Friday, 1 February 2013

Makin's No-Bake Polymer Clay

Makin's Clay has been formulated as an air-dry polymer clay and the 'safe non-toxic' message on the box makes it ideal for children (over 3 years old) to use.

According to these instructions inside the box, Makin's Clay:

"Can be shaped, rolled, stretched, or sculpted.

Clay dries with normal exposure to air after approximately 24 hours (drying time may vary according to thickness of clay).  After clay has dried, clay can be sanded and painted. Cover clay with wet towel when not in use. For a pliable and smooth finish, brush a small amount of water on clay surface. Create new colors by mixing acrylic paints with clay. or by mixing different clay colors together. Store clay in an airtight bag.

Do not bake in oven. Do not microwave. Keep away from extreme heat and flame. Do not place uncured Makin's Clay on furniture. Please read instruction before using. The Non-PVC Clay. Water based."

Items made from Makin's Clay

I used a block of white Makin's Clay to play with.  The clay is quite soft when it is first unwrapped but not sticky.  It is smooth and easy to shape and the surface can be smoothed further with a wet paintbrush.

Here are my findings (see photo above):
  1. The clay lends itself well to being extruded.  Before it cures extruded shapes can be pushed onto other pieces of uncured clay with water. When cured the clay is not as strong or flexible as extruded and baked polymer clay.
  2. Two pieces of uncured clay dampened with water at their point of contact and pushed together.  Now cured, the adhesion is fair but more a permanent adhesive would be needed if the item is to be handled.
  3. The clay rolls effortlessly into beads.  The balls were placed in Jacquard Pearl-Ex powder and rolled until the powder was absorbed into the surface.  
  4. The coaster was cut out with a large cookie cutter and the pattern added from the base of a smaller glass.  When the clay had cured it was painted with 2 coats of Deka Cristal paint.
  5. A small amount of clay was blended with Deka Permanent fabric paint to make this bubble gum pink colour.  The clay can be rolled quite thinly and was cut using a Makin's Cutter set. 
Conclusion:
  • The clay takes from 24 hours to dry, and some of above pieces took longer. 
  • Some of the cured clay was slightly distorted but was easy to tease back into shape.  Detailed work may not result in the way the modeller intended.  
  • Thinly rolled (and cured) clay can be folded without breaking.
  • Cured clay is lighter in weight than polymer clay.


Beads made from Makin's Clay
Balls rolled in Jacquard Pearl-Ex powder, then pierced to make beads

The range of Makin's Clays and Makin's tools can be seen on the George Weil website, as can a large selection of paints, jewellery findings, polymer clays and Art Clay Silver Clay.

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