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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! Sparkling Granite

July 2015-3

I have never done a NCT with Premo! Accents Grey Granite before and, frankly, I’m amazed that I haven’t! And now I’m really, really glad I did! The mixes proved to be most interesting! I can imagine these mixes being used as interesting accent pieces on boxes or even bezels for faux stones.  The August

Sculpt miniatures and turn them into accessories! by Nadia Michaux

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I have sculpted plenty of miniatures in my lifetime and they are usually made for dollhouse hobbyists and dolls.           If you are not interested in dollhouses or dolls, you can always turn the miniatures into wearable accessories. These accessories make great gifts for food lovers or anyone who fancies quirky

Iced Sugar Cookies using Premo Cutters by Nadia Michaux

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Let’s make these beautiful mini Iced Sugar Cookies using Premo Mini Metal cutters and TLS icing!                                                                                

Psychedelic Snail Cane by Teresa Pandora Salgado

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Try this easy cane with stacks of different colors, shades of the same color, or even pearls and translucents divided by white. You’ll want to build it big for easy slicing and lots of experimentation. I suggest a full package of each color. Works great with Souffle, Premo or, as in this example, both!  <3

New Color Tuesday! Sparkling Wine Anyone?

July 2015-4

Again with a color I don’t use much! Souffle Bordeaux is such a RICH color and I often bypass it for Turnip.  But today, I decided that it would be our mix color for the week and what a mixer it turned out to be!  When it was mixed with all 3 colors every single

Sculpey as a Household Tool by syndee holt

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We all joke that you can do anything with Sculpey, so I thought I would show you some of my recent “fixes” with Sculpey.  First, my gate latch.  I got tired of it not closing (when we slam it), so I put a little bit of baked, extuded clay in the back of it so

Fairy Wing Earrings by Teresa Pandora Salgado

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I’m crazy about Premo White Translucent. I’ve used it in all kinds of projects, from sculpture to caning; but the easiest things to do with translucents are tinting and silk screening. This easy project will use those techniques and have you dreaming up all kinds of variations. Have fun and make several pairs. Everyone will

New Color Tuesday-Sparkling Pestos

July 2015-2

Is it me, or does that title sound like a wine? Sparkling Pestos…$3 a bottle at the Dollar Store or something. LOL  But these indeed, are Sparkling Pestos.  I mixed Sculpey Souffle Pesto with the 3 new Golds for some really pretty results.  I can’t decide how I like the Rose Gold mixes – to

My Inspirations by Nadia Michaux

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 Littlest Sweet Shop is a world that I have created to showcase my miniature work. I wanted to have something that would stand out in the sea of other talented miniature artists so I made a sweet shop diorama to display my work and brought it to life. In order to create something that was

New Color Tuesday! Bring on the Sparklers

I thought it was rather appropriate in July, the month of hot dogs and sparklers here in the USA, to take a look at the newest Sculpey Sparklers (also made in the USA!) I’m talking about the new glitters, Premo! Accents Rose Gold Glitter (RG), Yellow Gold Glitter (YG) and White Gold Glitter(WG). I thought

A great way to use Sculpey Clay Softener by Nadia Michaux

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Sculpey Clay Softener feels like oil and it will turn any old, dry and crumbly clay into pliable clay (just like fresh clay from the pack!). I’ve even used it on other branded polymer clay and even Sculpey Ultra Light. A little goes a long way so this small bottle will last for a very

New Color Tuesday!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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 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!

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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

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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!

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  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…

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    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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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

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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!

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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