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This pigmented, oil-based modeling compound is a favorite of sculptors, model makers, clay animators, and artists of all ages.
The clay has a smooth consistency and brilliant color range. Mix colors with ivory and white to obtain tints, with black to achieve shades, and with each other to achieve intermediate hues.
Model with the hands or with clay tools for fine detail. Van Aken clay never hardens. It remains pliable and plastic, and it can be used over and over. In fact, its consistency improves with age.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Extremely affordable and versatile
Comments about Van Aken Plastalina Modeling Clay:
In 2008, I came across Van Aken Plastalina when beginning to animate. While the clay is naturally a bit too soft to animate with using armatures, I made due and have made about ten different claymations over the years.I've since then moved on to solely sculpting rather than animation. Making the clay harder is helpful to put detail into sculptures. In the fall, you can find Gulf Wax on sale for like 1.50 a pound. Melt 1/8 to 1/4 of a pound of wax per pound of Van Aken in a double boiler – This will give you a fairly solid plasticine that is easy to work with when warmed up. Grab a shoebox and line it with aluminium foil. Carefully pour it in to cool off. You can stick the pot back into the water to warm up the residual clay to get it off.Just make sure to knead the clay while it is still warm because the oil likes to rise to the surface, leaving the clay on the bottom of the aluminium foil Oh, and the colors online are horribly inaccurate in comparison to the actual clay. Here's some shots of the actual colors:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Kettering, OH
We wanted to use this clay for stop motion animation characters and the clay did not lend it self well to molding. The clay separated and you could not bend it easily to show movement in characters.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that you're finding this clay difficult to work with, and we'd like to troubleshoot this with you. We hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be happy to help!
Perfect for Sculpting Injuries
By Dana the Moulage Artist
from Newport News, VA
I use this product to sculpt realistic injuries for training first responders. I love that it doesn't dry out and is easy to sculpt.
Shipping was pricey. It arrived quickly
We will buy this again!
By Montessori educator
from Minneapolis, MN
Our students love this clay for the Montessori hammering work! The clay does not harden and stays firm but pliable.
A Quality Product for sure!
By Cpt. Blackwolff
from San Angelo, Texas
For sculpting and all temporary work. Quality, longevity, and ease of use. I find that the price,availability, and shipping are always top-of-the-line!!! I have used products similar to this product for over 60 years and after using this product,I see no reason not to continue my relation with all of Blick's products for the foreseeable future. A big thank you goes without saying. I appreciate their service!!!
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
By 5k Paul
from Ashland Oregon
Wonderful service, Fast delivery, Superior product
my boys favorite clay
By Pam F.
from Bedford, Va
My boys do stop motion video and love this clay. Other clay that we have used was too stiff, smelled terrible, or dried out--this is none of those. It really is the best we have tried.
Long Lasting but Stains Hands
By Ms. Artrageous
from Chicago, IL
Terracotta stains the students hands. Very tough to manipulate at first. Lasts a long time though!!
from tucson, arizona
Clay is perfect for the molding we do in shop.
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