Top

Tag Archives | sculpey clay

Review | Firefly Sculpey Fun Forms

Reported by Beth Silaika

One rainy day, my son Xavier and I decided to review the Dinosaur Firefly Sculpey Fun Forms kit. It was a perfect rainy day activity and he was quite enthusiastic to create his own Triceritops.

IMG_49101


The kit contains 8 pieces – the form, some clay and a few tools to detail your sculpture. The kit is for ages 8 and up. Xavier is turning 7 this weekend, so with supervision, I felt it was age appropriate.

IMG_49111


We started by reading the directions, which were pretty specific. You could create one of two types of dinosaurs: Stegosaurus or Triceratops. We chose the Triceratops. There were step by step directions on how to create each size of clay to form our dinosaur.

IMG_49321


Xavier could not wait to start forming his dinosaur, so I let him start by rolling out the clay in the forms into the shapes they specified. This was actually a great project for him to work on since he has fine motor delays.

IMG_49161


The clay can be sliced with the tool provided in the kit and then slowly rolled and softened to form the shapes.

IMG_49131


The directions are labeled with each pack of clay which must be formed into specific shapes. The directions are in black and white, and it would have been nice to have the photo on the directions in color, just to distinguish between the tan, brown, and clay colors.

IMG_49171


The roller tool in the kit allowed you to evenly flatten the pieces of clay into the shapes required to cover the plastic dinosaur form.

IMG_49191


We were not sure of the exact size of the shapes required, so we really had to guess based on the amount of clay. It would have been nice to have the directions specify the size of the specific shapes (e.g. make a 1/4 inch flattened circle).

IMG_49201


Xavier was able to easily press on the clay to the form, but I helped him press it and mold it tight so that the colors flowed together.

IMG_49211


With a little bit of help from the tools provided in the kit, we soon saw the Triceratops take shape!

IMG_49221


Some final pieces of clay on the bottom and we were just about finished and ready to bake our Triceratops (which we affectionately named “Brownie”….I talked him out of “Horny”).

IMG_49291
IMG_49301

The finished form was ready to bake in the oven. It was only a few minutes of baking time to completion.

IMG_49311


Here is the finished product. It doesn’t look like the dinosaur on the cover of the box, but it is something that Xavier treasures!

IMG_49691


We both really enjoyed working with the Firefly™ Sculpey® Fun Forms™ Dinosaur kit. It was a nice change of pace from watching television or playing video games on a rainy day!

Pros:

* wonderful variety of choices for a personalized toy for your child to make

* great project for a rainy afternoon

* realistic looking, durable final project

* non-toxic

Cons:

* directions were difficult to follow in black and white; color directions with specific sizes would be better
* messy – colors of clay can bleed and you need to wash your working surface and hands between colors to avoid colors mixing.
* clay is very hard, but if you set it under a light for a few minutes and work it with your hands and condition it, it becomes softer.

Have you tried the Firefly Sculpey Fun Forms yet? What do you think?

horizontal-line


Vendor Spotlight: Firefly ™ Sculpey® Boxed Kits (Bendy Bracelets and Fashion Jewelry)

Reported by Beth Silaika

Some days, it is nice to just get out of the sunshine and get inside and create. The girls and I needed one such day and I broke out some Firefly™ Sculpey Boxed kits to play with. Firefly ™ Sculpey® Boxed Kits Bendy Bracelets and Fashion Fun Jewelry are two of the boxed kits which Polyform offers in their line of products.

Each kit comes with directions, tools and enough clay to create several items of jewelry. The bracelet kit comes with jewels, glitter glue and a bracelet form made of cardboard. The jewelry kit comes with tools, jewelry “thread/string” and clay.

All five of the girls wanted to play with the clay, and we were able to let the 3 and 5 year old participate with supervision.

The most difficult part of the kit is deciding what type of bracelet or jewelry you want to create. They have several different options of styles to choose from. Couple that with the variety of colors of clay and your possibilities are enormous. Sculpey clay requires conditioning to make it easily formed, so rolling and kneading the clay is the best way to start out your project. If you have little ones who want to create with the clay, you really need to condition the clay for them by sectioning off a small piece of the clay and rolling it between your hands to warm and soften it.


