My Super Sculpey Trick for Polymer Clay Artists

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

Polyform-super-sculpeyEvery 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.

Super Sculpey comes in Firm, Medium, & Original (shown above). The Original is my preference. Even Original Super Sculpey was once a very hard polymer clay. Somewhere in the past year the formula was changed or something happened. (Insert jumping for joy movement here).  It is now a medium hardness consistency that allows for easier malleability. I have found this to be an utter joy in my studio. It is now my best studio friend and is ALWAYS on my work table.

How To Use Original Super Sculpey

  • Have rock hard clay? Add 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 Super Sculpey COMPLETELY into your clay or your new clays will “moon” where it is unblended.
  • Use it to extend the color of clay. Don’t have enough red? Add some Super Sculpey and although it may mute the color slightly, it will give you more overall clay to work with for your project.
  • Use it to strengthen your clay (see notes below).

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

Added Strength 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 than an 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 almost ALL of my pieces, whether small or large, I add Super Sculpey into the color blends, just for some added strength. In many of my larger pieces, I add large amounts of 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,

Clay on my friends,

 
6 Comments for this entry
Marilee Hird
July 4, 2017
10:11

I have never heard of this, but it is a great idea! Time to go shopping.

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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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