Working with Sculpey Soufflé – Part 2

Learn about the unique features of working with Sculpey Souffle, a relatively new and unique brand of polymer clay.Sculpey Souffle is a new polymer clay by Polyform advertised as being lightweight, strong, having a suede-like finish, and with 22 “fashion-forward” colors perfect for making jewelry. Polyform sent me a box of this new clay and I already gave a preliminary review earlier this week, where I discuss my initial impressions of the clay. I have had a bit more time to work with this new line of clay and now can report more about how it behaves when used for polymer clay techniques such as caning, blending, extruding. Here is a more complete review explaining what I found out working with Sculpey Souffle.

Painting with Sculpey Souffle

Did you know that you can paint with polymer clay? (I’ll talk about painting ON polymer clay a bit further down.) There are some artists who thin their polymer clay and then use a palette knife, or their fingers, to paint a picture. Just for curiousity, I grabbed a palette knife and found that even straight off the block, Sculpey Souffle can be used to paint in what is sort of like a thick impasto technique. If it were thinned with liquid polymer clay, I will bet you could make some really fantastic polymer clay paintings with this stuff.

Using Sculpey Souffle straight out of the package and a palette knife, I was able to create this quick impasto style polymer clay painting.
Using Sculpey Souffle straight out of the package and a palette knife, I was able to create this quick impasto style polymer clay painting.

Painting on Sculpey Souffle

Many of us like to add paint to the surface of our polymer clay creations. Some clays, Kato polyclay in particular, can present a challenge when it comes to making the paint stick to the clay. You’ll be happy to know that acrylic paint sticks very readily to Sculpey Souffle and once it has been heat set (baked in a low oven for a few minutes), it becomes almost impossible to remove or scrape off of the clay. I found the same to be true with Varathane sealer, too.

Sculpey Souffle works particularly well with my Rustic Beads and Components Technique to make these distressed and rugged beads. By The Blue Bottle Tree.
If you have my Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial, you’ll be very pleased to see how well Sculpey Souffle works with this technique. I was thrilled with how much more rugged the effect is.

Sculpey Souffle and the Color Wheel

It seems that the biggest praise and also the biggest criticism I’m reading about this line of polymer clay is about the colors. Some people love the very usable and coordinating colors. Others are frustrated that there are no true primaries and the colors are muted and dull.

Sculpey Souffle does not have true primary colors and therefore doesn't give a true range of bright secondary colors.
Because I didn’t want to waste any clay making a color wheel, I used the technique in my Graduated Colors Tutorial to make color gradients between the Lagoon, Canary, and Cherry Red colors of Sculpey Souffle.

As you can see, the colors do blend well to create nice secondary and tertiary colors. But they’re not pure spectral colors. Because the yellow is muted and not very color dense, the resulting green and orange colors are almost pastel colored. The Souffle primary colors straight out of the package aren’t really all that muddy, but they are tinted (in the case of yellow, with white…in the case of red and blue, with black). This means that you can’t make them brighter, or more saturated. And because the red and blue are so dark, you can’t really see the color changes through purple there.

What does this mean? Well, if you’re the kind of person who uses clay straight out of the package with minimal color mixing, this isn’t much of a problem. But if you like to create all your own custom color mixes, the colors offered in the Sculpey Souffle line are severely restricting.

I did find the 22 colors in the line to be very nice and they worked very well together. It was easy to create attractive canes and mokume gane stacks almost by picking colors at random. The slightly muted, desaturated colors did tend to look sort of homogeneous if I wasn’t careful, though, because there wasn’t much tonal value difference between some of the colors.

Sculpting with Sculpey Souffle

First let me say that I am not a sculptor. You know how some people can’t draw a straight line? Well I can’t roll a straight snake. I am not the best person to evaluate things like how well the clay scribes, smooths, or blends with sculpting tools. It seems to work fine with sculpting tools and it does smooth easily because it’s so soft. But I can say that this makes really great figurines. I made a little figure, specifically to test how well the details stayed attached and how easily small projections could be snapped off. Remember I said I’m not a sculptor. (In fact, my husband told me he’d disown me if I posted this, but whatever, it makes the point.)

Sculpey Souffle is excellent for figurines because it is strong, flexible, and very durable.

There is no armature or wire in this sad little alien miner elf. And yet his arms stayed outstretched during baking without support. His hammer arm did droop, but I expected that. I didn’t do any scoring or gluing, I didn’t use any liquid clay to bind pieces together. I just stuck his arms on, put a hammer at the end of his arm, and wrapped a sash over his shoulders. And I’m stunned to report that I cannot pull his arms off. I seriously can’t. The bond is so strong that I lose my grip on the hammer before it tears. The clay is so flexible that he can hit himself in the head with the hammer and use the other arm to scratch his chin (if he had one). The clay doesn’t break and it instantly goes back to its original place. See those skinny little antenna projections on his head (okay it was late, I was uninspired). Well they bend. And they’re on there good and tight. I was able to break one off – this isn’t steel. But it really is surprising how tough they are. If you make figurines, little cute sculptures, clay centers (for bows) or other whimsical 3-D creatures, you will be thrilled with Sculpey Souffle. Also, note that the color of his body is Sandcastle. Interestingly, it closely matches my pasty white girl complexion. Between Sandcastle and Cowboy (the nice chocolate brown in the Souffle line), you should be able to mix the full range of skin colors.

How does Sculpey Souffle Carve?

I baked a sheet of Souffle polymer clay and then used various carving tools to see how it behaved. Now I’m not a carver any more than I’m a sculptor. But I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the carving tools sliced through the baked clay. You can see here that the clay is soft, carves with good definition, and doesn’t suffer from much flaking and chipping. I think that making carved texture plates would be very easy with this clay. And it’s such a soft and flexible clay that I can’t help but think it might even be useful for doing linoleum prints. Please let me know if you try it. That would be cool.

