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.

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


  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!

gingham bracelet final

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

Sunset colors

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


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


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

stained glass 2

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

Teal Hollow Set

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

Contrast finished project

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

Feb 2 fuschia

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

Johnny's Set

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

Mix finals

    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

New Color Tuesday: The Moroccan Wrapup

Jan 4 FINALsm

UPDATE:  The blue hue has been changed to the correct name,  Cobalt Blue! Welcome to NCT on Thursday. (see? If I use only the initials for New Color Tuesday, it can be used for a special Thursday edition!) Alright, here are my picks for the Moroccan palette.  I wasn’t originally a fan of the minty

New Color Tuesday Part II: The Moroccan Souffle

Jan 4 Souffle all

I felt like I had rather slighted the Souffle clays when I nonchalantly mentioned at the beginning of the month that I didn’t need to make mix charts for the Souffle colors because they WERE the Moroccan colors already.  They are jewely colors right out of the package.  But I decided to do a color

New Color Tuesday Part I: The Moroccan Blues

Jan 4 blue all

(I typed that title and immediately tried to wrap my head around what Moroccan blues music would sound like. Still got the head tilted on that one!) This is going to be a busy week for the NCT blog.  Not only am I presenting the last of the color groups for the Moroccan theme, but

Playing in the Scrap Pile

NCT moroccan earrings sm

I looked at last week’s mix scraps from the Moroccan red/orange group and I couldn’t just let them sit there.  I really liked this soft purple color that was mixed- it reminds me of Turnip in Souffle (actually, it COULD be Turnip, since it’s in the scrap heap!).  I got these great earring findings at

New Color Tuesday! The Moroccan Greens

Jan 3 Greens all

I’m love me some greens!  These were really fun, but I have to say that I didn’t get any color really that I may like better than Premo! Spanish Olive.  I also have a little bonus Bright Green Pearl mix at the end of this.  I also have to say bear with me as I

Embracing the Hideous


Embracing the Hideous Teresa Pandora Salgado Keep this to yourself, ok? Sometimes I make some truly ugly canes. No lie, my friends. I blend and blend and reduce and reduce and combine and combine and I manage to create something not only underwhelming, but downright grotesque. Such was the case with the cane used in

What’s Black and White and Cool All Over?


What’s Black and White and Cool All Over? By Teresa Pandora Salgado We live in a world of wonder and abundance…well, clay-wise that is; and that’s good enough for me! I love having the choice between making complex cane projects that require hours of work, to quick creations that require nothing but clay and cool

Sculpey Soufflé- The Chameleon of Clay


Sculpey Soufflé-The Chameleon of Clay Right off the bat I’ll admit it. Thoughts of polymer clay and its particular properties dominate way too many of my waking hours. Here’s my rationale, though: I could be worrying about lots of other stuff I can’t control, like climate change, cybercrime, and the catastrophic caloric content of Pop

New Color Tuesday! The Moroccan Reds

Jan 2 Reds all

I know, I know, there are also oranges and yellows.  The Moroccan Warm Tones then?  I love every single color in this palette.  I started with Premo! Raw Sienna then mixed with Premo! Cad Red, Orange and Cad Yellow.  I”m going to split each color mix out individually, so let’s get started shall we?  

Who Doesn’t Love Images?

party time

Who Doesn’t Love Images? Over the years there have been many image transfer techniques developed. Allow me to share two newer ideas for you to try. The first is simple rub-on transfers. You will need to bake a flat or domed white clay piece as your base. This keeps the colors true. These “PARTY TIME”

The Cane Mutiny: Bending Millefiore


The Cane Mutiny: Bending Millefiore by Teresa Pandora Salgado I love to cane. If not for incidentals such as bathing, eating and sleeping, I’d make cane 24/7. I think it’s because I’m a rebel (ok, a rebel with OCD). I need constant opportunities to experiment and grow, and that’s what millefiore caning allows me to