Categories Sculpting (Clay)


Airdry Clay Basic & Brands Comparison

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Continuing from the topic of clay from last week, we’re going to be sharing more on this versatile material! Airdry clay is probably my absolute favourite craft material – the amount of stuff you can make from it is endless.

If my art teacher did not discourage me from pursuing pottery (something I still wonder why to this day), I might be very well sitting in a ceramic studio spinning clay instead.

Due to a project with the kiddos, I got to try out different brands of airdry clay and thought it’ll be good to share a few of the brands I normally use! I will also be sharing on some basic techniques and tips when using clay!

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I’ll be comparing these 3 brands today based on smell, touch & texture and colour.

Jovi White Modelling Clay 500G (Artfriend, $3.65)
Das White Modelling Clay 500g (Artfriend, $4.30)
Japanese White Modelling Clay 500g (Popular, $4.80)

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Jovi Clay
Smell: None
Touch & Texture: Moist & Firm
Colour: Greyish

Das Clay
Smell: Very strong
Touch & Texture: Wet & Soft
Colour: Off White

Japanese Clay
Smell: None
Touch & Texture: Dry & Hard
Colour: White

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Next using a ball tool, I pressed down into the clay with an even texture and break off part of it.

Jovi Clay: Soft but firm. Easy to break off the main block and soft to manipulate without using much strength.

Good for rolling out slabs!

Das Clay: Soft with soft edges. Wet, require a little more strength to break off compared to Jovi. Feels a little like soggy fries.

More suitable for sculpting or coiling.

Japanese Clay: Hard, able to create clean edges. Slightly crumply but easy to manipulate.

Good for works that have a lot of details.

I personally prefer Jovi and the Japanese brand. When using wetter or softer clays I tend to let them dry out for a little more before using, but they are great for 2D details on clay tiles.

Next, sharing some of the basic techniques I most frequently use!

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Ball: Place a small block of clay between your palm and roll it in a circular motion. You can also roll it between your palm and the table top.

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Snake: Break off a piece of clay and place it between your palms or palm and table top. Apply even pressure throughout and roll the clay front and back.

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Pinching: Using your thumb and index finger, apply even pressure and press. I usually use this to create hearts/triangles/raindrops.

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Attaching clay: Create score lines on (scratch) both surfaces of each piece of clay. Apply a small amount of water on both sides and press together.

Smooth the surfaces or seal the edges by using small amounts of water and rubbing on cracks.

I hope you find these tips useful! We will be sharing more on making your own clay sculptures/bowl next week!

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Have fun! xx Teacher Cherlyn