Sculpey Souffle is soft enough that it carves easily with carving tools, perfect for making texture plates.

Image Transfers with Sculpey Souffle

Image transfers are when you use a printed image and transfer it to the surface of unbaked polymer clay so that you can then use this in your creations. Optimally, people typically use specially coated papers and there are a variety of techniques that I won’t go into here. But it can also be done with a simple toner-based laser print. And that’s what I did. I found an image online and printed two copies with my laser printer. Both copies were laid face down onto unbaked white Sculpey Souffle and then burnished well with my finger. One was baked with the paper on it, then removed after baking. The other one was left to sit for 30 minute before removing the paper by wetting it and rubbing it off very carefully. I then draped the clay over the dome of the Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker, then baked it.

I was actually quite surprised at how well this worked. The transfers worked a bit better than when I’ve tried the same technique with Kato polyclay in the past. The one thing is that the water did cause a bit of gumminess in the Souffle clay. This is surmountable, though, by being more sparing with the water. And practice will help. But still, I thought the image transfers turned out surprisingly well.

I was able to use laser printed images to create image transfers on Sculpey Souffle polymer clay.

Extruding and Caning with Sculpey Souffle

Curious how this soft clay would work in an extruder, I set out to make the very famous retro cane. Sculpey Souffle is so very, very soft, so it was hard to stack the circles without them going all wonky. Not a problem for this technique, though, so I put it in the Makins extruder and began cranking. It went super easily. My hands didn’t get tired, there was none of the usual squeaking. In fact it felt a lot like mushing Play-Doh through the Fun Factory. Actually, even easier. The clay went through so easily that I probably should have slowed down a bit because the sides of the “snake” were a bit crackly from going so fast. I cut it into pieces and stacked it into a cane quite easily. Then I wrapped the cane with a sheet of Lagoon.

When I tried to mush all the pieces together, the whole cane began to get distorted and uneven. The clay is so soft that it was difficult to make the elements fuse together without making the whole cane morph and flow between my fingers. I used an acrylic roller to square the cane up again and then began to reduce it. Well. It was like making a cane from Play-Doh. Or cookie dough. After some deep breaths and some patience, I was able to reduce the cane by about half. A couple of things to note. Souffle is so soft that canes will push out at the centers, not dent inward. And it’s going to be really hard to reduce a cane that’s not square or round.

I let the cane rest for an hour or so before I tried slicing it. This clay is such a contradiction in itself. It’s very soft and mushy and the cane distorted easily. But you’d think that the slices would be distorted. They’re not. This stuff cuts quite nicely without much drag at all. Now the action of cutting the slice does flatten the cane (yes, it’s that soft). So you’ll need to pull your slices back to the right dimensions before using them. Also, because the cane is so soft, it’s also easy to “unreduce” the cane, too.

As you can see, there is decent definition in this clay. I do think that it will make nice ‘beginner’ canes and simple decorative bulls-eye and flower canes. But this clay is absolutely not suitable for complex canes. You need a very firm clay like Kato or Fimo or even Premo if you’re going to make canes like that.

Retro Cane made with Sculpey Souffle. This isn't a very good clay for making complex canes. But its softness does make simple canes easy to produce.
Notice how the cane isn’t “square”? See how the sections in the lower right and upper left are short and fat? That distortion happened while reducing the cane with an acrylic roller.

Sanding and Finishing Sculpey Souffle

To see how well Sculpey Souffle created a highly sanded and buffed finish, I began by making mokume gane. I picked a few pretty colors, made a stack, used a stamp on the stack, and then began slicing off the top layer. Wow, the colors were sure pretty. It seemed that no matter what colors I used, the effect was harmonious. The clay is very soft, it sticks to itself well, and it sticks to the ceramic tile work surface very well, too. There was no delamination as I worked with it (the layers didn’t come apart). Because the clay was soft, I was able to get very nice detail from the stamp that I used. The blade sliced through the stack nicely, with no drag at all. Because the clay is so soft, though, you wouldn’t be able to use it in many slicer devices, because unless the stack is quite thick it would be a bit like slicing a thin bit of brie cheese.

Sculpey Souffle mokume gane sanded

I smoothed my clay, baked it, sanded it from 220 up to 12000 grit. It did sand very easily. It was super smooth. Or at least it felt like it was. My first clue was when my husband asked me why it looked so muted and dull. He asked what the white coating was. Hmm…what white coating? And then I looked closer. Go ahead and click to enlarge the above picture so you can see what he saw. Sure enough, there was a sort of white haze. What the heck? Upon closer examination I could see that even though I had sanded this piece properly and had gone up to 12000 grit micromesh, there were tiny holes or pits in the surface of the clay. Now I’ve sanded a lot of clay in my time, and I’ve never seen this happen. Normally when baked clay is sanded to 12000 grit, it comes out super smooth and shiny. Sculpey Souffle comes out absolutely matte when you sand it. And it takes a bit of work with the buffer to get a shine on it. And even then there’s that haze. You can see the pits in the surface in the next picture.

Sculpey Souffle, has a slight whitish cast in dark areas when sanded.

Thinking that I had somehow screwed something up, I repeated the whole thing, taking pictures along the way to compare. And sure enough, it wasn’t me. It was the clay.

Mokume gane made with Sculpey Souffle. Notice how much more muted it becomes after baking and sanding.

I said in my first review that there wasn’t a color shift when you bake Sculpey Souffle. But that’s not really true. There isn’t a color shift…the colors themselves don’t change. But the clay does get more dull. And the clay gets even more dull when you sand it. Sealing the clay with Varathane did restore the bright color to a certain extent. But when viewed against the light I can still see the pits in the surface after sealing, so the surface isn’t super glassy smooth. Liquid clay also worked to seal the surface and make it brighter. And if you needed a super glossy surface with this clay I’d recommend using an epoxy resin.

