Types of Clay, and What They're Used For

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Types of Clay, and What They're Used For

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Andrew Joseph Keith
Let's look through the different types of clay and help you choose which is best for your project.
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mameko
Hi Andrew, Can I put the clay into microwave to heat it up ? Can you also provide some glossary in the lesson notes section for non-english speaking students ? Thanks
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Jozef Garcia Maegli
If you think you'll probably want to build a mold out of a water or oil based clay sculpture to cast it later, does this decision add some restrictions to the possible compositions and postures that you should be considering before you start your sculpture (like "don't sculpt a professional contortionist if you want to be able to make a mold for it")? Same question for if you are planning to hollow out and fire a water based sculpture. And on that subject, do you plan on adding a bonus video with tips and techniques for making molds and/or hollowing out sculptures on your series?
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Dominic Miranda
Hey there Andrew! Thank you for all the information, I had a question I was hoping to run by you. I have some older firm super sculpey that’s started to crumble, do you know of any suggestions or tips to salvage any of it?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
I’m not that familiar with sculpey because I’ve only used it occasionally so you might see if there are any YouTube videos from people who work with polymer clay on salvaging old clay.
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muntzelangelo
I've bought some plastiline that has no information on whether it is with sulfur or not, but it really has no unpleasant smell to it. Does this mean, that i can expect it to be sulfur-free?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
The sulfur clay that I’ve used does have a distinct smell (that rotten egg, earthy type smell) but I’m not sure if all sulfur plastelline smells bad. If you melt down the clay and it separates out into a different materials that also might be a hint that there is sulfur. (The clay I use stays homogeneous when melted) hope that helps!
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Paige Krämer
It may contain sulfur yes. The smell has nothing to do with it.
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Alfredo Negron
This was very informative, thanks! I've been giving some thought about using Apoxie Sculpt for some bigger projects and skip the whole molding/casting process of a larger piece. Would you say a sculpture made in Apoxie Sculpt could withstand the elements if kept outdoors (so with exposure to sun/rain/freezing temperatures)? or would this just completely damage it? - thanks
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Andrew Joseph Keith
apoxie sculpt probably wouldn’t do well outdoors but you might try Bondo like they use for cars. You can build an armature of the sculpture with paper and masking tape with a wire structure depending on the design and then apply bondo. This has to be done outdoors as it smells terrible but it can then be sanded and painted and it would probably do a better job of withstanding the elements. Plus it would be cheaper per lbs than apoxie sculpt by a lot.
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Paige Krämer
Hi Alfredo, Epoxy sculpt will not last being exposed outside for a prolonged period. Especially if fluctuates greatly.
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