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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!

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I have always really liked the soft blues (almost violets) that you can get by mixing Premo! Ultramarine Blue with Premo! White.  So naturally, I like all these colors!  I picked up a Premo Accents Frost White Glitter instead of the regular white and just as I went to toss it back into my Premo

What a Difference a Day Makes

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What a Difference a Day Makes by Teresa Pandora Salgado As a caner, I often set aside several days to blend, build and assemble millefiore elements. That’s all well and good I suppose, since the payoff eventually comes in the form of a nice complex cane; but, then I’ve got to start the actual project.

New Color Tuesday! 6 Shades of Sunshine

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I was going to put this with last weeks Premo! Cad Yellow/Fuchsia mixes, but I thought it would be a lot to look at.  So I decided to present these beautiful colors in their own week. I’ve added Ecru to the mix this week.  As I’ve discovered, Ecru doesn’t just soften a color mix out,

Valentine’s Day with Clay!

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Here is a special Valentine’s Day present. A miniature chocolate box and roses, it’s a gift that won’t make you fat and won’t die. I love making miniature flowers and thought this was the perfect time for red roses. The chocolates were made following a demo at the January meeting of the North Texas Polymer

Clay Thoughts

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Belonging to a polymer clay guild can be a great way to learn new techniques and push yourself to expand your creative world.  The guild I belong to has several swaps a year.  We are given a theme then it is up to each individual to interpret.  You make four items three to share and

New Color Tuesday – The Tropical Pinks

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I’m still working on the sunset colors here and I’m aiming for those orange colors there this week.  I also thought it would be fun to mix Premo!  Cad Yellow with Premo!  Fuchsia to whip up all kinds of tropical colors!  (actually, what I need to do is finally learn to spell Fuchsia the first

For the Love of Junque

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For the Love of Junque by Teresa Pandora Salgado I remember when Re-purposing was called Recycling. I think recycling was a better word, because our trash and treasures really do go through a cycle, don’t they? The pen holder shown here is a Knott’s Berry Farm jam jar that I lost the lid to. The

New Color Tuesday-Endless Summer

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    I realized that I had really trashed the color Yellow last month and it was weighing on my little clay heart, so I had originally decided to mix with Yellow this month.  Then the first mixes I did, I realized were sunset colors.  Well, hey. I take sunset photos.  So why not pull

New Color Tuesday: The Moroccan Wrapup

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Welcome to NCT on Thursday. (see? If I use only the initials for New Color Tuesday, it can be used for a special Thursday edition!) Alright, here are my picks for the Moroccan palette.  I wasn’t originally a fan of the minty green on the top right, but I knew I had already mixed it

New Color Tuesday Part II: The Moroccan Souffle

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I felt like I had rather slighted the Souffle clays when I nonchalantly mentioned at the beginning of the month that I didn’t need to make mix charts for the Souffle colors because they WERE the Moroccan colors already.  They are jewely colors right out of the package.  But I decided to do a color

New Color Tuesday Part I: The Moroccan Blues

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(I typed that title and immediately tried to wrap my head around what Moroccan blues music would sound like. Still got the head tilted on that one!) This is going to be a busy week for the NCT blog.  Not only am I presenting the last of the color groups for the Moroccan theme, but

Playing in the Scrap Pile

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I looked at last week’s mix scraps from the Moroccan red/orange group and I couldn’t just let them sit there.  I really liked this soft purple color that was mixed- it reminds me of Turnip in Souffle (actually, it COULD be Turnip, since it’s in the scrap heap!).  I got these great earring findings at

New Color Tuesday! The Moroccan Greens

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I’m love me some greens!  These were really fun, but I have to say that I didn’t get any color really that I may like better than Premo! Spanish Olive.  I also have a little bonus Bright Green Pearl mix at the end of this.  I also have to say bear with me as I

Embracing the Hideous

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Embracing the Hideous Teresa Pandora Salgado Keep this to yourself, ok? Sometimes I make some truly ugly canes. No lie, my friends. I blend and blend and reduce and reduce and combine and combine and I manage to create something not only underwhelming, but downright grotesque. Such was the case with the cane used in

What’s Black and White and Cool All Over?

