I was going to order 20 boxes of Wet Set, it seemed like the most reasonably
priced alternative clay. I read all your archive comments about it, made a
sample today, and, I agree that the slime, and the fact I would have to wash
all the projects in hot water, is too much hassle. I don't want the
disappointment from the kids when it breaks, so I don't relish undried insides
in small sculptures. I don't want to build armatures and wrap the clay, nor
Model Magic is too expensive, I used it for 10 kids in sp ed, for Day of the
Dead skeletons (calaveras), for the head, feet and hands. The legs, arms, neck
were wire coils. They wanted to add more clay to embellish, it was great, but
I have too many in other classes (30) to use it.
In the past, in an artroom, I used self hardening clay.
Marblex is great, but too messy in the classroom teacher's room. (The teachers
get frazzled with wet paintings on the floor, bags on the counters, etc.)
Mexican clay was a choice I regret, it darkened in places from water, and it
broke too easily. It was a good color for 3 D pueblo structures, Aztec busts
and Gaugin seated figures. But the Japan Olympic snow skiiers, boarders and
figure skaters were in the art show, too. There were too many broken limbs
from trying to rush to finish for the show.
What is Promat?
Sculpey and Fimo would seem to be a hassle to take home and bake. I don't have
a toaster oven. I want to do clay sculptures! How is homemade play doh? I
never had to use it for my class.