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    Can anyone help me with information about air dried clays please. I have been using some Makin clay and have found it to be too stiff to be worked. or blended. It might be quite old although it is still in its original packaging. I have tried dampening it but that did not help.

    Has anyone any experience of this material or any other air drying clays? I have used Fimo in the past but I particularly want to use an air drying clay for this project. I want something that is soft enough to mould like Fimo.

  • #2
    I don't really know much about Makins, I sell the tools and stuff, just never really bothered with the clay!

    That said, my mum uses it sometimes for her flowers. She says that it really makes a difference if it is fresh out of the packet or not and often is asking me to order it in for her because her other stuff has gone manky! So if the packet wasnt already open, could it maybe have had a hole in or something?
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    • #3
      With the makins clay you need to use it as quickly as possible as once the air hits the clay it will start to cure. Even when kept really airtight in cling film and then stored in a box it will go hard. You can keep it for a couple of days without it going "off". Hope that helps.


      • #4

        Thanks for the replies. I think you are right that this stuff must just have been old. The packet said suitable for children but this adult had difficulty rolling and cutting it!

        I will go to my local craft shop and see what they have available for modelling.


        • #5
          If you have a hobby craft near you they do a selection of air drying clays.


          • #6
            I have to travel to a hobby Craft but they do have a good range. My local shop seems to cram a lot in and I am often pleasantly suprised with what they have in stock (and they are always willing to advise). I usually stay with sewing and knitting but like to branch out sometimes.


            • #7
              Is that the same sort of stuff as Daz or Das whatever it's called? Sue did some the other weekend with the grand daughters and it took about 3 days to dry though it said 24 hours on the packet

              "Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art" ... Leonardo Da Vinci



              • #8
                I think it is the same sort of thing. I was less concerned with the drying time more that it was just so stiff and hard that I could not form it into any shapes. I tried spraying a little water and just got a slick on top of the hard lump underneath. Perhaps the Das is more pliable.


                • #9
                  I've used Das in the past and found it very workable.. you do need to work more quickly than if you were using Fimo though...

                  Keep it in the packet with a damp cloth to seal the open end and then pop this in an airtight tub if you want to use it the next day.. it should keep for a few days though.


                  • #10
                    I use air dry clay. You should remember that it is always very fragile, it never dries to that hard oven baked quality but it is easy to manipulate.
                    God helps them that help themselves.


                    • #11
                      Bought some Das and it works OK; I could cut and mould it easily. Made the items I wanted and am waiting for them to dry so that i can paint them.


                      • #12
                        I make my own porcelain clay for very fine work sometimes. Its air drying and very tough once dry. So soft for tiny flowers etc, Here's the recipe if you want to try it.
                        how to make cold porcelain


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