Uses for sculpey

Most of you that follow me in the forums know I love sculpey.  It’s an amazing product because it stays soft for years unless you bake it… 

A few of the many uses I’ve found for the stuff:

– Keeping paint wet.  Are you an artist that paints?  Do you mix your paints on a pallete with little cups around the edges?  Grab a zip lock bag and put it on top of the cups when you are cleaning out the brushes and are ready to leave for the night (I use the gallon ones to cover more space), and then put a handful of sculpey on top of the bag and mold it around the cups to create what is basically an airtight seal on it.  Use the bag to keep the sculpey from going in to the paint.  I guess in theory you could put the sculpey in the paint itself since it’s oil based and acrylic is water based, but the bag makes things a lot nicer and cleaner.  Don’t use cheap bags… use ziplock since it’s got more watertight seal.

– Stress Relief.  It’s a lot like a stress relief ball.  You might want to put it in a baloon or something though since it does leave a residue on your hands… not enough to really be ‘dirty’ but enough that you will likely want to wash your hands before doing too much other stuff.

– Spacing/ventilation.  I love to put ‘feet’ made of sculpey on electronic equipment that gets hot.  Don’t do this for laptops since it may be way too hot there as it’ll make the stuff too soft and mushy, but for electronic equipment like cable boxes, satellite reception boxes, and other gizmos and gadgets that usually sit on desks and get warm to the touch it’s great. 

– blocking out light.  Got LED lights on your electronic gizmos and gadgets that are way too bright?  Put a dab of sculpey on top to create a filter.  You don’t have to block out all the light… really light application can act as a tint/shade that just dulls the light down a bit.  Many manufacterrs have gone to using LED but just don’t know how to make them dim enough to not hurt your eyes…

– Holding up things… I’ve used sculpey to hold up pie pans to help create reflectors for indoor rabbit ear type antennas in basements before… You can use it for all sorts of actual sculpture uses like this since this is what the stuff really is made to do.


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