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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.


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NCT (Thursday) When Gold Isn’t Enough

I was goofing around yesterday (you know, instead of ACTUALLY doing the thing I was SUPPOSED to do) and I found that I needed to match a bronze Lumiere paint in a scrap piece I was playing with.  (Hey, the commissioned piece was actually drying before baking). Regular premo! Accents Gold was just too bright,

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Finding Your Routine to Enhance Your Creativity by KatersAcres for Polyform

Finding Your Routine is Essential to the Creative Process

Finding Your Routine Finding your routine for a creative person is essential. A routine can help us settle in. Routine can help us to automatically perceive things about our environment. Today we are going to discuss finding your routine to help you in your creative process.

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POLYFORM - Colors of Spring

Colors of Spring are Bold, Vivid, & Bright!

Bold, Vivid, & Bright, Colors of Spring Colors of spring are those colors that make me feel happy, bouncy, and rejuvenated. Are there certain colors that you automatically gravitate to because of the way that they make you feel? Let’s look at some tried and true spring colors to liven up your spring palettes.

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APR NCT 2017-3a

New Color Tuesday! Color the Rocks Pt 3

Now you KNOW that mixing Souffle Latte into pretty much any color is going to be interesting (hmmm, so interesting that I think I just found my mix color for next month!). And mixing it with premo! Accents Gray Granite is going to make a pretty killer granite, very similar to what we see in

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How to Spring Clean Your Studio by KatersAcres for Polyform Products

How to Spring Clean Your Studio Easily and Efficiently

How to Spring Clean Your Studio Spring clean your studio easily, quickly, and efficiently. These tried and true tips that will take you from danger zone to comfort zone in less than 30 minutes. The arrival of spring not only makes me want to clay my days away, but it also makes me want to clean!

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APR NCT 2017-2

New Color Tuesday! Color the Rocks Pt 2

YAY! I’m back online. I made some rocks for the Into the Forest project and I thought it would be fun to show you all some mixes using the premo! Accents Grey Granite.  While the color is lovely on its own, it is SO FUN to add other clays, inks, tints to it!  Today I’m

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There’s a few things to know when selecting a new project … First thing’s first however. You’ve decided that you want to work with polymer clay. Congratulations! Polymer clay is one of the greatest mediums (in my humble opinion) in the art world. There are literally thousands of projects, ideas, and designs you can make

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Polymer Cay to the Rescue

One of my favorite clay stories dates back to when I worked part-time in my friend’s bead store. A customer came in with a pair of jet earrings, one of which had cracked and broken at the top where the earwire attached to the jet. The earrings were family heirlooms and she was upset that

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Cords and Inclusions

As I was practicing making cords with my polymer clay lucet, It occurred to me that some clayers might not be aware that many – possibly most – types of fibers can be baked into polymer. Just about anything that’s all natural will work: animal fibers such as wool, and plant fibers like cotton and

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national-craft-month

Every Month is Craft Month at my House by: Jenny Bezingue

I love it when National Craft Month rolls around each March. It’s always a good excuse to get fellow crafters together for a few hours of clay, knitting, or the crafting flavor-of-the-month. Can you say felted bracelets, paper-covered boxes or clay-filled pendants? So many new things to try, so many favorites things to dive into

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New Color Tuesday! It’s All About the Turnip

I’ve discovered that many of you don’t realize that you can actually mix Souffle and premo! together – often with some spectacular results! Want a velvet texture to your clay? Mix Souffle and premo!  Want a color palette that is entirely different? Mix Souffle and premo! Now I already have my favorite premo! Accents Bronze

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rulers

What is your favorite tool? By Jenny Bezingue

When asked, “What is your favorite tool?” many clayers answer “my hands” or “my creative mind.” Not me. My answer is “rulers.” I collect them in all shapes, sizes and materials. Of course, they’re great for measuring and as a straightedge for cutting. But my favorite use is in color mixing. I make sheets on

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feb2017-5a

New Color Tuesday! Fade to Black Pt 4

I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF!!! I managed to keep these mixes until the end – usually I would blather them right at the front of the month because I am so excited about them! This week I’ve mixed premo! Black into the premo! Accents Glitter Golds.  And they are gorgeous!  I’ve already got another

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New Color Tuesday – Fade to Black Pt 3

I am not big on cool colors, but I DO see the need for them, so this week I’m presenting you with two cool color mixes: First up, premo! Cobalt Blue and premo! Black.  Okay, I can’t pick a favorite – I find all four of these mixes to be much more interesting than just the

