Uses for "Sculpy"?

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by ELIZABET » Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Hi, Annette,
   I use Sculpey in a thin layer over foil armatures,
when making dolls and figures, and I also mix it half
and half with hardened SculpeyIII, (especially mud) to
make bead bases.
   It's good for making little balls to stick
toothpicks, craft sticks and other supports into for
baking figures, and if you mix it with mud, it makes
good handles for tools you make yourself.
   I don't think I would use it unmixed in anything
that is going to be handled a lot, but, maybe the
over-layer would add enough strength?
   Elizabeth

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Rev. Karin Conover-Lewi » Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Not familiar with the term "mud" used in the context of polyclay. Could you
eloborate, please? :->

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Quote:

> Hi, Annette,
>    I use Sculpey in a thin layer over foil armatures,
> when making dolls and figures, and I also mix it half
> and half with hardened SculpeyIII, (especially mud) to
> make bead bases.
>    It's good for making little balls to stick
> toothpicks, craft sticks and other supports into for
> baking figures, and if you mix it with mud, it makes
> good handles for tools you make yourself.
>    I don't think I would use it unmixed in anything
> that is going to be handled a lot, but, maybe the
> over-layer would add enough strength?
>    Elizabeth


 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by ELIZABET » Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Rev. Karin Conover-Lewis wrote ...

Quote:
>Not familiar with the term "mud" used in the context

of polyclay. Could you

Quote:
>eloborate, please? :->

<G> Sure! Mud is that stuff that you cut off the cane
ends, (and in my case, sometimes the whole dang cane!)
plus stuff you forgot to put with it's own color when
you're putting things away, (so you just toss it in
the "mud-pile" bag), plus all that stuff that we make
that looks like um... well, let's say "looks like less
than what we'd hoped," :)  so it all gets smushed and
put in the mudpile, too.

Hoping your mudpile is never too big!
Elizabeth

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Mike Souhrad » Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hello all, Before I knew better, I bought a box of Sculpey. You know, the one
> that bakes up brittle and weak.

New Reader
Sounds like I made the same mistake? Brittle and Weak concern me.
I want to reproduce old style communication receiver knobs.They
used hard injection molded plastic for them. Un affordable now
because of tooling cost and limited market for the collector.

I asumed because the Sculpy was a thermosetting material it would
have equivalent strength to earlier plastics. If I'm wrong what
material should I be using (other than liquid resins).

I also want to make some medallions about 2" Diam by 1/8" inch
I presume that the brittle nature of Sculpey throws that out?
Mike
Le Claire, Ia

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Rev. Karin Conover-Lewi » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Gee, I even misspelled "elaborate," yet you replied anyway! (g)

Thanks -- that's a great explanation. I had always wondered what the pro's
do with the unusable bits on the ends, and now I know. A wonderful
suggestion! :->

Do you attempt to blend it, or do you leave it with streaks and "veins?"
Don't imagine that blending it to a uniform colour would be very
interesting....

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Quote:

> Rev. Karin Conover-Lewis wrote ...
> >Not familiar with the term "mud" used in the context
> of polyclay. Could you
> >eloborate, please? :->

> <G> Sure! Mud is that stuff that you cut off the cane
> ends, (and in my case, sometimes the whole dang cane!)
> plus stuff you forgot to put with it's own color when
> you're putting things away, (so you just toss it in
> the "mud-pile" bag), plus all that stuff that we make
> that looks like um... well, let's say "looks like less
> than what we'd hoped," :)  so it all gets smushed and
> put in the mudpile, too.

> Hoping your mudpile is never too big!
> Elizabeth

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Vince Rhe » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>> Hello all, Before I knew better, I bought a box of Sculpey. You know, the
one
>> that bakes up brittle and weak.
>New Reader
>Sounds like I made the same mistake? Brittle and Weak concern me.
>I want to reproduce old style communication receiver knobs.They
>used hard injection molded plastic for them. Un affordable now
>because of tooling cost and limited market for the collector.

>I asumed because the Sculpy was a thermosetting material it would
>have equivalent strength to earlier plastics.

