Design Squad

Introducing the 2016 – 2017 Sculpey Design Squad

Gretchen Amberg- Rachel Hinderliter- Anke Humpert- Sherri Kellberg- Patti Kimle- Lee Kellogg – Miranda Farrand – Nadia Michaux- Katie Oskin- Shirley Rufener- Teresa Salgado-Ruth Steiner

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 All About the Green Pt 3

JAN NCT 2017-3

I know, I know, I’m late.  But it’s a big day in our house – my youngest son just started in a new career today.  That’s exciting, but the most exciting thing for me is that I got all day to clay again after 2-1/2 months.  YAY!!  So forgive me for not being able to

New Color Tuesday! It’s All About Green Pt 2


Okay, it’s one of those days.  I’ve sat down at least 4 times to write this, only to have another mini-crisis do deal with.  The garbage disposal got jammed, the contractor has 18 thousand questions for me, people emailing, texting, messaging me all need an answer quickly. Sigh… It’s okay though, because I’m writing about

New Color Tuesday- It’s All About Green


Happy New Year to you all- A new year means new subfolders in most of my files which always feel like a fresh start, a blank canvas.  I file my NCT color palettes by year and month as well as my notorious photographs around my home and beach (the 3×3 collection as well as the

New Color Tuesday- A Look Back Pt 4


The final NCT of 2016!  And I’m typing on a new keyboard that my kids got me that is backlit, so I can see it (I suspect that I could have seen my old keys had I actually cleaned the keyboard). I’m going to finish with what was my most surprising mix of the year

New Color Tuesday – A Look Back Pt 3


Well, we have had two days of Winter here in SoCal, but it’s back to sunny and 60s at least.  I asked my son how he could wear shorts when it was so chilly the other day, he looked down and said, “But these are my Winter shorts mom!” I’m personally happy that I spent

Genéve 26-27.11.2016 Jana Honnerová

At 9 am, after a short wait at the last party to it all broke, I have long talked mostly about the preparation of materials, colors, et al, showed that even blending is not as simple as it seems.

Course in Geneva was my first ever overseas, so I gave him a lot not only enjoyed, but also preparing for a long time. Fortunately, I am often home alone, so that my English monologue nobody laugh. Workshop in Geneva was my very first foreign workshop, so I was not only looking forward to it, but I

New Color Tuesday- A Look Back Pt 2


Okay, this was one of the most surprising color mixes I’ve ever done.  The first three mixes are quite predictable and lovely, but that last mix – who would even THINK that Periwinkle and Ecru would mix to make a grey?  And a lovely grey at that! But that’s one of the best parts of

New Color Tuesday! A Look Back


I always love December because I can take a look back through the  NCT color mix page ( and find tons of favorite mixes that I’ve forgotten about. I’m starting this month off with two of my most favorite mixes.  I’ve used these mixes multiple times in the last couple of months – in fact

I’d Melt For You Snowman Ornament


Wintertime is such a fun time for creating things that can be used seasonally and for the holidays.  This ornament is great for both.  I know that I love snowmen and the whole idea of them.  I love that they are practically magically and that the water that creates the snow cycles through and can

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 5

My favorite palette

Yeah, I know, it’s the nighttime version of NCT.  Literally every time I sat down to write this blog today, I got pulled away.  I thought it would be interesting this week to show you some of the colors that I’ve mixed this month together in a single palette. Lets start with the 1:1 mixes

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine In My Life Pt 4


I knew I would get some amazing colors out of this mix!  I can’t even pick one as a favorite.  Again, I’m amazed at how well Sunshine holds up mixed with a denser looking color. I’m thinking that a necklace of beads made from these mixes and maybe a 3T/1S and a 5T/1S would be

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 3


Ahh, the greens of my youth!  I’m quite sure that we had a refrigerator, a curtain, a table or something out of each of these colors.  And you know what?  I still love these colors. In fact, I think a couple of my bedroom walls are that 2SO/1S color right now! I love greens and

Taking Our Cues From Nature by Gretchen Amberg


Inspiration can be found all around us if we take a moment to really look.  I’ve always had a fascination with the tiny little details found in nature.  Well before I got into polymer clay I enjoyed taking close-up photos of all manner of plant life. As I’ve worked with clay I’ve gone back to

