How to use Sculpey

I discovered Sculpey back in 1999 not too long after I graduated from the University. I was looking for something that I could do at home that was colorful, fun and fairly easy to use.

Sculpey is a oven hardening polymer clay and can be purchased at any arts and crafts store such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or visit their website at http://www.sculpey.com/. The cost is typically .99 to 1.99 per package, and it comes in a huge array of colors. The amount is small so I usually planned to make very small items. I enjoyed making beads, small sculptures, and christmas decorations.

The material can be very hard at first, so I had to knead it for a little while before I could really work with it. Then when I was ready I would begin to form my small sculptures or beads. Helpful tools for beads were toothpicks or bamboo skewers. You can even make impressions on the surface of the sculpey with stamps.

After I formed my sculptures I would preheat my oven to 275 degrees and place my ready to bake items in a metal baking pan. The intructions say that its OK to use a glass pan as well. I placed the items in the oven and let them bake for about 12 minutes. (Instructions say specifically that the items should bake for 15 minutes per 6mm or 1/4″ thickness). I learned over time as I continued to use the product that if you over bake your items they can warp while baking and they do brown just like burnt cookies.

After my sculptures finished cooling they were ready for whatever use I had planned. I found that the material can be very sturdy if baked the right amount of time, and last a very long time. I also found that if underbaked the items had the tendency to break easier.

Sculpey has been very fun for my two daughters, from the age of six and seven they looked forward to making sculpey animals and beads. The colors were very attractive to them and they entertained themselves for hours making things they liked.

 

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