A posting of tables
and not a photo in sight
‘Clays’ being used
DAS clay – item I’ve had and been using from the same pack for many years. I may be creating a rod for my back here as this is very old stock, and, after watching one or two videos online, I think the current clay is slightly more plastic.
Art Mache – present received this Christmas – comes as a powder and can be mixed to different consistencies.
Staedtler Fimo Air Natural – bought for comparison with other two. Says on packet can be drilled and sanded when fully dry.
Before referring to the tables it should be said that I know that by using air drying clays I am not using the optimal material for this scale of object. 1:12 is not the most amenable size to work in when handling wet materials. Which is, of course, why most sensible people use oven drying clays which are more like a smooth plasticine to handle.
|Clay||Ready mixed||Ease of kneading||Ease of forming and rolling||Level of stickiness|
|DAS||yes||OK – occasionally may require a little drop of waterAlways requires kneading when taken from packet||Can crack when forming into a ball and at edges when rolling out||Not sticky|
|Art Mache (powder)||no||Depends on mix – can be very sticky indeed if used at advised ratios (presumably meant for ‘plastering’ on frameworks)Needs kneading to make smoother and before use||Looks lumpy but forms ball/rolls out better than DAS||Sticky at recommended mix, less so at 5-6 times the powder to water ratio that’s advised with packet|
|Staedtler Fimo Air Natural||yes||Works like slightly dry potter’s clayNeeds kneading before use||Can crack when forming into a ball and at edges when rolling out||Takes on slurry appearance at surface with dampening and this makes fibres more prominent – not truly sticky but does colour everything when wet like any red clay|
|Clay||Ease of sculpting||Ease of shaping in v small pieces||Ease of adding pieces|
|DAS||Found small wooden tools, kept slightly damp (excess wiped off) to prevent hanging bits forming||OK||OK|
|Art Mache (powder)||Found small wooden tools, kept slightly damp (excess wiped off) to prevent you dragging the surface||OK||OK|
|Staedtler Fimo Air Natural||A little of both of the above||OK||OK|
|Clay||Ease of making look as one piece||Ease of drying||Ease of sanding and smoothing||Ease of drilling or piercing|
|DAS||Not very easy. Needs v small tools||24 hrs – v little shrinkage or change in appearance||Can crumble at edges – sanding does not smooth out spots where joins still show||Can crumble at edges|
|Art Mache (powder)||Not very easy. Needs v small tools||>24hrs – some small shrinkage and looks less porridge like||Needs sanding v carefully as responds quickly and scratches more easily but does not crumble when dry – sanding can assist where joins still show||Needs to be very dry (possibly 2-3 days drying) then makes a fairly clean hole|
|Staedtler Fimo Air Natural||Not very easy. Needs v small tools||24 hrs – some shrinkage and no longer looks like fish pate (fibres on wet surface disappear)||Sands easily (can scratch a little) – sanding does not smooth out spots where joins still show||Haven’t yet tried it|
Back to trying again to see if I can gain better results.