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! Graphite Wrapup

Nove 2015-4

First, in case you missed it in the comments, I made a couple of pendants using the Graphite Pearl/Purple Pearl mix from last week as well as a Graphite Pearl/Souffle Latte mix. I really, really like the look of these!  Who says we have to be limited to metallics or black for a bezel?  The

New Color Tuesday! The Metallics

Nov 2015-4a

I decided that I wanted to see what effect the Graphite Pearl would have on other metallics in the Premo! Accents family.  Of course, I imagined that it would make them a darker version of their true selves, but naturally, I wanted to see if there were any surprises.  And the Purple Pearl surprised me

Not just for making hollow beads… Gretchen Amberg

Skull Bead (1)

The Hollow Bead Maker might just be the best thing since sliced bread and those of you who were previously using lightbulbs as a form for hollow beads probably agree.  Having a better tool has prompted me to do more work with hollow beads than I’d done in the past.  As I continue to play

Gobble Gobble Place Card Turkeys

Turkey Bake Shop Clay

These gobble gobble place card turkeys are adorable and fun to create.  Because they are simple, the project works well for beginners and kids alike.  I love this because not only is the completed masterpiece cute and festive but also practical. I used Sculpey’s Bake Shop to make these.  All of the pieces are hand

New Color Tuesday! Graphite Goes Green

Nov 2015-2a

Is it me or is November flying by? I’m mixing with Graphite Pearl this month and the results have been interesting.  I’m normally a brighter-the-better kind of gal, but I’m really liking some of these subtle colors that are mixing.  For instance, what if you want a Graphite that is just a “leeetle” brighter –

That Pesky Stuff Called Scrap Clay by Gretchen Amberg

I’m sure many polymer clay users out there can identify with the issue of having an abundance of scrap clay.  I personally don’t like the idea of just throwing clay in the garbage, and although I do manage to salvage some of it by working in “like colors”, I all too often end up with

Watercolor Inspiration – Rachel Hinderliter

watercolor polymer clay hearts

              I absolutely love painting with watercolors (if you follow me on Instagram you probably have already noticed this), and I especially love the beautiful effects that are created as the paint randomly scatters across the page.                 What’s great is that

New Color Tuesday: The Final Orange

Nov 2015-1

Mixing oranges last month was so interesting and just plain cheerful – all those oranges with hints of sunshine, warmth, tropical breezes.. So what am I going to mix this month?  Graphite Pearl!  Switch to cool, dark colors with a hint of metallic sheen – I’ve never been one to be consistent!   The first

New Color Tuesday! Ginger

Oct 2015-3

I think I have had more fun mixing oranges this month than any other month of mixes.  Orange is such a happy color for me – it reminds me of the sunsets that I love to photograph. And I didn’t forget my original quest for a ginger color.  I decided to see what Souffle colors

Halloween Miniatures by Nadia Michaux


          Halloween is my favourite event of the year! Every year I will make miniatures for Halloween using just polymer clay. Sweets and candy are important for this holiday and polymer clay miniatures can give that sugary effect.             These iced-sugar cookies are made from Sculpey

New Color Tuesday! Orange Pearl

Oct 2015-4

I have always wanted an Orange Pearl, but earlier attempts just didn’t have that zip that orange pearl should have.  Well, the new Premo! Accents  Sunset Pearl took care of that problem in a big way! 2 parts Zinc Yellow (or Cad Yellow) to 1 part Sunset Pearl is the prettiest, zippiest orange pearl…while a

Spooky Note Clips with a Matching Printable


These spooky note clips with a matching printable are awesome sauce adorable and really simple to create.  I used the Bake Shop clay because, well because I love it so much. To get inspiration, I consulted my portfolio. I used my fingers to hand mold all of the pieces then stuck large metal paper clips

Candy Inspiration by: Rachel Hinderliter

Sugarfina - Lines Across 2

Candy is so colorful and fun and has been a huge inspiration to me when working with polymer clay. I even share fun pictures of candy (with fellow artist Natasha of Violet Tinder Studios) on Instagram every week. We even created a fun hashtag #thecandyrainbow for sharing creative pictures of candy.        

New Color Tuesday! The Gingers

Oct 2015-2

  So I’ve been mixing trying to reach a ginger color I saw in an ice cream shop (ummm, I’d love to have that ice cream right NOW!) I’ve come close here with a 3 way mix of Cad Yellow, Cad Red and Zinc Yellow by adding a little white in the bottom two mixes.

