displays at home, i had with me only my designs, a table and the boxes that i carry the stuff in.  I realized this when i already was to far from home. But it

Orange You Glad It’s New Color Tuesday?


Ok, sorry for the bad pun in the title, but I couldn’t help it! I’m excited this week, this is like TWO uncharted territories for me – Premo! Accents Copper and Premo! Orange.  I don’t mix a lot with orange, other than maybe a little yellow or white.  I love the mixes with Copper, they