Two Artist Quality Clays Made By Polyform:
In the June 10, 2009 post I published some first impression notes about my new Studio By Sculpey clay. Today I’d like to carry on with that discussion by comparing the Studio Clay to Premo… two different products made by the same company (Polyform).
- Out of the package Studio clay is softer than Premo, at least compared to the Premo packages I currently have. However, the softness is not nearly as sticky as what you see with other soft clays.
- Studio clay works nicely for making quick and easy Teardrop Blends. But since the Studio colors are somewhat muted as compared to the more ‘pure’ colors of Premo, the Studio blends have more of a tendency to turn muddy. Though if you like earth tone colors, they are definitely pleasing.
- Simple canes can be made with Studio by Sculpey. But since this product is so soft, I have my suspicions on whether detailed canes will work with it. But I will try some and let you know.
- Studio mixes together fine with Premo Sculpey. I didn’t find any white dots in the clay, like others have reported. From what I’ve heard those dots occur when the clay is not fully mixed, though I didn’t see them at any stage of the mixing process.
- Studio clay can be mixed with Premo in the same Teardrop or Skinner Blend. Did not run into any problems doing this.
- Studio doesn’t seem to trap air bubbles as badly as other soft clays. Not sure if it is the suede like texture that is responsible for this… but it is a nice feature.
- I strength tested some sheets of baked Studio and Premo, using samples from both the thickest setting of my pasta machine, as well as the thinnest. There did seem to be a bit more flexibility and strength in the Studio by Sculpey clay, but the difference wasn’t huge. There was no strength loss in the mix of Premo and Studio at all.
- Studio when baked has a matte suede finish whereas the Premo is glossier and smoother.
- Studio clay makes the coolest faux leather rose beads. I’ve also made up some other polymer clay leather projects which I’ll show you in another post.
At this stage, I’m feeling like the Studio by Sculpey product clay is going to work best for projects that involve stamping and faux finishes. And I’ll stick to Premo Sculpey for canes and bead techniques using translucent, and anything I want to sand to a high shine. Though I’m sure I’ll use both clays in other ways as well.
I’m thinking of making up some custom color palettes using the Studio by Sculpey Clay. Would that be of interest? Or should I stick with giving you just Premo and Fimo recipe cards instead? Let me know…