Reported by Sara McKenzie
Premo! Sculpey is one of the many types of Sculpey polymer clay made by Polyform. Among other applications, it is designed for use in jewelry making. And Sculpey helped to make this easier with their “Shapelets“: a series of affordable, plastic templates.
Below is the size of the shapes in the lower left template. You can see these are sized to primarily make jewelry, but could also be used to make embellishments for your other art work.
I played around with a variety of shapes to make some fun pieces- some of which, frankly, I have not yet decided how to use them!
I used some of the Square Shapes to make the necklace below:
- Good assortment of sizes. They will work for jewelry or for embellishments on pages, altered books, cards, boxes- almost anything.
- You can (and should!) use them as templates for all manner of materials. I only played with polymer clay so far, but obviously they would work with paper clay and metal clay, not to mention plain old paper itself!
- They are a sturdy, thin plastic that should last through multiple uses, and wash off easily (if you use them with paint or ink as stencils, for example).
- The price is right!
- The material is soft enough to be cut with your craft knife. So be careful if you take your knife directly to the material, rather than tracing the shape first (lesson learned on my part!).
- The are somewhat brittle. I broke two of the frames trying to release the small square shapes. So you have to be careful, and might even need to use a craft knife to help cut through the plastic to release the shapes.
- You can find them by Googling “Premo Shapelets” but they do not appear to be very common.
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