Air dry clay is a versatile product that can be used in many craft projects. It dries solid, and yet allows additional clay to be added even after drying. The clay’s nylon reinforcing fibres are an excellent bonding agent which reduces brittleness. This means it does not need to be heated, unlike traditional clays that need to be fired in a kiln at a high temperature, or polymer clays that need to be heated in an oven to cure. Air dry clay hardens and cures at normal room temperature and can take between a couple of days and a week to dry completely. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the item, moisture in the atmosphere and room temperature.
George Weil offer the following air dry clays:
You can use cork clay to make hollow core silver pieces. Model the cork clay, allow to dry overnight, then cover with rolled out sheets of Art Clay Silver or extruded lines from a syringe. The cork clay burns away in the kiln to leave the hollow core. Cork clay can also be used to make cork coasters, cork boards, and to cover wire work in sculptures. It is lightweight and can be sanded when dry.
Newclay Modelling Clay
Newclay is an off-white reinforced air-drying modelling clay. It is an unique product, providing the attributes of clay with the convenience of other modelling materials, yet it is characterised by being non-sticky and with slow shrinkage during drying. We recommend painting with acrylic based paints once the clay has dried. The clay can also be fired in the range of 1000-1250°C.
Makin’s clay is a smooth and soft air drying modelling clay with a finish comparable to polymer clay and the advantage of not needing to be conditioned before use. The clay dries with normal exposure to air after approximately 24 hours and drying time will vary depending on thickness of clay. After the clay has dried, it can be sanded and painted. To keep work moist, the clay can be covered with a wet towel and unused clay can be stored in an airtight container. Available in a selection of colours.
DAS Modelling Clay
DAS moist modelling clay is ready to use and air dries to a hard durable matt finish. It has a smoother finish than standard air drying earthen clays. It is packed and sealed in foil and can be kept fresh in an air tight container. When dry the clay can be painted with acrylic paints and then varnished. Available in white or terracotta.
Milliput Epoxy Putty
Milliput is a two-part, cold setting, non shrinking epoxy putty which can be used for repairs and restoration on many types of materials including metals, plastics, masonry, wood, glass and ceramics and can be used in places where welding is impractical. It is an exceptional modelling medium as once fully cured it can be machined, drilled, tapped, turned, filed, sawn, sandpapered and painted. It will bond to wood, brick, cement, metals, concrete, plastics, glass etc and will set under water and is heat resistant up to 130°C. Available in a selection of colours.
Please browse the Model Making section of the website to learn more about these clays.