And wouldn’t you know, I saw that Lynda Moseley of Diva Designs, Inc. had the same observations about sanding Souffle with a high grit. Lynda is known for her impeccable finishing skills, so it is validating that she had the same results.

I think that whatever is making this clay lightweight and have a suede-like finish is also what’s causing the clay to look dingy when it’s sanded. I think the little particles come out of the clay during sanding, leaving behind tiny craters. So the surface is smooth to the finger, but actually has tiny pits.

Miscellaneous Observations

  • Sculpey Souffle, when raw, repels water. Left in water overnight it doesn’t dissolve. But it does become slightly sticky. It should be safe to use with water techniques like image transfers and backgroundless canes. But do minimize contact with water.
  • Not all the colors of Souffle are equally sticky. I found yellow to be quite sticky, but the rest of the colors were much easier to work with.
  • Souffle doesn’t produce surface “pimples” when a sheet of it is baked like Premo does.
  • You still need to cover your clay when you bake it. Uncovered white clay baked at 275°F (135°C) for 45 minutes did discolor and the thin edges burned just like meringue.
  • This clay does blend nicely and easily. But making a skinner blend was difficult because it was so soft. The sheet got quite distorted as it blended.
  • If you could manipulate this clay well enough, I think it would be great for various filigree techniques. It’s strong, so it should hold up. But manipulating such a soft and often sticky clay makes such fine details challenging.
  • This clay is very soft when cured. I can actually pick at it and sort of begin to make slices in it with my thumbnail.

My Thoughts on Sculpey Souffle

Wow, what a unique clay. It addresses some of the most frustrating struggles of working with polymer clay with its ease of conditioning and its absolutely impressive flexibility and strength. If all you want to do is open some packages of clay and lose yourself in playing and creating, then this clay is truly wonderful. It IS a lightweight, strong clay.

Sculpey Souffle does introduce problems that other polymer clays don’t have. Souffle is too soft for detailed caning. The color range is limited. And you can’t get a clear, high gloss finish on it.

Sculpey Souffle is a novelty clay, not a workhorse. It is fun, it has a lot of wonderful qualities. And for some techniques, I think we’ll find that it will turn out to be the best clay on the market. It is certainly the first clay that I will recommend for people who are making figurines, are just looking for a simple hobby, or who might have arthritic hands. Let them learn the ropes on this clay and if they’re interested we’ll help them move them on to more versatile clays when they’re ready. Souffle is a huge improvement over Sculpey III with its brittleness and tendency to break. Newbies are going to have more success with Souffle than they have had with Sculpey III in the past, and anything we can do to reduce the discouragement of failure is an improvement, in my opinion.

The polymer clay community is hungry for polymer clay to be taken seriously as a legitimate artistic medium. So when the first new polymer clay to be produced in years turns out to be a mere hobby clay, it is easy for that to be felt as a slap in the face. We can’t look at it that way. We still need high end artist’s level polymer clay. Staedtler is making strides with its new Fimo Professional rebranding of the old Fimo Classic. But this is still an incredibly fun material to work with and we just got a new toy. That’s gotta be good!

Should you switch to working with Souffle? No, not if you like your current brand. But I do think you might want to pick up a few packages and see what you think. It just might bring a new element of fun to your work. Or give you some new ideas. I know I’ll be happily using up the rest of my windfall of Souffle. Thank you Polyform!!

UPDATE: Read what Claire Maunsell is doing with her Souffle. It turns out the Souffle is the perfect clay for her hollow forms and surface embellishments.

NOTE: For even more information about Souffle, including a list of sources, please check my earlier post.

225 thoughts on “Working with Sculpey Soufflé – Part 2”

      1. Yes, you would preheat your oven so that the temperature inside is steady before you put your clay inside. Some ovens are okay if you start with a cold oven, but most will fluctuate wildly as the element glows red hot while the oven is heating up.

    1. I’m sure it can. It will be interesting to see how people use this clay. I’m sure someone will find the optimal mix to create new, exciting techniques.

  1. Very thorough review, you put alot of time and effort into this. I think it would be worthwhile to try a few blocks.

  2. I’m brand new to polymer, and am enjoying your tutorial on rustic polymer clay components. So glad I’m reading about Sculpty Soufflé!

  3. Carolyn Oltman

    I really appreciate the lengths you go to in testing all brands of polymer. You are so methodical and clear in passing on the results. I will try some of the Soufflé soon, and now will know what to expect. Thank you!

  4. linda linebaugh

    A very nice review – I like the kinds of things you tried, especially the “painting” sample. Even if a “new” clay won’t do everything, it is exciting to have new toys.

  5. Cynthia La Para

    I’m very impressed with your thorough testing of Sculpey Souffle. Thank you for doing all this work, and so quickly.

  6. Anita Kennerley

    Thank you for your honest appraisal – Polyform has worked hard to give us a bunch of new products… Looking forward to trying them out!

  7. Hi Ginger,
    I just started subscribing to your blog a week ago and found your evaluation not only enlightening but so complete in its review. I am planning to try the Sculpey Souffle as I prefer to have a sueded finish to some of my beads and I think this product will in fact fill the bill. Keep up the great reviews! . .

  8. Leora Bennett

    That was a very thorough examination of Souffle….any question I would’ve had was answered. I am looking forward to giving it a squish myself!

  9. Thank you for taking the time to do such a thorough review. Very interesting product to say the least 🙂

  10. Jeanne Dumond

    Thank you for road testing the new clay so thoroughly. Saves everyone a lot of grief, especially the information about sanding and finishing. I am anxious to see how it feels out of the package. I have an order coming sometime this week.

  11. Thank you for doing all this work and passing on your knowledge. As an intermediate clayer, I learn so much just reading your posts. I wish you lived down the street from me!

  12. I forgot to mention that it may not work well for lino printing on paper, but it would be very cool to carve your own “stamp” for branding your other clay pieces with. As a stamp carver, I think that’s awesome! Usually you have to either make a very deep-impression rubber stamp or make one out of clay snakes on a flat piece. (which isn’t very successful).

