My First Impression On Using And Curing The Clay

I heard so much about Makin's Clay " The No Bake Polymer Clay ", which is interesting, I was thinking to myself,
 " Hey finally someone had produced a non bake polymer clay, which is good for my students! " I've search the
web there's not much information on the curing and the material characteristic of Makin's Clay.
Then, I received the email from Jeannie Havel,

From: Jeannie Havel <jeannie_havel@makinsclay.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2007 PM 08:39:07
To: Garie Sim <garie@cyberway.com.sg>
Subject: Thank you for the delightful book
Reply-To: jeannie_havel@makinsclay.com

Dear Garie -
Thank you so very much for sending me a copy of your new book. How wonderful that you have this project in print! The book is beyond charming - I love the projects and always admire how you include the children. That is a subject very near and dear to my heart. I am happy to promote Have Clay Will Play in pcPolyzine and will write an article very soon. I will email you when I am ready to publish it.Garie, did you know that last Fall I went to work at Makin's Clay®? I am absolutely amazed at the quality and consistency of this air-dry modeling medium. It's fabulous! Are you familiar with it? I would like to send you some samples to try.
Looking forward to hearing from you again soon.
Your clay friend -
Jeannie Havel
PS - Are you familiar with this organizations? http://www.tinkleartroom.com/makinclaymenu.html

Jeannie Havel
Marketing & Brand Manager

I was hoping that she will sent me some samples to test, but unfortunately, I did not receive them. 
Out of curiosity, I've decided to purchase some Makin's Clay online and test them. Below are the test and
my first impression of the clay.

The Important Instruction In the Box


Recommended Tools: Water. wet towel, roller, scissors. sculpting tools. punches. cookie cutters.

(E) Directions: * Can be shaped. rolled, stretched. or sculpted. * Clay dries with normal exposure to air after approximately 24 hours (drying time may vary according to thickness of clay). * After clay has dried, clay can be sanded and painted. * Cover clay with wet towel when not in use. " For a pliable and smooth finish, brush a small amount of water on clay surface. " Create new colors by mixing acrylic paints with clay. or by mixing different clay colors together. *Store clay in an airtight bag.

Do not bake in oven. Do not microwave. Keep away from extreme heat and flame. Do not place uncured Makin's Clay on furniture. Please read instruction before using. The Non-PVC Clay. Water based.

08/07/07, 05.25 pm, Opening the package of Makin's Clay

08/07/07, 05.29 pm, the clay is very soft without unwrapping them.

08/07/07, 05.32 pm, unwrapping Makin's Clay is very messy, it 
will stick onto the wrapper, unlike unwrapping polymer clay block.

08/07/07, 05.44 pm, exposing to the air the surface of the Makin's clay 
dried quickly, you have to dig in to get the fresh or moist clay.

08/07/07, 05.45 pm, create a test sample, you have to moist the parts
with paint brush to join them together. 

08/07/07, 05.51 pm, you need painting brush, water, basic tools,
 scissors and some texturing tools.

08/07/07, 06.00 pm, smoothen the surface with a moist brush.

08/07/07, 06.02 pm

08/07/07, 06.07 pm, texturing the base.

08/07/07, 06.09 pm, finished sample.

09/07/07, 09.44 am

09/07/07 09.45 am

09/07/07, 01.03 pm

09/07/07, 03.02 pm

09/07/07, 04.24 pm, lighter area still soft, not fully cured.

09/07/07, 06.09 pm

09/07/07, 07.52 pm

09/07/07, 10.03 pm

10/07/07, 12.56 pm

10/07/07, 09.02 am

10/07/07, 01.14 pm

10/07/07, 07.02 pm

10/07/07, 10.06 pm

11/07/07, 02.01 am

11/07/07, 09.32 am

11/07/07, 12.09 pm

11/07/07, 03.37 pm

11/07/07, 07.16 pm

11/07/07, 10.15 pm

11/07/07, 11.04 pm, splitting the creation into two parts, inside is still not 
cure or dry.

