My “First Impression” Notes with Some Comparisons to Premo Sculpey:
Well I finally got my hands on some Studio by Sculpey Clay, and have to say that it is wonderful! Although this is only my first day using the product, I’m already loving the smooth buttery texture and the soft matte finish.
As many of you know, I am a big fan of Premo Sculpey. And now it looks like the Studio line may become my other favorite. Here’s some “first impression” notes that I jotted down for you:
- Studio by Sculpey is much more opaque than Premo. In fact there isn’t even a translucent in the line.
- It comes in a larger sized package (2.8 oz) as compared to Premo’s (2 oz). Yeah… the more clay the better!
- The Studio Clay is divided into little cubes. Easy to break off a small piece and start using it.
- It’s quite soft. Feels a lot like an extra firm marshmallow. It has that smooth buttery feel in your hands.
- When it’s baked it has a matte suede-like finish that sands nicely. No matter how hard you try, you will not get a high gloss finish by sanding and buffing… but you will get a low satin sheen that is very nice. I could see using the Studio by Sculpey clay and Premo clay side by side. The contrasting finishes may create a very pleasing effect. Will have to experiment with that.
- There is a difference in the hardness of the clays when baked. Studio clay seems to be more flexible than Premo when used in thin sheets. The write-ups say it is more durable as well, in large pieces. But you know me. Test, test, test. Will let you know of my findings. By the way, I report on my experiments in real-time on Twitter. You can follow my updates here: PolymerClayTips [Signing up for an account is easy and it’s free].
- The colors of Studio are different as well. All extremely yummy, but since they are not based on a traditional artist’s color palette, it may take some getting used to as far as making color recipes with them.
Overall I am excited about the bead making possibilities with this new clay and look forward to much experimentation! I got a bunch of the Studio by Sculpey tools and accessories as well… so stay tuned for my thoughts on those.
Back in August 2008, there was a bit of discussion that started about the Studio by Sculpey line of polymer clay [SEE this link: Cane Making]. I’d like to revive that conversation here if possible. Curious to hear your thoughts and opinions. Please post your comments below.