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Category: Fine Motor Disabilities

Molded Built-Up Handles

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with grasping disabilities to hold and use a variety of utensils and tools. Sculpey is a soft, pliable polymer clay that works and feels like ceramic clay, but does not dry out when exposed to air. Users can shape it into any form and then bake it in a standard home oven or a toaster oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit (130 degrees Celcius) for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the piece. Available in forty colors, once it cools, it can be sanded, drilled, carved, and painted with water based acrylics or glaze. Sculpey comes in a variety of mixtures, including regular, liquid translucent, superflex, premo and glow in the dark Sculpey. Some remain flexible after baking. Sculpey can be used to enlarge the handles of kitchen utensils or flatware; make an easy-grip toothbrush handle, custom molded to a person's hand shape and size; or shaped around a pen, pencil, crayon, paint brush, or other writing device to make it easier to hold. (Remove the item before putting it in the oven.) It can also be used to make a custom molded typing stick, create a base to hold an object in place (glue rubberized shelf liner on bottom to prevent sliding), or enlarge the holding surface on a Braille stylus. MATERIALS: Sculpey. TOOLS: Oven. TITLE: Sculpey. WEB SITE: TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project at http://www.iltech.org . REF: Ten Dollar Tech Ideas. TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, can also be contacted at 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 800-852-5110 voice/TTY, IL only; 217-522-7985 voice; 217-522-9966 TTY; 217-522-8067 Fax.

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