Everything for crafting with self-hardening clay

Everything for crafting with self-hardening clay


Tamara Koubková (@Tamarchi)
I mainly enjoy the fact that thanks to its characteristics that are so similar to real ceramic clay, you can easily assess whether it makes sense for a child to join an after-school club. Even though I myself have years of experience with classic ceramics, when I need to quickly make some decoration for a photoshoot, this is a definite choice number one for me.

Video: How to create from self-hardening clay

Basic information and frequently asked questions

Ceramics and porcelain are currently in the limelight when it comes to interior design trends. Did you know that you can make beautiful decorations that look like they’re from ceramic clay, even in the comfort of your own home? And you don’t need an oven for that! A pack of self-hardening clay is enough for you to start crafting. You can easily roll out or model saucers, candleholders or decorative statuettes from it.

In addition, the current esthetics lean to natural colours and organic shapes. You don’t have to worry, it won’t do any harm if the product doesn’t come out completely symmetrical or if there’s a fingerprint left somewhere. That’s only good!

How long does it take for the self-hardening clay to dry up?

A product made from self-hardening clay dries for 24-72 hours. It depends on the thickness of the clay that you used for the product. You can tell when the product is dry by the uniform colour that is lighter than it was while modelling.

Can I speed up drying of the self-hardening clay?

Self-hardening clay needs to air dry slowly and evenly. Don’t put it in an oven or near heat sources. If uneven or excessively fast drying takes place, the clay cracks.

Can kids work with self-hardening clay too?

Self-hardening clay is non-toxic and no protective equipment is needed for working with it. Therefore it’s suitable even for children’s hands. Just wash yourself carefully with soap after crafting. In our range, there’s also a DAS Junior clay that is intended directly for children.

What tools do I need for working with self-hardening clay?

For crafting with self-hardening clay, beginners don’t need any specific tools. A rolling pin is the most important one - but to begin with, you can effectively replace it, for example, with a can of soda. If you grew to like crafting with self-hardening clay, we recommend buying a professional rolling pin and at least one set of modelling tools which will allow you to make shapes and patterns better.

How can I decorate my product?

You can decorate a hardened product using acrylic paints and markers. Then we recommend to set the paint with a colourless varnish in order to better protect it from abrasion. Advanced techniques allow for colouring the clay itself or adding glitter or metallic flakes

Can a product come into contact with water?

Self-hardening clay products are not suitable for direct contact with water or food. If you want to make a vase or a flowerpot, the product must be very carefully coated with several layers of acrylic varnish.

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