View Full Version : Really Bizzare Sculpy Problem

06-14-2003, 11:13 PM
I'm having issues ...

I made the rose crest holder thingy for my Utena costume, out of Scuply.

For some reason, the stupid thing won't harden!

I've baked it twice now, and it's kind of.... rubbery. Like I can bend it and it will spring back into shape. It's so weird.

I'm afraid I'm going to burn it if I keep baking it. Has anyone else ever had this problem?

06-14-2003, 11:39 PM
First of all, have you let it sit out for a while? It should be *completely* cooled before you starty worrying about it. Also make sure that you've got the right temperature setting.

06-14-2003, 11:58 PM
If you bake sculpty for too long it will "burn" (or turn weird colors anyway) so beware... There are temperature increments that you have to put the temp on at for each inch of sculpty. It should say how long on the wrapper.

06-15-2003, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by Mouse
First of all, have you let it sit out for a while? It should be *completely* cooled before you starty worrying about it. Also make sure that you've got the right temperature setting.
I ran into the same problem when I baked Scupley for the first time. It was all bendy and everything when it was finished because I didn't let it cool down completely. After it's COMPLETELY cooled, it's pretty much as hard as a rock.

06-15-2003, 08:58 AM
It's been laying around my apartment for a week:)

It's good and cool, and still all bendy. Very strange :)

06-15-2003, 10:18 AM
If it discolors, though, you can always paint it. Acrylic paints, the kind that come in the two-ounce squeeze bottles, work fine on polymer clay.

06-15-2003, 10:18 AM
Just a thought - you didn't use that eraser sculpy, did you? That would make it bendy.

You could always roll out a backing for the crest thing and bake that onto it to give it some support.

06-15-2003, 11:53 AM
You're not the only one - I have NEVER managed to get Sculpy to harden completely. I wonder if I'm just not baking it long enough - of course it warns you not to overbake it, but how on earth are you supposed to tell if it's baked enough...?

06-15-2003, 02:38 PM
LOL I bake it until it starts to scorch a little. :) But everything I've done with sculpy has been painted after baking, so you can't see that it's sort of brownish after baking. That is, however, because my oven sucks and gets too hot even at 200 degrees.

How thick is the piece you made? Thickness has a lot to do with how long you need to bake it. The pieces for my Millennium Puzzle were really thin and were sort of flexible immediately after they came out of the oven, but then they hardened fine when they cooled.

06-15-2003, 09:32 PM
I always make my Sculpey pieces a little bigger than they need to be, then I let them bake long enough to scorch them a little. I just file off the burnt pieces afterwards. That way I know that it's done.

06-15-2003, 09:38 PM
All right, I'll try deliberately overbaking a bit next time and see what happens... I've had bad luck with Sculpy pieces breaking on me in the past, but it seems I've been underbaking. *sigh* Also, how the heck do people handle this stuff without getting fingerprints all over it? I'm constantly astonished by the people who make those fancy rolled-out beads with it...

06-15-2003, 09:39 PM
I made my Lulu hairsticks out of sculpty, and the petals on the one with the small bells and beads are how you describe your project.. rubbery. ^^; It's really odd, but I haven't run into any problems with it breaking or anything like that. ^^;

06-15-2003, 09:56 PM
I sanded the earrings I made before I painted them, it got rod of most of the fingerprints that were left.

All of the other pieces of Scupley I have ever baked have come out just fine. I'm probably going to bake it again and see what happens.

It's a very thin piece, it's basically a long rolled-out piece arranged into the Utena-esqe scrollwork. I'm afraid to try and sand it!