Sculpey III Polymer Clay Review

Sculpey III polymer clay
Sculpey III polymer clay

Most of you will already know that I am really not a fan of Sculpey III polymer clay. In my opinion it is totally unsuitable for any kind of professional polymer clay work. In this review I will share with you why I don't like this polymer clay, and why, in my opinion, it should be avoided.

Unfortunately, it is one of the less expensive brands on the market, and this results in many polymer clay beginners buying up a whole lot from their local craft store, before realizing that it just isn't suitable for the project they have in mind.

If you are one of those who find themselves stuck with drawers full of this stuff, be sure to watch all the way to the end of this video, where I'll be giving you a few ideas of what you can use it for.

Sculpey III Polymer Clay Review

Why I don't recommend this polymer clay:
  • The colors aren't very appealing straight from the package, and they don't improve much when they're mixed.
  • I have heard many stories about its pungent smell, and I would have to agree. It has a really unpleasant smell.
  • It's very soft which makes it very difficult to work with, and impossible to roll through the pasta machine.
  • The baked clay is extremely brittle and breaks easily.
  • The clay layers do not bond well together.

I only recommend this clay for kids as playdough. Don't bake it though, because their creations will break.

As for professional use, I strongly recommend staying away from it.

If you are stuck with a load of this clay and don't know what to do with it, I have a few ideas:
  • Use it to make texture stamps using the technique in my Pebble Stamp Tutorial.
  • Use it for the Jessama Smear Technique.
  • Use it to make shape templates, but be careful to treat them gently so that they don't break.
  • Use it for bead cores and surround the core with a thickish layer of one of the other stronger clays.
Other clays that I do recommend include:
  • Kato
  • Premo Sculpey
  • Fimo Professional
  • Fimo Soft
  • Pardo Art Clay
  • Cernit
  • Sculpey Souffle

Sculpey III Polymer Clay Review

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