How to Use Apoxie Sculpt Clay-Friday Findings Tutorial

How to Use Apoxie Sculpt Clay-Friday Findings Tutorial

Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday Findings video at If you’ve been watching my YouTube channel
for any time at all you know that I love working in polymer clay, but not too long ago I discovered
a new type of clay that’s a lot of fun to use as well and that’s Apoxie Sculpt. So today I’m gonna tell you all about using
it. So this is Apoxie Sculpt clay and it’s a modeling
compound that’s air dry. It doesn’t go in the oven like polymer clay,
but it dries on its own and like any two part epoxy products, it comes in two parts. This happens to be the white color, but it
also comes in other colors if you need it. So a few things about apoxie sculpt. Like I said, it’s self hardening, no need
to bake it. It has a putty like consistency. You have 1-3 hours to work it. It’s very adhesive like an epoxy. It adheres to ceramics, metal, wood, stone,
glass, plastics, foam, fiberglass and a lot more. So it’s a great alternative if you want to
make something that you know you want to keep outside. It holds wonderful detail and it’s super hard
when it’s cured. It’s waterproof. It’s actually, I’ve seen it, people talking
about using it for marine uses like on boats. Here’s a little carrot I made and I broke
off the greens on the top, but I am trying really hard and that, nope, nope, nope. If that was polymer it would at least bend,
if not break, but that is not budging. It’s really hard. It comes in 12 colors: white, black, brown,
orange, yellow, green, blue, red, pink, silver-grey, gold and bronze, but you can also add colors
to it yourself. So it’s great because you get sculpting with
clay and the adhesive power of epoxy and in 24 hours it’s cured and it adheres, like I
said, really to any service, surface. So here’s a project that I recently made with
Apoxie Sculpt. The teapot I got at the Salvation Army for
a dollar or two and then I just added all these other pieces onto it. Because it’s white, I had to paint all of
these pieces, which didn’t thrill me. So when I got to doing all the small garden
details, I actually added acrylic paint to these and I’ll tell you more about that in
a moment. But this, just to show you an example of what
you can do with it, again this would be great for sculptures that you want to have outside
and are concerned about their durability in the weather. So the way I use Apoxie Sculpt is I like to
work it on a non-stick craft sheet although it sticks to many, many things, it will come
off of a non-stick craft sheet. And what I have here, this is what I bought
in a three pack on Amazon. I’ll have a link to it on my blog and actually
cut it up into several sizes and I find these really convenient to use. You’re going to want to use gloves when you’re
working with the Apoxie Sculpt. It takes a little getting used to. I don’t love wearing gloves, but it’s epoxy
glue and if you’re going to be working it with your fingers, you don’t want hardened
epoxy in your pores. And then you take equal parts of the two parts
and you want to be sure to use a different tool for each part. Here’s this one and then I’m going to use
a different Popsicle stick or I could just have used the other end. Just so you don’t mix them up and get, start
hardening something that you don’t want to. And then once you have equal parts, I actually
set a timer for this. You want to mix it for two minutes and you
definitely want to take the full two minutes to mix it. I wanted to make sure and give a big shout
out to one of my newest supporters on Patreon, Jeannette. Thank you so much for your support Jeannette. It’s greatly appreciated! So a few things about Apoxie Sculpt. Like I said, it comes in different colors,
but it is a little on the pricey side so I don’t know that I would invest in all the
colors and I don’t love painting it. So what I did when I got to all these little
garden veggies, was I actually colored small portions of the clay with acrylic paint. And a few things I discovered about Apoxie
Sculpt clay: it is a little bit different in consistency than polymer clay. It’s not as flexible or as elastic. It takes detail differently and actually it
changes as the working time changes. At under half an hour it’s pretty sticky and
it’s most adhesive. And then between one and two hours, it’s pretty
