Dungeon Building with Sculpey!

I’m a big fan of 3D props, terrain, and miniatures.  Rarely is my game table a flat map.  I’m also a big fan of arts-and-crafts.  Sometimes, I just really need to make something with my hands.  D&D becomes that creative outlet for me.

Today:  Sculpey! (To be more accurate, Sculpey III)

Sculpey is an oven-bake clay you can find at most every hobby shop.  There are a whopping 44 colors available in 2-ounce packages.  Some of the more common colors come in the more economical 8-ounce package.

The clay is a little tough to knead into a working compound, but once ready, it’s soft and malleable for a while.  It can be carved into before, or after baking.  When baked, it takes on a flat patina and becomes quite firm, not fragile at all.

I have just begun to delve into the many forseeable uses of Sculpey.

My first project was a bloody altar, then came the sarcophagi, which can be flipped to be either opened or closed.  They make Sculpey glue, though not absolutely necessary, it really helps when you try to bind two pieces of clay together.

Next, I tried making a throne, had a little extra gold and so I made a pile of coins too.  The Sculpey is so soft, I had no problems making round circles for the coins, I just used the inside of a pen and poked it.

Then I found these blue Crystal Dazzlers on sale and tried mixing them into the Sculpey.  At first, I was afraid to put the plastic in the oven, but the Sculpey bakes at only 215 (I think).  It turned out fine… no smoke or anything.  Monitor it closely though, just in case.

The big rock I made hollow, there’s no need to use that much clay.  Also, I can now stick a Celebration Light under it and it glows (or blinks)!

If you’re making anything stone, like rocks, altars, and sarcophagi.  It helps to torch the clay lightly with a lighter after you’ve baked it.  Don’t burn your piece, just drag it above the lighter.  The lighter will leave behind a black residue in all the right spots, you smudge it away and it leaves some great shading.

That’s as much as I’ve done so far.  There are probably a hundred more uses I haven’t discovered… a few I’ve thought of, but haven’t tried yet.  I’ll keep you posted.

Have you used Sculpey?  Any ideas or suggestions?


About j0nny_5

Mid-thirties and work a full-time job in beautiful northern Colorado. In my free time I play D&D, video games, and walk my two beautiful Bouvier des Flandres.
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