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    Does mixing Sculpey3 and Super Sculpey affect the consistence?

    I saw Smellybugs mixing Super Sculpey and Sculpey 3 in his tutorial,and I am wondering if it will change the consistence or texture of the clay.Is it recomendable??
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    I normally mix Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm - to get harder or softer clay - depending on what its for. I suggest doing some experiments - and then filling in the rest of us on the result.

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    This is what I have done. Not sure if is recomendable. So far my scupltures are still alive

    I mix Super Sculpey with FIMO to get a range from soft to hard.
    Super Sculpey = soft .
    FIMO= hard.
    For spikes or pointy parts I use.
    Super Flex Scupley = it won't break as easy.

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    Right now I only use Sculpey mixed with Sculpey III, and yes it does make
    it softer too a very small degree.. Almost unnoticeable...

    I only mix one Sculpey III with a whole box of Super Sculpey

    I also have read a lot of places where people use the Fimo and it makes the
    Sculpey harder..

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    I have mixed SS with Fimo, Premo, and Sculpey III, usually with the SS being a much larger percentage. The change to the "wet" working consistency is small but noticeable, but doesn't really impact how I work wit hit. I have not noticed any difference in the final baked product whatsoever.

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    I mixed black Fimo® with Super Sculpey® to get an opaque clay, though it's still several shades darker than I'd like.
    I mixed them 1:8, half a 2oz. block of the black with half a pound of SS.
    I may work in the rest of the SS block to lighten it further, but I found the SS much more firm as a result.

    If you use a pasta machine to mix (highly recommended), don't get one of the cheap models, spend a few extra bucks to get one that will last.

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    I mentioned mixing Sculptey in my wife's new Kitchenaid pasta attachment and she nearly stabbed me.

    I wasn't even serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetterschneider View Post
    I mentioned mixing Sculptey in my wife's new Kitchenaid pasta attachment and she nearly stabbed me.

    I wasn't even serious.
    lol

    I find it makes a bit softer-but i kinda like the consitantcy.i bought a load of sculpey firm (which comes grey) but its really crumbly and i have to really condition it to get it how i want.Once my batch has finished im going back to super sculpy and mixing black and white into it.Just a personal preference.Like someone said-experiment and see what you like.
    I can't say it has affected any of my sculpts.

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds SS Firm crumbly. Some people rave over it, but it takes a lot of conditioning to get it useable, much more than with regular SS mixed with Fimo or Sculpey III.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlamarche View Post
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds SS Firm crumbly. Some people rave over it, but it takes a lot of conditioning to get it useable, much more than with regular SS mixed with Fimo or Sculpey III.
    Yeah i thought it was just my batch-but then i found out it was normal for it to be that crumbly.It took way longer to condition it, than mixing white and black sculpey in to super sculpey.Never again.I just don't like it.

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    Well,I just bought Sculpey 3 white and FIMO black (there is no sculpey black in my local store...),but the FIMO is Soft!!!And I think is very soft.Would it make my final clay too soft if I mix it with SS and Sculpey3??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camara View Post
    And I think is very soft.Would it make my final clay too soft if I mix it with SS and Sculpey3??
    Fimo is bit softer. It's going to depend on how much you mix in. I generally mix half of a small 3oz packet of Fimo black with a pound of SS and a whole packet of Fimo white, and I actually like the consistency.

    Remember, you can always leach the clay after you mix it if it's too soft. Just roll out sheets in your pasta machine, put them between sheets of paper, put a book on top of them and leave them overnight. The next morning, the clay will be firmer, probably back to the consistency of the SS alone, maybe even a touch firmer.

    And you can go the other way - if you leach too much, you can add clay softener back in.

    A lot of this comes to personal taste. Personally, I like a soft clay for buildup and large flat areas but a firmer clay for areas that are going to need a lot of detail work like the face and hands.

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