I'm in the process of designing my first ball-jointed doll: I've made a blueprint for myself, and now I'm collecting supplies. I decided to buy polymer clay (Super Sculpey) because I assumed it would be the most durable material to use. Lately I've read a lot of posts on the internet that claim Super Sculpey isn't as durable as paperclay/stoneclay and doesn't hold up as well to elastic string tension.
Then I had a brilliant idea. (At least I thought it was.) What if you could 'reinforce' Sculpey the way you'd reinforce concrete, with a layer of metal between two layers of clay? I suppose you could use armature wire, but I own a lot of wire and was thinking of making my own wireframe. That way, I could also put wire at the edges of doll parts, where they'd receive the most stress.
So here are my questions:
-Anyone know if this is a viable method for making Sculpey stronger and more durable? Or will adding a wire layer make the clay less durable?
-Are there any other ways to make Sculpey stronger for use in BJDs?
-Is paperclay really stronger than polymer?
And, in case you weren't sure what I meant about the 'reinforced' Sculpey, here's a quick schematic: http://i36.tinypic.com/m8pjrk.jpg