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Sandra Jimison



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: self hardening clay Reply with quote

Hi!
I am new to this forum as well as fairly new to sculpting. All of my past experience has been with water based clay. I am currently taking a sculpting class where the clay we are using is a self drying clay from Standard. I have seen there are basically two different self drying clays available in this arena. One being the Standard clay and the other Laguna's WED. Which is preferred for sculpting bust's, and other types of sculptures this size and detail?
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Alison Belt



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not worked much with self drying clay. I think that Heidi's worked with WED, though.
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Sandra Jimison



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for replying. I had heard that the self drying clay had a sticky sensation. I don't really sense that but I do like the way it stays in a good working state for a long time. Until taking this class WED was the only self hardening clay I had heard of.
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Jeanette Lewis



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the self hardening clay the same stuff as "claydium" which is nylon reinforced? Or am I off on a tangent with this?
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Heidi Maiers
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WED clay is just another ceramic clay and is not self hardening. Yes, it hardens, same as water based clay, but it is extremely fragile afterwords. Only difference is it has no grog and has oil added to keep it from drying out so fast.
Never worked with truly self hardening clays, other than majic sculpt, which isn't really a clay, but a 2 part resin epoxy paste.
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Sandra Jimison



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info on WED. I don't really know what specifically is in the clay we are using in class. On the first day I did ask the instructor what was it that gave it the self hardening properties and he really didn't have an answer. We have class today, so, I will look specifically at the box, write down exactly what it is and do some research. I'll let you know.

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