  13. Susan Lightcap

    Another thorough, well thought out column. Thanks very much! I don’t think I’ll be looking for Souffle, as I like a clay that doesn’t get sticky, and I use an electric roller, so ease of use isn’t a factor. However, I would like to use this clay with my students who have have pain issues.

  14. I love your reviews! As a true newbie to polymer clay, I am interested in learning as much as I can, as cheap as I can. Good reviews make this much simpler! Keep up the great work, and I hope to play with soufflé!

  15. Interesting article – thanks for all your work! I’m thinking that this clay might work very well for my hollow bracelets due to its strength and flexibility. I love working with mushy clay as well….for me firm clay = major irritation.

  16. I am a novice at polymer clay but I am really anxious to try this new clay. So many ideas; so little time and clay…

  17. It was great to read your review as I was wondering about this new clay. I don’t think I will be making any change from using Kato clay however some of the tools look interesting.

  18. D Michelle Wigginton

    Hey Ginger, Congrats on being chosen by Polyclay to review Soufelle and it appears to be a fun product to try. Thank you for such a thorough review, we can always count on your to put a product through its paces I wonder when I’ll be able to find it in Canada….

    1. Cheryl Weaks

      Thanks for the great review! I got some of this new clay at Fandango. Please enter me in the contest!!

    2. I carry Sculpey Souffle clay. I’m in Keswick, Ontario and have been a Sculpey mail order supplier since 1998. It’s great to get feed back on new products. If I can help you obtain the clay, please contact me.

  19. Thanks for the comprehensive review. Love the thorough approach you have. I look forward to playing with souffle!

  20. DArsie Manzella

    Your review had me riveted and curious to try sculpting with this clay. My kiddos will love it too it sounds like! Thanks for sharing your gifts 🙂

  21. Thanks, Ginger! Do you think it’s safe to run thru the pasta machine? Or is it even too soft for that? I don’t wanna gum up my machine. I get the feeling that it’s about as soft as that “Pluffy” stuff.

    1. Don’t miss the first article, where I talked about my first impressions. It actually handles the pasta machine very well, actually. In that regard it’s a wonderful clay.

  22. I’m wondering how different is it from FIMO soft and also, being so malleable, would it work to build some jewelry using the soutache method from SS??

    1. I find Fimo soft to be quite similar to Premo, actually. This clay is VERY different. It is SO much more soft. Seriously, it’s about like cookie dough. It might be okay to do soutache if you could keep the strands from stretching and getting distorted as you worked with them.

  23. Based on both of your reviews this week, this sounds like a good clay to have on hand when I am feeling too lazy to blend colors. Or when my tendonitis is acting up but I want to use my extruder. Maybe I’ll even give sculpting another try. Thanks for the comprehensive testing and reporting.

  24. Thank you, Ginger for your very comprehensive review on Souffle. You have really given fantastic insights to this new clay and it’s applications. Looking forward to trying it out.

  25. This looks like tons of fun — I love doing little figurines and your report on how strong the little details are makes me eager to try it out. Thanks for your hard work on this post! Love this blog. 🙂

  26. Very nice detailed review! Since I love to sculpt. I simply must try it! I went searching stores today but it’s not in my area yet.

  27. Great information, Ginger. You did an amazing job expressing what it was like to work with this clay.

  28. This sounds like a fun clay! I am already subscribed to your emails; is that the same as subscribing to your site?

  29. I’m new to polymer clay and I’m enjoying your reviews and tips. I’ve learned a lot in a short time. I’d LOVE to win some of those tools! I’m chomping at the bit waiting for them to hit the stores! I already subscribe to your site, thanks for being generous with your knowledge and the goodies!

  30. Janet Calardo

    Thank you so much for all of the info you post about new & different products. It make is so much easier on all of us to know what to expect. Will definitely try some when I see it. Also love the new tools that Polyform came out with also. Thanks for all that you do.

  31. Bonnie Turberville

    I use Sculpey 3 for my sculptures, I like detail work and I was wondering how Souffle does in sculpting? Do you think it’s to soft.

  32. What a great review! I’m excited to try this new clay out. I think I am loyally converted to Premo! but it is nice to have a softer option. Thank you so much for sharing.

  33. You know I’m a huge fan of yours, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to see your review on this clay! My goodness, the “painting” and the carving did it for me, as well as your sealed mokume gane pieces. Heck, this stuff looks awesome no matter what! I must try some when it comes to Canada. I LOVE the colours and the versatility! Thank you for putting so much effort into testing this.

  34. Wow- what a thorough and candid review! Thank you! I am keen on the colors here and the suede finish – can’t wait to try!

  35. What an good review of this clay. Very interested in trying it. Thanks for doing all that testing!

  36. I love love loved this thorough review of Souffle. 🙂 And I very much appreciated your final remarks about helping stop discouragement for beginners. I never would have tried polymer clay again if it hadn’t been for a veteran telling me to throw away the variety pack from walmart and buy some Premo and Fimo. Now I am in love with my new craft and so grateful that those of you with the great depth of knowledge have been able to steer me the right direction. 🙂 I can’t wait to try some Souffle! It’s no surprise that they sent it to you to try. This set of posts has been amazing. Thanks for that!

  37. Thanks for the great review! How does it compare to Fimo Soft for beginners? I often use that in classes with kids.

    1. Oh it’s much softer than Fimo soft. Much. More like Play-Doh, but with more body to it. I think it would be excellent clay for kids to use.

  38. Thanks for your comprehensive and thoughtful review, Ginger. I’ll consider trying some when I make the occasional figurine, otherwise I’ll stick to Premo. 🙂

  39. I haven’t used any clays yet except for epoxy which I really like using in bezels for pendants. I have packages of polymer clay, just haven’t dipped in yet. My thirteen year old granddaughter asked for some Sculpy11—I think I will get her some Sculpy Souffle also. I enjoy your articles so much—thank you for all your research.

