Salt Dough -vs- Sculpey Clay

Hello!  My name is Valerie and I’m a Craftaholic.  This should not surprise you in the least, but I got the chance to try something new this week.  I have been hearing all about Sculpey Clay everywhere, and I wanted to see what all the buzz was about, so I headed off to Pat Catans and picked up some. This is where the fun begins.

Last year I went wild and made some really adorable ornaments with Salt Dough.  They turned out really nice and I love the ones that I have on our tree, and as well, I made a bunch of them for the family too.  Click HERE for my Salt Dough post & recipe.  But after hearing about Sculpey Clay, I was wondering if I was missing out on something, so I had to get some to try.

SCULPEY CLAYFrom what I can tell you, Sculpey Clay comes in many, many, many colors.  The majority of the clay comes in 2 ounce packages for around $2.99/ea, but they do have larger packages of the clay in a 1 pound size for around $11.00.  I picked up the white Sculpey Clay in white in the 1 pound size, and also chose a yellow, a red, and a pink in the 2 ounce sizes so I could experiment with the colors.

So here goes how you use Sculpey clay…  just cut off a chunk of the clay with a knife and knead it in your hand until it becomes pliable.  Next, get out your rolling pin and roll it out on some wax paper to whatever thickness you want.  For an experiment, I rolled my clay pretty thin as I wanted to see how thin I could make something (ie: to use less clay on an ornament).  I then took one of my round cookie cutters and cut a circle out of the clay.  Then I chose a cute snowman rubber stamp and just stamped it in the piece I just cut out.  It made a really nice impression in the clay and I already liked the results.  Then I just took a small skewer and poked a hole for hanging in the top of the ornament.  (As you can see from the photo below, I even stamped one ornament in ink first, then stamped it on the clay)

SCULPEY CLAY ORNAMENTSYou bake Sculpey Clay at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  (NO LONGER!) Since this was the first time I was doing this, I watched carefully for the entire 15 minutes to make sure I did not burn the clay.  I think I might have even taken out the pieces a few minutes early and just left the cookie sheet on top of the oven.  The pieces were hard, as the clay baked nicely, but if you do take your pieces out a few minutes early and they are not completely hard, they will harden sitting on top of the warm oven.

SNOWMAN AND HOUSE1The results?  I am so impressed with how the Sculpey Clay ornaments turned out and will definitely be making more.  I am very satisfied with Sculpey Clay and I am sure that I can find more items to make with the clay like a stamped bowl or something creative like that.

GINGERBREAD MAN VSo, if I had to compare the Salt Dough Ornaments with Sculpey Clay, I would choose the Sculpey Clay hands down.  What I noticed that happened with the Salt Dough is that most of the time the ornament bubbled in the oven and the surface of the ornaments were not flat.  The Sculpey Clay ornaments never changed shape or size, nor did they bubble when baked.  And, you can make your ornaments thinner with the Sculpey Clay than with the Salt Dough.  The photograph above shows one coat of paint on my gingerbread man ornament and I will be adding one more coat of paint, then I will brush on a coat of clear varnish to top it off.

SNOWMAN COMPARISON1As you can see from the above photograph, the difference in thickness of each ornament.  Sculpey Clay is on the left, the Salt Dough on the right. It was hard for me to photograph the white Sculpey Clay ornaments and truly show you the detail that my rubber stamps made, but you can click on the photographs to view them larger.  If anyone has any questions, let me know.  At this point, I am definitely just a beginner with Sculpey Clay, but at least I can discuss my findings with you if you need some help.

What new product have you tried out lately?