Design Squad

Introducing the 2013-2014 Sculpey Design Squad

Karolina Söderberg - Melanie Muir - Miranda Farrand - Carole Monahan-Kamfe – Syndee Holt
Patti Kimle - Shirley Rufener - Niki Meiners -Kari McKnight-Holbrook - Gretchen Amberg

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.

Another Creative Map of My Brain

This is today's map, starting with a piece from last week's map.

Ok, last week I created this map of my clay musings.  I limited my colors and my tools (okay, my 7 working fingers did that part!). The arrows indicate how the designs evolved. Believe it or not, Friday I actually found a shirt in my drawer that I can NO jewelry to match!  Well, okay,

Trying My Hand at Teaching


Have I ever mentioned that I love my jobs? Wife, mother, artist and…administrative work at a local retirement community. When I got the opportunity to combine my clay passion with spending time having fun with the elders that I get to serve at my day job, it was a truly heart-warming experience. My good friend,

Pantone Colors For Spring 2015

pantone color of the year 2015

I looked up the Pantone colors for next Spring and lo and behold – it reads like a color chart of Souffle! Look, there is Bluestone (my favorite), Seaglass, Lagoon, Sandcastle, Pumpkin, Pesto, Latte and Concrete. I just may have to try to mix that sea foam color on the top row, that blush color

Trying to sculpt cute.


I mostly make jewellry but i really love all those little cute animal sculputers that you all make. When i try to make some they end up not so cute. Today we had a go me and my girl at making some cutness. We made some snowmen together and i must say that they actually

NEW Color Tuesday – 2ups and 3ups


 Okay, I know that you all know that Bluestone is my very favorite Sculpey Souffle color, but LOOK at the Bluestone Premo! Accents Copper mixes!  I love every single mix here, I can’t even pick a favorite!  What classy colors they are.   And since I got carried away with color mixing this month, here

10 Tricks for Etch n’ Pearls

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I had the Etch n’ Pearl tools in my toolkit for the longest time before I actually realized their full potential. I thought that they were cool pokey things with funny ends on them (sounds familiar right?). Then I had the chance to see my fellow Sculpey teammates, Amy Koranek and Patti Kimle, use the

My Creative Map

brain 1 w arrows

 I decided last weekend to do another study like I did with the cutter bracelets last year. The way I do my challenges is to decide on a creation type – bracelet or pendant, etc. and then nominate the tools that can be used in all the projects.  This time I also limited myself to

New Color Tuesday – the Neutrals


It’s always a challenge for me to find the right neutral for my project.  Sculpey Souffle has wonderful neutrals with Concrete for a cool neutral and Sandcastle and Latte for warm neutrals.  I generally tend to grab the Latte for my warm neutral, but lately I’m finding that the Sandcastle is a gorgeous mixing color.

Clay TV shows

Besides teaching all over the country this year, last month I was lucky enough to go and film for Craft Daily TV!  I had a ball, and in about 2 months, I will be excited to see the finished shows- some of which were using Sculpey Souffle’ clay! I was a little nervous at first,

Where has the year gone???

Hi gang!  Kari McKnight Holbrook here!  Oh my goodness!  I cannot believe it is November already!!  I thought for sure I would have an entire cabinet full of finished projects by now!  However, I find myself looking at the calendar and how close Christmas is and am a bit panicked!  I love to give holiday

New Color Tuesday – Thar’s Gold!


I am having so much fun with Premo! Accents Copper, I decided to mix it this month with Sculpey Souffle and see what happens.  Since my broken arm prompted me to get a motor for my pasta machine, I went a little overboard on the mixing.  So we are going to pretend like there are

A sister can deliver too!


My girl 4½ year old was only 3 years old when she made her first polymer clay piece and not long ago she started making her own toys. Her younger brother right now has a fascination for fire trucks, he loves them and even sleeps with all his firetrucks. So she decided to make him

New Color Tuesday with Mix Recap

Oct 4

Well, now isn’t that interesting?  Usually the four mixes look like variation of a similar color. Premo! Accent Copper and Premo! Turquoise mixes look like four very distinct colors. And, as usual, I don’t know which one I like best. Although….that 4C/1T mix makes a pretty rich looking bronze that would make a wonderful bezel

Sunset Synergy Across the Sea

bluestone pendants

(say THAT 3 times quickly!) Earlier this week I was working on the New Color Tuesday (NCT) for November and I just had to try this Skinner Blend of Sculpey Soufflé Bluestone and Premo! Accents Copper. Bluestone is my all time favorite clay color, so I’m a little stoked about this blend.   I posted

EEK! It’s a Spider Celebrating the Halloween Popcorn Box Party

Sculpey Popcorn BOx SC

This is the second year of the Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party where designers create boxes and share their creativity in an online party.  Check out what you can do with a little Sculpey III… This one features an adorable clay spider made with Scupley III clay that I designed and shared on a tutorial

New Color Tuesday- With 2 Olives Please

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When I was in Spain, I could have lived on ham, bread and olives.  In fact, I think I tried to! Big olives, tiny olives, most of them green olives.  This  Premo! Spanish Olive  color makes me crave olives!  So I wanted to see what would happen when I mixed it with Premo! Accents Copper.

