Das air dry clay is a fabulous product ideal for both young and old. It's light but dries rock hard and best of all it's cheap! You can use it to decorate cards if you're a card maker, use it in mixed media projects and for home decor too.
A few tips for working with Das clay are:
* Use a little water to smooth the clay surface.
* Use two rulers or pieces of card when rolling out your clay to make sure it's an even thickness.
* If you get interrupted whist working with the clay you can wrap it in baby wipes to keep it workable for several minutes without drying out at all.
* You can colour the clay with Pan Pastels and inks - if using Pan Pastels add a few drops of water as well. You can dust the wet clay surface with Pan Pastels to colour it too.
* To create an embossed surface pattern in the clay either rubber stamp into it or lay a stencil over the surface and gently roller over it.
* You can use cake decorating moulds to create decorations to add to your projects. If necessary smear a little vaseline around the mould first to help release the clay.
* If joining two pieces of wet clay always score the areas to be joined and wet them slightly. As you join them gently manipulate them, e.g. twist them slightly, to encourage them to bond.
* Smooth cut edges of clay with a wet finger.
* Shape the clay whilst wet and leave it supported using foil or other items whilst it dries. Remember the clay shrinks slightly as it dries so make sure to use some sort of release when moulding it around objects if you don't want it to be permanently attached e.g. cling film.
* Wrap any unused clay in it's packet and any coloured up clay in a baby wipe before placing it in an airtight container - I usually use two ziplock bags, one inside the other and, if I think it's necessary I'll even wrap the packet or baby wipe in clingfilm first too. If leaving the clay for more than a day, check on it every couple of days, spritzing it with water to keep it moist if it looks as though it is starting to dry out slightly.
* When dry you can colour the clay with a wide variety of media including paints, pastels and pens.
* Use cheap hair spray to fix Pan Pastels when the clay is dry.
* Use spray varnish to seal your dried projects, making them stronger and protected especially if they're likely to be handled a lot.
* You can add drops of essential oil to the back of dry clay pieces to turn them into scented decorations.
Here are a few photos of a few projects I did for the shows...
You can jazz up old Christmas decorations with Das clay using cake decorating moulds to create little clay adornments. These should be fixed to the baubles whilst wet and left to dry in position. When dry you can remove the decorations or fix them permanently with a touch of glue.
You can create decorative bowls and dishes with Das clay. Roll out the clay, lay a stencil over the top and gently run your rolling pin over the top. Carefully peel the stencil off the surface of the clay. Take a bowl and lay it upside down on the clay and cut around it. Remove the bowl and smooth the edges of the clay. Place the clay inside the bowl, shaping it as desired, and leave it to dry.
This clay nightlight was created to decorate a small glass nightlight holder. First some Coarse White Pan Pastel Medium was added to the clay to give it a subtle sparkle. Then it was rolled out and cut into a strip of clay which was wrapped around the glass nightlight. The join was smoothed over using clay tools and drops of water. Mini cookie cutters were used to create the heart and star cutouts before it was left to dry.
For more inspiration check out the Air Dry Clay Pinterest board.