  40. Thank you for doing such a detailed review of this new clay! Your post certainly gives plenty of info to help me decide whether to try it out for myself. And thanks for a chance to win!

  41. Thanks for such a detailed review! I’m forward to trying some of this new clay myself! I’ve been subscribed to your website for a while now, so I hope that means I’ll be entered in the giveaway…

  42. Kathryn Corbin

    I like the use if a flexible clay, and have some ideas to try out. Thanks god your thorough and deliberate experiments….you answered all the questions I had!

    1. Oops! My comments prove you shouldn’t write late at night and don’t count on autocorrect! I meant to say that I’ve been experimenting with clay flexibility and your review suggests Soufflé could be just the ticket, possibly mixed with premo. I was especially impressed with the ease of carving post-baking, which is something I find myself doing more and more. BTW, did you actually make any hollow beads and if so, did the hold their shape?

      1. I didn’t make hollow beads, but I did bake one of the image transfer circles over the hollow bead maker. So it’s dome shaped now. And it does seem that it is plenty strong for making hollow beads.

  43. I think this may be something I can combine with my huge supply of fairly stiff Studio by Sculpey which had the same properties: strong, suede-like finish. Wonder how long it will be before it hits the stores?

  44. Thank you for the great reviews, I’m torn now because it seems like it has some interesting properties, but some great flaws too. I hope I’ll be able to put my hands on it soon!

    1. I think it just depends on what you need to use it for. I can see myself using it for Rustic Beads, but not so much for caning. If you do anything 3-D, I would think it would be a winner, too.

  45. thanks for all the wonderfully detailed information. It sounds like it might be fun to play with, and because of the strength it might be good for bracelets. I sometimes like a matte finish on things, so it may sometimes be just what I’m looking for.

  46. I thought your review was so through that I read it to my husband – and then you even wrote another one! Thanks!

  47. Patricia (Trish) Jones

    Well I may try it to do some figures with it to see how it goes. Thanks for the review.

  48. Beth Brampton

    This looks like a great option for making texture sheets, since it can be carved so easily. Thanks so much for your complete and detailed testing of this product, and your usual thoughtful comments.

  49. I liked working with the Sculpey Soufflé for the Bettina Welker extruded pixel cane. It was an actual pleasure using the extruder. I went threw the whole barrel of clay without stopping once. That’s major! I will probably use the rest of my Sculpey Soufflé supply doing pixel canes because I really love how they are coming out, and it’s really easy with this clay.

  50. I really know nothing about polymer clay other than what I’ve read here. But is it possible that the pits you see are from air pockets or bubbles that are broken open by sanding? Part of the make up of the product? It would make a lot of sense. I know you said it doesn’t seem whipped but maybe there is air inside? I’m not suggesting you out air into it but rather it’s the basic composition of the product. Hope that makes sense.

    1. Yes, I think it’s something like that. It could be air pockets or it could be some material that’s been released. Either way, there are definite pits in the surface. It’s not really a problem unless you’re sanding the clay to get a high sheen, though. I didn’t notice them on the basic surface after baking.

  51. It will also be interesting to try whether “leaching” (leaving on a sheet of paper for a few hours) would reduce the stickiness, like it does with Premo.

  52. Thank you so much for doing such a great review !! If you haven’t subscribed yet you should as you’ll always be the 1st to know about great Polymer clay techniques, tips, tricks, and be up to date on the latest products. Really love your blog and I share it with all my crafty friends.

  53. Thank you for the comprehensive review. I can see this being a good go to product when my RA is acting up. I hope it’s not long before the clay and tools are in the stores!

  54. Jenny chapman

    Thanks ever some much. Being new to these type of clays’ all advise is appreciated as it is expensive to find ones medium and develope skills.

  55. Thanks Ginger for another useful, detailed and comprehensive review! I love the “other point of view” of this article either for viewing at our current polymer clay brand in a new way…it seems to be an “intermediate” clay between SculpeyIII and Premo! / Fimo…so let’s experiment with this new clay!

  56. Having read the whole article, I’m thinking that Souffle might work well for a Sutton Slice. One could use a palette knife to spread it into the crevices. I will have to try this when my clay arrives, but in case you try it first, I’ll keep my eyes on your site — which I would do anyway.

  57. I think the range of colours for this line of clay is a big plus because of how well they compliment each other. I’ve only just started playing with polymer clay and I don’t really mix colours much, so I might just give souffle a try.
    Thank you for this thorough review, it is really informative.

  58. Dani Rapinett

    Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive review Ginger.
    It’s a very interesting product and I’ll be interested to see if the distributors here in Australia decide to bring in Souffle Clay (as they’ve currently been saying they have no plans to do so).
    I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

  59. Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough discussion of this new brand of polymer clay. I enjoy your blog very much. Souffle sounds like a good product to use to introduce my grandkids to polymer clay.

  60. jackie koudry

    What a coincidence! I found Souffle on sale last week and ordered a bunch to play with. Then I found your two articles on it and am just thrilled as I now have guidelines for my playing. Thank you a whole heap and a bunch for taking the time to do this and publishing your results. You rock, girl!

  61. Wow! All of this research to help yourself AND share with your readers. Can’t wait to try this clay and some of the new products. THANKS!

  62. Thank you for being so generous with your time and experience. I am primarily a caner, so I know this new clay is probably not for me, at least for canework. However, I also dabble with sculpture, and have 5 grandchildren who I think would really enjoy this clay. Thanks for doing the preliminary work for us and sharing your experience. I also wonder how it would do with very detailed/fine sculpture (such as a doll face). It will be interesting to experiment; I suspect it would blend very well (such as if you add a nose or cheeks, you could blend the edges easily), but wonder, since it blends so well, if, when blending, you would totally distort your fine details (lips, eyes)? I even accidentally squish my faces with Premo, LOL. It will be interesting to try it and see. Smiles, Sue C

  63. Once again Ginger you have given the polymer clay world the gift of your scientific expertise. Looking forward to giving the Souffle a try. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  64. Bar none, the most thorough, informative product review. Helpful and inspiring! I look forward to trying the product. Thanks for all the tips!
    Laurie

  65. Great post! It was very informative and detailed. Thanks for sharing the result of your experiments with us. I will not be giving up my Premo anytime soon, but I may try a few things with this just to see!

