Have you ever used Sculpey Souffle polymer clay? I must admit that although I have used it before, I hadn’t really appreciated just how easy it is to use for certain things. It is soft and almost ready to use straight out of the packet, and any conditioning can be done with a rolling pin if necessary. It is great for those of us with arthritic hands, has a soft suede-like feel to it and is not sticky like Premo. This makes it really good for beginners, and allows for things to be re-positioned in a composition. But probably best of all, it is super flexible and strong, and because of it’s lovely suede finish, it is perfect to use when you don’t want to have to sand it all down. In fact it doesn’t respond particularly well to sanding as it seems to give it a duller finish (colourwise), leaving tiny white particles, or at least that is how it appears to my eye. Good enough reason not to sand then, and save yourself lots of time to make more jewellery!
One of my two kits for my last Jewellery Maker show on Wednesday 12th October was almost entirely Souffle polymer clay with a little bit of Premo thrown in and a lovely Helen Briel texture mat too. Below are some of my makes from the show.
Mix and match earrings made from component parts so that they all work together but none of them are the same. I got the idea from some paper jewellery that I found on Pinterest. The key to working this way is to mix up your colours and prepare your clay first. Choose some simple shapes and cut out a selection from your colour palette of clay. You can always cut out more if you need to, but try to mix it up as much as you can and use most of your colour palette in each design.
The texture mat made for a fab Sutton Slice. Use a bit of double sided tape to secure the mat to your tile to stop it slipping around as you carefully slice away the excess clay.
Assemble your designs for one side of your pendant / earrings, making the most of the repositionable nature of Sculpey Souffle, then gently press it down to make it all stick together, and bake at 130 deg C. A long bake makes for stronger clay, so mine went in for one hour, during which time I made designs for the reverse of the earrings / pendant. The two sides are stuck together with Bake & Bond and baked again, sandwiching an eyepin in between the two sides.
The strength of the clay makes it a good choice for ring shanks.
Or hollow forms
Organic distorted designs did not sag and deform in the oven either. I was impressed.
Oh,, I nearly forgot – the first kit of the day was the rather fun but unruly steel cable and some totally fab amethysts and pearls. Loved the colours.
My next Jewellery Maker show is 3rd November, can’t wait to see what they send me to work with, I hope it is more clay!