By Sam, Mar 20 2017 07:51AM
Well after my trials with DAS Air dry clay I was pleasantly surprised, the first item I made took around four days to dry so I made some more and put them in my warm airing cupboard to dry and reduced it to half the time.
I expected the clay to crack if I rushed the drying but this did not happen. As the clay was grey and fibrous when in use I was very pleasantly surprised with the lovely smooth white finish.
If I have any tips it would be to keep a pot of water at your side and keep the clay wet, whilst working rub some water on with fingers or a paint brush. This prevents it drying out whilst modeling and helps to keep the surface smooth.
Painting, I have used Acrylics and water colour paints which go onto the surface vey well, I am yet to varnish them but I will be giving them a good few coats inside and out of outdoor varnish as I plan to keep these prototypes in my garden under the hedge to see how they fair outside. I will keep you informed on that one.
I made the foofs of these houses removable and the windows are cut away so they can have lights inside if required.
Here they are almost finished - A little village under the hedge.