I'm new here, and a bit new to this modelling stuff (I do CG modelling, rather than the hands on stuff). But got bitten by the bug.
Was intrigued about the differences between Sculpey and super sculpey.
I'm aware super sculpey has more of transluscent quality - but does it model, feel better or different from normal ol' sculpey?
this Question comes about because I'm on a bit of a budget and would quite like to work on a large-ish model and sculpey is literally half the price of super sculpey.
Is super sculpey worth the 100% price increase?
I like working with S Sculpey better, you can pull it like chewing gum while Sculpey is more crumbly.
And just for your comparsion:
I just peeled out the glass eyes of an old sculpey dragon of mine, with my bare fingernails. With Super Sculpey thats much harder. And yes the eyes were in deep sockets (uhm, yes, now you all officially know what a horrible death my older works endure...sculpturekillarwoman! raaarrr)
Then again, nice price difference. I tend to use normal sculpey for bulkey parts, or sockets (only! if you sculpt over a base, not plain sculpey !)
I once saw a comparison somewhere saying that fimo soft bakes up best concerning breakage (not as hard but bounces off better... something like that)
your question: it really really depends what you make. The more bulky the form the more I'd recommend cheaper sculpey, the more thinpartsdetails the more you will be better off with Super. I sometimes also mix mine.
But, no matter what what you will eventually take, be sure to make a good armature. Good luck and muchos fun. And beware, you will be soon addicted
I'm based in Wellington, New Zealand. I found a NZ place on the net, but it's not terribly good value unless one buys a whole box of the stuff (10kg) which makes it per Kg pretty darn good - but a fairly sizable outlay. I've been buying small amounts from the local art supply store.
Thanks I checked the site - good to see it's possible to buy the 8lb blocks.
Cheers and thanks so much for your answers, that just what I wanted to here.
Super Sculpey it shall be I think. Until I can get some cash though I'll have to be using the wet clay
I've used plain Sculpey because I teach art in a public school and have to buy many materials out of my own pocket. Sculpey is fine for children's work or things you don't take particularly seriously. But, personally speaking, plain Sculpey is too soft for me and too brittle after curing.
I see that most everyone who does this seriously uses Super Sculpey. That's what I'll use next time I want to make a real sculpture of my own. Oh, there's also Milliput -- apparently some artists have terrific success with it. I've only used it to join the various parts of figurines together, and it's wonderful for that.
I want to add that Polyform has a substantial quality control problem with plain Sculpey. Some boxes contain a drier, stiffer clay while other boxes contain a wet, gooey clay that is very tough to work with. I've got two 8 lb. boxes of Sculpey that is about as soft as peanut butter, and I am not very happy about that.
Maybe Sculpey isn't marked up enough for Polyform to care about its quality?