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Re: Hello! (also, Green stuff vs. Sculpey)

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  • Katherine Dewey
    Yes, you can remove the paint by scrubbing with hot water and an alcohol based soap (dishwashing liquid). This will result in a much smoother sculpture and is
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 1, 2001
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      Yes, you can remove the paint by scrubbing with hot water and an
      alcohol based soap (dishwashing liquid). This will result in a much
      smoother sculpture and is a finishing technique used by many. Tkae
      care when scrubbing, as Sculpey III is one of the weakest of polymer
      clays. While it's more rigid, it doesn't handle stresses and will
      break before it bends. Premo is far stronger and more apt to bend
      before it breaks, but undue stresses will cause it to break
      eventually. Armatures produce a stronger sculpture and provide a
      dynamic underpinning that aids in construction. Coating armature wires
      and rods with a polyvinyl glue, especially those made to bond porous
      and non-porous materials (GemTac for example)will help the clay
      adhere.

      You can reduce shrinkage and produce a firmer modeling product by
      wicking, or leaching, some of the plasticiser (the liquid that gives
      the clay its maleability) from the clay. Leached clay has a shorter
      shelf life, but it's tensile and ductile strength is comparable to the
      original fresh product. To leach the clay, roll to thin sheets (1/8th
      of an inch or less) and sandwich between clean sheets of paper. Place
      a weight on top and let it rest for one to two days.

      Hope this helps,
      Katherine Dewey
      http://www.elvenwork.com
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