WHICH ONE TO USE IN HANDICRAFTS
Do you know the Moldable clay?
If not, it will be essential for you to know what types there are to be able to choose, since many times with this name you will find many materials that can be quite different. They are also called flexible paste, modellind clay, foamy moldable, craft paste, etc.
We are going to explain the differences between them and give you ideas of things that can be done at home.
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WHAT IS MOLDABLE CLAY?
Moldable clay is a flexible material used to make figures by means of molds. It is widely used in handicrafts. This term sometimes refers to different materials, including air-dry clays, cold porcelain, eva foam, etc.
Polymer clay is also called flexible paste, which, although it is more difficult to knead than other types of materials, can also be used in molds.
Well, if you are not familiar with these materials you may find yourself in a bit of a mess on the Internet, with pages that talk about one or the other material in an undifferentiated way, although most of the time when Moldable clay is mentioned it will refer to air-drying clay or cold porcelain.
Below we will clarify what each of them is, their differences, advantages and disadvantages.
MOLDING OR MODELING CLAY
Similar words that can sometimes be confusing.
Molding refers to taking the mold out of a figure. Mold is a piece that contains a hollow with the shape that is to be given in solid to the material that is placed in that hollow.
When we have a mold we can reproduce the part many times.
Modeling means to shape or make a figure from a soft material, no mold is used for this purpose.
WORKING THE SURFACE OF THE MOLDABLE CLAY
Once this paste has dried and hardened, the surface can be smoothed and sanded to remove roughness, edges, etc. Depending on the type of material that we have used, the outer part will be more or less hard, so it is necessary to use a suitable sandpaper and materials.
When it is completely dry it can also be painted in different colors, some more porous pastes will require a first coat of what is called primer, to seal and prepare the surface, others can be painted directly.
The most common paint used is acrylic paint.
Another idea is to add a special texture with materials containing, for example, sand or, without the need to buy anything, to apply it on our own with an adhesive layer.
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