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Old 01-29-2018, 10:49 PM
JBobaloo JBobaloo is offline
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What type of polymer to use for sculpting?

Hi Everyone!

I'm struggling to get to the root of which polymer clay is best for sculpting figures. I've perused the Blue Bottle Tree and gathered some helpful info there but could use some suggestions as I don't want to buy more products and then find out they aren't fit for my projects. I'd say my pieces will have thin parts and some medium thick sections (think slender fish, thin fins...). I've heard Super Sculpeys are too brittle, Premo's are better, etc. Any advice?
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:04 PM
honey hatter honey hatter is offline
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Re: What type of polymer to use for sculpting?

Hey jb I make miniatures and use premo, love premo because it's not as soft as other clays. That said "sculpey iii" & "soufflé" brand clays are also good, these brands also have interesting sparkly clay. I have seen other artists use super sculpey they seemed to use it for bigger sculptures. I hope this helps🙂
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:30 AM
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Re: What type of polymer to use for sculpting?

Hi JB,

I haven't done any polymer clay for several years. And the only carving I did was on Premo. It worked out fine but I wasn't actually sculpting a figure like you are.

You mentioned Blue Bottle Tree. I remember I saved an article of hers on Sculpey Soufflé. It's a great article. It's called "Working with Sculpey Soufflé - A Review."

I can't quote the whole article here, but it has tons of info that might be relevant to you. But here is one quote:

"Sculpey Soufflé is a novelty clay, not a workhorse. It is fun, it has a lot of wonderful qualities. And for some techniques, I think we'll find that it will turn out to be the best clay on the market. It is certainly the first clay that I recommend for people who are makng figurines..."
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