Thursday, 20 August 2009

My knowledge on different types of clay.

(Made from Modello oven-soft clay by Lyra)

As I've received many enquiries on the usage and properties of different types of clay, I thought a short introduction of them would be good for beginners who would like to know more about them
1. Polymer clay (Oven baked)

The 2 major brands that are common in Singapore are Sculpey and Fimo. Sculpey is the product of Polyform from US and Fimo is product of Eberhard Faber from Germany.

Under Sculpey, the most common use products are Sculpey 3, Premo and now they have the Studio by Sculpey and bake shop. Personally I do not use much of Sculpey 3 because it is too soft to my liking and the end products often become brittle after baking, and fingerprints also seemed to be more prominent on Sculpey 3. I do like Premo for its durability and flexibility. Studio by Sculpey have a nice range of colours and yummy names too (eg. whipped cream) and I love their range of tools and accessories. I have not try the new bake shop, but I heard this clay is more suitable for young children as they are very soft and easy to condition/mold.

I love to use Fimo soft, even though they are sometimes harder (it depends on batches). They are good for creating canes. The colours are very saturated. I especially like the translucent range as they are more translucent (clearer) then the Sculpey range which tends to be look milky. Under Fimo range, there is also Fimo Classic, they are known to be extremely hard (but then the new formula might have change, I still need to update on it.) But they are extremely durable.

Light weight air dry clay.

There are different brands like Angel Clay, Wingsilk clay, Hearty Clay and etc...
These types of clay are good for making project that needs to be light weight (eg. hanging mobile). They dried up to have a foamy/fluffy effect.

Angel clay comes in white and they can be mixed with poster colour to achieve your desired colour, they also can create sweet baby pastel colours, which other types of coloured clay won't be able to achieve. They are the lightest air-dry clay that I've ever come across. A good point to note is that you will only need to get a pack to create all the colours that you need. The same goes for Wingsilk clay.

Hearty coloured clay comes in pack of 50gm, they comes in a variety of colours and are also light-weighted. They are good choice for light-weighted fast projects as all the colours are ready made.

Air dry resin clay.

They dried up to a very durable and slightly flexible form. They are especially good for making flowers and miniatures. Some comes in slightly translucent form and some are opaque. Acrylic or oil paint can be added. As they are air dry, you might like to take note when you are working with them, take only the amount that you need to use and remember to store the rest in a good airtight container. When you are working on them, remember to keep those "exposed clay" under a wet cloth, this will help to keep the "exposed” clay moist. It’s also good to know that Vaseline works well with them as sometime the clay will stick onto the surface of the worktop, it’s good to apply a thin layer of Vaseline to prevent the clay from sticking onto it. Grace, Cosmos, Thai clay (available soon) are different types of resin clay available in TAC.

I'm always on the look out and constantly updating my knowledge and will always try to bring in more interesting products to TAC. Look out for more interesting and new range of products once I'm back from my buying trip this coming Sept.


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