Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Sculpey® but this story is my own.
Recently, Sculpey® asked if I wanted to play and create with their premo Sculpey® clay. Admittedly I don’t have much experience working with clay. Actually, I have none. I have vague memories of being handed a green lump of clay in grade school but I don’t remember what we did with it. I do remember that it dried out and became a rock quite quickly. Well, Sculpey clay is not your grandmother’s clay!
“premo Sculpey® is an artist’s dream come true! After conditioning this clay is soft enough to blend easily but firm enough to hold fine detail and for specialized techniques. It’s perfect for caning, mokume gane and mica shift. Because premo retains flexibility, the finished product remains very strong and durable.”
Here is what I learned from my experience of working with premo Sculpey® clay:
- Have a clean work surface. You don’t want fuzz or dirt getting in your masterpiece. I found a round piece of glass from a picture frame and used it as my work surface. I used a pizza pan from the dollar to use in the oven to bake the clay pieces.
- Take a minute or two to condition the clay. It becomes more workable as it softens up a bit.
- Have fun!
As I said, I am not a clay-working expert. Just a beginner and I have to say that once I let go of the thought that I needed to create magazine-worthy pieces, I started having fun! I made some very basic shapes, like little beads that I poked a hole through with a large needle. Lesson learned? Use a bigger needle!
Using tiny molds, I made first pieces of art clay are little stars, hearts, and butterflies that I plan on using as scrapbook page embellishments.
I love the pretty colors and the glittered clay that came in the box of premo! Sculpey Accents. There are called: Stones, Flourescents, Glitters, and Pearls. And I can just imagine the wonderful things that can be made using this oven-bake clay. In fact, just head over to Pinterest and Instagram where you will find lots of ideas, sharing, and inspiration!
I started out by making basic, easy shapes with just one color, but now I want to learn and create more. I used the Sculpey® clay tool starter set. It’s perfect for beginners like me.
I also used the Mini Metal Cutters to make those scrapbook embellishments. There are heart, star, oval, butterflies, circles, and flower shapes.
I remember reading somewhere to try using the clay in a die cutting embossing folder. They said to brush corn starch onto the surface of the embossing folder.
So I tried it.
That experiment didn’t work out so well!
Now, I’m going to try layers different colors of the clay and make a pretty pair of earrings!
I definitely need some practice with rolling out the clay but I can definitely see where this could get addicting! What about you? Do you work and create with clay? I’d love to hear about it!