View Full Version : Sculpey Q&A
07-28-2002, 12:00 PM
I know just about everyone uses it for customs, just how do you use it? I read somewhere that you have to bake it? Is that true, if so how long etc, and won't the rest of the figure melt?
07-29-2002, 12:25 AM
It is similar to modeling clay except that to make it permanent you'll have to bake it or heat it. Detailed instructions come with the stuff when you buy it. You DO NOT bake it with the figure! You make the mold of say the head for the figure, bake it or heat it using a hair dryer or heat gun. After it dries, you then glue it to the figure.
07-29-2002, 02:08 AM
'Course if you use a hair dryer then I'm sure you could probably leave it on the figure or something since the figure would just heat up which wouldn't be nearly the same as baking it in the oven. I've use the hair dryer on a couple figures to try to repose them and they just soften up.
I've had a good deal of success curing super sculpey in boiling water. I usually heat up a mug of water in the micro (be careful taking it out--it's hot and could bubble over), then I stick the figure and sculpey in for 30 to 60 seconds depending on the thickness of the sculpt.
07-29-2002, 08:46 PM
Thanks all. if everything goes well you'll get to see pictures, heck even if I get a blob of gray plastic I'm sure that'd garner a laugh or two.
09-08-2002, 08:18 AM
Hey all dioramas enthusias... I have heard alot abt this thing called super sculpey... What is it actually? Is it something like clay where is hardens when blow dried? I am kinda finding a substitute as I don't think I can find the same brand called super sculpey... It would be better if someone actually had some pics to actually let me visualise what it looks like! So come on you lads... HELP ME!! :)
09-08-2002, 09:48 AM
Sculptey is a modeling clay. It hardens when you bake it. You can buy it at a craft store. I bought some for around $2. The package itself is approx. 2 inches x 3 inches x .5 inch. It is wrapped in a clear plastic. It comes in many different colors.
This website might help you. http://www.ffurg.com/articles/basics.htm
They have "How To" and on line supplier links
09-08-2002, 10:07 AM
Hey thanks RougueII!! I think I know what to look out for now... Maybe now I should extend the thread alittle...
Anyone with any experiences and work with sculpey? :)
09-09-2002, 01:32 AM
Sculpy rules. I got the white color because I find it easiest to work with. I've always baked it. Does a hairdryer work?
09-09-2002, 01:50 AM
I heard that you could dry it with a heat gun which I think it much hotter than a hairdryer.... maybe if you use the hairdryer for an extended period of time... it could be done... but thats just a guess from me... Anyone else could confirm it with me too?
09-09-2002, 11:34 AM
I take it that if u bake it you cannot sculpt onto the figure- that you would have to do that separate and then glue the baked sculpty or something.
09-10-2002, 03:15 AM
Using a hairdryer does work quite well. You can sculpt the clay on-piece if you use the hairdryer. I've done it many times and it worked great,downside being it takes longer to dry the clay. But it also allows you from melting any plastic exposed to the heat. All you have to do is dry the sculpey in stages. Don't worry if the piece you're working on gets a little spongy while drying,just use that as your timer to take the heat off. Using a heat gun is okay but there may be a chance of over-heating the plastic. I used heatguns to shrink-wrap R/C car battery packs all the time and ended up wrecking some expensive battery cells because of too much heat. Just be careful and it'll turn out well.
09-12-2002, 04:13 AM
Thanks for sharing your experiences... i was worried that the hairdryer would not work as it might overheat or something like that... Hopefully once I get my digicam up and running etc... I would be able to participate more in this section of the forum :)
09-16-2002, 10:54 PM
what kind of paint works the best on sculpey? And what tools do you use to sculpt the sculpey?
10-03-2002, 06:12 PM
There are several forms of Sculpey including Sculpey, Super Sculpey SculpeyIII, and Sculpey Super Flex. I use Super sculpey for most of my customs, but on certain occasions use Sculpey Super Flex which is supposed to be a bit more flexible when it hardens. If you go to this website http://www.geocities.com/joe_kisenwether/swpez and scroll down to the 4th pictuire you will see a Tusken Raider Pez dispenser. It started as a Spider-Man, but I used Super sculpey on its head and like AJ boiled the head. This works real well and you don't have to wait long or worry about melting anything. Any paint will work on Sculpey as long as you prime it first with a sealer or a Gesso. I first stared customizing dispensers and bodys I was using the Testors oil model paints. They worked real well and I didn't have any problems with painting even though I wasn't using a primer at the time. I tried using another type of oil paint and found out that it didn't dry well on the sculpey and in fact became stickey. That's when I started using a primer and switched to acrylic paints. For one thing they are much cheaper then the oil base paints (I can get tubes for .25c each as opposed to almost a dollar for Testors), They also come in over a 100 colors and dry quickly. As for tools, I mainly use a small rubber tipped chisel like devise that I bought from an art store This works great for smothing out the rough spots Another device is the X-acto knife for cutting the clay and a small needle like device which is used for making lines, poking holes in the clay and many other things.
10-04-2002, 12:50 AM
Awesome.... thank you for the really detailed response.
That Tusken raider pez is incredible.
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