I have written two separate posts on polymer clay tools. The first post was an overview of some of the tools that I use daily, feel free to check out that post here. The second was just a few weeks ago and was a “tool review” of what tools every sculptor (or clayer) should have in their toolbox. Today I’m going to review the very first set of tools that I ever purchase for myself: Studio by Sculpey Tools, the 5 piece set.
Studio By Sculpey Tools:
When I bought these tools years ago (and I mean a long time ago) the “Studio” brand of polymer clay was still available and the tools were packaged in different sets.
This being said, today you have to buy 2 different sets to get the same pieces (the links for purchase will be below).
Blunt & Sharp Needle Tool Review:
For me, the tools that gets the least amount of use are the needle tools. Why? I find that it is too bulky for both the blunt tipped and the sharp tip. I prefer the needle tools that I have made myself (see this article) to this large tool. I find that this tool is just too bulky for my daily use. This being said, I make mostly figurines and sculptures, so I need to get into small and tight places often. I need something smaller that works more like my fingers, so therefore I make my own.
This being said, the blunt tipped needle tools is excellent for creating texture in a piece! I use it a lot of thing related to The Friesen Project as well. These two tools come in the newer “tool variety” set by Sculpey. You can purchase it here.
Style & Detail Tools:
The new packaging for these tools includes three metal ended “dotters” with 3 rubber tips on the opposing end (see picture at left the three handles in the middle). As you can tell these get a lot of use from me. This being said, I rarely use the “dotter” sides as I have other “dotters” that I like better. [I prefer short handled items). However, these are the only rubber tipped sculpting tools that I have so they get used quite a lot. You can purchase these tools on Amazon with worldwide shipping!
EDITOR’S NOTE (2020): These are now made and marketed solely by Sculpey and you can get them at a better price here without the Studio by Sculpey name.
What’s Your Opinions?
Do you have these tools in your tool arsenal? If so, do you use them and what do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for joining me today,