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CHA Winter 2012 | Martha Stewart Crafts for EK Success

Reported by Sarah Moore, Founding Editor

We know you love EK Success’ Martha Stewart Line.  I’m happy to report they have a new line of products coming out.  MSLO celebrity Alex Peruzzi showed us around…

Introducing, Martha Stewart Crafter’s Clay and silicone molds…

This is an air dry clay that is very lightweight and versatile. It’s extremely soft and smooth.  You can mold it, sculpt with it, paint it, or even add glitter to it. The end result is an embellishment you can use on papercrafts, jewelry, or home decor items.

Using the white base clay, add a little bit of color to make the shade you seek.  A color chart comes with the clay.

Press the clay into the silicone mold with the sculpting tools…

Pop it out of the mold.  It’s a soft clay that really holds its shape.  I handled this clay before it dried and it remained flexible but didn’t pick up my fingerprints.

Glue the embellishment in place when it is dry…

Best of all are these floral kits.  They include step-by-step instructions on how to create these amazing flowers…
These look real!
So what do you think of Crafter’s Clay?  What would you create?
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Review | Firefly Sculpey Fun Forms

Reported by Beth Silaika

One rainy day, my son Xavier and I decided to review the Dinosaur Firefly Sculpey Fun Forms kit. It was a perfect rainy day activity and he was quite enthusiastic to create his own Triceritops.

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The kit contains 8 pieces – the form, some clay and a few tools to detail your sculpture. The kit is for ages 8 and up. Xavier is turning 7 this weekend, so with supervision, I felt it was age appropriate.

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We started by reading the directions, which were pretty specific. You could create one of two types of dinosaurs: Stegosaurus or Triceratops. We chose the Triceratops. There were step by step directions on how to create each size of clay to form our dinosaur.

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Xavier could not wait to start forming his dinosaur, so I let him start by rolling out the clay in the forms into the shapes they specified. This was actually a great project for him to work on since he has fine motor delays.

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The clay can be sliced with the tool provided in the kit and then slowly rolled and softened to form the shapes.

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The directions are labeled with each pack of clay which must be formed into specific shapes. The directions are in black and white, and it would have been nice to have the photo on the directions in color, just to distinguish between the tan, brown, and clay colors.

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The roller tool in the kit allowed you to evenly flatten the pieces of clay into the shapes required to cover the plastic dinosaur form.

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We were not sure of the exact size of the shapes required, so we really had to guess based on the amount of clay. It would have been nice to have the directions specify the size of the specific shapes (e.g. make a 1/4 inch flattened circle).

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Xavier was able to easily press on the clay to the form, but I helped him press it and mold it tight so that the colors flowed together.

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With a little bit of help from the tools provided in the kit, we soon saw the Triceratops take shape!

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Some final pieces of clay on the bottom and we were just about finished and ready to bake our Triceratops (which we affectionately named “Brownie”….I talked him out of “Horny”).

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The finished form was ready to bake in the oven. It was only a few minutes of baking time to completion.

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Here is the finished product. It doesn’t look like the dinosaur on the cover of the box, but it is something that Xavier treasures!

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We both really enjoyed working with the Firefly™ Sculpey® Fun Forms™ Dinosaur kit. It was a nice change of pace from watching television or playing video games on a rainy day!

Pros:

* wonderful variety of choices for a personalized toy for your child to make

* great project for a rainy afternoon

* realistic looking, durable final project

* non-toxic

Cons:

* directions were difficult to follow in black and white; color directions with specific sizes would be better
* messy – colors of clay can bleed and you need to wash your working surface and hands between colors to avoid colors mixing.
* clay is very hard, but if you set it under a light for a few minutes and work it with your hands and condition it, it becomes softer.

Have you tried the Firefly Sculpey Fun Forms yet? What do you think?

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Prang DAS Air-Hardening Modeling Clay

Reported by Tami Bayer


Prang DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clayis available in 1.1 pound and 2.2 pound packages in either white or terra cotta. It takes approximately 24 hours for projects to dry depending on thickness and is certified non-toxic.

Ok, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. This is a fun product to play with. I think it helps that I took ceramics in high school, so the tactile part of it takes me back. It doesn’t have the same qualities of firing clay, but the beauty is that you don’t need a kiln or even a toaster oven. Just play, create, and set aside until the next day. I think the setting aside part is a real exercise in patience. I don’t have a small child here to test the product, but instead a reluctant teen who helped me with my product testing.

Here is what we discovered when working with this product. It dries out quickly if you handle it a lot, so keep the clay you aren’t using in a ziplock bag. It doesn’t work well to attach pieces together. Try to make your creation from one piece of clay. It rolls out beautifully to cut out shapes. This is what we focused our efforts on, rather than molding pieces with our hands. We rolled out the clay with a small wooden dowel on a sheet of thick plastic. A piercing tool and plastic knife worked well to help us cut out and make holes in things. It takes well to molding with various products such as cookie cutters, cookie molds, plastic molds, and even a metal charm. It stamps like a dream with a rubber stamp. I put Stazon ink on the stamp first and then stamped it. The ink didn’t transfer much, but the image is beautiful. Here is a peek of our trials and what we used to make them.







I noticed when working with this clay that it has qualities to it similar to paper. When I didn’t cut it cleanly if left little pieces similar to what happens when you tear paper. I believe there might be paper pulp in this product, but I can’t find a list of ingredients anywhere. It is lightweight after drying. It takes a very fine sanding from an emery board well. As far as painting your final project, just about any paint works well, including inks. The only thing I would avoid is anything that uses a lot of water, as you don’t want to get the clay too wet. I would seal the final product if it will be handled much. I wish we’d had this product back when we were making salt dough ornaments. This would have been so much smoother to work with for handmade ornaments. I plan to use this to make some more stamped embellishments. I just love the way it took to the rubber stamp.

Pros:

  • Don’t need to heat up the house, this air dries
  • Non-toxic
  • Takes on texture and shape beautifully

Cons:

  • Patience is needed to wait 24 hours for drying time
  • Difficult to attach pieces of clay together
  • Dries out if you don’t keep it in ziplock bag

I would rate this product as an 8 out of 10. I’d love to know if you’ve tried it and if you have any other tips for us.