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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.

New Color Tuesday- White or Off-White?

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I don’t know about you, but I seem to often be puzzling whether to add White (Igloo in Souffle-speak) or Off-White (Ecru in Premo-land, Sandcastle in Souffle-speak) to create my lighter intensity of a color. Generally, I feel that adding the White tone will create a more pastel effect, while adding the Off-White tone will

From Mess to Masterpiece…or Something like That

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Recently a newfound clay friend posted a picture of a neat little organizer that would keep each package of opened clay pristine & clean & easy to use. In the ensuing conversation, I said that I keep mine in a jumbled mess tossed willy-nilly into gallon-sized zip lock bags by color family (greens, blues, browns,

New Color Tuesday! Lagoons and Sandcastle

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I decided that I had been overlooking color mixing with the neutrals, so this month Lagoon is going to be mixing with both Sandcastle and Igloo.  I don’t know about you, but it’s often a hard decision for me to create a lighter color with a white or an off white.  So let’s see them

A Treasure from Germany

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It’s not like I could ever find anything with my kid’s names on them when they were little..Tahichi and Kojiro are not exactly common names in the USA (or Japan really either).  But look at what my dear clay friend Anke Humpert sent me from Germany! It’s one of her fantastic graffiti bracelets that says

Ireland Checks In

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My excitement to attend EuroSynergy in Malta was considerably dampened when I found out that my dear friend in Ireland, Angela Kent, would not be able to attend after all, due to her husband’s illness.  As soon as I returned home, I sent her the new tools and Souffle clay.  I was so surprised and

Sure Sculpey is great but………..

I got to finally meet Iris in person at my Guild's Clay ConneCTion 2014

Sculpey is great but the people who use it and love it are EVEN BETTER! I went to my 1st ever Clay ConneCTion Retreat! This event is hosted by my local guild. Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild. Here is our facebook page to see ALL the fun we had a the retreat . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Connecticut-Polymer-Clay-Guild/147294598697  

Broke it?

Sometimes things brake that we spent a lot of time making. Maybe it brakes becuase it is not properly cured or becuase we forgot to use Bake and Bond to adhere raw clay on to baked. I broke some pieces when i drilled them, they where layerd so now a days i use Bake and

New Color Tuesday! A Sea Adventure

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Okay, it’s not rocket science to guess that if you mix Pistachio with Lagoon, you are going to get some gorgeous sea colors.  I was surprised that they weren’t more on the blue side than they are.  That Pistachio is a pretty strong color!   So let’s say goodbye to our Pistachio and say hello

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

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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

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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