Air dry clay to make your day!

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Melbourne Artists’ Supplies is now stocking a range of air dry clays from Japan by Padico! We’ve made this guide to take away some guess work because much like a lot of you we too don’t read Japanese very well…or at all.

Modena Air Dry Polymer Clay – 60g & 250g MAS Pick!
• Surface dry within 1-2 hours
• Smooth slightly translucent plastic-like finish
• Comes in 8 different colours (60g only)
• Can be mixed with oil or acrylic paint for added colour & effect
• Water resistant when dry
• Flexible when dry & has great resistance to breakage
• Can be used with armature wire
• Can be mixed with Modena Soft for a more opaque finish
• Approximately 8.5% shrinkage will occur

Modena Soft Air Dry Polymer Clay – 150g
• Surface dry within 1 hour
• Smooth porcelain-like opaque white finish
• Can be mixed with oil or acrylic paint for added colour & effect
• Semi water resistant when dry
• Thin applications remain flexible & soft when dry
• Will remain soft & slightly spongy when dry
• Approximately 6.5% shrinkage will occur

Artista Soft – 200g MAS Pick!
• Surface dry within 1 hour
• Ultra lightweight
• Opaque matte white soft finish
• Soluble in water – can be whipped and used in piping bag
• Ideal for making baby prints due to softness & pliability
• Can be mixed with watercolour/acrylic paint for added colour
• Can be painted with acrylic when dry
• Approximately 8.5% shrinkage will occur

Hearty – 50g & 200g
• Surface dry within 1 hour
• Very pliable & does not stick to hands, but adheres to itself
• Lightweight opaque matte white marshmallow finish
• Can be mixed with watercolour/acrylic paint for added colour
• Can be painted with acrylic when dry
• Can be mixed with Hearty Soft for extra pliability
• Approximately 8% shrinkage will occur

La Doll Premier 200g MAS Pick!
• Surface dry within 1 – 2 hours
• Lightweight stone clay – contains pumice & talc
• Slightly textured brilliant opaque white finish
• Can painted with oil or acrylic paint when dry
• Can be sanded smooth & re-sculpted once completely dry
• Excellent strength once completely dry
• Approximately 6% shrinkage will occur

Clay-Do – 700g
• Surface dry within 1 – 2 hours
• Terracotta-like stone clay
• Gritty matte pale brown finish
• Can painted with oil or acrylic paint when dry
• Excellent strength once completely dry
• Approximately 8% shrinkage will occur

Tools
• Press Bar Set 5mm – Allows clay to be rolled out to an even thickness.

Tips for Air Dry Clay
• To keep clay fresh only take what you require and re-seal the packet immediately OR remove clay from original packaging, wrap it tightly with cling wrap then store in an air tight container.

• For quicker clean up it is best to work on top of a non-porous surface such as sheet of acetate, perspex or plastic.

• Keep a small container or cup of water near by so you can easily lubricate or wet the clay if necessary and open the working time.

• Some clays can be trickier than others – if you are having issues allow a minute or two for some moisture to evaporate before using to avoid the clay sticking to working surface and tools.

• Using eucalyptus spray can help lubricate working surface and tools if the adhesion of the clay is too strong. Please note this may affect drying time.

• Ensure to use non-toxic paint when mixing with clay OR wear thin non-porous gloves if using artist quality colours.

• Pigment powder and soft pastels also effectively work to add colour and effect to white or translucent clay.

• Typically air dry clays will be touch dry within 1 – 2 hours, but complete curing can take hours to days depending on how thick the application is. Allow enough time for drying for optimum results.

• Ensure design is completely dry before painting or varnishing to avoid trapping in moisture and delaying drying time which can result in cracking.