Assumption is wrong, (I had thought the same until I tried Sculpey after
having only used Cernit.) because even in the polymer clays that most of us
use, you would find a wide range of strength.  I have dropped completed
items on concrete floors and nothing happned.  I  had some items caught in
my grinder and thrown across the room with such force that a whole was left
in the wall, but the item had not a trace of being in the accident.  These
items were all of Cernit or Premo.  And I have had items handled carefully
that could not hold up to being held even by me while attempting to add more
to the piece to rebake.

Quote:
>If I'm wrong what
>material should I be using (other than liquid resins).

Just a thought, but have you been to radio or hamfests?  At several I have
been to, a man has been making these from a material that would easily pass
for Catalin and Bakelite.  It is an art plastic according to him.  I
purchased an art lamp (cost about $150), a matching box amd a night light.
His knobs were from $1 to $20 each.  Of course, if you are wanting to make
them, this won't help at all.

Quote:

>I also want to make some medallions about 2" Diam by 1/8" inch
>I presume that the brittle nature of Sculpey throws that out?

I would not waste any time using Sculpey for that.  I know a lot of people
use it, but so far I've had NO luck with durability on small pieces.

There is a clayer who makes wonderful drawer pulls.  Maybe someone will post
the information for you.  Can't remember right now, but could help you a
lot.

Good luck.
Jeanne
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The Victorian Lady  http://www.FoundCollection.com/~victoria/vl/index.htm

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Helen Fleisch » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>>I also want to make some medallions about 2" Diam by 1/8" inch
>>I presume that the brittle nature of Sculpey throws that out?

>I would not waste any time using Sculpey for that.  I know a lot of people
>use it, but so far I've had NO luck with durability on small pieces.

This is so true. I liken the basic white Sculpey to plaster when it's
baked and don't use it for any shape that would not hold up in plaster.
I have had good luck using it as an inner layer skinned over with other
polymer clays, though, especially the spindles. I've bounced those off
asphalt any number of times without cracking or chipping, but I still
tell people to avoid that if they can.


 Helen "Halla" Fleischer,
 Fantasy & Fiber Artist in Fairland, MD USA

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Shelley McLoughli » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Mike - Fimo or Premo are much stronger clays than Sculpey for what you're
trying to achieve. They are also slightly flexible which adds to their
strength.

Annette - It was suggested to me that a good use for Sculpey was to soften
hard fimo - especially old crumbly stuff. One part sculpey to 4 parts fimo.

Shelley
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Post by ELIZABET » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Rev. Karin Conover-Lewis wrote

Quote:
>Gee, I even misspelled "elaborate," yet you replied

anyway! (g)

Hey, I'm not OCD about *other* people's spelling, just
my own. ;)

Quote:
> I had always wondered what the pro's
>do with the unusable bits on the ends, and now I

know.

Wayellll? Not exactly a pro.... I've sold my work but,
right now, I'm in the process of getting back to
claying and painting, and maybe I'll be a pro, again,
one of these days. I keep making a stab at it, and
then we move, and I've got to start all over, again. I
got really discouraged at that, and gave up art
entirely for the last year or so... the message boards
here and at Delphi have gotten me going, again.

I just found another favorite use for "mud".....making
"bubble pots."

Take a look at:
http://www.homestead.com/ziggybeth/bubble.html and if
Homestead isn't acting up, again, you can see that
"mud" makes some pretty neat bottles. This is one of
the "Step-by-step" instruction pages I'm adding to my
site. There's also a picture of what's left of my
mudpile at "~ziggybeth/poly.html" - it's being
depleted, rapidly these days.

Quote:
>Do you attempt to blend it, or do you leave it with

streaks and "veins?"

Quote:
>Don't imagine that blending it to a uniform colour
would be very
>interesting....

<G> No, it isn't. Sometimes, I need a smooth grey or
tan, in which case I do blend it well, but, I like the
marbled/mottled look, even if it's going to be inside
a bead. If the bead ever breaks, the owner can say,
"Oh, look, this is cool on the inside, too!" LOL!

Got the sillies, today...
Elizabeth

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Vince Rhe » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Elizabeth,
You did a wonderful job explaining how to make those pots.  The pictures
were great, too.
Thanks!

