Out of all the polymer clays that I have used thus far Super Sculpey is by far my favorite. It is a huge improvement over the original Sculpey which in my opinion is way too soft for detailed sculpting. Super Sculpey offers the best of both worlds by being firm enough to sculpt a high level of details but also soft enough to manipulate the clay with ease.
If there is one disadvantage or downfall with Super Sculpey it is that the color has a tendency to make it harder to see things like fingerprints in the clay. The light beige color is translucent and after hours of sculpting it can put a strain on your eyes (or at least mine). There are ways around this and the easiest fix is to mix Super Sculpey with another colored polymer clay like Fimo or Premo. I’ve done this many times and the color that I like to best work with is a medium shade of gray. Gray is easier on my eyes and makes it to see all of the details, including the unwanted fingerprints.
Another way to work around the fingerprints issue is to spray the sculpture with a gray primer after it has been baked. The gray primer picks up all the subtle details and makes it easy to find any mistakes that were made. Anything that needs to be fixed can be done so by adding a little Vaseline and new fresh clay (that will need to be cured once the fixes are complete).
However although the color at times is a disadvantage, I also like to use it as an advantage. The translucent clay has almost a flesh color in appearance when you work with it and it really brings a piece to life when you are sculpting the human figure. I still sculpt a lot of my figures with the light beige color and just go back later on to fix any mistakes using the primer steps that I noted above.
Anyone that has worked with polymer clay before is already more than aware of the great benefits it has to offer. I’ve been working with polymer clays for a few years now and outlined below are a few of the highlighted features that I have discovered in my sculpting journey:
- Can be curred in any over or toaster oven by baking at low temperatures
- Produce a long lasting sculpture at a fraction of the cost for having to create expensive molds
- Can mix with other polymer clays to create different colors, firmness, etc.
- New clay can be added to backed clay by just adding a little Vaseline
- Can be sanded and polished
- Can be primed and painted as a final piece.
Where to Purchase
Super Sculpey is easily available through most arts and crafts stores. For those that do not have access to a Hobby Lobby other art store, Super Sculpey can be purchased from many online art related websites. Dick Blick’s website currently is currently selling Super Sculpey at a cheaper price than I have been able to find at my local hobby store. They give you the option to purchase the clay in one pound or eight pound packs and I have included a link to their Super Sculpey pages below.
Keep in mind that the current prices may change over time. As of this writing Dick Blick is offering the following deals.
1 pound -Super Sculpey (around $8.35)
8 pound -Super Sculpey (around $64.74)
All the best,