Some rules of thumb about polymer clay.
- Most clays need to be baked for 20 min at 275 per 1/4 inch of thickness.
- The softer/stickier the clay, the less you should count on it for strength. This stuff, however, is good for bulking, and is cheaper.
- Most clays will benefit in strength if you bake them longer
- Clay does have a shelf life, and more likely to have problems when it is older
- Polymer clay doesn’t go bad. It will take longer to get conditioned, and possibly loses some of its strength, and may be more likely to crack and moon
- Having a dedicated food processor/coffee grinder for this clay will make your life easier for conditioning purposes.
- A toaster oven will work as well as an oven for curing polymer clay.
- Polymer clay is not toxic, but you still might consider using a toaster oven just for your clay.
- The softer the clay, the more the colors will bleed. They have more conditioning oils in them which tends to mix with nearby colors.
- weak clay
- cheap (comes in 1 lb boxs)
- easily colored, painted, sanded etc… KID FRIENDLY
- very soft
- very easy to get.
- mid range price, and a mainstay of sculptors and modellers (comes boxes starting at 1 lb)
- fairly strong
- Is only in flesh
- lots of colors
Premo & Premo Accents
- the new sculpey3 – lots of colors
- most commonly in 2 oz blocks, but also larger quantities
- available in a color called translucent. This is nice to blend with other clays for a natural effect (like teeth, eyes, and skin)
- The colors bleed
Super Sculpey Firm
- this is a newer product, and is as the title states.. FIRM. You must condition well to get it to be workable.
- This has the stiffness of roma plasticina, and is very strong stuff.
- Comes in gray
- A favourite of many serious artists
Super Sculpey Living Doll
- I don’t know a lot about this clay except that it is a little softer than super sculpey but also holds detail well
SS Pluffy, Eraser Clay, Bend and Bake, Ultralight, glow in the dark
- These are what I consider FUN clays. They aren’t for serious work but have unique properties.
- The eraser and bake and bend can be added to other clay to give your work a bit of flex if needed.
- Eraser and bake and bend are nice for making your own sculpting tools with
— The above are all from the same manufacturer called Polyform —
- This is an extremely hard clay
- It comes in lots of colors, but I believe it has been phased out some
- The colors bleed
- Lots of colors
- widely available
- Colors bleed
- I really like this clay for its easy shine. You don’t have to put a lot of work into it, and it looks great
- Very nice strength
- Vibrant colors
- Bakes well and doesn’t seem to discolor if overcooked
- A doll makers favourite clay
- Limited colors
- Comes in bulk packaging
- Very hard, but softens nicely after some work
- This is another doll makers favorite clay
- Only comes in three colors
- bulk packaging
Formello – (information taken from PCC)
- Must cook for the amount of time reccomended or it will be brittle and crack
- Good working texture
- Adds flexibility to your sculpt in thin layers
- hard to find
Promat – (information taken from PCC)
- Semi glossy finish
- Hard to find
- Stiff but not crumbly
- Has some nice colors (metallics, translucent and frosted)
- Strong clay
Translucent clay is usually a very very thinned down polymer clay. It’s consistancy is that of a thick soup (usually) and is fairly translucent. They all claim that they are translucent, but once cured, they aren’t really. This clay has some interesting uses, from transferring images (lazer printer) onto other things, to making thin membranes (think fairy wings) to smoothing out and finishing or sealing a sculpture. Because this is a thinned out clay you can also use it to soften up a harder or older clay. Another important reason it exists is as a glue for other polymer clays. If you have two things which need to be attached securely, you might add a small dob of this stuff and then cure as per normal.
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