easy to work with like polymer clay, but two to three hours, you’ll feel it getting stiffer,
starting to set up and it’s at that point it will hold the most detail and you can really
get detail. At 24 hours, it is hard like I showed you,
rock hard, cured and waterproof. And if you want to change the colors like
I was starting to say, what I did was I added small bits of acrylic paint and that makes
some interesting changes in the Apoxie Sculpt. It made it actually a bit more flexible. It also made it a bit more sticky. One thing that you can use that was a great
release and really, really helpful when I was making like the thin little leaves for
this cauliflower and I was trying to smoosh them on the mat the same way I would polymer
clay and it wasn’t behaving the same way polymer clay did. I found just a spritz of water on it helped
just act as a release and helped me to be able to have a whole lot more control of it. One thing that’s really convenient about Apoxie
Sculpt is it cleans up with soap and water. So for example, my gloves here, I’ll actually
go right to the kitchen sink, wash them thoroughly with soap and water and then be able to use
them again. Now if you do a lot of sculpting with this,
you may want to have dedicated tools for sculpting with Apoxie Sculpt. I haven’t worked with it a ton and so what
I did was I just made sure that all of the tools I used I washed very thoroughly with
soap and water before I put them away and that way I knew they were clean cause otherwise
you saw how rock hard and adhesive this stuff is. It’s gonna be rock hard and stuck to your
pieces. So you can sculpt beads, shapes. You can add little embellishments and this
is where I found that it wasn’t as elastic as polymer clay because with polymer clay
you can get some pretty thin little snakes and with this, it just at a certain point
will just tend to break. But like I said, with the addition of acrylic
paint, it did get a little bit more elastic for me. Once you’re done with it though, you can sand
it, drill it, tap it, put it on a lathe, all kinds of things. Water is also a great way of smoothing and
removing fingerprints, although if you’re using gloves you won’t have fingerprints,
you’ll have wrinkle prints, which is what I have here. Although you can drill it, it definitely does
not drill as easily as polymer clay so keep that in mind that you may need to use more
in the way of power tools rather than hand tools that we can get away with with polymer
clay. It doesn’t chip, it doesn’t crack. Like you saw here, the only thing might be
adhesion between pieces. Where I was kind of having a delicate touch
when I put these together because they were just so tacky and annoying at that point I
seem to recall. Sometimes you may have to glue a piece after
it’s dry. So it’s a fun product to play with and something
to try. You know, as artists we are often interested
in discovering different media. So go ahead and have fun! Another great use for this is using it to
make aquarium things, you can still do that with polymer clay, to make fillers, to repair
things and you could actually combine like the mold making materials and make molds of
broken parts and make replacements for them with this stuff. So there’s all kinds of possibilities. Just a fun different medium to explore. And just to give you an idea. There are different sizes. This is the one pound set and I purchased
it ing late 2016 for about $18. You can buy 1/4 pound set, so just a little
tiny bit if you want to experiment. That will be around $10.50 or if you really
want to get into it seriously, you can buy a four pound set and that’s $33, which is
of course more economical. I did that entire fairy garden teapot with
this one pound set and with as much as you saw in the container is left over. So I hope maybe you give this a try. If you can think of any other uses for it,
feel free to share in the comments. And if you’re interested int he supplies I
used, click on the little icon in the upper right of the video or the link in the description
box to go to my blog post where I’ll always have a complete supply list with links to
products. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already
and take a peek at my Patreon page for how you can help support these tutorials if you
found them helpful. Happy creating. Bye bye!

