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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.

Bakeable Mixed Media Products

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All month I have been addressing the ever important question, “what can I use with polymer clay” here on the blog. Today we are going to discuss not what you can use on polymer, but what exactly polymer can go on… In other words, here’s a short list of things that can safely go in

New Color Tuesday: Spring Lawns Pt 4

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This was another unusual mix for me – I really didn’t have a clear path to the mix color I needed – and of course, I wanted to add my two color crushes, Ecru and Pomegranate, to the mixes to see what happened. I really like the mixes on the right side of the palette,

New Color Tuesday – Ugg to Ahhh Pt 1

Yes, indeed.  I’ve learned my lesson!  If I see a new color and think, “ugg”, it’s GUARANTEED that I will soon be cooing, “ahhh” about that very same color.  And yes, it’s happened AGAIN.  The new Souffle color Mocha didn’t impress me when I pulled my unextruded lump of Mocha out of the (treasure) box of

What is Polymer Clay Mixed Media?

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This month, I have been focusing on helping each of you understand how polymer clay might work and mix with other craft products. By definition, polymer clay that has anything done to it instantly becomes a “mixed media” project, piece, or design. So whether you add something on the surface of the clay or add it

New Color Tuesday: Spring Lawns Pt 3

Uncharted territory for me! Cool lavenders..

The week is the cool lavenders in the watercolor by my cousin, Doris Ettlinger.  I’m still continuing my exploration of Ecru – Julie Picarillo discovered Ecru eons ago and I’m just getting on the bandwagon.  And get out of here!  Premo! Periwinkle and Ecru 1:1 make the most beautiful deep grey!   Whaat??? But when

Meet Martin Pottjewijd

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Hi I am Martin Pottjewijd, I have my own graphic design company for 11 years now, designing in the digital world is really great but… I felt the need to create with my hands. About 8 years ago I wrote a wish list for Christmas and somehow I wrote polymer clay on this list. So

Products You Can Use on Polymer Clay

Products You Can Safely Use with Polymer Clay

Products You Can Use Safely with Polymer Clay This month I am taking some time to talk about mixed media. In order to make mixed media work for polymer clay, you have to know the things that do work and the things that don’t work. Today I’m going to help narrow down your search in the

New Color Tuesday! Spring Lawns Pt 2

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Oh yay!  I get to mix some oranges this week!  I do love my oranges.  I was curious to see if Ecru could temper the Pomegranate in a mix and indeed it does! It really prevented it from taking over the color mix. I have a riot of orange in my patio garden right now

Polymer Clay and Staying Organized

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Organizing Your Polymer Clay Studio   I don’t know about you, but one of the parts of crafting that is the hardest is becoming (and staying) organized. This month I’m going to be writing about a lot of mixed media applications for polymer clay that you may not have considered or thought to try before.

New Color Tuesday: Spring Watercolors Pt 1

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I selected another watercolor from my cousin, Doris Ettlinger, for my April NCT mixes. I love this watercolor, especially right now.  We’ve had some rain here in Southern California, followed by big sunny days.  Which means the weeds and grasses are about as high as this painting! I have no grass, having shifted to native

Spring is Here! by: Lee Kellogg

Or coming, or passed, depending on where you live. This is such an exciting time of year as the flowers come up and bloom. The air starts to warm and I am motivated to move outside, sketch and make art. It’s also a time when we tend to clean. Use those motivations to tidy up

New Color Tuesday! Spring Flowers Final

The March final with the mixes from each week and a few straight out of the package Premo! colors

ARgh!  I got myself all confused this month and didn’t present the colors in the order that they were on the photo.  Yeah, I couldn’t WAIT to show you some of the mixes and went out of order.  Anyway, I’m sad that I almost missed this mix, because I found it pretty darn fascinating when

New Color Tuesday: Spring Flowers Pt 3

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What the heck happened to March?  Here and gone it seems!  This week I was using two of the most offbeat colors in my clay cabinet.  By offbeat, of course, I mean, I forget that I have them until I rediscover them and love them until I forget them again. Does that make sense?  You

Color and Tonal Values by: Lee Kellogg

In polymer clay we sometimes get caught up in all the colors that we can use and start throwing them together without thought of how to show off one color or maybe two. I know I do. I love color and all things related to it, which is one reason why polymer clay is so

Spring has Sprung! by Nadia Michaux

Celebrate warmer days by making cute food miniatures inspired by signs of fresh new life.               Make sure you make plenty of painted Easter eggs (with just using scrap clay – you will get amazing effects) and prepare chocolate bunnies made from Premo Burnt Umber clay. Just make sure you

