One of our goals every year is to bring you the amazing new products that you’ve been asking for. This year we think we have definitely nailed it! Today we are excited to introduce you to Culture Sculpt. It’s an amazing sculpting resin that can be used for so many of your amazing resin art projects. We know you all have lots of questions and we want to answer them all!
So many of our talented artists have been making 3D tumblers, ice cream scoop toppers, and fabulously sculpted items. We wanted to come up with a product that would make those things easier for you. Enter Culture Sculpt! We hoped you would be as excited about this new product as we are but you blew us away. Our first batch sold out within minutes of being released! Besides asking “when will you have it back in stock” you also had many other questions about this awesome new product and we want to make sure you have all the answers you need. Below is a list of the questions we have been getting on social media. We hope to cover everything you want to know but if we miss anything be sure to let us know!
Introducing Culture Sculpt: All your Questions Answered
What is Culture Sculpt?
Culture Sculpt is a sculptable and moldable epoxy. It is a two part epoxy just like all of our resins but this behaves like clay. Part A is pure white while Part B is an off white color and you mix them in equal ratios just like your resin. There are a few reasons you will like this product better than clay for your creations. First, it cures just like resin does. That means no baking is required! Just let it sit for 24 hours and that’s it. Also, it hardens but does not dry out. That means no cracking and no shrinkage like you get with clay!
It adheres very well to your tumblers right away but you can also reposition it until it dries. No need to use glue or be stuck with positioning you don’t love. It is also very easy to manipulate and can be shaped and smoothed easily with your gloved hand. You can use any kind of tool you can think of to add texture to the Culture Sculpt too. Anything from a simple toothpick and straw to sculpting tools will work beautifully with this!
How do you mix it and how do you color it?
Like we said, you need equal parts of A and B just like with our normal epoxy. The equal parts will allow the chemical reaction needed for curing to happen properly. Some of you have asked if you need to weigh each part before combining but this doesn’t appear to be necessary. Our resin artists have had great luck with making one ball of both parts of equal sizes and then putting them together. If you aren’t sure how much you’ll need start small. It’s really easy to mix so you’d be able to quickly make more if you need it. Once you have the two balls of equal sizes mush them together and work it between your fingers to combine them. It’s sort of like kneading dough. Once you have it combined just break off a piece and start creating!
For coloring your Culture Sculpt you have a couple of options. You can either add Dispersion Color to the mix after you’ve combined it or use Dispersion Color that you’ve watered down a tiny bit to paint it after you’ve sculpted. Both ways work great! If you are going to add your color before sculpting, Misty Leonard had a great piece of advice. If you find that you need more of a color, tint another batch but then mix the original back into the second batch. That way you will be sure that your color will be the same throughout the piece your are working on.
Time, time, who’s got the time?
When it comes to your busy lives and businesses we know that time is always a concern. Whether it’s working time, cure time, or shelf life, it all adds up and it’s all important. We’ve found that, depending on your room temperature, you have 2 to 2 1/2 hours of working time with Culture Sculpt. At that point it will start to harden. Here’s the great part though: You can put it into molds to make additions for your 3D creations and, after 3 hours, take it out of the mold and it will keep its shape but still be pliable enough to adhere it to your project! After 4 hours it will be hard to the touch and after 24 hours it will be cured.
If you will be painting your creations with Dispersion Colors you can basically begin that as soon as you’re done sculpting. Just be careful not to push down to hard with your brush. As resin artists we are so used to waiting until the next day before moving on to the next step. You can definitely still do that but, if you’re ready to dive in to painting, you can do that too!
As for shelf life the Culture Sculpt will be good for at least 6 months just like our other epoxy. We doubt you’ll be able to keep it that long without using it though! Just make sure that your lids are screwed on tightly to prevent air from getting in and drying it out.
What can I use it for?
Here’s the fun part! Basically you can use it in place of anything where you would normally use clay. This product just came out and we have seen you artists posting so many creative ways you want to try using it. We designed it to fit the needs of the tumbler artists who are making 3D cups and lids but there are a million other uses for it too! The gnome cups are very popular and this is perfect for sculpting all the part you need to create these cuties. Here’s an adorable gnome that Misty Leonard of MD Leonard Designs made using the Culture Sculpt…
This is also amazing for making ice cream scoops!! Danielle Myers of DAM Fancy Creations showed us how she normally does her scoops with spackle but now loves using the Culture Sculpt for them instead. Like many of you, she likes the matte look for the scoops so they look realistic. With Culture Sculpt there is no need to do a layer of epoxy over them!
Here’s what Danielle said, “Once cured it is SUPER hard and holds its form even in water. With my spackle ones I sealed with epoxy. I wasn’t crazy with how they looked with epoxy over them because it does make them look a little less realistic. This new product is great because you don’t HAVE to do that!” The other great thing is that it is so much easier to combine a batch of Culture Sculpt than the spackle mixture. It takes much less time and is much easier on the wrists! Of course if you want that fabulous shine on any of your Culture Sculpt creations just add a layer of Artist Resin when your project is complete Here are the fabulous scoops that Danielle made with Culture Sculpt…
Culture Sculpt is also great for molds! Use it just like clay in your molds and then paint it afterward or mix your color right in! You can make the bows and other decorations for your 3D tumblers in molds or you can do entire mold projects with it. Jill Rose of Dancingkoi has made some beautiful pieces already! Here’s what she had to say, “The new Culture Sculpt is also amazing for molds! Even a two part mold. The skull was a 1 part mold and the dragon egg was a 2 part mold. Great detail, very durable, drillable and sandable. I can’t wait to make more items with it!”
The Wrap Up…
There is no limit to what you can try and we can’t wait to see what else you talented artists come up with! We are so grateful to you for allowing us to be a part of your art and your businesses. It’s an honor and a privilege that you trust us with your amazing creations! We will continue to work hard to bring you the products and supplies that you need and we look forward to seeing what you create!
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