Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Air Dry Clay Review: Modena Soft Air Dry Polymer Clay

Today's air dry clay review is going to be on Modena Soft Air Dry Polymer Clay.

I have used this clay for quite a while now and though it has always been in my mind to do a review on it, but I didn't have the time to sit down to write till now.

As you can see from the photo below, this is NOT a new pack. I've been using it for sometime now. So, I think it is time for a review.

I'm still not sure why they call it Polymer Clay. Not only that, they have to include the words Air Dry in front of it.

But if you're confused, just know that this doesn't require baking in the oven.

 The words on the package say "Modena is air dry clay, soft & flexible. Dries with translucent & waterproof. Virtually unbreakable. Suitable for flowers, sweets & deco, doll." 

Like most of the high quality resin clay, when you open the package, the clay is tightly wrapped. 

I personally find that this clay doesn't dry out as quickly as other resin clay, which is a really good thing.

The only downside to this packaging is that the clay sticks to the sides of the plastic clear wrap so much that it does take a bit of effort to remove the clay out and not have any wastage of clay that clings onto the side.

Maybe that's also the reason why it doesn't dry out since there is not much opening for air to seep through ;)

Evidence of the stickiness

 The feel and touch of Modena Soft Clay is different from Hearty or Grace. It is very soft, but doesn't have the marshmallow feel of what Hearty gives. It is also not a resin clay type of feel, and I've experimented and used so many different types of air dry clay that I would say it has a unique feel of its own. 

When I press the clay in between my fingers, it is very soft and smooth. See the edges below. It remains soft and smooth, and the edges don't fray out even when it is being pressed.

Like all other clays, you can use all sort of colours to mix into the clay.

But I do want to draw your attention to the important part here.

I did some test to this clay to test out the translucency nature as it states.

Testing for Translucency
If you need to do some translucency test, simply use water colour to mix into the clay and let it dry thoroughly. The key point is to be patient and let it dry. Don't believe what you see until it is entirely dried.

Here, I apply some transparent colour to the clay.

 This is how it looks like after I mix the colour into the clay. A pretty pink!

I've used half a pack of this clay and till date, I've not seen the translucency results. It is definitely an opaque clay to me. So please do take note and always test it for yourself when you get any new clay.

With that said, I think it's a beautiful clay texture, and you may actually use it for anything that requires an opaque appearance. I've personally made lots of flowers with it and love its texture!

Here, I made a rose with it! The rose looks just like this after it is dried.

 I hope you find this air dry clay review useful :) If you had enjoyed this, drop me a comment to let me know.

Meanwhile I will try my best to review other air dry clay in my collection!


  1. ~*Thank you for sharing a review on this clay!*~

  2. Your rose looks wonderful. I like the delicate color.
    Bye Faby

  3. Dearest sweet Pei Li, thanks so much for anther wonderful review! It looks really beautiful after you mix in the color! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!


  4. Me ha encantado como te ha quedado la rosa.

  5. thank you for this review, it was very helpful.

  6. Hi

    I live in the UK , some clays are difficult to get hold of here , I'm just starting out with ADC and wondered if you could recommend a few white/translucent clays that dry very hard , I'd like to make pendants and small hanging decorations, I have a lot of stamps which I'd like to use. The first clay I tried I believe had paper as it's base and the stamps showed very little detail. Any advice would be great , many thanks, Alexis.

  7. Hi Alexis,

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    This Modena Soft Air Dry Polymer Clay does dry hard and you can make pendants and hanging decorations with it as well. But you may also consider cold porcelain clay. I'm quite sure you can find that near where you are, and if all else fails, you can google to find the recipe to make your own. The results are also good. Have fun creating!

  8. Replies
    1. It all depends on weather conditions and humidity levels. A rose like mine in a tropical country takes maybe 3-4 hours. Bigger and thicker projects take a longer time.


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