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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.

New Color Tuesday – Am I Going Gray? Pt 4

Do you have a color that you respond to emotionally?  There are so many ways that can happen – a color can make you feel happy, energetic, serene, calm, even bored.  This week I mixed a color that I have an emotional response to that is quite different from any other color I respond to.

New Color Tuesday! Am I Going Gray? Pt 3

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Wow! After 111 dry days, we have a little rain going on.  The skies look like various shades of my star color this month, Concrete. So let’s add a little “sunshine” with Canary to the Concrete and see what happens. Hey!  I’m seeing a kind of Key Lime thing going on.  I love all these

New Color Tuesday-Am I Going Gray? Pt 2

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I’m still in shock over what happened in these mixes this month!  The Souffle Concrete has stepped up to the Mix Plate like a major league hitter. (YES, I *know* it’s now football season, but baseball is my game). Red and grey- who would think that that blend would products such beautiful, soft colors? That 1:1

Glow in the Dark Clay Jar Pets

Glow in the Dark Pets

These glow in the dark jar pets are perfect for the fall holiday season.  They are made with Sculpey Glow in the Dark Clay in just a few simple steps.   To make the individual creatures in the jars,  I hand molded the glow in the dark clay.  I created a standing piece for each

New Color Tuesday- Am I Going GREY?

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My Happy Place is at the intersection of Texture and Color – so what the heck am I doing crushing on Souffle Concrete?  I attribute part of it to the face that Concrete is almost a perfect 18% grey.  All my photo training revolved around 18% grey.  We would set up a scene and then hold an

Clay in the Classroom – DIY Manipulatives

Clay in the Classroom DIY Manipulatives

Classroom manipulatives are used across the entire curriculum in the early grades.  While there are many different kinds out there to be purchased (and many more from kitchen drawers at home), it is really fun to make them to specifically fit your needs.  Using clay in the classroom is a way to involve your students

Clay in the Classroom – Learning Through Puppets

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Puppets in the classroom are a great way to accomplish so many different learning strategies.  From simple story telling to problem solving, puppets allow students an opportunity to share in a way that gives them confidence and character.  For day number for of the series Clay in the Classroom, I am so thrilled to share

Clay in the Classroom – Fun with Letters

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It is day three of the Clay in the Classroom series and today I am sharing some fun ways to work with letters using Bake Shop clay.  Letters are such a huge part of the earliest years of school and finding ways to teach children who are mostly kinesthetic learners can be fun but challenging.  Using

New Color Tuesday – The Blues Pt 5

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Oh this is a fun one!  This time I am mixing premo! Accents Bright Green Pearl with the 3 Souffle blues (Robin Egg, Lagoon and Sea Glass).  These are some amazing (and sparkly!) greens and turquoises for sure!  I really, really like how Souffle spreads the micas in the premo! metallics.  It’s such a subtle look-

Clay in the Classroom – Classroom Management Beads

Bake Shop Beads for Classroom Management Laura Kelly

It is the second day of sharing fabulous ways to use clay in the classroom.  Kids love love love to play with clay.  It is such a great way for them to create.  This activity is awesome because it supports your students in having a little bit f ownership in the classroom management system.  The

Clay in the Classroom – Mold Matchings

Mold Matchings Clay in the Classroom Laura Kelly

I am so exited to be sharing with you this WHOLE WEEK LONG with ways to use clay in the classroom.  For this first day I am sharing a project that is equally excited for kids to create as it is for them to use as a tool for learning.  Using clay to create molds

Quick & Easy Stud Earrings, the perfect handmade gift idea!

