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 – A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 5

My favorite palette

Yeah, I know, it’s the nighttime version of NCT.  Literally every time I sat down to write this blog today, I got pulled away.  I thought it would be interesting this week to show you some of the colors that I’ve mixed this month together in a single palette. Lets start with the 1:1 mixes

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine In My Life Pt 4


I knew I would get some amazing colors out of this mix!  I can’t even pick one as a favorite.  Again, I’m amazed at how well Sunshine holds up mixed with a denser looking color. I’m thinking that a necklace of beads made from these mixes and maybe a 3T/1S and a 5T/1S would be

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 3


Ahh, the greens of my youth!  I’m quite sure that we had a refrigerator, a curtain, a table or something out of each of these colors.  And you know what?  I still love these colors. In fact, I think a couple of my bedroom walls are that 2SO/1S color right now! I love greens and

Taking Our Cues From Nature by Gretchen Amberg


Inspiration can be found all around us if we take a moment to really look.  I’ve always had a fascination with the tiny little details found in nature.  Well before I got into polymer clay I enjoyed taking close-up photos of all manner of plant life. As I’ve worked with clay I’ve gone back to

New Color Tuesday- A Little Sunshine in My Life Pt 2


Oh, I love a good peachy red!  And premo! Sunshine and Fuchsia mixes came through for me!  As a matter of fact, I’m looking at the walls in my office and they appear to be VERY close to the 2S/1F mix!  If I had to really get solid with it, I’d guess 3S/1F would be

An Intimate Gathering by Gretchen Amberg


Well, another annual Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild retreat has come and gone and like most things I look forward to it seems to take forever to get here and is over way too soon.  This year we had a few less folks than in the past which made for a more intimate gathering of

New Color Tuesday – A Little Sunshine in My Life


OK, yeah, I live in Southern California, so I have a LOT of sunshine in my life, but THIS is about premo! Sunshine.. I mixed Sunshine with premo! Accents Purple Pearl last month and was a little surprised at the colors that developed (man, I still love that 4S/1PP mix).  So I decided to continue to

Kids in the Studio by Miranda Farrand


I’ve heard it said that having “kids in the kitchen”, is an important tool in teaching children the art of cooking and how to nourish their bodies. Well, in my humble opinion, it’s just as valuable and important to teach them to feed their souls in the art room, studio, craft room, etc. Having an

New Color Tuesday – Late Night Purples Pt 4


I know right?  What color doesn’t look good mixed with the premo! Accents Glitter Golds?  I decided to see what the premo! Accents Purple Pearl would do.  As always, I’m fascinated in the subtle difference between the White Glitter Gold  and the Yellow Glitter Gold.  Even though I feel like the Purple Pearl has a

New Color Tuesday! Late Night Purples Pt 3


 I’m very into non-metallic golds right now.  The exterior of my house is Windswept Leaves – a golden/beige color.  I just painted my bathroom Siam Gold, which is a greenish gold (with a long wall of Hematite – it’s gorgeous).  Anyway, I was so excited to see that I could mix a gold that was

Tips on Creating Aged Mummy Skin by Miranda Farrand of Miranda’s Critters

I made this creepy, cute little mummy sculpture recently. To add to his appeal, I wanted to give what skin is visible a dried-up, aged know, mummy-like.

One of the reasons that Fall is my favorite time of year, is that there is such freedom with creativity. It’s okay to be weird, wacky or even a bit fact, it’s pretty much accepted and expected.   You can see more of my original mummy sculpture on my Facebook page… .

Oh Mur… by: Martin Pottjewijd


New Color Tuesday – Late Night Purples PT 2


Well of course I had to try Sunset Pearl with Purple Pearl – their mixes aren’t going to yield any surprising colors, but they are really pretty colors.  That last mix (4PP/1SP) would be really nice with White Glitter Gold for a frosty palette.  The 1:1 mix would look really nice with a light gold

Goodbye to Summer


Ahhh, my favorite time of year is here again. The oppressive heat of summer has lost it’s grip on Central Ohio (at least I hope so) and the leaves on the trees are slowly giving up their green. I can’t wait for all of the vivid, rich hues to dot the landscape once again. I

Halloween Party Pumpkin Decorations


Halloween is such a creative holiday.  With the changing of the seasons and the excitement of dressing up and treats, many people throw parties to celebrate.  These Halloween party pumpkin decorations are great to do before a party as decor or at a party as a craft activity.  I used Sculpey Bake Shop for these

New Color Tuesday – Late Night Purples


Yeah, I as always the one who read ahead in our schoolbooks, had my homework done immediately.  So imagine my shock when I realized that it was New Color Tuesday Eve and I didn’t have my NCT mixes done! No lie, these area all usually done by the third week of the month before.  It

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


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


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?


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

Sculpey Puppets for the Classroom Laura Kelly

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

Bake Shop Clay Letters in the Classroom Laura Kelly

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


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!


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