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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.

Lilies of the valley.

I made a post some time ago here in this blog and i asked if you like me loved cherry blossoms, now i will ask- “Don´t you just love Lilies of the valley?” A friend of mine that is a talanted jewellrymaker asked me about a year ago to make her Lilies of the valley

New Color Tuesday! Pistachio Goes Retro

August 3

So today, Pistachio is going retro and mixing with So 80′s.  Last week I mixed Turnip, which is in the same family as So 80′s. It’s kinda amazing to me that I’ve mixed two colors on the pink/purple side of the family with Pistachio and the mixes are so totally different. We’ve made it a

Baby wipes tips.

  Something is wrong for shure! It is quiet! I´m home alone! The kids are out with their dad and my brother looking for a new/used car for my brother, this is very rare, me home alone i mean. So here i am sitting by the computer  clean ( just showerd) and fed thinking about

Print Your Photos

 Are you like me? Taking lots and lots of photos? The only problem is that when i sit at my clay table i forget about them. My advice to you is to print them and spread the photos around your work area. This way you can always see them and get inspired over and over

Syn’s Photo Tip: Add a Signature

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Have you noticed the Polyform logo or my name on recent photos I’ve posted here?  That’s because I made a custom brush in Photoshop with the logo and one with my name.  Tricky right?  Actually, it’s really stupid simple and takes about 15 seconds. (Okay, it take ME about 2 minutes to pick the font

Ending Inspiration “Week”

Almost 2 weeks ago i declared a inspiration week but i just have to much of it in my head so i went on. But it is time to wrap it up . The bottom line is that we can find inspiration all around us, it is more about how you look than what you

New Color Tuesday!

Okay, I’ve got the right color names on the photo and the right mixes on the right day..this time! I thought I would throw a curveball at Pistachio by mixing it with Turnip, but instead, it threw ME a curveball!  I love the colors! I especially love the taupe and khaki color produced by the

Cakes!

Cakes! Not only sweet and tasty, but a great source of inspiration! I just love looking at cakes but i´m not a fan of eating them actually, except for chocolate ones that is. Some are very beautiful and graceful and as they often are made for very special occasions, they are made with great care.

Plant inspiration.

One obvious source of inspiration is all the beautiful plants around us. Some have great textures, others stunning colours. Somewhere I read that green goes with every colour because natures colours are almost always mixed with green, maybe that is true. Again your mobile phone with a camera is your best friend. Flowers are ofcourse

Attacking and sneaking

I have no problems attacking people I know with my phone. Taking photos that is, not whacking them on the head with it. But with strangers it is more difficult so sneaking is better or making your partner do it for you. Why on earth would I want to take photos of strangers? Only one

New Color Tuesday! It’s Pistachio Month

Aug 1

NOTE: Blog is updated to correct color on the photo! So how many times have I said “color me surprised” in this New Color Tuesday blog?  Like 39 times?  Well, here is another one.  My mix color this month is Souffle Pistachio, which I will characterize as a cheerful, light color with no real bold

“Inspiration week”

    I would like to declare this week “Inspiration week”! Why? Becuase i always say that inspiration is everywhere, at least it is for me and i´m sure you find it in places where nobody else does. I have an example, not so much inspiring me to create anything specific and not really clay

Gotta Love These Teardrop Cutters!

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I know my blog month just ended, but I had to share one more thing I just made this afternoon.  Once again, the Sculpey Nested Teardrop Cutters showed me a new design as I was cleaning up my table.  Well don’t you know I sat right down and pulled out the clay again?  LOL  Cowboy

School Time Sculpey Clay Organizer Jars

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Wowza, where did the summertime go?  It’s crazy to believe but it is already time to be thinking about getting ready to go back to school.  In our house that means we are organizing and shopping for supplies first because we LOVE that part best.  We also love to take our new teachers fun things

New Color Tuesday – Correction and More Colors!

