People have asked for a list of materials to start collecting for the course. There will be a lesson on materials coming soon but this should be enough to get you started. I’ll be using Chavant medium NSP clay which is an oil based clay. You can use that or monster clay, or other types of plasteline clay also called non-dry modeling clay. (Even the dollar tree and Walmart have some non-drying modeling clay that’s not too bad) I recommend a reusable type of clay. I also recommend some soft aluminum wire that’s between 12-14 gauge of thickness. (For armatures) and some simple tools (a cheap set of wood tools and perhaps a loop tool) the first assignments are coming soon so get your clay, wire, and tools ready!
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I've mostly worked with water based clay, which one doesn't mix ( if firing). Can one mix different brands of oil-based clay? For example, if Chavant Hard is too hard, can one mix cheap Dollar Store clay with it? Can one mix different brands of plastalina? Thanks
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Thought I might chime in here, and post a few links to sites that have sculpting clays/waxes. https://www.sculpey.com; https://www.chavant.com; https://www.monstermakers.com; https://beesputty.com. Each material has different characteristics that, I'm sure, Mr. Keith will explain. I've used Sculpey, Chavant, Castilene (now owned by Chavant), and a product no longer made (dang it!) CX5 by adambeaneindustries. You can get tools all over the place, apart from what's mentioned...Amazon, Blick, Michaels, Hobby Lobby...Online https://www.sculpt.com; https://www.sculpturedepot.net are a couple of neat sites to shop. Shoot you can even look up on youtube on how to make your own tools!!! Hardware stores are good alternative to art store armature wire...you can get aluminum wire cheaper (quick search) Lowes has 39ft for $9. Oh one last thing, a trick for saving on material...get some aluminum foil. It can also help with weight issues.
I have a good supply of "kids grade" modeling clay (plastalina?) of the sort that I've used since I was a kid (50 years!). Other than the fact that it does eventually dry out and need to be replaced... Is there any strong advantage to using the NSP clay?
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Looked at some you tube videos. Don't know what else I need to start. For the first lessonI guess I will also need wire cutters or Pliers to make an armature? How will I soften the clay? Torches, lighters, double boiler?hair dryer?What is recommended? What solvent is safest for a low circulation area? I Never made an armature or worked with oil based clay. I apologize I posted these questions elsewhere also. Thanks!!
I wonder if you were to choose between Monster clay hard and Chavant medium Nsp which one would you suggest? I saw video mentioning Chavant gets stuck on tools, I like to get details on my sculpture or perhaps it is not important at the early stage? Thanks.