First, I'd like to say I'm near completely new to sculpting and I'm terribly sorry for asking such a novice question. But, as the title of my first post on here states: Is there a way to make original sculpey (no, not ss3... but the original sculpey) more firm? I seem to recall reading somewhere that the softer versions of sculpey have more of the softening agent in the clay... is there a way to remove the softening agent without making the clay so brittle it's useless?
I've not tried to wrap portions of the clay in absorbent paper towels (might give this a try to see what happens). I have tried to mix a brick of SSFirm with a portion of what I've got and the result isn't too soft (1:1/4 ratio exactly). I've just got SO much original sculpey left over and the stuff is just too pliable for anything other than press molds in my opinion.
Am I going to have to just break down and buy 10 bricks of SSF to mix with the Original Sculpey? That would make me very sad. Mmm hmmm.
I haven't worked with Sculpey a lot lately, but it used to be all I'd use. What I always did was to roll the Sculpey out thin and then place it between two sheets of copy paper and then roll over it with a rolling pin. Let it sit for a few hours, or overnight, and the paper will leech out a lot of the oil or whatever it is in the Sculpey. You can do this over and over until it's the right firmness. Hope this helps.
Copy paper method seems to work for the secondary mixture I've got, and the clay doesn't crumble at all. First mixture that I've not changed is 1 brick SS Firm to 1/4 brick original sculpey, and is my desired softness. Second mixture is scraps from previous sculpey sculptures (Just SS3, about 2/3 pound) and the remainder of half of what was left in the Original Sculpey box. This is the mix that I'm firming up... it's about the consitancy and elasticity of an old rubber band. Shortly after picking a chunk up and conditioning the clay for just a couple of minutes, it's just twice the firmness of Silly Putty and will stretch under it's own weight if rolled into a rope/snake and held on one end.
SOFTSKIN: For SSF if you are in Denmark try THE CLAY ALLEY (USA) - Karen marks your package with "For education only" (which sounds reasonable with me) - which means you dont get a hard time when your package hits the customs.
I've got a few choices of what I'm wanting to make... haven't really narrowed it down. I'm debating between a picture of Betty Page, a drawing by James Ryman, a Witchblade picture, or a characature-esqe zombie. It's a hobby... Something I should probably put more time into, just haven't.