Friday, April 27, 2012

Air Dry Clay Review : Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay


Thanks to a sale which my aunt informed me about, I managed to grab a pack of Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay as I was really curious to try out its texture. If not for the sale, I probably would not have gotten this as I think it is rather costly in my opinion.

Looking at its texture just from the packet, to be honest, I really can't expect it to perform like resin clay. But I was really curious to know how does it performs compared to the other air dry clays.

I have a feeling that this clay is targeted for scrapbooking enthusiasts who wants to make flatback embellishments to further accessorize their scrapbook. There are quite a few reviews out there with that purpose in mind, so my review is probably more targeted for deco sweets makers who might want to know how this clay works compared to other air dry clay.

Texture

When I took it out from the packaging, my first impression of this clay was - it was FRESH and definitely very wet. It was probably the wettest air dry clay I've touched in my life. ;)

Just wanted to show how the Martha Stewart Clay looks like fresh out from the packaging...

 I think the closest comparison to this clay would be Hearty Clay. It feels the same to me, so I decided to compare them side by side.


Is crumbly good? It all depends on what you want to make. No matter how I press the Martha Stewart Clay, the edges doesn't fray out and crumble slightly like how Hearty Clay does.

One thing about the Martha Stewart Clay is, even if it is very wet,  when you try to roll a round shape between your palms, you might not get a very smooth crack-free ball.

TIPS

If you are using the Martha Stewart Clay with molds, perhaps you might want to smooth out a larger surface area of the clay first to make sure there are no cracks on it before you press it into the mold. This is a better method than inserting a round shape into the mold and pressing it down. Cracks, lines, whatever you call it - should be eliminated this way. 

I actually tried the way I described above with a mold, and that worked for me. I did not see any cracks when I release the clay from the mold.

Towards the end of this review, I am going to show you my failed result when I did not do what I described in one of my earlier experimentation with Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay.

But first, I also wanted to show you another texture comparison between Daiso Clay and Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay so you have a better idea.



Molds are just one way to use this air dry clay, but what I was really interested in, was how the texture really is when I sculpt a more challenging item such as a macaron since it involves more than just popping the clay out of a mold.


Having used other clays to create the fake macarons with the ball method to get the clay into the mold had always worked for me....so naturally I would think that it would work with the Martha Stewart Clay as well.



 See the crack/lines in my experiment


The reason why I would not sculpt macarons with Martha Stewart Clay is NOT because of the cracks and lines, but purely because of how much time it takes me to texturize the feet of the macarons. It's just not the  ideal clay for me to get the most natural effect that I want.

When dried, the Martha Stewart Clay is very lightweight, and flexible. (Think Hearty Clay). You can twist it, so don't expect it to dry to a rock hard finish.

Right now, I shall probably just use this as a Hearty Clay substitute till I find a way to use it for something else. :)

4 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Oh sweet Pei Li. awesome review!! It's so strange that i can't find any Daiso air dry clay. I think i will ask for assistance when i vist the shop again. This reminded me to check my Hearty Clays....i think they are drying up eventho i kept them in an air-tight container. >_< Happy weekend and love to you!

jacqueline
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titancia said...

This was a great comparison!!
What is Martha Stewart's clay like when it dries? I read one other review on it that has made me not want to buy it. The person who used it said the clay was fine until it dried--it shrank considerably and cracked. Did you find it did the same when you created miniatures with it?

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Titancia,

Towards the end of my review, you'll see what I said about how the clay's like when it dries - lightweight and flexible.
Other than the crack that I shown in my macaron experiment, I did not experience other cracks.

I'll showcase some of the charms that my aunt made with them once I got her approval. They didn't crack as well. :)

Maria Blanca "AyamontinoMaria" said...

Great comparison!! Thank for the idea...Hugs