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These colorful little stud earrings are easy to make, and fun to wear!  The design possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination! Try some of the foil ones at the top, use any small stamps to impress a design on the foil, or maybe a slice of an old cane, add a coat of

New Color Tuesday! Gettin the Blues Pt 4

I like premo! Accents 18K Gold – I think it’s a happy color.  And I certainly knew that teaming it with my blues would yield colors similar to the premo! Gold mix I did earlier this month, but I wanted a little more blue in these and I got it!  The 1:1 versions are all

Crackle Treasure Chest

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  The last days of summer have arrived, although the sun is up all year round! I wanted to savor these last few weeks with a sunny project.  I dipped into my paper crafting supplies and pulled out some rub-on transfers.  I was pleasantly surprised when I rolled my rub-on transferred clay sheet with my

New Color Tuesday! I Got the Blues Pt 3

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Its really hot here right now, especially in my Deluxe Designer Studio (that’s SoCal speak for a garage).  So I’m wondering if that’s why I decided to delve into the cool blues this month – they remind me of the cool water in the pool when we swim 3 times a week.  Anyway, I thought

Polymer Clay Ring Dishes – by Sherri Kellberg

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  I’ve been busy this summer creating my Ring Dishes. I started making them last year around this time. They range from the simplest designs, to complex Millefiori patterns, Silk-screens, and Liquid Clay glazes. I love to experiment with color and texture, as shown in my applied “Daisy’s” Dish, and my “Butterflies are Free” dish.

Polly Shops- Martin Pottjewijd

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Polly just couldn’t help herself with all the beautiful colors!

New Color Tuesday (afternoon) – The Blues Pt 2

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I was ready for some colors when I mixed the Souffle Blues with Premo! Accents Purple Pearl, but this is an EXPLOSION of color!  Wow!  I can’t even begin to pick a favorite, but I’m leaning towards that 1:1 Lagoon (L)/Purple Pearl (PP). The other two 1:1s look like the Souffle version of  Premo! Wisteria

Back to School with Sculpey

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It is back to school time and I have created an easy peasy project that you can do with your students or children to support successful transitions and learning.  Kiddos do great with progress charting and measurement of their good decisions.  This chart is bound to be super helpful and making it is really fun!

New Color Tuesday! The Blues Battle

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 I’ve also realized that the blue colors are dramatically underused in my work.  So I decided to dedicate this month to the blues.  And since I couldn’t pick out just one blue, I’ve used the 3 blues in the Souffle line, Lagoon, Sea Glass and Robin Egg.  I don’t consider Bluestone to be a true”blue”

Ocean Waves -Shirley Rufener

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Today I’s like to share with you another summertime design. These earrings use my faux mosaic tile technique and are created with a small plastic stencil and soft pastel chalks. I’ve always been a blue jeans kinda’ girl because they match everything, right? The basic technique involves pressing a lightly water spritzed stencil (small tile

Squares – Martin Pottjewijd

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New Color Tuesday! Bronze Pt 4

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I don’t know.  I can’t decide.  Is it possible to be attracted to a color, but not really like it?  That’s how I feel about that 1:1 Wisteria/Bronze mix.  Maybe I like the color, but can’t fathom a way to use it?  I think it would be amazing used with Periwinkle, which has a little

New Color Tuesday! Bronze Pt 3

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I didn’t really expect any surprises when I mixed Souffle Canary with Premo! Bronze, but right off the bat BAM! A surprise.  Does that 1:1 look like classic Gold or what? I also didn’t expect Canary to be so strong against the Bronze, but 2 parts Canary to 1 part Bronze is almost a key

A tip from me to you, Anke Humpert

I really love bracelets and over the years I made lots of them. Of course I want to have a great design on the outside of the bracelet. after all that is what you see most of the time. But I also find it very important to have a nicely done inside and it should feel good when I wear my

New Color Tuesday! Bronze Pt 2

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So of course, I had to see what Premo! Accents Bronze would do when mixed with Premo! Yellow Gold Glitter. The results are very similar to the the Souffle Cinnamon/ Yellow Gold Glitter mixes I did last month.  I do think that the Souffle has a different way of spreading the glitter in a more

New Color Tuesday- Bronze Pt 1

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Ahem….I didn’t exactly forget New Color Tuesday, but it’s really Second Monday with the holiday.  I had just sat down after packing for Bordeaux and getting my paperwork together and the alarm in my head said, “Tuesday!  NCT!” So I had so much fun with Souffle Cinnamon last month, I decided to add a little

Change is in the Air- Shirley Rufener

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Change is in the air for me this month and it seems I am not alone. I am still claying of course, that will never change, but I have zeroed in on a new audience….kids! I’m still a kid at heart and I’ve definitely been into bright, cheery colors this year. My new found interest