- Darwi air-drying clay, well known for the fineness of its grain, is used for any modelling or sculpting work.
- This can be used to make small decorative items, jewelry, dolls, statuettes or even to repair some materials such as furniture.
- It does not smell and does not stick to the hands, so the work stays pleasant.
- The clay is flexible and semi-elastic.
- It does not shrink when drying and is completely opaque.
- Is exactly like the classic, but its colour terracotta.
How to use the Darwi clays ?
- Before starting your work, knead the self-hardening clay, add a bit water inside if the clay is not flexible enough and knead it thoroughly, it is ready to be worked if no cracks are formed.
- Take small pieces of clay and add as you go along. Work quickly.
- If your work is a long-term job, you may notice that some parts are starting to dry. If this is the case, slightly moisten the clay.
- If you want to add one element to another already dry, moisten the surface before placing the second part or use strong acrylic adhesive to weld two dry elements.
- If you work the clay on a porous material, first coat it with water to prevent the water in the Darwi clay from immediately disintegrating in the substrate and drying. This could cause cracks
- When you have finished your sculpture, let it dry and rest on paper towels. If you do not have paper towels, be sure to return the creation so that the base can dry too.
- If you try to speed up the drying time, cracks may appear.
- It is necessary to count 24h at room temperature by 1 cm of thickness so that the sculpture is completely dry. This time is indicative because it can vary depending on the humidity of the room and air!
- To finalize the sculpture, use acrylic paints and varnishes .
How to store the Darwi clays?
- The open package of self-hardening clay should be stored in an airtight manner away from air and heat.
- The trick to keep a fresh piece for months is to wrap it in a damp sponge sheet, then close with an airtight plastic bag. Keep in your fridge.