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Design Squad

Introducing the 2014-2015 Sculpey Design Squad

Gretchen Amberg- Rachel Hinderliter- Anke Humpert- Sherri Kellberg- Patti Kimle- Kari McKnight-Holbrook- Niki Meiners- 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.

Testing Chameleon Pens and Polymer Clay

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Just recently I got some new ChameleonTM Pens. I had seen Syndee Holt using them on polymer clay and so I was really exited and looking forward to use them myself and I would like to tell you a little bit about my first tests with theses pens! The ChameleonTM Pens are permanent alcohol ink

New Color Tuesday (For Reals)

April 5

So let’s talk about the golds.  Again, we did a little of this mixing for the Moroccan sets, but this time I’m punching it up with Premo! Accents Yellow Fluorescent.  Even though I love the richness of the color mixes with just the Cad Yellow (CY) and the Raw Sienna (RS), I really like the

Egg Shells!

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Last week I spend some time with my family celebrating Easter. It´s always good to catch up on what is happening in everyones live and one of our family rituals is to go out for walks, talk and enjoy the nature. Especially now when spring is coming and all the flowers are coming back. The

New Color Tuesday Bonus Monday

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I know, I know – it’s NOT Tuesday, but I was so excited that I had to share this before tomorrow.  Remember last month when I mixed Pink Fluorescent with Wasabi and was shocked at the beautiful orange tints?             Well, I got my hands on some Premo! Accents Bright

Fabric Dome Amulet

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I love to use products in new ways. It’s what keeps me interested and it’s what my column in Polymer Café magazine, My Way, is all about. I made a dome out of scrap clay using the Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker without a real clear idea what I’d use it for. A few days later

The Joy of Scrap Clay

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The Joy of Scrap Clay  Teresa Pandora Salgado   Got scrap? I think we all do. Some of my most relaxing times revolve around it. After all, what have you got to lose? I especially love to make Natasha pieces. If you’ve ever made a Natasha bead or pendant, you may have asked yourself, who

New Color Tuesday! The Greens

Passion colors

Well, well, well, I never cease to surprise myself on how many color tangents I can send myself off on.  I *knew* the colors this month were going to be a challenge and I *knew* I was probably going to enlist the aid of the fluorescents, but I had NO idea I would get so

Anglian Polymer Clay Guild Meeting

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Anglian Polymer Clay Guild Meeting The Anglian Polymer Clay Guild holds its bi-monthly meeting at a Village Hall in Wortham (East Anglia, England). Members can volunteer to give demonstrations of their polymer clay speciality. This time it was Shelly’s turn to show us how to make her adorable fairies. She showed us how to make

Fluffy the Bird

Fluffy Bird Polymer Clay Tutorial by KatersAcres for Polyform

Polymer Clay Fluffy Bird Tutorial Just in time for spring, this adorable little “fluffy bird” can be made in any color of your choice!

Fairies Gnomes and other garden friends

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Spring is right around the corner.  But you do not have to wait for the flowers to blossom to create garden friends.  Enjoy this collection of Fairies gnomes and other garden and fantasy friends.  Get inspiration for your next creation using the incredible techniques and fun inspiration. Hidden Hollow creates incredible mermaids and other fantasy

New Color Tuesday! The Final Color Mixes

Mar 5b

  Yay!  So let’s get right to it!  I’ve mixed this month’s color palette in BOTH Souffle and Premo for you.  I’ve had a lot of fun taking my (usual) left turns into creating totally unrelated mixes and had some startling (to me, at least) mix combos (I still can’t get over that Premo! Blush/Wasabi

fun faux clay techniques for jewelry

I love working with faux clay techniques to create stones and faux metals for use in my jewelry.  There are may tutorials out there and I have created a lot of my own and wanted to share some other bloggers versions of a faux  technique.  I like Practically Functionals version and the look of the faux turquoise

New Color Tuesday! Jungle Mixes

Mar 4

  So today, I’m going to wrap up the individual color mixes so that next week I can present the final color palette mixes for BOTH Premo! and Souffle.       The green in the color swatch is pretty much straight Premo! Jungle, so I decided to mix Jungle with a couple of the

The Importance of Keeping a Polymer Clay Journal

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  Many have wondered if they should be keeping a polymer clay journal. In my opinion, I think a polymer clay journal is essential for cataloging where you’ve been, where you’re going, and how you might get there. Think of it as a little “glimpse” into your studio over time.   What Kind of Things

Spring-Summer Trend…Gingham!