No sew Pumpkins with Sculpey Polymer Clay stems

Sculpey Pumpkin stems - New sew fabric pumpkins

Create stems for your no sew decorative pumpkins with Sculpey Polymer Clay.  These pumpkins are pretty quick and easy to make.  You do not even have to sew.    If you know how you could, but with my special tip you will not have to sew. This is a front view of the stems. Material

Polymer fascination.


A little while ago i was selling at a local small fair or market. First of all i forgot all my displays at home, i had with me only my designs, a table and the boxes that i carry the stuff in.  I realized this when i already was to far from home. But it

Orange You Glad It’s New Color Tuesday?


Ok, sorry for the bad pun in the title, but I couldn’t help it! I’m excited this week, this is like TWO uncharted territories for me – Premo! Accents Copper and Premo! Orange.  I don’t mix a lot with orange, other than maybe a little yellow or white.  I love the mixes with Copper, they

New Color Tuesday – Mining Copper


Okay, so I’m sort of fascinated (fixated?) with Premo! Accents Copper this month.  Originally, I was going to do 2 weeks of Premo! mix and 2 weeks of Souffle mix, but I got so intrigued with the Premo!  I am doing the whole month with Premo! First up is Copper mixed with Premo! Accents Purple

Notes from the Prescott Retreat

doll victoria

First of all, they have the BEST venue EVER!  It’s a rustic camp, but the amenities!  If you didn’t want to hike the 1/2 mile to the chow hall, they sent a bus.  And every evening, a tray of fresh cookies magically appeared! All the artists attending get a FULL TABLE to themselves!  Ahhh, room

My favorite things

pewter necklace

My favorite things made with Sculpey brands of polymer clay is a collection of things I have saved on pinterest because want to try to make some version of it or try the technique. First up is a Sock Monkey, not only is it adorable just because it is a sock monkey, but it is

He”art”felt Expressions


One of my greatest joys as an artist is the sharing of my love of art with my children. My youngest child never misses an opportunity to deliver custom-made “to: Mommy-mail”. She recently paired up a polymer clay heart that she made (age 6) with a letter that she wrote to me. Needless to say,

New Color Tuesday! It’s All About Copper

sep 5

So I’ve just unpacked my clothing from my trip to the fantastic Arizona Polymer Clay Guild retreat in Prescott (more on that later!).  My clay stuff is waiting for me to unpack in the garage.  It was funny when I crossed the state line back into California, they always have a check station to see

Boo! It’s Claytime Playtime with Halloween Tic Tac Toe

Sculpey TTT

I LOVE the autumn season and get a little crazy when it comes to creating projects, games and fun for Halloween.  This claytime playtime Halloween Tic Tac Toe is so simple and fun to make…and to play! I used Pluffy clay for this creation. I rolled the orange into 5 small balls and then pushed

PC workshop.


Something really cute happend here! My girl has a best friend , they love to play together and when her friends visits they are really busy. They are playing and talking about life. They have so funny discussions and i really enjoy listening to them. Both are 4 years old so you can probably guess

Homemade Texture Tool

I’m pretty sure it comes from necessity, that as a mother, I need to be able to cram a lot of tasks into a small amount of time. When it comes to my critter sculpting it’s no different. I made this simple texture tool from left-over scrap clay and 20 gauge craft wire. I’ve used

New Color Tuesday: Lagoon and Metallics


By now you know that I tend to get fascinated with a color and go crazy with it for a couple of days (or weeks) before the next infatuation.  So far, my longest infatuation is with Sculpey Soufflé Bluestone, but as usual, I’ve run out of it.  So, look what magically appeared on my worktable…18k

White, white, white!


Very often i see the question about how to keep white clay, white. It seems to be a problem for so many. It can be done, you can make super white creations. First of all it is the same for all things and that is actually, practice! I would like to share with you how

How to Fix a Boo-Boo

Boo-Boo Turkey

It happens to the best of us. You get in a hurry and forget to check for air bubbles that sometimes form between your clay and the armature of your critter body. Everything looks okay on the surface of things, then the next thing you know, you’re pulling a critter out of the oven that