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Tutorial 1 - Mixing Sculpey by capnkupo Tutorial 1 - Mixing Sculpey by capnkupo
This is the first in a series of tutorial/walkthrough on working with Sculpey/clay to create your own characters, creatures and things!

Here is just the basics of the material you will be working with, Sculpey!

=P

Lemme know if you found it useful.

Mixing Sculpey [you are here now]
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:iconheather2002:
heather2002 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
You are so talented. Thanks for these super tutorials.
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Esil90 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice ! Well explain and presented !

Have a question : chat does the Sculpey bring to your clay ? I mean, Why don't you just use Premo ? (I'm still a Polymere Fangirl Beginner and want learn more and more about it ^^)
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks!

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.

lol hope that answers your question :D
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Esil90 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes it is !
Thank you.

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.

I will try that Super Sculpey someday !
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the tips!
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Keldain Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Thanks for the tip! :)
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Vitele37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for sharing! >v<
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sun8urn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for sharing..
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. ^_^
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Wakandagi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Hi, I'm thinking trying out the super sculpey clay, but I don't know what type of hardness or what tools I need?
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

These are the tools I work with [link] and [link]

The tool I use the most is rubber tipped like this one [link]
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ramtin-s Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yesss! I bought a pasta machine today..and gonna use this tutorial to mix my ss with ss firm! :D
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! That will definitely make it way easier. I even noticed the last time I went to my craft shop they have pasta machines with the clays. XD Took em long enough!
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neeneeluv Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
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
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I'm late with a reply

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.

Hope that answered some questions, if any. ^_^
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neeneeluv Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
oh and what type of scuply do you recomend for someone whos not experienced in the sculpy area?
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chincrise Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
is the gray clay better than working with sculpey alone?
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's only better in the sense that you can see the surface of the clay when it's gray much more precise then straight sculpey [that stuff somewhat transluscent].

There might even be a strength difference too, but I wouldn't say by much.
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Moniee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Um sorry for chirping in but i think once i saw grey sculpey. It should work too, no...?
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

:aww:
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Moniee Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Ahi see :D Since then i have been searching for grey sculpey waaaaaay too much and found out that theres i believe 3 option on hardness. So there is smooth, semi smooth and hard too :)
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chincrise Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
cool thanks
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xXxWhIsPeRxXx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
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. :heart:

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?

Sorry for all the questions D: Awesome tutorial!
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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. ^_^
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xXxWhIsPeRxXx Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I meant the first one.

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. =D
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owdof Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
This is so brilliant! I have to ask my cousin in the states to go see if she can get me some sculpting clay. xDD

Is Sculpey one of the only good brands to get? owo Are there any others you'd like to recommend? (just in case she cant find any sculpey for me)
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhhh............hmmm.

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.

Hopefully you can get some Sculpey! :)
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owdof Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Yesss, I hope she can find sculpey. D:

Sculpey hardens on its own right? you dont bake it or anything? 'Cause I've heard a lot of problems with the clay you bake in the oven and it becoming slightly deformed when its done. ;w;
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

So it's still all good. ^_^
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owdof Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Oooh so the "skeleton" in your tutorials are so it wont deform. xD

Thank you for replying so quickly. o3o But I have one last question, What kind of paint would you prefer to paint it with? 8D
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, yep. :nod:

As for painting, I paint with normal acrylics. Just easier and no bad chemicals involved. XD
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:iconowdof:
owdof Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Oooh, thank you very much for answering all my questions! :3 I'll be sure to credit you when I make a sculpture I like, and post it up here. ^^ You've been a great help!
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. If you make a sculpture, I'd like to see it!

Good luck. ^_^
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burnedbacon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
sweet. That's a great tutorial. I have been looking for this for ages. Thank you! Now, I just wish there is sculpey available around here in my place. :hug:
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad I could help. :aww:

That seems like the one problem with sculpey, it's not very available everywhere. :blank:
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burnedbacon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
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.

Do you have any suggestions? :D
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

^_^
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burnedbacon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
thank you very much! You have been a great help! kudos to you, and more power!
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the thank you, and the power! Moar power!!!

:XD:
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burnedbacon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
np you deserve it. :D
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quinteros-lama Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
^^ beautiful tutorial! :) everything you make is beautiful :o
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:blushes: Thank you so much. That is very kind of you to say. I hope people get a lot out of these tutorials [so they don't have to go through as much suffering or waste like I have] ^_^

:hug:
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quinteros-lama Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
you welcome :clap:
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spicybiscuit Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
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 :P
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The pink stuff does leave something to be desired. XD

Yes, the black and white is coloured sculpey. I'm going to have to buy some Fimo since I hear lots of people saying that's all they have access too. That kinda sucks.

Hope these help you out. :)
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spicybiscuit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
they do, thanks :3 Sculpey is available on some UK sites and Ebay but Fimo is pretty much all we get in actual, human, real life stores XD
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AaronC-T Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
If you mix glow-in-the-dark Sculpey III with some Super Sculpey, would the resulting mix still glow or would it lose that ability?
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capnkupo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never tried it myself, but I would expect it to still glow, but be very weakened. Not sure about that though! ^^;

If you test it out let me know how it turns out. :]
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