I want to use these with clay/sluply - Will they work?

I've tried it, and yes, it can work, although be warned it's hardly 'easy'. I've tried sculpy and it reeeealy wanted to stick in the cutter. It was difficult getting it out where there was a lot of inner detail. I have very limited experience with sculpy and was just testing it because I've been asked this a few times. Perhaps with someone who has more experience with clay/sculpy would have better luck and know some techniques for working with the stuff that I didn't know. But I wouldn't call it 'easy' for someone who is a novice with sculpy/clay.

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    Mande Zierath

    Hello! I work with a mid-fire red stoneware clay and use cookie cutters very similar to these (I'm about to buy a few to make Christmas ornaments for friends and family). The best process for regular clay is to heavily dust with corn starch on both the clay and the cutter. Corn Starch is organic so it should burn off at a high enough temperature. Otherwise, wd-40 works great as well, though you only need to apply that to the cookie cutter.

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    Mande Zierath

    So, now that I've used them, I have some more tips. For regular clay (not Sculpy, I don't use sculpy as it's used for sculpting and not much else and it is super sticky and hard to deal with) I tried a few different methods and the method I found that worked best was to brush the cutters with wd-40 for pressing them in. Also, I slabbed the clay first to about a quarter of an inch, compressed it (I use an old hotel keycard because it's gives a nice smooth surface and can go in multiple directions) then let it reach about leather hard stage under a fan, turning it over once--or putting it on plaster which also helped. Then i cut with the wd-40'ed cutters. I keep a tupperware filled with wd-40 and use a paint brush to apply.

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