Friday, June 25, 2010

Trying Sulpey UltraLight - Review

I'm usually quick to try new products, I use different brands of clay for different qualities, but this is one I hadn't bothered to. I'll admit Sculpey Ultralight has been around for quite a while so it's not really a new product anymore so I may be just repeating what is already know. But like NBC used to say, If you haven't seen it, it's new to you.

One main reasons I didn't try it was because it only comes in in white. Mixing up colors and playing with them is really my favorite part of polymer clay. I didn't want to have to paint it when I was done.

I wasn't looking to make floating projects (yes it floats) or the super delicate flowers they always seem to have as an example for Sculpey Ultralight. Again this just isn't my style.

Like I said, Sculpey Ultralight just didn't draw me in, so why am I writing about it?  I had bought a tutorial that called for Sculpey Ultralight to use to make molds. I purchased Ultralight but have yet to get back to that tutorial either. It has been sitting on the side for a while now. This week I decided to make a few larger wall hangings and decided to use Ultralight as the middle layer between the wire mesh and the front partly because I had actually run out of scrap clay.

It worked well and of course the wall hanging were lighter. I also found out it can be mixed with regular polymer clay for color, so actually used it for the back and middle. I could make  Christmas ornaments without worrying they were getting too heavy. OK I was stubborn but I can admit when I'm wrong.

It does take a little getting used too. Ultralight feels completely different from regular polymer clay. It feels dryer, sort of light suede and not at all sticky. I  wasn't sure if I liked how it worked in the pasta machine but it did work.. Mixing the colors required a little bit more work too but the results were worth it. The package says it is good for armatures, so I tried that as well. I'm still partial to a little wire and foil for support but the ultralight was great for that layer between the foil and the outer layer. The Ultralight smooth into the foil well and still stays smooths on the outer surface. Probably because it can compress a bit more.

I probably will use it mainly as a filler rather than make my final designs with it. I still do prefer the colors of clays like Premo and Cernit but it does help my overall work easier and lighter.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. I wondered about that stuff.


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