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feb2017-2

New Color Tuesday – Fade to Black Pt 2

Wow!  Premo! Black and premo! Orange make some really nice er, warm greys? Browns?  Whatever you want to call them, I like them and can envision them as a really nice, rich background for a gold silkscreen, possibly in a home decor situation with lots of reclaimed wood around it.  I also really like the

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Valentine’s Day with Clay

Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays for creating fun projects.  Here are THREE easy peasy ones that you can do with Bake Shop clay and use for decor or card giving.  I think that hand made items are always meaningful but even more so for this season of love.  Bake Shop clay is

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feb2017-1

New Color Tuesday-Fade to Black

I got so carried away mixing for this month that I added 3 extra weeks to February.  Relax! I couldn’t afford 3 extra weeks in the month either so I decided to double up some of the palettes. I’m starting with one of my favorite black mixes: premo! Black and premo!  Cadmium Yellow Hue (commonly called

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JAN-NCT-2017-5

New Color Tuesday- It’s All About the Greens Pt 5

Well, here we are at the END OF JANUARY 2017!  Wasn’t it just January 2016?  I’m trying desperately to find time to get out to my clay table sometime this week – and I’m “retired”.  Let me tell you right now, retirement is NOT all about lounging and reading magazines – it’s about cleaning, de-cluttering,

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JAN-NCT-2017-4

New Color Tuesday- It’s All About the Green Pt 4

I’m the first to admit that I’m all about the bright, bold colors, but I occasionally go for a softer color.  So this week, I decided to team the premo! Green with premo! Ecru for a series of soft, warm greens.  I love the 1:1 mix and the 2E/1G mix a lot.  Both are colors

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New-Year-Memory-Jar

New Year’s Memory Jar

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make new plans and create a bigger and more amazing vision for life.  This New Year’s Memory Jar is a perfect way to document the memories throughout the year that you most want to remember.  It is fun to create and has such a

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JAN-NCT-2017-3

New Color Tuesday – It’s All About the Green Pt 3

I know, I know, I’m late.  But it’s a big day in our house – my youngest son just started in a new career today.  That’s exciting, but the most exciting thing for me is that I got all day to clay again after 2-1/2 months.  YAY!!  So forgive me for not being able to

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JAN-NCT-2017-2

New Color Tuesday! It’s All About Green Pt 2

Okay, it’s one of those days.  I’ve sat down at least 4 times to write this, only to have another mini-crisis do deal with.  The garbage disposal got jammed, the contractor has 18 thousand questions for me, people emailing, texting, messaging me all need an answer quickly. Sigh… It’s okay though, because I’m writing about

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JAN-NCT-2017-1a

New Color Tuesday- It’s All About Green

Happy New Year to you all- A new year means new subfolders in most of my files which always feel like a fresh start, a blank canvas.  I file my NCT color palettes by year and month as well as my notorious photographs around my home and beach (the 3×3 collection as well as the

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NCTSep1_9

New Color Tuesday- A Look Back Pt 4

The final NCT of 2016!  And I’m typing on a new keyboard that my kids got me that is backlit, so I can see it (I suspect that I could have seen my old keys had I actually cleaned the keyboard). I’m going to finish with what was my most surprising mix of the year

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NCTAug1_9

New Color Tuesday – A Look Back Pt 3

Well, we have had two days of Winter here in SoCal, but it’s back to sunny and 60s at least.  I asked my son how he could wear shorts when it was so chilly the other day, he looked down and said, “But these are my Winter shorts mom!” I’m personally happy that I spent

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Genéve 26-27.11.2016 Jana Honnerová

Course in Geneva was my first ever overseas, so I gave him a lot not only enjoyed, but also preparing for a long time. Fortunately, I am often home alone, so that my English monologue nobody laugh. Workshop in Geneva was my very first foreign workshop, so I was not only looking forward to it, but I

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NCTApril_3

New Color Tuesday- A Look Back Pt 2

Okay, this was one of the most surprising color mixes I’ve ever done.  The first three mixes are quite predictable and lovely, but that last mix – who would even THINK that Periwinkle and Ecru would mix to make a grey?  And a lovely grey at that! But that’s one of the best parts of

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New Color Tuesday! A Look Back

I always love December because I can take a look back through the  NCT color mix page (https://www.sculpey.com/project/mixing-colors/) and find tons of favorite mixes that I’ve forgotten about. I’m starting this month off with two of my most favorite mixes.  I’ve used these mixes multiple times in the last couple of months – in fact

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