  66. Wow – thanks for this in depth review. I love working with premo accents as it is easy to condition and the pasta machine is way easier to clean between colours or after extensive use. When I saw that Sculpey bringing out a new product I got excited. It looks like this product does work well for making texture plates and sculptures – and you could use it as cores for big beads to keep them light weight? I would certainly love to test this clay myself:)

    1. I don’t think it’s that much lighter. It’s 15% lighter and with something the size of a bead we’d be talking about a few milligrams of difference. If weight is important, I’d use Sculpey Ultralight as a core. That’s much more foamy and light.

  67. Another fantastic review! Piqued my curiosity for sure. Can’t wait to see how & if it mixes well with transparent clays. The opacity is the main concern for me & I think you right…time & trials will tell. So many different talents & techniques will really show it in it’s best light. Great giveaway!

  68. Thanks for the great review!! You have answered the fundamental question that I have about all clay brands…”how does it cane?” It won’t be going on my “must buy” list but I am sure that I will have a little experiment at some point. Thanks again for a really in depth test that has given us all food for thought!! 🙂

  69. Maria Ordonez

    Thanks for your reviews! I live in Puerto Rico and there is no Polymer Clay community here, so I find your posts very useful. It is my birthday this week , winning this giveaway would be a great birthday gift ! Maria

  70. Louise Traylor

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with the new clay…I had considered buying some to see what it was like, but thanks to your many hours of work, I know the answers without having to buy it. The low shine, or matte finish is a bummer for me….not sure what I would us it for.

  71. I like to cane so I’m not sure I could use this clay, but my daughter sculpts so I’m sure she’d like to give it a go. Thanks for all the info! Saves us all from doing a lot of work!

  72. Vickie Rhoades

    Your reviews are always so very helpful. I’m fairly new to polymer clay and have used your tutorials to learn. This new clay looks like one of those things you just have to try, even if you don’t use it on a regular basis. A new toy!!:)

  73. It sounds like a very interesting new clay. I do mostly caning, so I’m not sure I’ll use it much, but I do want to do some experiments of my own with how well it works for forms that you cover with canes. With it’s strength and flexibility it could make fabulous forms if it takes to be covered with canes made from other clays. I’d also like to see how well it works mixed with other clays when you want to find a medium between hardness and strength. I’m sure the polymer community will put it to the test! =)

  74. Thanks for a great review! I love how detailed you always are. I can’t wait to try it out for myself.

  75. Thanks again for sharing and researching. I find your blog and facebook posts to be the most imformative and inspiring pieces. Thanks and keep on. I look forward to all of your posts.

  76. Thank you for your reviews & tips on polymer clay. I’m still sum what new so any info is awesome and helps me out a lot.

  77. As always I am impressed with the thought and detail you put into your reviews. It sounds like the new Souffle might be good for rustic, carved beads so I think I will give it a try also. Sculpey knew what they were doing when they sent it to you!

  78. Thanks for sharing! I find all your articles very interesting. I really want to try this clay so I’m adding this to my huge “need this” list. Love the colors would make nice accent pieces for my jewelry 🙂

  79. Ohhh! I would love to try this new clay. Thank you so much for the work you put in writing up your reviews; they are wonderfully thoughtful, comprehensive and to the point. I am really looking forward to trying this clay as I have been frustrated in the past by how brittle some of the clay has turned out to be. I have been working with more sculpture elements lately as well (combined with bead embroidery) and the idea of painting with polymer would be a good addition to my technique toolbox. Thanks again for the great information!

  80. Awesome review. It was like a novel, and so shocking when you discovered the surface pitting. I’ll have to keep researching, being a Kato, with Fimo and Pardo translucent person. Thanks, Boni

  81. Ginger, is it lightweight enough that we’d consider using it underneath some “good” clay (like Premo) in order to make large pendants lighter weight? You know what I mean, right? Use it as the bulk of a big pendant so it won’t be quite so heavy? Given your very thorough description (thanks very much!), I really don’t wanna use the stuff EXCEPT to make heavy pendants lighter, if you think that’s a good idea.

    (And I’m totally baffled by water making the clay sticky. WTH? I just don’t get that. This is *plastic*, not a water-based product, so I’m totally confoozelated!)

    Thanks for all the effort you went to on our behalf!

    1. No, I don’t think it’s that light. It’s only 15% lighter. I’d use Ultralight for that purpose. As for the clay getting sticky in water, did you know that Fimo gets slimy in water? I think it’s because the clay may be plastic but some of the fillers used are not. I do know that some polymer clays use kaolin, for example. And talc. But what if they’re using something that absorbs water? I think that’s what’s happening. As for me, I’m more confuzzled. 😉

      1. Fifteen percent? Well, geez; that’s hardly worth even mentioning! It’s almost a misnomer for them to call it “light.” Phooey! I’m not even gonna bother with it, then, because various shades of pink (specifically mulberries) are most important to me, and I don’t wanna fight with my clay, trying to get it the right color, and I don’t like what you had to say about the color specifics at all, and add to that the problems you had with shine and its gooiness and there’s just nothing there for me!

        Talc and kaolin? huh. Well, that explains some things. I don’t appreciate *that* very much! Thanks for that info, too, Ginge!

  82. Great info! I actually went to our local Michaels store yesterday to see if they had it…and they dont…one thing I am curious about, is can this be used with say Fimo or Sculpey, and baked together, as in…pieces added of different clay and have it hold together when done?