New Color Tuesday- A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 2


Oh, I love a good peachy red!  And premo! Sunshine and Fuchsia mixes came through for me!  As a matter of fact, I’m looking at the walls in my office and they appear to be VERY close to the 2S/1F mix!  If I had to really get solid with it, I’d guess 3S/1F would be

An Intimate Gathering by Gretchen Amberg


Well, another annual Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild retreat has come and gone and like most things I look forward to it seems to take forever to get here and is over way too soon.  This year we had a few less folks than in the past which made for a more intimate gathering of

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine in My Life


OK, yeah, I live in Southern California, so I have a LOT of sunshine in my life, but THIS is about premo! Sunshine.. I mixed Sunshine with premo! Accents Purple Pearl last month and was a little surprised at the colors that developed (man, I still love that 4S/1PP mix).  So I decided to continue to

Kids in the Studio by Miranda Farrand


I’ve heard it said that having “kids in the kitchen”, is an important tool in teaching children the art of cooking and how to nourish their bodies. Well, in my humble opinion, it’s just as valuable and important to teach them to feed their souls in the art room, studio, craft room, etc. Having an

New Color Tuesday – Late Night Purples Pt 4


I know right?  What color doesn’t look good mixed with the premo! Accents Glitter Golds?  I decided to see what the premo! Accents Purple Pearl would do.  As always, I’m fascinated in the subtle difference between the White Glitter Gold  and the Yellow Glitter Gold.  Even though I feel like the Purple Pearl has a

New Color Tuesday! Late Night Purples Pt 3


 I’m very into non-metallic golds right now.  The exterior of my house is Windswept Leaves – a golden/beige color.  I just painted my bathroom Siam Gold, which is a greenish gold (with a long wall of Hematite – it’s gorgeous).  Anyway, I was so excited to see that I could mix a gold that was

Tips on Creating Aged Mummy Skin by Miranda Farrand of Miranda’s Critters

I made this creepy, cute little mummy sculpture recently. To add to his appeal, I wanted to give what skin is visible a dried-up, aged know, mummy-like.

One of the reasons that Fall is my favorite time of year, is that there is such freedom with creativity. It’s okay to be weird, wacky or even a bit fact, it’s pretty much accepted and expected.   You can see more of my original mummy sculpture on my Facebook page… .

Oh Mur… by: Martin Pottjewijd


New Color Tuesday – Late Night Purples PT 2


Well of course I had to try Sunset Pearl with Purple Pearl – their mixes aren’t going to yield any surprising colors, but they are really pretty colors.  That last mix (4PP/1SP) would be really nice with White Glitter Gold for a frosty palette.  The 1:1 mix would look really nice with a light gold

Goodbye to Summer


Ahhh, my favorite time of year is here again. The oppressive heat of summer has lost it’s grip on Central Ohio (at least I hope so) and the leaves on the trees are slowly giving up their green. I can’t wait for all of the vivid, rich hues to dot the landscape once again. I

Halloween Party Pumpkin Decorations


Halloween is such a creative holiday.  With the changing of the seasons and the excitement of dressing up and treats, many people throw parties to celebrate.  These Halloween party pumpkin decorations are great to do before a party as decor or at a party as a craft activity.  I used Sculpey Bake Shop for these

New Color Tuesday – Late Night Purples


Yeah, I as always the one who read ahead in our schoolbooks, had my homework done immediately.  So imagine my shock when I realized that it was New Color Tuesday Eve and I didn’t have my NCT mixes done! No lie, these area all usually done by the third week of the month before.  It

New Color Tuesday – Am I Going Gray? Pt 4

Do you have a color that you respond to emotionally?  There are so many ways that can happen – a color can make you feel happy, energetic, serene, calm, even bored.  This week I mixed a color that I have an emotional response to that is quite different from any other color I respond to.

New Color Tuesday! Am I Going Gray? Pt 3


Wow! After 111 dry days, we have a little rain going on.  The skies look like various shades of my star color this month, Concrete. So let’s add a little “sunshine” with Canary to the Concrete and see what happens. Hey!  I’m seeing a kind of Key Lime thing going on.  I love all these

New Color Tuesday-Am I Going Gray? Pt 2


I’m still in shock over what happened in these mixes this month!  The Souffle Concrete has stepped up to the Mix Plate like a major league hitter. (YES, I *know* it’s now football season, but baseball is my game). Red and grey- who would think that that blend would products such beautiful, soft colors? That 1:1