|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.3 x 6.6 x 8.6 inches|
|Item model number||387500|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||387500|
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DAS Air-Hardening Modeling Clay, 2.2 Lb. Block, White Color (387500)
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- Great for both classroom and studio use
- Doesn't require oven baking - air dries in 24 hours
- Super pliability helps build hand strength and fine motor skills
- Perfect for all ages
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Since 1963, DAS clay has been an iconic Italian brand. Available in classic white and terracotta colors, this air-drying clay does not require cooking. Synonymous with modeling throughout the world, DAS is known for its versatility and ease of use. It adheres to supports of any type and can be painted with tempera, acrylic and other mediums. A superb introductory clay, this air-hardening modeling clay has a smooth, even, easy texture that makes it perfect for the classroom, home or studio projects for artists and crafters of all ages.
Great for both classroom and studio use. Doesn't require oven baking - air dries in 24 hours. This item is manufactured in Italy.
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|Item Dimensions||12.30 x 6.60 x 8.60 inches||1.00 x 5.25 x 2.15 inches||8.25 x 3.80 x 1.25 inches||1.13 x 3.00 x 8.00 inches||7.00 x 5.20 x 3.30 inches||2.17 x 2.17 x 0.59 inches|
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I make fairy homes with it, is the best one I have tried.
I wish it was less expensive...
But it is a good investment for me, no cracks and it dries white ready to paint!!! YEAH!
It is easy to work with and very malleable, also easy to add on and it sticks to it self ( I ad watered down Elmer's glue in between my small pieces additions) I do have a spray battle close by and I smooth it out with my wet fingers. I also prepare the clay half hour before I am using by spraying it and keep it in a air tight container. After I am done I brush my hands off and clean all my tools. My hands never feel dry after using DAS.I am 58 years old.
I'm currently making a ball jointed doll (BJD) and have successfully sculpted the lower torso and one thigh joint since yesterday. Although the clay seemed sort of difficult to work with when I first opened the package, continuously using it helped remove that problem! The clay has a hard time sticking to itself if it's either too dry or too wet. I've found the best consistency to stick it with another piece of the clay is when is starts becoming sticky to your fingers. I'd recommend wetting the area you're planning on sticking it to very slightly to get an even stickage. Another tip for that is to use your fingers to press down firmly at the very edge of the clay to smooth it (paper thin) onto another piece of clay. Metal clay tools work very well for building your clay as well.
The texture of the clay, as another reviewer pointed out, is very fibrous. You will not be able to put fine details on your project if it involves cutting deeply into your clay because the fibers cause the clay to drag down (think how thick grassy mud reacts to that - it is a similar effect). Although this does have its cons, the fibers of the clay make it so when your project is dry and you need to add more clay, it doesn't cause a problem. In fact, I found adding wet clay on to water-dampened dry clay MUCH easier to work with that sculpting wet clay onto wet clay. The texture of the DAS paper clay also allows for a very smooth finish. All you need is a dab of water on your finger tips to rub the clay until it is ceramic-smooth.
When drying, the clay becomes very cold. I'm sure there is science behind this that I'm not aware of, but when fully dry, it no longer has that refrigerator-cold feeling to it. It's also a great way to tell if it's really dry all the way through. It will be room temperature instead of cool. It's much easier to create fine details when your projects is dry (or mostly dry). You can use an exacto knife to shave away the dry pieces. They do not break away in chunks if your projects is dry. It really as if you are shaving away paper-thin pieces of dry clay. If you do this (which I recommend for this product), sand your projects down and smooth out with a dab of water on your finger tips. A dried product will still be reactive to water. I highly recommend sealing your project with a waterproof finish to increase durability and protect it from the elements. That being said, I still would not recommend this clay for an outdoor clay project even with a waterproof sealant. Being an air-dry clay, it is still more fragile than say, polymer clay baked crafts.
Speaking of baked! To dry this particular clay, I've learned (from reading on the internet as well as experimenting) that you can speed up your dry time for larger projects by putting in the oven for 300F for 30 minutes at a time. It works wonderfully. The smooth texture of the clay once it's dried makes it very easy to paint onto, so that is another plus.
