My Super Sculpey Trick for Polymer Clay Artists

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie

The Super Sculpey Polymer Clay Trick from KatersAcres StudiosEvery Tuesday I bring you a tip, trick, hint, and occasionally a tutorial.  Well…today I give you one of my secrets in my arsenal of claying, the trick uses the very reasonably priced and easy to find Super Sculpey.

OUCH!  My hands hurt!

Band Aid Parker - Polymer Clay Figurine by KatersAcres, 2012©Have you ever uttered these words after several hours of claying?  I know that I have said that very often, especially after a long day sculpting in my studio.  But I have a solution and a trick.  Super Sculpey was once a very hard polymer clay.  Somewhere in the past year the formula was changed! (Insert jumping for joy movement here).  It is now a medium hardness consistency that allows for easier malleability.  By adding a little of this at a time, it will blend easily into your clay as well as begin to turn your harder clay, soft.

Be sure to blend your clay completely or your clay will “moon” where the clays are unblended.

How To Use It

So here’s how you use this old (now made new) trick in your arsenal.  Often I need to extend the color of my clay.  This is most often because I have made a custom ordered item in color specifications that I am sure I can’t duplicate.  Why you ask?  Because I don’t use color mixing recipes…I just throw together what I want, when I want it.  For those of you who use color recipes, my hat is off to you…but I just don’t have that kind of patience.  So, my solution to “stretching” the color of the clay is to add in a touch (about .25 ounces) of Super Sculpey to the mix.  This “extends” my clay and has an added benefit.

Please note that when adding Super Sculpey to clay to add it in small amounts or the color of your blend will change!

Added Benefits

Super Sculpey Polymer Clay Benefits, Tips, & Hints on KatersAcres BlogHave you ever had a piece break? ACK! I hate it when that happens.  I just spent hours creating something to have it crack and break on me.  Drat!  Super Sculpey is more of a sculpting clay medium that artists clay (like the Premo I use).  This means that it is going to bake up super tough and strong. And because you can sand, carve, and drill into it … this means it’s actually making your clay tougher in the process too.  In many of my larger pieces, I now purposefully add Super Sculpey just to make my pieces stronger and more durable over time.

What About You?

Do you use Super Sculpey?  If you do, what do you use the polymer clay for?

Thanks for joining me today,
Happy Claying,

 
5 Comments for this entry

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Dolores Marple
September 13, 2013
08:05

I ordered 8 pounds of super sculpey by MISTAKE! I thought I was ordering Living Doll clay. That was the BEST mistake I ever made. This clay was awesome and nothing like I remembered from the past. I have arthritis in my hands, so easy to work with clay is very important. I have been able to improve my sculpting, and enjoy making my fairies and trolls more than ever!,

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Debbie
January 16, 2013
14:32

Do you mix types of clay? What I mean is…do you add super sculpey to Premo?

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Katie
January 16, 2013
14:40

Yes, I do that all the time. The only clay I do not add Super Sculpey to is Kato clay, mostly because I have very little Kato clay and use it for my personal projects only.

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Debbie
January 18, 2013
08:50

Thanks!

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