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What’s Black and White and Cool All Over? By Teresa Pandora Salgado We live in a world of wonder and abundance…well, clay-wise that is; and that’s good enough for me! I love having the choice between making complex cane projects that require hours of work, to quick creations that require nothing but clay and cool

Sculpey Soufflé- The Chameleon of Clay

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Sculpey Soufflé-The Chameleon of Clay Right off the bat I’ll admit it. Thoughts of polymer clay and its particular properties dominate way too many of my waking hours. Here’s my rationale, though: I could be worrying about lots of other stuff I can’t control, like climate change, cybercrime, and the catastrophic caloric content of Pop

New Color Tuesday! The Moroccan Reds

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I know, I know, there are also oranges and yellows.  The Moroccan Warm Tones then?  I love every single color in this palette.  I started with Premo! Raw Sienna then mixed with Premo! Cad Red, Orange and Cad Yellow.  I”m going to split each color mix out individually, so let’s get started shall we?  

Who Doesn’t Love Images?

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Who Doesn’t Love Images? Over the years there have been many image transfer techniques developed. Allow me to share two newer ideas for you to try. The first is simple rub-on transfers. You will need to bake a flat or domed white clay piece as your base. This keeps the colors true. These “PARTY TIME”

The Cane Mutiny: Bending Millefiore

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The Cane Mutiny: Bending Millefiore by Teresa Pandora Salgado I love to cane. If not for incidentals such as bathing, eating and sleeping, I’d make cane 24/7. I think it’s because I’m a rebel (ok, a rebel with OCD). I need constant opportunities to experiment and grow, and that’s what millefiore caning allows me to

New Color Tuesday: The Marsalas

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Pantone has announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala, which is a gorgeous color that goes so well with so many different color palettes.  Plus, it can be metallic or non-metallic.  If you don’t like to mix colors, Premo! Accents Bronze, right out of the package is a pretty darn close

Molded Brooch For All Seasons

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Molded Brooch For All Seasons by Shirley Rufener Have you ever thought of using some of your vintage jewelry to make molds from, and then casting polymer clay replicas of the design? That is how I created this festive brooch. Even though I’ve used holiday colors you can change those to soft Spring pastels, bright tropical hues or

What to do When I Have the Flu?

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Written by: Miranda Farrand What to do when I have the flu…well; make a crazy critter or ten. My new year rang in like many others I’m sure, sick and feverish laying in bed. I certainly didn’t want to start the first day of a new year that way but apparently the flu bug thought

RING in the New Year!

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What better way to start the off the year than to have some fun making some rings! They are small so they are not too time consuming and the best part is that you can often use left over pieces from past projects. I use the Sculpey bezels as my pattern by turnng it over

2015 Sculpey Design Squad

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Introducing the 2015 Sculpey Design Squad! Learn more about these talented clayers by clicking on their names: 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

Super Easy Bell Flowers

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I just want to show you how easy it can be to make some nice bell flowers. Just make a sheet of clay in your favorite colour , mabye a skinner blend or just a one toned sheet. Use the round cutters to punch out circles,any size you want. Roll them up in one end

New Color Tuesday – the Top Ten of 2014

#10 All the Mai Tai mix colors from July

I seem to careen along a creative highway zooming from one challenge to the next, one design to the next, one technique to the next and I don’t often look back. Like that project or post? Too bad, because I’m already zooming off to new ideas and hopefully, new frontiers. Call for Proposals to teach

Creative Map #4 How Hard Can It Be?

Creative Map #4

Just thought I would pop in and share some of the stuff I’ve been trying to work on when I have a few moments during the holidays.  As you know, I’ve been OBSESSED with mixing the Moroccan colors for the NCT in January.  I started by mixing the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala.  Well,

Sculpey’s Top 3 Most Popular Projects of 2014!

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In case you missed these, here are our three most popular projects of 2014.  Just click on the image to go directly to the project. Enjoy!  

New Color Tuesday -Green Gets the Blues

Premo! Green, Ultramarine Blue and Turquoise

For my final Green mix I decided to try some blues.  I expected to produce some really pretty teals and greens, but not so much with the Ultramarine Blue.  Since I’ve been on such a Turquoise kick, I added a little Turquoise into the mix.  Now THERE are some pretty colors! That last mix with

Premo Penguin debuts on TV!

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Premo Penguin debuts on TV! Have you heard of Bubble Gum necklaces? I hadn’t until my niece (a teacher) saw some of her young students wearing them to class. They are chunky beaded necklaces for baby girls-up through adults really-that are adorable! They aren’t hard to make and many are showing up with polymer clay