11/07/07, 11.05 pm

11/07/07, 11.07 pm, poking it with a wooden skewer shows that the 
lower portion its still soft .

11/07/07, 11.07 pm

12/07/07, 12.48 pm

12/07/07, 12.48 pm, It takes about  74 hours for the sample to be 
completely dry, when dried the clay shrunk and warped.

About The No Bake Polymer Clay

With the above experience, using the Makin's clay then curing the clay by leaving it to dry, is a long 
wait for young student to collect their clay projects in class, 72 hours as compared to 30 minutes of 
baking time using any polymer clay for the above size or scale. Kids are very excited in play clay 
classes and will like to take home their finished clay creation within the lesson. Especially, when they 
are having their first experience in using the clay to create their favorite subject. 

When cured the clay will shrink and warp, it will be a problem for any artist using it to create fine works. 
Firmness is not there in Makin's clay, therefore, it is not suitable for creating delicate shapes and fine 
detailing works. Creating cane with Makin's clay is difficult to slice , the outer layer dry faster than the 
inside when expose to the air. Using the blade with roll and cut motion will distorted the cane pattern 
as the clay is too soft inside.

Another problem is storage for Makin's clay you need absolute air tight container, any leaks from the 
container will cause the used clay to be harden within a few days. Shelf life is a problem for the clay, 
once dried it is quite difficult to recondition unlike polymer clay.

Putting Makin's clay through the standard Pasta machine, the clay residue will stick onto the metal roller.
Using a wooden roller or Sculpey acrylic roller, does not present the same problem. It's probably had 
something to do with metal surfaces. Cutting the clay with steel blade and the palette knife will also 
have the clay residue stuck onto the edges of the blade and the knife. If you use a credit card or PVC 
floppy shutter disk to cut the clay, it will not stick to the edges. That is why Makin's produced their own
 tools and pasta machine that the roller are in different material.

Makin's Clay is just an air dry, it cannot withstand soaking in the water. It is not a plastic based clay, it 
does not contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in a plasticizer. All polymer clay when cured in 
the oven, fuses into a very hard plastic, therefore, it will not deteriorate in the water for a long time.
Durability in the clay is important, some of my creations and my kids polymer clay works is about 30 
years old, it will serve as memoirs for my grown up kid and me to reflect on my past works. 

 In my opinion, calling Makin's Clay as " The No Bake Polymer Clay " is misleading to the consumer.
Makin's Clay is not polymer clay, it is just an air dry clay, taking advantage of the name " Polymer Clay " 
for marketing is wrong.

Although Makin's is not a polymer clay you can mixed Makin's with polymer clay and bake it in the oven
 at 130ºC. Mixing it with Sculpey Ultralight is interesting baking in the oven inflated the clay slightly and
 it still floats on the water. The mixture retain its shape in the water without deterioration, slicing it into half 
shows the inside to be spongy like the effect of the bread. Baking Makin's clay directly in the oven also 
inflated the clay I can create, pie, bread and our local pastery. I also tested microwaving direct, torching 
the clay and curing it with a heat gun, discovering interesting effects.

Baking Makin's Clay In The Convection Oven

Keeping Makin's Clay In Air Tight Container

Cutting Makin's Cane With Steel Blade, 
Palette Knife And PVC Floppy Disk Shutter 

Heat Gun Test On Makin's Clay

 Microwaving Bread Buns And Chinese Cup
 Cakes Made From Makin's Clay

Mixing Makin's Clay With Different Types Of 
Polymer Clay And The Water Test

Baking And Torching Pastries Made 
With Makin's Clay

More Test On Shrinking And Warping
Of Makin's Clay

The Effect Of Using Different Types Of Tool 
And Roller On Makin's Clay

Water Test On Cured Makin's Clay

What Is Polymer Clay?


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