Sculpey/Polyform are the names for the same polymer clay; so named to appeal to both the Art and the Craft markets. It was the first clay manufactured by Polyform Products. It is available in White only and bulk packaged making it the most economical polymer available. We have found its widest attraction among the school arts people. In terms of workability, it is extremely easily conditioned, requiring only a few turns in the hand to prepare it for use.
As it is White only, coloring is achieved through the use of surface treatment; acrylic paints work best and can be applied directly to the cured clay. Tempera paint does not work well; the paint beads on the surface. If properly treated (the application of water based glaze), oil paints can be used as well as acrylics.
Sculpey/Polyform is a "dead" medium; that is, it has minimal "bounce back" or fill in. Take a modeling tool and score the surface, you'll see that the detail remains sharp and does not round out. This is a characteristic shared by all the clays manufactured by Polyform Products. So, we say that Sculpey/Polyform takes tooling and detailing beautifully.
In terms of strength, it is not the most durable of polymers so we recommend its use in the creation of small, compact sculpture. Because of its economy, it is wonderful way to involve children in both sculpture and painting.
Do you have questions about Sculpey or polymer clay? Feel free to email: Donna Kato, Polyform's in-house artist, for help.
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