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.

New Color Tuesday!

NCT Jun 2015-4

Well, I’ve returned from my adventure in Northern California just in time for NCT!  We had a great private retreat claying, beading, claying, swimming,  beading.  But after spending the week with 6 LARGE dogs (3 Bouviers, a Mastiff, a German Shorthair and a Golden Doodle) my dogs seem so small!  I actually have to bend

New Color Tuesday – Moody Blues

NCT June 2015-5

Wow! I literally have an emotional response to these colors.  I don’t know how to explain it, soothing? relaxing?  Since neither of those words are EVER in my physical or emotional catalog, this is pretty new territory for me. I feel like I’ve been to the spa just looking at these colors – I guess

Sculpey GIves Us Another Handy Tool


When I  heard about the Sculpey Clay Decals, my first thought was, “Intriguing, but why do I need them?” Now I need to clarify something – my first thoughts are most often proved wrong – by myself.  Yep, I have used these little guys so many times lately, I can see that soon I will wonder

New Color Tuesday! Wisteria Neutrals

NCT 2015-4a

So, today we are going to look at what happens when you mix Premo! Wisteria with neutrals – Pearl, Ecru and  Gold (for good measure and I’m always fascinated with Gold). We’ve learned before (hellow Peacock) that sometimes when you mix out a color with Pearl, you get a surprising end color.  The Peacock Pearl mix  ended

New Color Tuesday- It’s Wine Time!

NCT Jun 2015-2-2

 Now, I confess – I prefer a good craft-brew beer to wine, but I’ve been known to have a glass of wine with my neighbors (we do tend to have impromptu gatherings on each others yards from time to time).   I KNOW  these colors aren’t the deep rich red colors of many wines, but

Clever Cutting Tools!

Lego Cane Slicer

Now this is a new concept and quite ingenious! Someone came up with a DIY cane slicer made out of Legos. I could not find the inventor’s name, but the caption mentioned that Nina Fletcher shared this image on her Facebook page, and that she had found the photo on Cat Szetu’s Flickr gallery. Just looking at

New Color Tuesday! The Sunset Lingers

NCT June 2015-1a1

May quit on me before I was done mixing!  So, I’m going to start with a couple of mixes of  Premo! Accents Sunset Pearl with Premo! Accents White Gold and Yellow Gold.  The metallic sheen is so strong, I had to shoot from an oblique angle again so that the colors would really show!  And

Bracelets and Bangles and Cuffs…Oh My!

fruit salad

  When I think of summer, I think of wearing bracelets, cuffs and big bangles when I go out. Here are a few new styles I have come across. Distinguishing between a bracelet and a bangle is not a precise science. I found a simple explanation, “Bangles usually circular in shape, and unlike bracelets, are not flexible.”

Twist and Shout…

twist 1

    Sometimes the most simple twist of events, or in this case of clay, can make a good piece into a fabulous piece of art. These samples show some surface decorated sheets of polymer clay that in the end were twisted which added so much more interest! This beauty is by Lorraine Vogel of WiredOrchid.

Unique Displays PAY!


When people are wandering around a fair, they are probably going to see several jewelry booths. When they walk into them, if they see the same ol’ black velvet boxes and shapes, they may assume the jewelry is the same ol’ in each booth. Why not make yours stand out with displays out of the

New Color Tuesday! The Sunset Turns Golden

May 2015-4

For the final May mix (What happened to May!!!?! That was quick..)   Anyway, I can’t get 5 words without getting sidetracked apparently. And I did it again, sigh.. I wanted to see what the new Sunset Pearl would look like mixed with a metallic gold, so I picked 18K and started mixing. Not surprisingly,

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

belt buckle

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!

tiny people- commisioned of themselves

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

Kathleen Dustin and Anke Humpert

A Workshop with Kathleen Dustin   My home guild, the German Polymer Clay Guild 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


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!


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!

Think outside the plate!

  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

April final

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


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


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!


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


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


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


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