Hello~! Aki here. I’ve always worked with polymer clay before but today I got my
sustento paycheck and so I decided to experiment and play more with Air-Dry Clays. This is inspired by seeing deviantArt’s li-sa and her cold porcelain clay creations! While I don’t think I’m handy enough to cook up a recipe of cold porcelain clay, I took a baby step into adventure and decided to try Air-Dry Clays. I’m going to give reviews of two brands you can get in the market easily: Art Attack! and Sakura.
Here’s a pack of white “Magic Clay” from Art Attack. You can purchase it in most local bookstores. I bought a small pack in white, but they also sell them in all colors. However! I’ve learned from a Japanese clay crafting book that I have (and reading clay blogs) that you don’t really have to, as air-dry clays absorb color in a way that polymer doesn’t.
I love how the Art Attack clay comes in a zip packaging. It means when you’re done, you can seal it so the clay doesn’t harden like a rock when you’re not looking.
Look~! I mixed the clay with some red acrylic so now it is pink. <3 All you have to do is knead the clay thin until the clor spreads evenly. It sort of looks like gum now, and on a note–you can also stretch it out like gum. It’s stretch is amazing. You can stretch it thin a good bit before it breaks, and this is why air dry clays are suited for projects that need thin pieces. (Like flowers, which I utterly fail at). No need to roll it with an acrylic roller or pasta machine~!
Pinkish buns for Macarons. The Art Attack Magic Clay dries into a smooth, matte finish. It’s texture really reminds me a lot of cold porcelain clay, which also means it’s very suited for whipped cream and the like. :3
Next we have the Sakura Light Paper Clay. There’s a reason they called it “Light”–it’s very lightweight. It looks like a pile of cotton in the packaging. <3
This is how you color Air Dry Clay. You just put a swab of paint (acrylic) into it and knead. It’s cheap because you only really need one color of clay (white). Polymer Clay, on the other hand, won’t absorb color like this and using this technique on polymer is a no-no! The acrylic will crack when baked.
Sakura Paper Clay, colored green, and rolled out to a thin sheet with an acrylic roller. Unlike the Art Attack Magic Clay, it doesn’t stretch out too thin–it WILL break. It’s not a gum-like consistency, but instead feels like paper and cotton swabs, since it’s paper clay after all. When it dries, it has a felt-like consistency that’s just adorable if you’re making cute miniatures, say, like a small teddy bear. It’s lightweight too so you can use it for big projects that don’t need to be textured too smoothly.
Here’s a small trial I made with both clays. The macaron, filling, and whipped cream was made with Magic Clay; the strawberry with the Paper Clay. Sorry for poor quality photos~! I’ll update them soon. I’ll wrap this up with my points for both clays:
Art Attack Magic Clay:
- available in many colors
- nice packaging that seals shut to preserve clay
- dries to a smooth, porcelain finish
- amazing stretch–you can roll out the clay really thin without much effort
- easy to use for whipped cream / no need for piping tips
- doesn’t hold detail too well / clay “bounces back” and resists detail
Sakura Light Paper Clay
- dries to a felt-like finish
- perfect for bigger projects that need rough textures
- incredibly lightweight and becomes even lighter when dry
- you can mist with water to soften the clay even more if it dried a bit
- doesn’t stretch too much/surface may ‘crack’
- packaging doesn’t seal shut / need to transfer to air-tight container
Hope that helps~! I’ll post more projects using these two (and better photos!) soon.