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I diligently search the fashion magazines for trends in fashion that could relate to clay . Seriously, don’t we try to relate EVERYTHING to clay? “look at the wall texture-good for clay” or “I could cane this pattern”..  It seems that one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer will be gingham!  As well as pale

New Color Tuesday! The Sunset Pinks

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The sunset pinks are some of the most amazing colors – they are also some of the most short-lived in the sunset.  At my beach, they tend to tint the clouds floating away from the sunset and only right after the sun has finally set – may for 5 minutes or so. The warmer  the

Using Holidays As Inspiration

Saint Patrick's Day Pendants & Pins by KatersAcres (Katie Oskin)

… Luck O’ The Irish … Do you have to be Irish to be lucky? Probably not. But the season of Saint Patrick’s Day is a great example of how you can be creative. Many artists & clayers struggle with where to get their inspiration. Some draw inspiration from magazines, here on the Sculpey site,

New Color Tuesday – Opposites Attract

Mar 3a

I’m more than ready to call it quits with this cold/flu. Seriously, it’s been two weeks already and my nose is still running and my cough will not go away.  It’s not keeping me from the clay table though!  I discovered something pretty cool this week when working through my new obsession with Premo! Blush.

Fairy Garden Fun with Clay

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We love fairies here in our house and we believe in the magic.  With springtime around the corner, we created some fun new pieces to add to our family fairy garden with Bake Shop clay. The little mushroom house was inspired from my Fairy collection in my portfolio. To create it, we hand formed the

Sculpey Easter Crafts Round up

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Easter Crafts are a fun activity for children.  This year is no exception since Easter is early and winter is still here and indoor activities are needed.  The winter this year in Ohio has been on the extra cold side so it is fun to fire up the oven and make the kitchen warm.  You

New Color Tuesday: The Golden Sunset Colors

Mar 1c

First, I need to say thanks to the astute reader who pointed out that in my Moroccan final mix, I mistakenly noted Cad Blue instead of Cobalt Blue.  I’ve corrected the blog post.  If you had downloaded the pdf, I’ve corrected it also.  And here I was so proud of myself for FINALLY learning to

Glass to Clay

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In Texas the weather can be crazy. We had seventy degree temps on Friday and Monday it was in the twenties with freezing rain and sleet. The roads were iced over and so I was stuck in the house. I wanted to do something creative. So I started looking around for inspiration. This time it

New Color Tuesday!

Feb colors final

I have always really liked the soft blues (almost violets) that you can get by mixing Premo! Ultramarine Blue with Premo! White.  So naturally, I like all these colors!  I picked up a Premo Accents Frost White Glitter instead of the regular white and just as I went to toss it back into my Premo

What a Difference a Day Makes

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What a Difference a Day Makes by Teresa Pandora Salgado As a caner, I often set aside several days to blend, build and assemble millefiore elements. That’s all well and good I suppose, since the payoff eventually comes in the form of a nice complex cane; but, then I’ve got to start the actual project.

New Color Tuesday! 6 Shades of Sunshine

Feb 3

I was going to put this with last weeks Premo! Cad Yellow/Fuchsia mixes, but I thought it would be a lot to look at.  So I decided to present these beautiful colors in their own week. I’ve added Ecru to the mix this week.  As I’ve discovered, Ecru doesn’t just soften a color mix out,

Valentine’s Day with Clay!

Candy & Roses

Here is a special Valentine’s Day present. A miniature chocolate box and roses, it’s a gift that won’t make you fat and won’t die. I love making miniature flowers and thought this was the perfect time for red roses. The chocolates were made following a demo at the January meeting of the North Texas Polymer

Clay Thoughts

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Belonging to a polymer clay guild can be a great way to learn new techniques and push yourself to expand your creative world.  The guild I belong to has several swaps a year.  We are given a theme then it is up to each individual to interpret.  You make four items three to share and

New Color Tuesday – The Tropical Pinks

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I’m still working on the sunset colors here and I’m aiming for those orange colors there this week.  I also thought it would be fun to mix Premo!  Cad Yellow with Premo!  Fuchsia to whip up all kinds of tropical colors!  (actually, what I need to do is finally learn to spell Fuchsia the first

For the Love of Junque

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For the Love of Junque by Teresa Pandora Salgado I remember when Re-purposing was called Recycling. I think recycling was a better word, because our trash and treasures really do go through a cycle, don’t they? The pen holder shown here is a Knott’s Berry Farm jam jar that I lost the lid to. The

New Color Tuesday-Endless Summer

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    I realized that I had really trashed the color Yellow last month and it was weighing on my little clay heart, so I had originally decided to mix with Yellow this month.  Then the first mixes I did, I realized were sunset colors.  Well, hey. I take sunset photos.  So why not pull