I let the girls have free rein on their projects, occasionally helping them form the clay on the cardboard bracelet form. They all experimented with colors and styles and decided to come up with unique combinations.
Victoria chose to create beads with her clay, using the jewelry kit. She rolled out a few colors of clay and cut them and swirled them around together to make a tie-dye bead.
Karen rolled out colors, created small circles of clay and layered them atop one another on the cardboard bracelet form.
Here are the flat circle beads that Karen layered to create her bracelet, and these are the tie-dye beads which Victoria created. The beads, prior to baking, were pierced through with the plastic needle tool to create a small hole for threading.

Isabella decided to create a twisty bracelet for herself. She selected a few colors and rolled them out on the table.


She simply twisted them together, we measured them against the cardboard bracelet form and we pressed the clay together to create the bracelet.


After baking for a few minutes in the oven, the beads and bracelets were ready!

Bella loved the look of her twisty bracelet. It slipped right on her hand and was a good thickness for durability.
My daughter Isabella does *NOT* wear jewelry. With the exception of those rubber band bracelets, this is the first piece of jewelry she has ever worn. She gave the kit a thumbs up!
Victoria beaded a nice necklace with the black thread provided in the kit. She took her tie-dye look beads and threaded them to create an adorable choker. Even though some of the bracelets Victoria made broke, she really enjoyed the kit and also gave it a thumbs up.


Unfortunately, Karen’s bracelet broke right after baking. It cooled, she tried to put it on, but the thin circles did were not durable. Several of the bracelets, with the exception of Isabella’s twisty bracelet, broke. It was difficult to make a bracelet on the cardboard form provided in the kit which was not too large for a child’s wrist. The bracelets were labeled “Bendy” but they did not bend, and if any pressure was put on the bracelet, the clay snapped. The most durable items were the beads which we created with the clay. They looked very nice, the colors were vibrant, and each bead was unique.

Pros:

  • lots of colors, styles and ideas all in one kit allows you to create endless possibilities of handmade jewelry and beads
  • so simple, even a supervised 5 year old can create a personalized piece of jewelry or beads
  • tools provided in kit can be reused if you purchase additional clay at your local craft store or online
  • lots of clay provided allows you to make several pieces of jewelry

Cons:

  • cardboard bracelet form did not fit child’s arm, it was too large
  • baked clay did not bend (as stated on the box) and several bracelets snapped and broke

My girls absolutely loved the afternoon we spent crafting. Although they were disappointed that some of the bracelets broke, they were very excited to wear with the pieces that did not break. They would absolutely play with these kits again and they would give the kits as gifts to friends. My girls range in age from 12 to 3. The 3 year old even took the leftover clay and made a hat for her Yo Gabba Gabba Muno toy. All in all, it was a wonderful crafting afternoon and I would recommend the kit to create thicker bracelets and beads.

GIVEAWAY
Polyform is generously giving away one of these great Firefly Sculpey Clay kits to a lucky reader!
To Enter
Leave a comment on this post and answer one or all of these questions…

Have you worked with these kits before? Is this something you would be interested in trying? What about these kits appeal to you most?

You have until Sunday, October 10th 6pm CST to enter. One entry per person, please.

Disclosure

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

Premo Shapelets

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.

The set shown above is the Heart Shapes; there is also the Triangle Shapes & Segments, and the Square Shapes & Segments. I’ve seen them on the internet from $3.50 to $3.95.

Below shows one of the two sets of templates that comes in the Heart Shapes set. The other template has, of course, hearts!

The photo below gives you a better idea of how large each individual template is in this set:

The Square and Triangle Shapes contain one sheet each, but with multiple shapes in each frame. You can use them individually, or layer them on top of each other. See below, the templates from the Square Shapes set. To use them, you gently press the shapes out of the “frame”. What results is a positive (the shape) and a negative image (the remaining frame).


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!

Here is the placement of a template on top of black polymer clay that I conditioned and then ran through my roller together with a texture plate to create the fan shapes:

I used my craft knife right through the frame to cut out the desired piece. Then I used the “positive” piece, the fan shape itself, to cut two more pieces of conditioned clay in larger sizes. Since this isn’t going to be a lesson on polymer clay, I won’t go into all of the details, but the resulting piece is below. It’s a short necklace, to be worn choker-style:

I used some of the Square Shapes to make the necklace below:

And the Triangle Shapes were used to make the earrings, below (don’t look to closely or critically: the templates don’t make up for sloppy workmanship! I need to spend more time with my polymer clay techniques…).

So, after my afternoon of play, what did I think of the Shapelets?

Pros:
  • 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!


Cons:

  • 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.

What do you think? Have you tried them? Me, I’m off to experiment more!!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!