Hi everyone !
After almost a year without continuing to work on my Bruce The Shark project I'm back.
The problem is that sculpey firm has lost its properties, while "craquelé" has a very unpleasant to give shape to detail.
Is it possible that the clay has lost properties during these months?
What I can do to improve the product?
Please I would appreciate your help.
I guess the sculpey loose some of its good properties over time, so the cracking effect you see now is not a good sign. If I were you I would have hardened the shark in an oven, and then maybe use sandpaper to smooth it down, and repair the cracks with fresh new sculpey, and some white spirit to make it connect better. Applying new fresh thin sculpey sheets on top of your baked shark will also give a very nice skin-effect.
Thanks so much, Bard
It's hard to explain.
Somehow has hardened and if I add new sculpey firm on areas previously modeled for many months,clay is not properly cohesive, somehow the product is "rejected."
If I apply the white spirit on the shark,can I get to gain some elasticity in old sculpey firm ?
I would try to use white spirit on a brush to try smoothen up the old sculpey. It might work. I also use white spirit to attach fresh sculpey onto hardened sculpey. It seems to me that it attach better, but you should be careful not to add to much. Using white spirit on sculpey can also make the sculpey dryer, and harder to work with in the long term. Next time, you should`nt wait one hole year until next sculpting session:-P
Where do you get white spirit?
I don't think white spirit will help here. You need to get the sculpey soft again and for it to stay that way. Get some Sculpey softener (it's basically a bottle of plasticizer, the stuff that gives sculpey its pliability) and apply it to the whole sculpture (not too much, usually a few drops is all that's necessary, but I don't know the size of your sculpture), let it be absorbed and see if you need to add more.
Thanks so much both of you.
I'm really worried about this project,need to save it...
Here's the link,please take a look. Shark is about 40cm. long (quite small piece)
It was originally designed to be baked before the mold session hence the small size of the beast.
I had to use my Roma clay...such a great,superb clay...
Try the Sculpey Softener like the other guys said. I'd brush a layer on over the whole thing and then put the sculpt in a large zip-lok bag or wrap it with plastic food wrap to keep the air away from it and let the Softener soak into the Sculpey. After a while you should notice a difference in the sculpt's ability to workable again.
try brushing it down with vaseline....it won't evaporate as fast as the spirits and may have a better chance of bringing it back a bit. If not it may allow you to add new clay on top and then bake as you normally would. I've brought back entire bricks of hardened Sculpey by brushing them with vaseline. It can't do any harm in any case, because if it doesn't work you can wipe it off.
if you smoothed it with essence, turpenoid and co and you let your piece for some months, the sculpey dries and you have this "craquelé" style on it
Thank you all for your answers and suggestions .. there are differing opinions and I have to settle for one ...
I was at the art store where I usually buy sculpey and they advised me to use body oil , what do you think?
What would be the best option?
Well, I've already told you what I think. If you really care about saving your sculpture use Sculpey Softener, the liquid in that bottle is what has actually dried out of your scupture. All the others may or may not work... your choice.