Hardening Sculpey
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Hardening Sculpey

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Can I use a small jeweler's soldering torch to harden the sculpey?

Posted by Punstarr
on Saturday, June 30, 2007
User Comments
IC Customs International -
Monday, October 1, 2007
I wasn't sure about it, but now I know that boiling it doesn't work. Thank you!!!!!
Gee_jays_Customs -
Monday, October 1, 2007
no doubt! AS hands down is the best to work with. Better than FIXIT IMO at least! cool scooby bend-ems! ^_^

~Gj
deadeye -
Monday, October 1, 2007
really bendable sculpey - less chance of snapping like normal sculpey

I make my youngest kids scooby toys with it over a twist tie wire armature to make bend'ems

Gotta say - I've always preferred Miliput and Fimo (similar to sculpey but better finish) over normal sculpey - but recently I got a batch of Aves AS sculpt - and the stuffs friggin AWESOME

~_@
Dedi
Gee_jays_Customs -
Monday, October 1, 2007
I tried to do that, but didn't work. I think to get the best results you need to bake it properly. But I wasn't sure if it was called sculpey super flex?

~Gj
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, September 30, 2007
What is that?
IC Customs International -
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Hi, Did anyone ever tried to boil Sculpey super flex? Thank you
cowboyink -
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
yes make some evil
Punstarr -
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
So make him more villains!
sandlvlan -
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
well, whenever I finish making these, I'm probably going to give them to my son. he likes to pose all of his figures in big battle scenes, and they are always one sided, since I only has about four or five villains
Punstarr -
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
See with me I don't care if the sculpt impedes the joints. My figures are made for display, not for posability. IE, they don't move.
Thor the Mighty -
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
That's happened to me also. I just had to make sure the sculpt did not impede any of the joints.
greymonk -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Yup if Kyle were a race car he'd be the Apoxie Sculpt car! Fact is, it's an amazing product. It does have a learning curve though, so give yourself a few tries before you get the hang of it.

You can only buy it on line, you can either get it from a shipping pirate on eBay or you can buy it directly from thier site for a reasonable shipping charge and Aves accepts paypal as a payment option so you don't have to mess with a credit card, just shoot some moolah up to paypal form your bank account and viola!

If you absolutely have to have something you can acquire locally you can try this: In Home Depot, Walmart (shudders), and Lowes there is an epoxy putty made for repairing boats. It's about $3-5 for a clear cylinder of the stuff. Now it's a greenish color on the outside and white in the center and when you cut off a piece and mix it up it turns about the same color as White (not superwhite) Apoxiesculpt. This stuff will droop more than Apoxie does but it cures rock hard and will cure under paint (it's designed to fix boat holes under water). Now the down sides: It cures in about 20 minutes. It's what I used to use for my custom keys so that's where I got fast at sculpting!! It's kind of sticky so wear gloves mixing it so it doesn't stick to your hands because there is no safety solvent for this stuff. You can smooth it with water but it doesn't thin it. Also if you have littel ones, keep it away from them, this stuff is toxic if ingested, and it smells like 10 women getting a permanent at the same time. However, it's inexpensive and I choose it over sculpy every time if that's all I have to use. You can sand and drill it when it's hardened and it will be fairly strong with thin pieces but it's never a bad idea to reinforce with wire if you are doing stringy parts. Stuff like boots on a planet hulk (believe me I know!) would be just fine for the stuff and you won't need to boil anything. Just remember, it's not something to leave lying around the house and WEAR GLOVES WHEN YOU MIX IT because it is very sticky and the residue will permanently bond to whatever you touch. However, if I could make skull keys with it, you can dang sure use it for a custom fig.

Personally, I'm with Kyle, get some Apoxie if you can but I too do not like that it's not sold in stores. Kind of pisses me off actually...but you can't fight city hall.
hawkeye -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
The toys are how mine keeps me out of trouble. When we first met she thought it was kinda cute- she now knows as much about MLs as I do and the noveltys kinda worn off for her.
sandlvlan -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
my wife and I love to play video games together, and talk about comics we've read. it's the toys that make her worry
Punstarr -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Yeah this is a hobby that my wife tolerates... which is odd cuz she games and plays video games right along with me.
Kyle Robinson -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I know how that goes man. Maybe I could send you some if you have somthing for trade, I have some white left im not gunna use... I really would like to turn more people on to the great stuff. PM me if your intrested
sandlvlan -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I personally use sculpy because its the only thing available to me from stores, and my wife is already getting wary with the hobby from all of the action figure pieces lying around the house. the credit cards may be in my name, but if you have a wife, then you know they don't belong to me.
Kyle Robinson -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
you can ONLY order online, do yourself a fovor and ditch the sculpy and order some apoxie sculpt . I don't understand (and I don't want to..lol) why people use sculpy, is it cause its like 3 bucks cheaper than apoxie sculpt? Or do you guys just not know the wonder of the product yet?

They evn used apoxie sculpt to sculpt the head of the aliens in both Aliens: resurrection & Aliens VS Predetor. and the best part is that it does neither HEAT dry OR air dry, It chemically cures once mixed.