  83. I love your painting! I want to try painting with clay now… Soon…. Thanks so much for the review!

  84. Ginger, You comment about arthritic hands really caught my attention. Due to arthritis, my hands often ache after working with clay. I will definitely give soufflé a try, if only for this reason. I actually like the more muted colors. Thanks again for all the time you put into your reviews. I, for one, really appreciate it. I always look forward to your posts!

  85. Thank you for the comprehensive review! As someone with arthritis and other joint issues, I look forward to trying Sculpey Souffle.

  86. Thank you for an excellent review. I like to do some sculpturing so I will definitely give Souffle a try!

  87. Wow – what a thorough review – thank you, Ginger! It sounds like a clay that l would find useful where l needed flexibility and strength in something, rather than for gedneral use. Pity it doesn’t buff up nicely.

  88. The reviews here and earlier this week on Sculpy Souffle are absolutely outstanding! I learned so much from reading them and appreciate both your experimentation and your sharing this with us. Thank you!

  89. Thanks for doing so much research to help your fellow polymer-lovers. I’m amazed at how much information you share.

  90. Thanks Ginger, When I first heard that Sculpey Souffle had a suede like finish I thought of the possibility of it gathering dirt, dust and grime even after being baked. Your description of the tiny pits after sanding continues to give me concern. I can see that I might use it in very specific applications but I probably won’t use it for my style.I was confused when you said that it is very strong but that you can make an impression with your nail, it seems contradictory. Did you mean that it is hard to break? I’ve only been working with polymer clay for 2 months but am really intrigued by the possibilities. I have worked as a professional artist for 25 years and love to find new mediums. So far I’ve completed about 50 earrings and pendants that I will “premier” at a show next week. I have shown the new work to a number of friends who have responded positively and even made a few sales. Your review answered many questions and I appreciate your dedication to the polymer clay community.

    1. Hi Kenneth, yes, that does sound contradictory. It is quite soft after baking and does not have a hard surface. Think like a rubber ball as opposed to a marble. So you can dent it with your fingernail. But it is also strong, much in the same way that rubber is. It is flexible rather than brittle and the material is not easily pulled apart or torn. As for the suede surface gathering dust, well, the “pores”, for lack of a better term, are pretty small and shouldn’t collect much in the way of dust. The overall surface effect is still very smooth rather than rough.

  91. I will have to try this clay for my sculpting. I will admit that I am a bit leery because I mix my own colors and I really don’t like the idea of the muted tones as much. But there’s always new blends to try … right?! Thanks again for another awesome review. You’ve worked hard and we all appreciate it.

  92. Thanks so much for the review! I definitely want to grab a bar or two when it comes through top my area now 🙂

  93. Thanks for reviewing! I bought some the other day but haven’t tried it yet. I look forward to using it.

  94. It’s wonderful when some one lets me know the pros and cons of a new clay BEFORE i plop down money and spend time on it.

  95. Ginger,
    Thank you so much for posting this review! It is really helpful to know what your basic observations are on this new clay. After reading them I think that I am going to give Sculpey Souffle a try and see What I think of it.
    Thanks again,

    Ashleen

  96. This is a super awesome review! Thank you so much for that! 😀
    I can’t wait to play with it 😀

  97. Elisheva Sultan

    I am new at working with Polymer Clay and really enjoy reading your website, I will definitely give this clay a try when it arrives in my Country.

  98. Thank you for the thorough review! I am quite a newbie with PC myself, but I would definitely like to try the Soufflé for painting with PC!

  99. Your detailed and though out observations are incredibly helpful. Thank you for the investigatory effort and clear explanations.

  100. I have read your pins and appreciated your knowledge and openness. Plus, I too LOVE blue wine bottles! Second website I am willing to subscribe too (PCD first). Thank you for your joy in all things created?

  101. Thank you for your review of this new clay. Very comprehensive. I’m very interested in trying it for sculpting and a few other techniques as well.

  102. Thanks for all these experiments! The fact that it’s not possible to sand and buff it to a perfect high shine will both be food and bad for me. Bad because I’m a sanding and buffing addict and love my finished work to be super shiny. Good because it might be able to get me out of that addiction lol

  103. Thank you, Ginger, for all the work. I was especially interested in how it buffed. I’ll be sticking with Premo for the most part, but I’ll try the Souffle just for fun.

  104. Amazing review. My box is home waiting for me to test also and I can’t wait. I love your blogs your so thorough and truly helpful. Happy claying. Kim

  105. Well, gosh! I loved you review. It has opened some new doors. The mad scientist in me says ” go play”. And so I will. Thanks for EVERYTHING…..

  106. Thank you for such an awesome review. I find it interesting that they want this to be a jewelry making medium when it has so much give to it, even after baking.

    1. I think they’re looking at this from a marketing angle. And jewelry is the most traditional use of polymer clay. I agree with you, really. It does have a lot of give. But it also makes nice small beads, too. I love how my rustic beads turned out. Maybe their marketing will expand once the public accepts the new clay and they see how sales go. BUT, it does make fantastic figurines. Just utterly fantastic.

  107. Thank you for your easy to follow, and comprehensive review. It looks like it might be fun to work with; I’ll keep an eye out for it in the stores.

  108. I would love to play with a new kind of polymer clay! Even while I prefer workig with fimo classic I also have always some cernit at hand, as well as sculpey super firm and just recently added the pardo art clay line to my collection (wanted to try the translucent!). Also even some pluffy found its way to me and for every kind of these polymer clays I have a different use 🙂

  109. tesoritrovati4800

    Totally intriguing product! I know so very little about polymer clay yet I work with it every day. I thought your review was very thorough. I can see many possibilities for this. I have a line of pendants I have conceived that I have put on hold for the last year that would require me to do some detailed sculpting and this might just be the thing to make the pieces to be molded. Thank you for the the chance to win! Enjoy the day. Erin

  110. Thanks for all of your testing and color info! This new clay looks like fun to play with, I won’t give up my Premo!, but I would love to give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Big Hugs. :o)

  111. Thanks so much for your wonderful review..I just returned from Orkando Fandango and got a couple packs of Soufflé in my goody bag! I can’t wait to try it out and your review has certainly helped me with that’s!