Jeanne
***Bank  http://www.FoundCollection.com/~victoria/sb/index.htm
The Victorian Lady  http://www.FoundCollection.com/~victoria/vl/index.htm

Quote:

>Rev. Karin Conover-Lewis wrote

>>Gee, I even misspelled "elaborate," yet you replied
>anyway! (g)

>Hey, I'm not OCD about *other* people's spelling, just
>my own. ;)

>> I had always wondered what the pro's
>>do with the unusable bits on the ends, and now I
>know.

>Wayellll? Not exactly a pro.... I've sold my work but,
>right now, I'm in the process of getting back to
>claying and painting, and maybe I'll be a pro, again,
>one of these days. I keep making a stab at it, and
>then we move, and I've got to start all over, again. I
>got really discouraged at that, and gave up art
>entirely for the last year or so... the message boards
>here and at Delphi have gotten me going, again.

>I just found another favorite use for "mud".....making
>"bubble pots."

>Take a look at:
>http://www.FoundCollection.com/
>Homestead isn't acting up, again, you can see that
>"mud" makes some pretty neat bottles. This is one of
>the "Step-by-step" instruction pages I'm adding to my
>site. There's also a picture of what's left of my
>mudpile at "~ziggybeth/poly.html" - it's being
>depleted, rapidly these days.

>>Do you attempt to blend it, or do you leave it with
>streaks and "veins?"
>>Don't imagine that blending it to a uniform colour
>would be very
>>interesting....

><G> No, it isn't. Sometimes, I need a smooth grey or
>tan, in which case I do blend it well, but, I like the
>marbled/mottled look, even if it's going to be inside
>a bead. If the bead ever breaks, the owner can say,
>"Oh, look, this is cool on the inside, too!" LOL!

>Got the sillies, today...
>Elizabeth

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Rev. Karin Conover-Lewi » Thu, 01 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I took a look at your website, and those bottles look great! Now I know much
better what you were talking about, and I like it. Very much!

Thanks again :->

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Quote:

> Rev. Karin Conover-Lewis wrote

> >Gee, I even misspelled "elaborate," yet you replied
> anyway! (g)

> Hey, I'm not OCD about *other* people's spelling, just
> my own. ;)

> > I had always wondered what the pro's
> >do with the unusable bits on the ends, and now I
> know.

> Wayellll? Not exactly a pro.... I've sold my work but,
> right now, I'm in the process of getting back to
> claying and painting, and maybe I'll be a pro, again,
> one of these days. I keep making a stab at it, and
> then we move, and I've got to start all over, again. I
> got really discouraged at that, and gave up art
> entirely for the last year or so... the message boards
> here and at Delphi have gotten me going, again.

> I just found another favorite use for "mud".....making
> "bubble pots."

> Take a look at:
> http://www.homestead.com/ziggybeth/bubble.html and if
> Homestead isn't acting up, again, you can see that
> "mud" makes some pretty neat bottles. This is one of
> the "Step-by-step" instruction pages I'm adding to my
> site. There's also a picture of what's left of my
> mudpile at "~ziggybeth/poly.html" - it's being
> depleted, rapidly these days.

> >Do you attempt to blend it, or do you leave it with
> streaks and "veins?"
> >Don't imagine that blending it to a uniform colour
> would be very
> >interesting....

> <G> No, it isn't. Sometimes, I need a smooth grey or
> tan, in which case I do blend it well, but, I like the
> marbled/mottled look, even if it's going to be inside
> a bead. If the bead ever breaks, the owner can say,
> "Oh, look, this is cool on the inside, too!" LOL!

> Got the sillies, today...
> Elizabeth

 
 
 

Uses for "Sculpy"?

Post by Kestre » Thu, 01 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>I just found another favorite use for "mud".....making
>"bubble pots."

Love these!  Will have to have my try at making one.

Quote:
>Take a look at:
>http://www.homestead.com/ziggybeth/bubble.html

Thanks for your pages. I did have some problem viewing your page... not sure
if it a problem on my end or yours... but I had overlapping text and
pictures, and one picture missing.

My Heart,

Kestrel