July 6

So I just turned over my color chips from this week’s New Color Tuesday and saw that they were actually 6:1 mixes, not 4:1 mixes, so here is the CORRECT image! And since I had blathered on about “oh, wouldn’t this mix look great with Key Lime or Turnip?” I decided to punch some clay

New Color Tuesday – One More Week

July 6

Oh SURPRISE syndee!  There are FIVE Tuesdays in July!  Here I was bidding a fond farewell to Souffle Mai Tai and welcoming Souffle Pistachio as my August color mixer and we still have one more week in July!  Actually I’m happy about that, because there was one mix I didn’t try and that was Mai Tai

IPCA Arches International Retreat Demo

I’m demoing at the International Retreat next month and I’ve agonized all week on how to get all of what I want to demo into one photo.  Trying to pick just ONE photo of what I’m going to demo is tough! The new Souffle clay has proved to be an excellent surface for paints, inks

New Color Tuesday!

July 5

Today we are saying goodbye to our ” color of the month”, Mai Tai, and introducing our new “color of the month” for August, Pistachio!  So why not see what they do when mixed?  My first thought was that they mixed to “cookie colors” (you know the colors of fresh baked cookies…yummmm).  Then I went

One thing leads to another.

I was asked to make earrings with violets and i did, then i posted a photo of them on Facebook and somebody else wanted to have a pair. Then again somebody wanted a pair with a necklace so i made that too and posted that online. That lead to yet another request, a braclelet, made

New Color Tuesday! The Red Zone

July 4

So today, we are going to get a quick 2fer with Souffle Mai Tai mixing with Turnip and So 80′s.  They are all in the same red family, but they created some pretty cool hues! Speaking of hues, I think that the Turnip mixes look like warm hues and the So 80′s mixes look like

So, What’s on YOUR Clay Table?

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A friend just texted me, “I know you are probably at your clay table – what are you working on?”  So I thought I would share.. First, here is a little Zentangle I drew that I transferred to Souffle and Premo and baked on the hollow dome.  I think that the little ones will become

Time to go nocturnal?

The heat has arrived and with that soft clay. How does one deal with that? Ice under the table? Maybe there is tables that cool themself? Running between the fridge and the studio? Smacking up not only a oven in the bedroom but a fridge too? No! Let´s go nocturnal, let´s forget about our social

New Color Tuesday – Mixing Insanity!

July 3

Ok, I admit to “occasionally” getting carried away with my clay…like 2.8 out of 3 times I step out into my Deluxe Designer Studio. But this week I got so excited over the color mixes, well, I just couldn’t stop myself.. So today, we are getting two mixes: Souffle Mai Tai and Sea Glass and

Some Say This Should Be Illegal!

cutters bent

So, I was mucking out my studio a couple of days ago and accidentally stepped on a cutter and bent it slightly.  Once I got everything back in order, I came across the wounded cutter and thought about trying to reshape it back to it’s original circle.  Then I had another idea.  I grabbed my

New Color Tuesday! Let’s Do Mai Tais..

July 1

In honor of the Summer season, let’s do Mai Tais!  Sculpey Souffle Mai Tai mixes that is! The Souffle Mai Tai is a little bit of a mystery to me.  When I roll a piece out and look at it carefully in the light, I swear I see a mica sheen in there..but then again

It feels great to deliver!

It is the greatest feeling as a parent to be able to make wishes come true and thanks to polymer clay very often i can do that. I can make a necklace with their favorite character, a wall decoration with cars and many other things. And yesterday i could grant her wish about becoming a

craft show idea

It’s been more than 4 years since I’ve done a retail craft show, but this spring, I decided to do one at my local botanical garden.  It’s coming up fast!  The show allowed applicants to pick an indoor or an outdoor booth.  I chose indoor!  At least I won’t have to worry about the weather. 

Cherry blossom

    Don´t you just love the cherry blossom? I do! I made something for my self wich i very rare. I love the teal colur so i mixed in some green with turquise and made pink flowers. Not to complicated and the pink really pops against the teal. I made it as wide as

New Color Tuesday – It’s a 2fer!

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So I thought that there were FIVE Tuesdays in June, but there are five Mondays and four Tuesdays.  We get a 2fer today, because I couldn’t just pick between the remaining two color mixes. First up is Souffle Sea Glass and Premo! Accents Gold: A little similiar to the Jade earlier, but 2 pt Sea

Adding strength

  Do you like to make rings or earrings from delicate flowers? Then you know that even if Premo is a strong clay, the flowers can break if they caught in something.           This might help you solve that, use Translucent liquid Sculpey (TLS) on the back. Make the TLS go