IMO sculpty is for little kids to make crafts and junk, it should be nowhere near an action figure.lol.. (IMO!!)

sandlvlan -
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
where would I get apoxie at? I've checked every craft store in tampa, and they only have sculpy
cowboyink -
Monday, July 2, 2007
if your near a hardware store try and pick up a cheap heat gun< over powered hair dryer> it gets hot enough that you can bake the sculpey with the deflection of the heat, or bounce it off something shiny to make make a safer envitoment
future_trunks -
Monday, July 2, 2007
something that I found to work really good is a 75 watt lightbulb. just sculpt what you need to and set it under a lightbulb (keep it about 2-3 inches from your figure) and let it bake (I don't do anything thick so I only leave mine under there for about 5-8 minutes. something else that works good for customs but takes a long time to harden is creamy peanut butter. takes long time... looks good and tastes good too
Punstarr -
Monday, July 2, 2007
Boiling works perfectly for me. Best advice I've ever gotten.
Solomon Grundy -
Monday, July 2, 2007
I'm new at all this custom figure stuff so take my advice with a grain of salt, but what I did with one of my figures was to leave it on the dash of my car on a really hot day this way the sculpey can cure for hours at a time and since it dosen't get as hot as the oven the base figure didn't melt.
Gee_jays_Customs -
Monday, July 2, 2007
my first tutorial! yay! check out guyz!
Boiling Sculpey->

don't use sculpey on places near joints, it wull definitely fall off....use apxie sculpt, or some milliput or any proiduct that dries rock hard and sticks well. you sculpt the boots hundreds of times, and it will fall off in a day or two...-_- hope my tutorial helps

HEY DOC! could I submit the tutorial to you? cap might be busy....let me know your email addy!

~Gj
sandlvlan -
Monday, July 2, 2007
well, I've been trying to put boots on my planet hulk, and when the ankle joint bent, the foot pushed the boot I had just finished, and it cracked and fell off
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, July 2, 2007
I used the oven once and the figure melted. If you're going to use the oven then use a lower heat setting and leave the figure in there longer. I haven't tried it again because I've been using apoxie, but when I use sculpey I just boil or use a hair-dryer. The hair dryer isn't going to harden it completely, it's just stiffen it but it'll still be a little brittle. I don't mind because I don't bang my customs around, but if you're going to sell them then you'll have to find a permanent solution.
Mr-X -
Monday, July 2, 2007
It could but you would have to be VERY careful. Itd still think something bad woul dhappen though. Doc, don't you use the oven on occassion? Whats your thoughts?
sandlvlan -
Monday, July 2, 2007
you don't think planet hulks feet could survive the oven do you?
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, July 2, 2007
Yup, I guess the water isn't hot enough to make the sculpey fuse or bond or harden or whatever it is sculpey does to get hard.
sandlvlan -
Monday, July 2, 2007
I've been trying to boil my sculpy, but any pieces that are less than about 4 mm thick just get brittle and fall off, no matter how much I boil
Thor the Mighty -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Its so hot down here I may just sculpt my pieces sit it out in the sun for a while and glue the few pieces I need on later. These may not work but I'm still learning.
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Neither the hands nor the head came off, so I guess it wasn't hot enough to melt super glue. After the clay hardened, I removed the shoulder pads then reattached them with super glue.
Mr-X -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Good to hear, howd the hands turn out?
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
The fig is now boiled and the clay is hard. Thanks everyone.
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I am indeed ready to boil. Here's the WIP so far.


Mr-X -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Ja, it shakes off the water pretty well so I won't be too hot to the touch. Just feel it now and again to see how hard it is. Don't forget that thicker pieces will take more dips then smaller pices so don't worry if things like belt buckles are harder then clothing, just keep dipping till you are satisfied.

I would say your ready to get boiled!!!
hawkeye -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I just started with Sculpy myself pun and boiling is the way to go. To tell if its hard I always feel it.
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
It's regular sculpy, not super sculpy... but it is sculpy brand. *nodnod*

Ok, I'll try and do the boiling thing... but how do I tell when it's fully hard?
Mr-X -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
To keep the glue strong, no, youll just have to hope for the best.

If you arent worried heres how I go about it:

1. Get the thing of water to a boil then put it down to a simmer

2. Put the figure in the water for 45 seconds to 1 minute intervals.

3. Take out for about 10 seconds(don't hold it over the pan, heat'll still get to it)

4. Repeat until the sculpy is hard.

A little late for me to ask but I assume you are Super Sculpy or some other Sculpy block(just checkin, we all refer to Sculpy in different ways some time and im making sure ya don't try and boil something ya shouldnt... )
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Alright, so any tips on how to do the boiling? I'm afraid of boiling it too much.
Mr-X -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Couldnt you just heaten it up then reglue them on?

Also, instead of using glue, try using screws sometime. For example, your neck piece. After you've cut the head and neck the size you want find a small screw. Adjust the hole on the head to fit onto the mushroom part of the screw. Screw the screw into the neck too however tight you want it then put the head on the screw and viola, you have a still semi-articulated head.

I thought you might be able to do this for the hands but I don't know if you have the room to hollow out the hands to fit on the end of a screw and I doubt you could manage to actually screw a screw into the each hand effectively, I know I sure couldnt
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Here's the WIP so far. I cut off the collar and hair, but the neck was obscenely long so I sawed it off and superglued it back on shorter. Longshot's hands were all wrong so I cut em off and superglued on the hands from a Psycho Mantis fig. The gloves are sculpy and need to be hardened. Not sure how I'm gonna do it though.

Mr-X -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Im pretty sure it would weaken it, mind posting a picture though? There are better alternatives then glue, namely the screw method.
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Well I use the torch to solder jewelry, so I do know what I'm doing with it.

if I boil it, will that melt the super glue I used to glue Psycho Mantis' hands onto Longshot's stumps?
Mr-X -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I assume so. It hardens from the heat so I guess if you didn't put it directly on it it could work. On the other hand, you risk melting the plastic of the figure. Colten's suggestion is usually much better and easier. The water makes the sculpty hard but you have enough control of it to make sure it doesn't burn or melt the plastic. The hairdryer method could work also but again you risk melting parts.

In conclusion, boiling is your safest bet but if you are skilled enough, the soldering torch would probably work.
colten frost -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
boil it!!!!!!!!!!
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