One last thing, this clay dries out my hands a LOT. Working with it for a few hours basically absorbed all of the moisture in my hands and made it mildly uncomfortable for the night. It also sticks to your hands and skin very well and is difficult to wash off when it dries on there completely. Use gloves if you can, otherwise, keep some aquaphor lotion handy.
In the end, despite some flaws, I do like this paper clay, and after figuring out the tricks to using it, I'd use it again (especially because of the price!
I've included some pictures with and without the flash settings to show the difference in color when wet and dry, as well as the smooth finish.
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Enjoyed working with this clay as an amature modeller. Found that it was easier to work with if left to dry slightly to give it some firmness which allowed for slicing without the clay dragging on the knife which could cause some distortion issues.
Will buy again for same type of modelling.
A lot of first time users give up on it because in its ‘unprepared’ state it feels a bit lumpy and dry ... water is your friend with this clay, that ... and plenty of kneading :-)
Update, I put paint on-top and the clay is basically invisible. Guests come over and they have no idea there used to be a hole in the wall :D. 3 and a half months later and it's sitting in the cupboard and hasn't dried out yet!
However I purchased a Christmas decoration from a third party Seller and it was really beautiful but unfortunately damaged in transit by the courier company. This is the worst experience when the Seller only had one to sell. But I reluctant to throw it out into the bin. I tried gluing it. But unfortunately this ornament needed a lot of Major work done on it. First I thought about pollyfilla but dismissed the idea when I saw this clay on Amazon UK Marketplace Website. For an ornament which cost me a lot of money. I was eager to restore it to it's former glory! I have read a lot of reviews from a lot of different people?
So I'm just going to try and get some negative feedback and turn it into a positive feedback. I would Verymuch say that dirrohea would smell worse! Also Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner would Verymuch smell worse! I was put off by some of these negative reviews. But I pursued with my DIY repair and I was really shocked that it doesn't smell as Strong as other reviewers have stated! I suffer from Severe asthma and I was able to use it without any problems. I have also been a previous cake decorator so no different working with Fondant icing to working with this clay.
I am currently waiting on mine drying out at the moment and I don't think that I will have any problems with this High quality clay. It Is Verymuch like fondant icing consistenty. You have to work at it and knead it like dough. I have also found that it's pliable in the right hands. I am currently hoping that this does my job of repairing my Christmas decoration. As time will tell?
I used quite a large quantity of this clay as I was doing a Major repair to this ornament. Water is Very helpful for smoothing any cracks Etc... . I have also found as my Christmas Ornament is one of those which is a snow scene. I didn't want it to be too smooth as it would take all the effect from my snow scene. After using this clay washing hands with a shower gel or antibacterial soap which has an added fragrance will help You Overcome the smell odour of the clay. Failing this antiseptic wipes are Great for getting this clay off your hands and the odour too! I have read multiple reviews about how disgusting smell from this clay? But I have also read multiple reviews about children using this Product. I would Verymuch warn if children are using this Product then adult supervision is Paramount Importance. Just in case children might put it into their mouths. I would Verymuch use extra Cautions when children are using this Product as I would say that this Product would be toxic if eaten by anyone especially children. Finally if a child is able to use this Product without any issues about the smell then why are adults complaining??? I have smelled worse than this. You cannot judge until You give it a try Yourself.
You won't be disappointed with the quality of this Product or the smell!
Still a lot of work to do on it. But it was too nice a Christmas Ornament to dispose off! So cake decorating skills goes beyond cakes lol.
Really Impressed With this clay.
1st CLASS Product and Seller
Thank You 🏆
*try to mold your sculpture from one continuous piece where possible, as joined pieces will not be as secure when dry as they might be with other clays.
* when sculpting, dont fold the clay. This will trap air bubbles in it, which makes it more likely to break.
*if you do break the piece once its dried, coat the two pieces to be joined in pva glue and allow to dry in order to seal the porous clay, then stick the them together with a good contact adhesive.
* to seal the clay after painting, I use spray varnish. Brush on varnish is okay but brush marks and tainting of paint colours may be a problem, as may reaching small parts of your sculpture. Its available in different finishes. My favourite is the Rapide Paint Factory spray varnish - its not as expensive as some others but does the job nicely.
The seller dispatched the clay really quickly and it didnt tale long to arrive. Good price, too. Recommended!