What is the best clay to use?

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What is the best clay to use?

Post  Faydust on Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:11 am

I have been using Sculpey III so far since starting with polymer clay. I mostly just make charms and small pieces - no figurines or anything like that. Is this the best brand durability wise? I'm kind of scared to just go buy a whole bunch and test them without really knowing how good they are.

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Post  moofestgirl on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:15 am

To me, polymer clay is polymer clay. Some brands have different colors but they're generally the same thing. I find that Sculpey in general, makes their clays REALLY hard so I always check for extra soft packs before I buy. Premo, Kato and Fimo make really soft clays , which I like personally. Lastly, a brand called CraftSmart, it's a Michael's off brand but it's nice and soft. But all in all they're all just about the same.

Also, the Sculpey Gloss Glaze reacts with pink colored paints from certain brands. Oborocann on dA found that the brand Delta Ceramcoat doesn't react with it. That's about it, though.

Hope that helped.
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Post  Faydust on Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:26 pm

Thanks! That does help quite a bit. Smile I seen the Craftsmart clay at Michaels and was wondering about it too. I guess I can try out some of the others then. Smile The only problem I have with Sculpey III is the red leaves stains on my fingers and then it comes off on the other colors so I have to keep furiously washing my hands after using red clay. Sad

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Post  moofestgirl on Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:34 am

Oh I have that problem with red clay as well, no matter what brand you use. What you can do is dip your fingers in water so that it doesn't stick, use gloves or - what I do - have a kitchen cloth you're not particularly fond of and just kinda wipe you're fingers off on that. I know for me I have REALLY dry skin and to continuously wash or wear gloves is BAAAAAD for my skin.

Also, If you wanna try the other brands of clay now would be the time. Michael's is doing a 4 for 5$ sale on all the brands - except craftsmart because it's already really cheap - So you could check it out and get a few brands with out the expence, because Premo IS NOT CHEAP x.x It's like 2.25$ an ounce - the only one over 1.50$ x.x

But yeah xp
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Post  Faydust on Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:58 am

Oh wow thanks I didn't know about the sale. I went just a week ago and I didn't see any sales at all -_- You've been tons of help Very Happy I'm going to try the cloth thing later too for the red clay. My hands started cracking already from all of the washing. =/

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Post  moofestgirl on Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:27 pm

No problem!~

The sale ends the 19th or the 20th. I forget. I know their sales last a week though.
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Re: What is the best clay to use?

Post  captain didgey on Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:04 am

At my Micheals store right now all polymer clays are only $0.99 each, with the Craft Smart brand for $0.60. I don't know if this sale will be going on all week or not, but it's worth checking into if you wanna stock up on Premo *_*
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Re: What is the best clay to use?

Post  moofestgirl on Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:10 am

captain didgey wrote:At my Micheals store right now all polymer clays are only $0.99 each, with the Craft Smart brand for $0.60. I don't know if this sale will be going on all week or not, but it's worth checking into if you wanna stock up on Premo *_*

My husband is going to hate me when I tell him this XD I get to take a trip to Michael's today to see if it's still on sale!!!! XDDDDD lololol

Thanks for the tip ^^
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Re: What is the best clay to use?

Post  marylouweisner on Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:32 pm

Go with Terra Cota clay it always the best and it turn soft again with water as long as you don't fire it.


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what is the best clay to use?

Post  jeenarosy on Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:37 pm

There's no one answer to this question; each clay brand has its own strengths and weaknesses, and different clay artists have different preferences. Some of the Brands are:

Sculpey Polyform Products Co.
Premo Sculpey Polyform Products Co.
Fimo Eberhard Faber
Promat Polyform Products Co.
Cernit T&F GmbH
Friendly Clay Amaco

The best brand for you will depend on what you want to use it for, and also on your personal preferences and how you like to work with with the clay.

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