Is liquid sculpey readily available where you find polymer clay? I haven't
really looked, but wondered if I'll find it in craft stores like Michaels or
Tell us more, Douglas! How is Plastisol used in the silkscreening
process -- like inks? How is it cured?
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To answer the question asked, however, you can only get Liquid Sculpey (as far
as I know) in huge vats from the manufacturer or from someone who buys a huge
vat and repackages it into small jars. I think that includes Prairiecraft and
The Clay Factory of Escondido. If Polyform is now packaging it for us normal
mortals, I hope someone will say so!
Side note -- this sutff is intended for manufacturing use where I assume they
have good fans and ventilation. Even if regular polymer clay fumes don't
bother you when you bake indoors, this stuff WILL -- it REALLY stinks while
baking. (No odor after that I have noticed.) So I strongly recommend even if
you never usually do, put your oven outside or take other "extreme" measures
to ventilate! You will be happy you did the first time you get a whiff!!!
On a realted note, is anyone aware of what's going on with the release of
Sculpey Flex?? Thought it was going to appear by now?
When I spoke with Jan Walcott at Polyform recently, she said that Polyform
was planning to have it out in June for retail. I, too, am anxious to see it
soon, as I am heartily recommending it for my Woven Vessels class at Ravensdale
Jan had previously (and very generously!) sent me samples to play with and
experiment on, and I know Marie Segal and Kris Richards have also tried it,
even in canes. Have you had a chance to play with it? Let me know if you have
any questions I might be able to answer. --- Dori
I build my own screens, hindges and all. Have 'cut' my barrie (negative) from
sheets of lacor or done my own prep work for photo resist , and then pulled the
prints by hand. I have used an assortment of inks. I tend to (because I'm lazy)
prefer the air dry/cured inks but have also done the heat cureings thing.
Guess what? the temp is about 200 degrees but will stand 300.
It is the cloth that is the most sensitive item here.
I did some of the beta testing at the clay factory with the Flex
Clay and found it quite good for certain techniques. It did tend to get
very sticky when I worked too long on a piece. I have warm hands which I
think didn't help this. One of the things I did with the clay was to
make flowers that I put onto a polymer clay postcard. The clay, being
rather flexible, went through the mail without a hitch. Or a nick.
Dotty in CA