Inspired by Braids by: Rachel Hinderliter

2 - fuschia 2

There are so many fun ways to braid your hair, or to use braiding to create beautiful jewelry or other crafts. I just love the texture and beautiful and interesting shapes that braiding creates.           Years ago (before I had ever picked up polymer clay) I saw this tutorial by Delighted

New Color Tuesday! The Oranges

Oct 2015-1

Earlier this Summer I was visiting in Denver with some clay friends and we stopped at the Union Station to get an ice cream.  They had a ginger ice cream that not only sounded yummy, but looked yummy – what a color!  I commented to my friends that it would be fun to mix a

Rainbow Inspiration by: Rachel Hinderliter

82 - clay hands

I am completely obsessed with colors, and although I love neutral tones and black and white, I especially love bright bold colors and seeing how they interact with each other.                 When I’m working on a project, I will spend so much time looking at and comparing colors

New Color Tuesday! The Teals Face Off

NCT Sep 2015-5

It was inevitable that the two Sculpey Teals would have to battle it out, right?  It doesn’t appear that the S3 Teal Pearl has too much effect on the super strong Peacock Pearl, but I really like the subtle differences it makes to the colors.  I really like that 1:1 mix – it appears to

New Color Tuesday! Go Green

NCT Sep 2015-4

Ahh, now this is what I like!  Unexpected color combinations.  I absolutely LOVE these three colors – these greens are a redheads delight! (But then, so are the two base colors – maybe that’s why I picked them!)  Now this is just my opinion, but I *think* that Souffle and S3 mix easier than Premo!

Watercolor Inspiration by: Rachel Hinderliter

20 - more watercolors

I absolutely love painting with watercolors (if you follow me on Instagram you probably have already noticed this), and I especially love the beautiful effects that are created as the paint randomly scatters across the page.             What’s great is that you can create a similar effect using polymer clay.

New Color Tuesday! The Blues

NCT Sep 2015-3

This wasn’t at ALL what I was expecting but then isn’t that why I do this? But I kind of like these color mixes.  Imagine one of these colors with a soft yellow or peach color or a vibrant purple like Souffle Royalty… Shoot even with Rhino Grey (Premo!) or Concrete (Souffle).  Alright, I’m really

Graphic Black & White a Style Statement by: Sherri Kellberg


  Black & White, It’s what’s on my work table this week! I love making mini canes in graphic black & white, lots of lines, swirls, checkerboards, dots & spots. My Kitty-Kat Teapot got the black & white treatment too!           Black & White is classic, crisp, and always in style!

New Color Tuesday! The Greens

NCT sep 2015-2

Oh it IS Tuesday!  Or as I used to call the Tuesday after a long weekend Second Monday. I personally could mix greens all day and love them all, so I love all these mixes.  I especially like how the Teal Pearl takes the Pistachio down just a notch in brightness in the 8P:1T mix.

New Color Tuesday! Teal Pearl Month

NCT Sep 2015-1

I’m starting with one of my most favorite colors to mix into last month’s featured clay, Opal.  The Teal Pearl is gorgeous in the Opal mixes, lending a soft tiny sparkle between the big, bold glitters of the Opal. YES, the Teal Pearl is Sculpey III YES, you can mix it into Premo or Souffle

Pandora’s Ring Box by Teresa Pandora Salgado

Teresa Blog- Box

Gift giving season is just around the corner; and, if you’re like me, a beautiful container makes any gift more fun to give. Polymer clay can make even the most ordinary box beautiful. Try this little one for starters and you’ll want to make them for everybody on your gift list.                 You will

New Color Tuesday! Opal Goes Red

NCT Aug 2015-4

Okay, big shocker here!  I DO NOT like the Sunset Pearl mix… this is the first thing I’ve mixed with the Sunset Pearl that I didn’t like and I thought it would be amazing..waa..waa I DO like the Sculpey III (S3) Princess Pearl and probably that Souffle So 80s in a 16:1 mix.  What do

Story Telling from the Cosmic Cafe


Wow, school is about to start again!  Having spent the summer with many of my teacher friends and fellow bloggers, I have been in many discussions about the value of children expressing themselves through story telling with imagination and creativity.  I dug into my licensing portfolio and put together a little story starter set for

New Color Tuesday! Bling Gets the Blues

NCT Aug 2015-3b

Yeah, try and pick just ONE of these mixes as your favorite! After about 3 weeks of looking at them, fondling them, letting them fall through my fingers like golden coins, I’ve decided that I love the Sculpey III (S3) Teal Pearl mix the most.   Once again, Row #2 is mixed 4 parts of Opal

Polymer Clay & Natural Elements by Sherri Kellberg


I love collecting shells, and making charm bracelets from polymer clay. I’ve combined the two into my Starfish & Florida shell bracelets. We have some gorgeous beaches here on the West coast of Florida, along with the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico! A perfect combination for fun in the Sun. As you

Stamp Creation and Beautiful Papers


Hi gang!  Kari McKnight Holbrook here~ I’ve been really thinking outside the box with my polymer clay lately, love using it as a tool rather than the finished work, and have found some THRILLING new ways to make stamps, printing and texture plates for my acrylic paintings and my gelli plate printing with clay!!!!  I’ve