New Color Tuesday! Spring Flowers Pt 3

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I personally can’t believe that I waited TWO WEEKS to post this particular mix – it so freaked me out that I did post a small preview in Feb.  Who knew that Pomegranate was so talented that it could create all these different hues- I mean seriously – a purple hue, a peach hue and a cinnamon

Daily Art Habit by: Lee Kellogg

I like to do something creative every day. I really want to sketch and watercolor everyday, then clay. That would be ideal, but we don’t live in an ideal world. So I schedule and plan my creative times. Sketching is usually a quick 20 minute exercise that keeps my brain and hand in shape. I

Clay Easter Jewelry by: Laura Kelly Walters

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It’s springtime (well almost) and with the season comes Easter, baby animals and planting gardens.  Clay Easter jewelry is a fun way to create accessories to celebrate the season and have some crafty fun at the same time.  For all of these pieces, I used the Bake Shop clay. I used my art portfolio for

Creative Mornings by: Lee Kellogg

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This morning I attended a brief lecture at our local history museum on ethics and design. While I don’t consider myself a design professional, design is an important facet of our lives. The talk was part of the monthly lecture series put on by Creative Mornings (creativemornings.com). These talks happen all over the world. I

New Color Tuesday: Spring Flowers Pt 1

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Man, I love this medium. It just never ceases to amaze and entertain me. True, I’ve had days that were not fun with it, but I know those are temporary.  I still get excited/intrigued when I mix colors together.  To quote Alice Stroppel’s awesome husband, “Well, I didn’t expect THAT to happen!” This amazing watercolor

New Color Tuesday! The Valentines Flowers Wrap Up

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One final mix before the final wrap up mixes below!  I really like these colors (and I am allergic to pink), especially that first mix. I can see that color with some of the deep oranges I’ve been mixing and maybe a green? Anyway, here are the final selections for the photo! Since I skipped

New Color Tuesday! The Valentines Flowers Pt 3

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 Geez, I’m fickle… Last week I was all about Ecru and this week I’m back on the bandwagon with Premo! White.  I haven’t really experimented with Premo! Wisteria much as far as color mixing, but look at these lovely shades!  I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite, but I think the first and last

New Color Tuesday! The Valentine Flowers Pt 2

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Week Two of our Valentine Flower mixes.  I have to say that I’m surprised at some of the mixes that come out when Ecru is used.  For instance, this mix – which starts going decidedly peachy (a luscious peach too!) when Premo! Blush is mixed with Ecru.  Look at the difference in warmth between the

Valentine’s Day treats made with love and clay

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    For a polymer clay artist, celebrations are great since it lets us become creative with a particular theme. I was able to create a fantastic Valentine’s Day scene by making a variety of clay miniatures.           To make these mini sponge heart cakes, mix Ultralight clay with some colour

New Color Tuesday! The Valentine Flowers

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I thought it would be appropriate to use this photo I took several years ago of the bouquet that my boss received for Valentines Day from her husband. (Yes, I played with image in Photoshop!)  I also thought it would give me a good challenge if I selected colors that were not basic straight-out-of-the-package Premo!

New Color Tuesday – The Venetian Palette Part IV

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 Okay, this week was an easy one!  The last color in the palette was pretty much just Spanish Olive right out of the package, but since I had been experimenting with what Ecru does in a mix, I figured I would give it a go.  SO and E make a really nice soft green that

Hoppy Valentines Day Frog

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This Hoppy Valentines Day Frog is adorable and simple to create.   It is great for a little love gift or holiday decor. I used my designs for inspiration along with a new package of Bake Shop clay. To make the frog, I did the following… Roll the green around until it is soft then

New Color Tuesday – the Venetian Palette Part 3

I’m always ready to mix an orange color (although this is more of a wineish color) and I was equally fascinated with how different Ecru mixes in color combinations compared to White.  The colors will obviously be warmer, but I was surprised with how much darker they appear as well!  White really has a punch

New Color Tuesday Venetian Palette Part 2

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Trying to mix lovely soft yellows can be, well, trying, to say the least!  While I was aiming for that second color from the left, I didn’t realize that my printout was a little more magenta than this image is, so the colors are going to look a little skewed.  If I had it to

New Color Tuesday! Venetian Palette Part I

This one got a little tricky….It surprisingly became a showdown between Ecru and White.  So throughout this month, the mixes are going to be a little bit different than normal, showing what happens between these two colors. I know that makes no sense, but it hopefully will as the month progresses. This mix palette is pulled