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Lesson Plans

Re: Clay without a kiln

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Dianna (dmammone)
Fri, 19 Jun 1998 23:44:13 -0400

Hi Group,
I use a lot of sculpey, too. There are some class room situations where it
is the only way to go. I recommend to you all, if you are planning on using
Sculpey or any Polymer clay product it is worth the few minutes to see if
your school has a resale number or can get one. Then you can open up a
wholesale account at The Clay Factory of Escondido(they have a web page) and
you can pay half the normal price. They sell it in small blocks, 2oz, or
pounds. Great people, great service.
Good Luck,
DiannaBanana (a polymer fan)
-----Original Message-----
From: Deb Rosenbaum <kaca>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, June 09, 1998 6:56 AM
Subject: Clay without a kiln

>I had similar problems with the Wet Set product. I ordered a sample of it
>and had my niece play with it. I didn't like the texture of it even when
>the small pieces got hard.
>I think a better alternative is Sculpy. (For young children, sculpy is a
>little softer and more pliable than FIMO.) It is baked in a regular
>kitchen oven for 15 minutes at 275 and you can do all sorts of stuff with
>it. It is a little expensive but you can make it go a lot further by using
>an aluminum foil or wire armature inside. Make a figure of waded up foil
>and then roll or pinch the sculpy out flat and wrap the figure with it. I
>also do a lot of dolls/puppets/fetishes where we just make the head and
>hands out of Sculpy and then we do a body of sticks, stuffed fabric or
>whatever. The kids are able to get a lot of fine detail into the sculpy.
>It can be painted with various techniques to look like a wide variety of
>materials such as stone, brick, ivory etc.
>I usually save sculpy projects for the end of the session when its too late
>to do another firing. I take the projects home on cafeteria trays or
>baking pans and bake them myself. I can make them stick to the pans so
>there's no rolling around. We also have a toaster oven in the classroom
>which is fine for doing really small sculptures or beads.
>Deb Rosenbaum