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This premium quality, self-hardening clay is moist, odorless, and ready to use. It is ultra fine grade for excellent detail, superior strength, and durability. Activa is carvable, sandable, drillable, accepts all finishes, and can be fired in a kiln.
Use this versatile clay for hand building, wheel throwing, and sculpting. It air cures to a superior strength, will not crumble, and features a low amount of shrinkage.
® Activa is a registered trademark.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great Clay - after some practice!
By Jim of the Jungle
from Southwest Florida
Comments about Activa Plus Clay:
Like food reviews, everyone has a completely experience at the same location! So it is with Activa Clay. I'm a professional illustrator that also dabbles in sculptural pieces. Tried many different air dry clays and this is the best thus far. The more time spent with this material the better to become familiar with some of it's shortcomings. Mostly I work with the white which has a great feel to it and is easy to sculpt with. The black seems mushier and doesn't hold form as well. Haven't worked with the terra cotta. This clay DOES crack. Cracks occur when using filler like styrofoam (don't use it!) or metal armature. I believe this is because the clay DOES shrink a little bit as it dries around a non porous substance. One workaround on this for me has been to sculpt the art on a slick surface like Saran Wrap that is taped down. Once you are finished sculpting, release the tape and the plastic wrap will be able to move a bit as the art dries. I use porous armatures like wood toothpicks or popsicle sticks and this supports the art with little or no cracking. Avoid super thin areas as this clay is too brittle for that. Thicker is better, stronger. Cracks can be filled with more clay after the piece has dried but with experience, you can avoid getting those cracks. I've created and sold quite a few sculpture with this clay and found it to be very good medium to work with. Like any other art medium, it takes practice and patience to understand the limitations of what you are working with.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Air Dry Clay
By Studio Girl
from Pompano Beach, FL
I have used many air dry clays and this is by far the best. My students have created all types of projects, from bust sculptures, to slab constructed houses, to simple pinch pots. This clay looks great painted with acrylics or watercolors with a high gloss glaze. Students still have pieces they made five years ago with this clay.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
good to make jewelry
from Thousand Oaks
I was reluctant after reading few reviews to make jewelry from plus terracotta clay. The packaging does not clearly say for how long this needs to be air dried. I did get some help from their website totorial though. I used water to wet my fingers and conditioned with bare hands. Later shaped it to my need and oven baked for 20 min at 275 degree Fahrenheit. The result was amazing. Few minutes later pained it with acrylic paint.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Central Texas
Started drying/hardening/crumbling in my hands in the first few minutes I started working with it. Very difficult to work with. So next project, I tried working with damp hands to keep it from drying while I was working; it continued to dry and I could not shape it without deep cracks/crevices forming in it as I was working. Might as well have thrown the money I spent on it in the trash.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Cleveland TN
I should have read the other reviews before starting my project. I sculpted a large figure with broad wings, and found that the clay DID crack in several areas. I was able to repair the cracks by adding new clay and smoothing it out, and the finished clay was very hard and I was able to sand it to the detail I needed, after an additional week of work. It does continue to dry and the wings did crumble apart in areas, and I have had to repair many pieces to get a workable piece... Wish that there was a better air dry clay...
Merchant response: If you ever have specific questions regarding our products or how to use them, please contact our Product Information department at email@example.com or by calling (800) 933-2542. Our product specialists will be happy to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Cheap price, great clay
By Bob M
from Cape May NJ
will be making underwater seascapes with this clay.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
It does crack......
from Philadelphia, PA
I decided to switch from Creative Paper Clay and give this product a try. I loved sculpting with it and its very smooth and easy to work with. I completed it waited for it to dry so that I could gesso and paint it. The next day I noticed huge cracks all over the piece. (I used a styrofoam armature) I was shocked because this product boasted strength and durability. Sorry, Activa, I'm going back to paper clay.
Merchant response: At Blick we always attempt to provide the best information possible to our customers. Because of the shrinkage inherent in this type of air-dry clay, we do not recommend using it with a rigid armature unless the armature is to be removed before allowing the piece to dry. If you ever have specific questions regarding our products or how to use them, please contact our Product Information department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 933-2542. Our product specialists will be happy to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Air-Dry Clay Convert~this stuff is great
By Sweet T
from Dallas, TX
I sculpted a large bust, about 12.5 lbs of clay and found it to be incredible to work. It was pliable and very smooth to use and in a leather hard state it carved beautifully. I was amazed that I could add wet clay to dry clay without cracking or separating. I simply sprayed it with water and covered it with a polybag without a problem, my project took me 6 weeks. I did not use any armature. The finished piece is as durable as a fired piece I'm now an Air Dry Clay convert!
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Follow Up to my Review
Unfortunately, I need to revise my earlier review. The thicker clay pendants that I thought seemed indestructible, lost their strength over the next week or two. They must have continued to dry, even after they had been painted, because 2 weeks later they snapped in half with just a bit of pressure. I was so disappointed! I love the feel and finish of this clay! I tried a few experiments to reinforce the pendants in different ways, but none of my attempts succeeded. An exterior layer of fabric and sealer just left the piece soggy. Using an interior armature also failed because (even tho the clay shrinks VERY little) it shrunk just enough to cause a few small cracks as the clay dried around a sturdy base.I plan to use the clay only for decorative items or beads for my own jewelry. But I definitely will not sell anything I make from Plus Clay, because of the likelihood of breakage and returns. Unless, of course, I think up a workable reinforcement or setting ... in which case, I'll post another updated review!
Merchant response: At Blick we always attempt to provide the best information possible to our customers. In this case it is possible that the Activa Plus Clay may not be the best product to use for this application. If you ever have specific questions regarding our products or how to use them, please contact our Product information department at email@example.com or by calling (800) 933-2542. Our product specialists will be happy to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
This Stuff is Awesome!
I had sworn off all air dry clay because I had tried 4 other brands, all of which produced disappointing results (dry, rough, crumbly, and too much shrinking and curling up). But I saw an impressive demonstration of this Plus clay, and decided to give it a chance. It feels like real clay from the earth. Actually, I think it IS real clay, not paper, not wood, not plastic. I make small decor items, beads and jewelry pieces from it. So far, most of my pieces have been under 2" in diameter and about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. They dried completely within a day and feel rock solid. (Other brands took forever to dry!) After painting the piece, it seems to be almost indestructible. I keep saying "This is too good to be true. What's the catch?" I finally found ONE Achilles's heel: I made a few pieces that were very thin (the thickest setting on a pasta machine), and they crumbled like a cookie with very little pressure. It's strange to think that a 1/4 inch thick piece can be so strong, but any thinner is so very fragile! However, that is my experience so far. Still, I love this clay. The day after I first tried it, I immediately ordered 3 more bricks! I almost hate to share my secret find, but I will be crushed if they stopped making it, so I guess it's in my own best interest to get the word out about this amazing material. Buy some ... you'll come back here and thank me for this review!
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