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Polyform. Sculpey Super Sculpturing Compound 1 lb. box, Beige
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SCULPEY-Super Sculpey Polymer Clay. America's original oven-bake clay! Sculpey is soft and pliable; works and feels like ceramic clay but will not dry out when exposed to air. The semi-transparent ceramic-like appearance of this clay; once baked makes it perfect for exposed flesh parts of home-made dolls and figurines. Shape; bake and once cool can be sanded; drilled; carved; glued; inked; painted with water based acrylics or Sculpey Brand Glaze. Color: Beige-Pink; 16oz/453g each. Conforms to ASTM D4236. Recommended for ages 8 and up. WARNING: Choking Hazard-product forms small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Made in USA.
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Sculpey can be baked to harden at 1/4 inch per 20 min. at 275°F. Its not best to bake a solid sculpt of sculpey in the oven, for it will take hours and you risk cracking and maybe breaking the master from excessive heat. For original figures, I build a sketch model made of wires and aluminum foil and adjust it until it looks somewhat my vision's masterpiece. Then layer 1/8" thick of Sculpey in small sheets (used a roller and a knife) and mold out the shapes and add more 1/8" sheets for intended detailling. Its like building an aluminum skeleton and sculpey is the flesh that covers it. Then 20 minutes in a convectional oven and BAM! My master is ready.
Some might say that Super Sculpey is brittle and stale when they first buy it and crumbles in their hands. Well, I'm here to tell you that THAT'S normal and Sculpey lasts a lifetime. Its like a Bazooka Joe bubble gum that comes brittle but after you chew it, it becomes soft. Same here but you have to beat it with a mallet, activating the chemicals and then the pieces will get soft and united again. It will stay soft too until you bake it.
I give this 5 stars. Here is a pictured demostration of crumbly Sculpey turning into soft polymer clay after a good bludgeoning.
Having said that, aside from being able to bake your sculpt in a consumer-grade oven to harden, *Super Sculpey* is nothing like Regular Sculpey. It has a medium density that can be softened a bit if you work the clay in your hands. When using tools, it feels a lot like carving a wax surface: the clay holds what you add or subtract from the forms, impressions don't "pinch" or "drag" the clay, sharp edges are easy to create without a hassle, and overall the clay feels very controllable.
It feels like a hybrid between moldable wax and plastilina. It can be firm enough to carve, but, if you need to blend new clay into a sculpt, a bit can be softened and used like an epoxy to attach the new part. This method allows a very smooth blend, secure bond, and eventually the softer bit will become more firm again. That's just a method I've found that works best for me, but it isn't necessarily the best or only way; you'll find that the clay is really very intuitive and easy to work with.
One of my favorite things about this compound is that it will always bond to itself. Even if you've baked a piece, you can add new clay to it, bake it again, and it will hold together beautifully. Knowing this, I like to build up certain underlying forms in my sculpt (like bones for example), bake at a fraction of the time to harden these forms just enough to hold their shape. On average I bake pieces like that in a preheated oven for about 5 minutes (max). That gives the clay plenty of stability, and I can still bake it again when I'm finished with the whole sculpt.
Anyway... This is a great sculpting compound for any skill or experience level. I would almost recommend this over any other option for a beginner. This clay is closer to what you want to be using to do quality detailed sculpts. I can't say that about the softer doughy stuff out there. To me, that stuff feels more like a toy to mess around with, whereas with something like Super Sculpey you have a compound that can handle a lot of intricate detailing and still be pliable enough to easily shape forms.
If you're a serious beginner (you haven't sculpted much or ever, but you plan to really dive in and give it a serious shot) then try something like this. You can reuse the clay if you don't bake it, it doesn't harden if you leave it out, it's super easy to work with, and you can bake your best creations to harden and paint them. It's not messy at all either, which can be a good thing for some people.
*Sculpey-Firm (grey) is good as well, and you can mix the two*.