The main reason I do the mix is mainly because Premo is expensive for the amount you get. It's more cost effective for larger models with the Super Sculpey mixed in. I also find adding the Sculpey to it makes it a nicer material to work with, like the Premo is tough and needs to be worked to get malleable, and the Sculpey can be too much the other way, ie droopy. So together they make a sturdy easy to work with material.
Premo is also nice to if you wish to avoid painting and if you are working on really small stuff. Think those minature foods you see others make. I paint everything and work on the larger side so I've never had the reason to use just Premo. Though one could always just use a tin/bland sculpey base and make the final layer of Premo....I may try that one day.
I am still a beginner in sculpting but I really enjoy it. And I was quite desperate trying to sculpt precise things with my Fimo (wich is, I guess, more or less like the Premo) and could get my clay soft enough.
Hello! Super sculpey clay itself comes just as is with the hardness. It's relatively soft, which can be good, but like in this tutorial I mix it with the other two types just to get it a little more firm so it is easier to work with. It's optional really.
cool! im trying my hand at simple chibis right now but im getting agravated im using regular grey clay and it makes a mess everywhere and i also cant get it to stay together even with supports. with scuply just plain sculpy is it the same as working with clay just not the mess and the falling apart if you bake it? sorry for the onlot of questions just trying to get my head around this whole thing! haha
When you say grey clay, are you talking like mud clay? If so that stuff is hard to work with and it dries out and I never had much success with it.
If it's grey polymer clay, it shouldn't be so much a problem. It's much like the super sculpey [aka SS, pink stuff]. But still a little tougher because it's not a pliable. You really have to work it to get it soft and it's the main reason I mix it in with my SS.
If things are supporting properly you might have to slow your process down a little and build it up in steps. Like you get to a point, bake it so it has a harder foundation then continue building off of that. Then any supports won't have as much work to do.
Oh you are very right! There is gray sculpey out there, but I've found working with it alone is very hard on the hands. I like having it mixed with the pink stuff so it's softer and easier to work with, so I've found.
D: ! All your tutorials are going to help me so much! I'm using super sculpey for first generation models for my DT project. @w@;;
I tried using just premo but that failed miserably... it blended nicely but when I used it too much it got everywhere and stuck to my craft knife when I tried to cut pieces off. It bugged me a lot... Now i'm using sculpey though. Luckily my art shops sells it.
Anyways... I have a question... Premo + Sculpey combined...is it sticky? Well I know it is a bit but I mean would it go everywhere, if you know what I mean?
A-and what if you don't have a noodle/pasta machine? Could I just thinly slice it all up?
I haven't been having trouble with premo+sculpey making things overly sticky or getting everywhere. Heh, what do you mean when you say it goes everywhere? Like it makes a mess or it's hard to control when shaping?
Slicing it up would work. The basic idea is getting it all into small chunks you can work with your hands. It's very tiring to do otherwise.
No problem! I'm happy to answer questions since I probably didn't cover everything in the tut itself. ^_^
I don't know if it's because my house is at a high temperature or what, but a little while after I start working with premo it gets really soft so when i blend it in with something it gets stuck to my fingers and when I go to cut a slice, it gets stuck to my craft knife. So I have to stick it in my fridge for a few minutes. It's like "what the hell!"
I guess it's not so bad being soft though, because I think it's easier to shape... but just not THAT soft xD
Thanks for the advice! I'll give it a try... and turn my heating down.
I'm thinking of other brands you could try if not for Sculpey. I haven't worked with any other brands so I can't be sure. There is Fimo and Milliput? I have very little idea about those, but they are brands I've heard of and people have used.
Sculpey does need to be baked to harden. It does deform under the heat, but that can be dealt with. To have it not deform you have to include a support within the clay structure. It gives it a skeleton [so to speak] that holds it up. The skeleton is called an armature and you build it out of wire. I probably have an example of that in my tutorials.
Yes, sculpey is hard to find, as well as turtorials or classes for that matter. I luckily found a store that supplies them and it has minimal instructions on how to bake it. I'm a little tensed, I'm trying to make small sculptures, thumb sized and I don't know what temperature is needed to bake them. I don't want to either over-bake or under bake--if there is such a thing.
Thumb sized sculptures eh......well I know it is possible to under bake, but with small sculpts that shouldn't be a problem. Overbaking usually means it's burnt so you can see when that's happening. If anything you might want to experiment a little, or keep an eye on your stuff when it bakes.
I've found that baking at 210-215 degrees Fahrenheit is a good area to hang around. I cook at intervals of 10-15 minutes and once cool the models are pretty hard. When I'm completely done a model I'll give a long final bake, like at a lower temperature 190-195 and go for 20-30 min. I only do that because I work my models in layers.
So yeah, you could try it at the settings I try and keep checking in on it every 5 mins to make sure it's okay.
Thanks for doing this; I wanted to get into making stuff with Sculpey for ages... gotta say though, the translucent mush looks nasty, like something off a really gross crime scene XD This is gonna sound really dense as well, but the black & white stuff... is that just coloured Sculpey? We only have Fimo here unless I go to Ebay