As homegirleh mentioned, 1 1/2" thick is a little too thick for baking at the regular 20+ minutes. The general rule is 15-20 min. per quarter-inch of thickness, which would mean an hour and a half to thoroughly bake it (there can also be some problems with larger, solid items cracking when baked unless they're heated and cooled slowly, etc.).
So instead, as mentioned, you can use an "armature" of tightly wadded aluminum foil or other totally dry things inside your main balls, if you want, or you can do other things like make the clay hollow.
(For simple little sculpts though like I think you're wanting to do, you probably don't want to get into hollow forms, come to think of it.)
> the hook where i was going to insert my wire for hanging broke off! <
I'm not sure what you mean by this... exactly what part of the hook broke? Were you trying to insert something when the clay was baked?, etc. There are a number of ways to create hanging loops, eye screws, wire U's and wire loops into both raw and baked clay for hanging, so elucidate a bit on what you tried to do.
> I was just looking for some sculpey projects & tips in general. <
Now *that* I can help with.
I have a (large) polymer clay "encyclopedia" website with loads of lessons, tips, ideas, links to photos, etc. re every aspect of polymer clay (there's a link to it in my signature).
If you simply want to make little sculpts with your polymer clay, check out my page there called "Sculpting-General" (look in the navigation bar under "S")... down in the Websites area, there are loads of "whimsical" types of sculpted figures, etc.
The Kids & Beginners page has loads of things too (look under the sub-category on that page called "Sculpting"... in fact, that may be the best place to start... there are a number of little animals too).
My Miniatures page also has a lot of smaller sculpted things.
And the Christmas page has things that are particularly relevant to ornaments and to this time of year.
There are also a few other large websites where you can find lots of projects in one place... like the Sculpey projects site and the Michaels site:http://www.sculpey.com/projects.htmhttp://www.michaels.com/art/online/search?pageNumber=1&channel=0&search=yes&keywords=polymer+clay&type=0&x=6&y=12
(...if that URL breaks up, just go to www.michaels.com
, and do a search in the search window for the words polymer clay)
Be aware though, that even at the Sculpey site, most of the newer projects suggest using Premo clay rather than Sculpey III.
Premo is also made by the Polyform people, but it's very different from the regular "Sculpeys" since they are weak after baking in any thin or extending areas --though Sculpey spherical shapes are fine because spheres are an inherently strong shape).
(If you want to get into some of the other wonderful things that can be done with polymer clays, check out the other 80 categories at my website too