Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Product Spotlight: Das Air Hardening Modeling Clay

We love Das Modeling Clay! It’s affordable, it’s great for kids, and adults can have fun with it too. It's easy to sculpt, it's non-toxic, and it looks great when you paint it. Plus, there are a million things you can make with it: trinket trays, beads, decorations, figurines, ornaments, magnets, coasters, and more! 





Mother's Day is this weekend (May 14th), and if you're still thinking about making a handmade gift, consider Das clay. We have some helpful hints and tips for working with it, just click below.

All supplies are available at collage!


Facts about Das Modeling Clay:
It is non-toxic, and made mostly of vegetable binders and water. It is gray and turns white when it’s dry, although it also comes in a terracotta color. Das clay is not food safe or waterproof (so don’t create mugs and plates with it!). It shrinks a little bit when it dries, about 10%. It is air-hardening, so there is no need to bake it!





Supplies:
* Das clay (we used the white kind)
* Martha Stewart's acrylic craft paint...our favorite!
* Paintbrushes
* Sandpaper
* A bowl, to use as a mold to shape your dish (optional)
* Rubber stamps (optional. We used stamps by Yellow Owl Workshop)
* Rolling pin or brayer (optional)

Tips for working with Das clay:
* If making a tray or dish, roll it out with a brayer or rolling pin to make it even and smooth.

* If making a thicker piece, like a figurine, build a form out of aluminum foil first, or paper and wire, and then cover your armature with the clay. You will use less clay this way, and it will dry faster.

* Try to make a creation from only one piece of clay; it’s difficult to attach separate pieces together.

* You can stamp the clay with a rubber stamp. If you do this, try using a pigment-based or all-purpose stamp pad. If you use dye ink, the stamp will fade and bleed a little bit; you won’t have a crisp stamp. You can also make a blind stamp and paint the impression once it's dry (like we did).

* You can also make impressions with leaves, doilies, fingerprints, and other textures.

* If the clay gets hard as you work with it, add water. If you have trouble with the clay cracking, try spritzing it with water.

* Your piece should dry within 24 hours or less. If you put a fan on your project (on a low setting), it will dry more quickly.
Clay after it has dried.

* You can sand it and drill it once it is dry.

* Once opened, we recommend using all of the clay in the package within a week. It can dry out quickly, even if you have it sealed in a ziploc bag.

* You don’t have to varnish the clay once your done, but it is helpful to keep the paint from chipping. You can try a varnish spray like Krylon Crystal Clear or Krylon Matte Finish spray, or even paint on Mod Podge.

Check out our samples below!

For more ideas on fun gifts and DIYs, check out some of our previous DIYs, and visit our lovely gift store, the annex.

Clay after it has been painted!