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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.

Somewhere Over The Clay Rainbow

Clay Rainbow Confetti Jar

Rainbows are so bright, colorful and fun to create.  This rainbow makes a great decoration for a jar but would also work fantastic as part of a wrapped gift, an ornament or the accent piece of a wreath.  I used my fave clay, Bake Shop, to make this one and had a ball doing it.

New Color Tuesday – Ugg to Ahhh Part 4

I got confused at the end of April and posted this first post too soon. In my defense, the broken foot, the wedding, the gall bladder..LOL Anyway, I think this is a special mix and I wanted to make sure that you all got a chance to see it!  Next week I’ll post my final

New Color Tuesday Uggg to Ahhh Part 3

There have been MANY times that I wanted a nice terra cotta color that wasn’t too dark, but still had a rich tone to it.  Well, it seems that I’ve found 4 of them by mixing Souffle Mocha and Cinnamon! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an old print retoucher and I see my favorite shadow

Contract Signed – Polly & Mur

We are excited to announce the return of Polly & Mur! Looking forward to see whats next for the duo from Martin Pottjewijd stay tuned!

New Color Tuesday – Uggg to Ahhh Part 3

May 3

Oh now this one was pretty fun!  Both of these colors are trending home decor colors – the Mocha for a neutral and the Pistachio or “that pop of color”.  The first line of mixes creates some colors that I’m at a loss to describe – I guess most people would call them “muddy greens”

Anglian Polymer Clay Guild Recap by Nadia Michaux

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Last year I wrote about my Anglian Polymer Clay Guild meet-up. We are a group of polymer clay enthusiasts based around East Anglia (in Great Britain) and we do a bi-monthly gathering to share demonstrations (and support each other in the craft). For the most recent meet-up, we decided to call it the ‘Colour Workshop’

New Color Tuesday – Ugg to Ahhh Part 2

May 2

As I said last week, I always “think” I dislike a new color, only to have it become one of my favorites.  This month I’m sharing why that happened with the new Souffle Mocha. I wanted to see how well two of the new Souffle colors played with each other and I wasn’t disappointed.  ALL of

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

May 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?

Polymer Clay & Mixed Media

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