La Doll Premier Polymer Light Weight Stone Clay

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      This certain type of polymer clay was purchased from a local crafting store. I was attracted to the idea of creating all sorts of different little figurines and jewelry, similar to the kind that I admire online when browsing sites popular with clay aesthetics. The many possibilities filled my head and I quickly searched the small selection for a type of polymer clay that would work well with the ideas I had in mind. It was an inspiring moment and upon much debate, I settled on what appeared to be a good brand for a beginner. I also noted that this particular kind would air dry and did not require a kiln or good working

      oven. It appeared at the time to be an excellent way to start.

      The clay turned out to be lighter than I expected, both in color and in weight. It was a creamy white shade and when held it was obviously not very dense at all. The use of it seemed limited, as I came to realize. Because of its light weight, the clay would not hold much weight without ‘tearing’ and it lost moisture quite quickly; too quickly, either from the natural oils on my hands, the air, or both. In any case, when rolling it around and trying to create a definite shape, it would crack easily and it was difficult working out those ...

      • cracks once they formed. It became irritating having to constantly re-hydrate the clay with water, which would give it into a slimy and inconsistent surface before it quickly dried again. I had also purchased a Sculpy brand moisturizer for the clay but soon discarded it, as it only made the clay oily and slippery; extremely difficult to work with and not a great feeling to the touch.

        Upon further investigation online, I found that this particular type of polymer sculpting clay is best for smaller objects asit is quite britter. It is better as an add-on for bigger projects using thicker clay. In retrospect, it may have been wise to do my homework before the purchase

        rather than relying on the look of the package. In the same respect, it would aso be helpful if each individual brand and type of polymer clay would have short descriptions on the packaging letting the customer know which is best for beginners, what that type of clay is best used for when used in sculpting projects, and the selection for local Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michaels crafting stores could be better when it comes to brands and amount of clay per packaging. The La Doll Premier brand could be better when it comes to their air drying clay cracking and becoming much too brittle much too easily. The next purchase will definitely be oven baked.

    quick note by anonymous :

    Well, part of your problem is that it wasn’t polymer clay. Polymer clay and air-dry clay are two very different things. You can’t use sculpey moisturizer with air dry clay
    Karen A. Scofield says :

    re : The next purchase will definitely be oven baked
    For jewelry making, Premo , Fimo Classic, Kato, and Cernit are some of your better choices of oven-cured polymer clays –they’re durable enough and do not have to be sealed unless certain surface treatments (mica powders like Pearl Ex or Perfect Pearls ) require it. See:

    Durability … While people making charms often use various air-dry clays, they usually don’t construct bracelets or rings out of air-dry clays. Jewelry may take much more wear and tear.

    Seal it or not? As a rule, air-dry clays generally have to be sealed once dry and finished but oven-cured polymer clays don’t. (Two-part epoxy clays don’t have to be sealed but although they’re often called air-dry, they actually cure by chemical reaction and may even be able to cure under water. They’re not true air-dry clays.)

    Cracks in Premier clay…. Cracks don’t mean your air-dry clay is weak. Premier is one of the strongest air-dry clays. Having a good armature, if armature is necessary, and using minimal amounts of water while sculpting with Premier can decrease the likelihood or severity of cracks. Sometimes cracks happen but they’re easily be repaired with Premier, even if your item dried. See the below video. Cracks may occur if you added too much water while sculpting, used a cardboard armature, used thin clay over a rigid armature (Ostrich legs, for example), let your item dry too quickly, or didn’t support sculpture parts subject to gravity. Don’t dry your items Premier clay items under a fan, for example.

    For figurative works, Premix, an air-dry clay made by the same company as Premier, is easier to sculpt and blend than Premier. Doll artist Hannie Sarris loved Premix clay. Premier clay may take some different sculpting techniques than what one would be used to with polymer clay and one uses minimal ( ) amounts of water are used while sculpting Premier. People working with these air-dry clays might lightly dab their fingers across a wet sponge to keep clay moist enough while sculpting. They may use a mister type of water bottle. Do not use Sculpey Clay Softener or any type of oil to soften, smooth, and blend these air-dry clays — they are hybrid clays and have their own characteristics, sculpting techniques, storage and compatibility considerations. They’re not like the majority of polymer clays that are oven-cured (e.g., Fimo Classic, Fimo Soft, Cernit, Fimo Doll, Premo ). They’re not like most air-dry clays on the market

    So yes, there are indeed air-dry polymer clays — Activa Lumina Translucent Polymer Clay, Staedtler Fimo Air Basic Modeling Clay, and Activa LaDoll Premier clay are examples of air-dry polymer clays. Activa, the company that makes laDoll Premier clay, describes Premier clay as a type of polymer clay on their site. Lumina has long been known to the polymer clay community. Fimo Air Basic is weaker than either of those.

    Polymer clays have their own issues — dirt, lint, hair, compatibility issues, and baking considerations (always monitor your oven with two oven thermometers, not counting the oven’s own temperature reading). If you look at it that way, a few easily repaired cracks in Premier clay items isn’ts a bad deal.

    Sculpey Diluent, AKA liquid Sculpey Clay Softener, works with oven-cured polymer clays, specifically, and not with air-dry polymer clays. Here’s the Sculpey Clay Softener Material Safety Data Sheet:

    In contrast, Makin’s, Hearty, Das, "cold porcelain" clays, Creative Paperclay, Celluclay, and epoxy putties are not polymer clays no matter who describes them as such.

    For a whole lot of information on all things polymer, see:
    Individual Dick Blick clay description pages : — Specific to the differences between Activa’s Premier, Premix, and Satin Smooth clays

    — a video about air dry clays, cardboard armature, drying too quickly, cracking, and how to fix the crack(s)

    …Or go to clay manufacturers’ sites and hit their FAQs and MSDS pages. I wish there were sculpting, storage, compatibility, MSDS and other information (to seal or not to seal) with each clay package that one takes home, but that’s sadly not the case.
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