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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.

Tiny Bottles for Summer!

I have been seeing tiny bottles showing up everywhere lately. They have been used to hold many different types of items, including polymer clay mini food cane slices to lady bugs,  fish, sea turtles, mermaids and many other summer themed items. Here is a collection of some of the designs I found online. Most of

Makeshift Jewelry Findings

I just have to share these amazing and inventive items that people have thought up to use as bails and other jewelry findings! First, my all time favorite. Can you believe, well I guess so as you are seeing it…that part of a wooden clothespin can become what I would call a side pinch bail.

Miniatures are back…but in a new form!

You may not know this, but the first people to use polymer clay were miniaturists. I know this as in the beginning….well maybe not that far back, the only place I could find the clay was in hobby and train shops. It was used to create tiny people or greenery for model trains. Soon after

New Color Tuesday! Sunset Bronzes

May 2015-3

OK, it was pretty much a no-brainer, given my recent fascination with mixing pinks with greens, that I would have to try it with the new Premo! Accents Sunset Pearl. So I broke out my Bright Green Pearl (which is another color I seemed to have forgotten about lately) and did some mixing.  Wow!  The colors

A Workshop with Kathleen Dustin

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A Workshop with Kathleen Dustin   My home guild, the German Polymer Clay Guild polyclaykunst.de had arranged a workshop with Kathleen Dustin (April 24th – 26th, 2015). This workshop was one I have been looking forward to for a long time! I had meet Kathleen on two occasions earlier, but I had never taken a

Adorable Little Patriotic Flowers

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Creating in patriotic colors is always so much fun for Memorial Day in the late spring, the Fourth of July in mid-summer and then Veterans Day in the fall.  These adorable little patriotic flowers are fabulous to create an use in variety of fun ways.  To get started, you are going to need Sculpey III

New Color Tuesday – Blue Steel

May 2015-2

Okay, what is going on here?  I’m a self-proclaimed life-long hater of pink,  Hey, I had curly bright red hair when I as little and my Mother taught me to abhor pink because of it.  I still don’t like it, but I sure do like to mix with it!  This Sunset Pearl is amazing to

Sometimes things get a little HOT in my studio!

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Literally and figuratively speaking. This morning I was smelling something “electric” (if you ever did, you know what I mean!) near my work desk. I unplugged all my computer gear and tried to located where that smell came from. This really worried me since I know how quickly things can start burning (but that´s another

‘Switch’ things up a bit!

  I stumbled on this fabulous website with the best designs in switch plates that you could imagine! If you are like me, you have created many plates that just follow the shape of the plastic plate itself. Well it’s time to step outside the box. This leaf was my main inspiration. I love the

New Color Tuesday – Old and New Business

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First, I’ve got to show you the final panel of colors for last months Passion Flower image.  This was a fun month, because I got to get re-acquainted with the fluorescent clays.  Whenever you need to just pop a color a little brighter, think about reaching for one of these color.  Yellow Fluorescent and Pink

New Color Tuesday! Playing with Purples

Apr 2015-1

Whow!  Where did this month go?  This is the final posting for April (I almost wrote March- what the heck happened to THAT month?).  I will be in FLA hanging with Alice Stroppel when this posts and getting ready to drive to Fandango. Let’s get to it! First, one of my typical left turns, I

What I Like To Do To Stay Creative

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No matter if working with polymer clay is your hobby, your creative outlet or it is your art form, we are all not inspired at times. We feel we are doing the same old same old again and again and just have no ideas at one point. It happens to everyone. The point is: not

New Color Tuesday! Rich Woods

Apr 2015-3

Wow, Wow, Wow!  I *may* have mixed my all-time favorite color.  I’m mixing for the wooden fence background of the passion flower photo and I came up with really rich red-browns that almost like a non-metallic copper.                   As an old photo retoucher, I love the shadow

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

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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

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  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

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… 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,