  112. Thanks for such a thorough review! Like you, I think it’s great that we have some “new toys”! I can’t wait to try it for myself. Thanks again!

  113. Vicki McCray

    I really appreciate your review. I do alot of caning and use Premo and Fimo. I also do some applique which might be a good technique for the soft souffle.

  114. I was wondering how well it works when used with Sculpey Premo. Like putting floral canes made from Sculpey Premo on a Sculpey Souffle background. One would buff to a glass like finish, the other to a suede finish. The baking temps are the same, correct?

    1. Yes the baking temps are the same. But Souffle also buffs up to a shine. It’s just not as good as Premo. In that scenario, the floral canes would certainly buff up better, but the Souffle background would also have some shine. Instead, you could sand the whole thing super smooth to a high grit, then then background would be matte and the flowers would be somewhat shiny. Then if you painted some sealer just on the flowers it would give a shiny-on-matte effect. Does that make sense?

  115. Pamela Mencimer

    I have just discovered painting with clay and this sounds perfect to try it out on! Thank you for the review. Pam

  116. I’m interested in trying it for figure work. Soft clay is certainly good for some parts, but it also needs to be able to hold details so features aren’t too rounded. I like to “paint” details with polymer so it might be really nice for that.

  117. How exciting and how very nice of them to send you these tools. I can not wait for the outcome, I know whomever wins will be very happy!

  118. I’m amazed at the in-depth tests you’ve covered regarding this new clay, like a scientific research approach. More information than I even thought I needed and wow, I’m really impressed. Thanks for taking the time to test and share all this. (and I’d love to win of course)

  119. Sherry Lewis

    Thank you So Much Ginger for all the time and hard work you put into these reviews. They were filled with an amazing amount of information, so much so that I’m going back to reread them again:)

  120. What a great and thorough review! Thank you! I bought some soufflé and quite frankly found it too mushy to sculpt small figures (which is what I generally do). It didn’t seem much different than regular sculpey except lighter and suede like. Reminds me of studio sculpey (same suede look) but just lighter,

  121. I am fairly new to polymer clay and I have a few questions and comments not just about Sculpey Souffle. Should I post my questions here or is there another page that would be better?

    1. You can ask here, or send me an email through the contact form. Or post it on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thebluebottletree). It will all get to me! I’m happy to help if I can.

  122. joyce miskowitz

    Awesome review. Very thorough. I ordered some on line. Need to experiment. Just bought some more today at joann’s in south Florida.

  123. Sorry I’m a little late to the party here . . . I see this was back in May but I just found it now. I’m curious on the colors – and it’ll give me the perfect excuse to buy some Souffle’ to find out 😉 – what if instead of the Cherry Red for the red, one went with a CMYK mixing system and used the Turnip as a “magenta” instead? I’ve had some good results with paints using CMYK principles is why I’m curious. The Turnip color might be duller and not workable in this way, I won’t know till I see it in real life. But just throwing an idea out there. Great review – this one and your initial one on Souffle’ which I also just read. 🙂

    1. I agree with you that CMYK might give a better mix. But the problem with the Souffle colors is that none of them are pure. They’re all tints, tones and/or shades. So the turnip, while a lovely purple-plum color, isn’t clear – it seems to be a magenta shade (black added). All the Souffle colors are muddy or muted. But oh well…they sure work beautifully together.

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  125. I do wonder if mixing Soufflé with a translucent clay such as Premo or Kato will allow it to be sanded and buffed to a glossier shine.

    1. No, I don’t think it will. The problem is that Souffle contains microbeads…little teeny tiny beads of plastic…really tiny. Those are what gives the clay its lighter quality and the suede finish. When you sand Souffle, those microbeads are exposed and removed, leaving behind tiny craters. The craters give the effect of a matte finish. Even if you mixed the clay with trans, there will still be some pock-marks, and so the finish won’t be visually shiny. Though it will still be very smooth.

      1. Hmmm. I suppose the only ways to get it to be glossy is to either seal it or stretch a thin layer of translucent over it. I imagine it might be odd if an otherwise smooth sheet of mokume gane, after sanding, have parts that are glossy and parts that aren’t (it might also be visually interesting). Thank you for your input!

  126. thank you very much for such a detailed review, even though this is older now! I have recently started working with polymer clay, and as a quadriplegic, I don’t have the hand function for detail work anyways, and I really would benefit from something softer to work with. Few people are going to be writing things from the same angle as me, but something with this much detail allows me to find out the information I need! So thanks!

  127. Thank you so much for your 100% useful review! I love your reviews because they are really complex. Now I know I’ll stick to my favorite Premo. But what do you think about mixing Premo with Souffle? I’d like to try it myself. I think maybe the result will have all the best from both clays. Hopefully 🙂

    1. Thank you, Mariana! I’m so glad that you found it helpful. There’s no reason you can’t mix Premo with Souffle. People do it all the time. And yes, best of both worlds. Enjoy!

  128. Wow you have given us a lot of great information on which we can make decisions. I really liked to hear what you had to say.
    I thought I would share something with you. Teresa Salgado has a new product that actually puts a shine on souffle! You can find it at Tiny Pandora. That is the reason I bought it. Because I love the colors and properties of Souffle, but I didn’t like that I couldn’t get a shine on it. Now I can.
    Thanks again Ginger,you’re the best, a forever fan!

    1. Good idea, UV resin would work nicely to create a glassy shine on Souffle. I’ve not used the specific brand that Teresa is selling, but I have used several other UV resin brands that are delightful. Have fun!

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