Sculpey is a brand of polymer clay that comes in a variety of textures and colors. Polymer clay is one choice for making a mask because it remains malleable until it is baked. Sculpey is made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, solvents and colored pigments. When you bake a Sculpey creation, the PVC molecules melt together, creating a long-lasting project. Use Sculpey to make a mask that is both durable and attractive.
Things You'll Need
- Colored pencils
- Sculpey in assorted colors
- Clay sculpting implements
- Aluminum foil
Choose who or what you want to represent with your mask.
Draw your ideas on a piece of paper with a pencil. Use colored pencils to shade different areas of your mask.
Choose one color of Sculpey for the base of your mask.
Knead your Sculpey until it is soft and easy to work with.
Pinch and shape your base color of Sculpey into a mask shape.
Select coordinating colors of Sculpey for the details on your mask.
Knead each color of Sculpey until it is soft and pliable.
Roll or pinch details, such as balls or lines, and attach them to your base.
Use clay sculpting implements such as knives, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, or actual sculpting tools to make additional details for your mask. Attach them to your base.
Carefully transfer your finished Sculpey mask to a piece of aluminum foil.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place your Sculpey mask, on the aluminum foil, into the preheated oven.
Bake your mask for 25 to 30 minutes.
Check your mask to see if it has completely hardened. If it has, remove it from the oven. If not, return it to the oven, and check every five minutes until it has finished hardening.
Allow your mask to cool completely before handling it.
Tips & Warnings
- Use white Sculpey clay for your entire mask, and paint it after you have baked it. This is a cheaper alternative to buying several colors of Sculpey.
- Use a clay conditioning machine to prepare your Sculpey before creating your mask. This can be done in place of kneading. The machines are available at many hobby and craft stores.
- Use pictures in books to help you choose the design for your mask. Photographs of people might help if you are trying to create a mask that represents a famous person.
- Make sure your oven is exactly 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a thermometer to check if you are unsure. This temperature will perfectly cure your clay.
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