24 thoughts on “How to Use Apoxie Sculpt Clay-Friday Findings Tutorial

  1. Great info on the feel and timing. We used this (actually similar product) in a class with Christi Friesen. We put a small mound of it on top of a tin box then added all kinds of small metal flowers, rhinestones, lucite florals and some people added baked polymer clay pieces. They are rock solid imbedded in the apoxie.

  2. Hi Sandy,, I've herd of apoxy clay, and crystal clay, the crystal clay is used for what I have seen here on you tube, camballa I've seen a ring with crystal clay, where it is mixed in two parts comes in lots of colors, as well, in the ring setting it was combed and little silver bead caps were inserted, then the crystal clay was made into tiny little balls and put into each bead cap then crystals were pressed in to that all around the ring it looked beautiful when finished its air drying also but would love to get this clay too, so I'll look around as that tea pot is amazing, I suppose too that polymers would look nice on a tea pot too all g with milk jug and sugar bowl, the ring tutorial in on you tube, it looks great🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺👍👍👍🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

  3. Interesting product, I'll have to see if I can find it! Thanks for sharing Sandy. Have a delightful day! Blessings

  4. This seems like just what I need to recycle pretty wine bottles into stemmed glasses. I'm now wanting to get into molten glass, but this seems like I could cut the tops off and attach to the bottom of the bottle with gold or silver painted accents into beautiful stem glasses.

  5. Thank you Sandy, I love your teapot. I can see in future generations children are going to think that teapots are made so that we can make homes for fairies lol. I do have a couple of posh tea sets that I still use, no I'm not old or posh , just brought up in the colonies. We always used tea leaves and made our tea in a teapot and never drank it cold even though our temperatures were very high. Fancy that. Be blessed Sandy.

  6. Love every thing you show, but i. Have to tell you, you have the most beautiful voice. Very soft and soothing!!!!!

  7. I had just purchased a house key made with a light to see the lock at night when a few days later I dropped it and it had broken grr ! That thing cost me $5 extra , so I used this Apoxi Sculp to restructure the broken end and it's been perfect for well over 4 years on my key ring ! Great practice use too 🙂 .

  8. My husband works with glass making unique bird feeders and garden ornaments. We had discussed embellishing some items with polymer clay. From what I gather here, durability of polymer clay outside may be an issue. Did I understand correctly? I am willing to delve into the Apoxie medium if so. Thank you. (Love your videos!)

  9. Thanks for the video. I'm not a arts & craft type guy, but getting back into modeling after 15 years. Didn't want to go back to aircraft/armor as my build rate is about 1 model per month and worried I'd lose what modeling mojo that recently came back. Wondered & saw a lot of people who are into zombie/apocalypse dioramas and been hooked on these themes since last year. Biggest problem was figures with seams created when joining body parts together. Found 2 Youtube videos, one which I'm using to deal with this problem using Milliput. A modeler on a modeling website said he uses this stuff on his 1/35th scale figures to fill gaps with such as between a shoulder and upper torso. What happens if you DON'T use gloves? How badly will it stick to your hands? Why wash your tools when you're done sculpting, can't you just wipe off this stuff off with a paper towel or does it really stick to the tools? As to cost, think it's going to be a better bang for your buck vs Milliput when it comes to weight vs cost.

  10. Why can't you just wash your HANDS with soap and water, like you do the tools? I hate gloves, it says it's non toxic…are they REALLY necessary? Seems like you COULD get away without them.

  11. If you have one piece of cured apoxie sculpt, can you sculpt non-cured apoxie sculpt onto it? Will it stick to it when it dries?

  12. Great video,I'm trying to put it on a helmet for a TV show I'm making.does this stuff crack or break?

  13. Is Apoxie Sculpt toxic? Does this stuff also stick to baked polymer clay? Thank you so much for making this video!

  14. Great video Sandy – Thank you for posting your work with Aves Apoxie Sculpt! very good and informative. Some notes for your viewers: *This video is on Apoxie Sculpt we also have a different product called Apoxie Clay. *You can mix and match the Apoxie Sculpt colors together to blend any color you like, there is a color chart available for free download. * if you want to add paints Sandy mentioned acrylic paints; we agree acrylic paints make it like a chewing gum it is very sticky – a craft brand oil paint works really well for coloring using just the tiniest amount of oil paints and doesn't change the consistency ; ) *Apoxie Sculpt adheres to itself in any stage of set up so you can work in stages with ease. – again great video and thank you for your work with Apoxie Sculpt ; )

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