THE AQUA TEST
HOW POROUS IS POLYMER CLAY? For many years I have been creating polymer clay models and ornaments for the aquarium. Also teaching kids to create toys to play in the water, be it scuba diver, submarine, turtle, shark, dolphin, boat etc. Creating aqua polymer clay toys and accessories are really fun for the children and adult. One question on my mind is "How porous is polymer clay? I decided to conduct an aqua test on the various clays, Dukit, Cernit, Fimo Soft, Fimo Classic, Sculpey 3, Sculpey Premo, Super Sculpey, Granitex, Super Eraser, Super Flex, Sculpey Elasticlay.
Using small polyball is the best way of floating the polymer clay.
Flatten the round polymer clay and wrapped the polyball with the clay.
Baking the polymer clay balls in the convection oven at 130ºC for 20 minutes, allow it to cool.
Put the polymer clay balls into a container filled with water( photo was taken on day one and day three).
After nineteen days of floating all the polymer balls in the water, they were cut open to check for moisture inside the balls.
It is easy to cut Fimo Soft, Fimo Classic, cutting Super Sculpey and Sculpey III cracked and brittle, all the inside are dry
Cutting Sculpey Eraser is easy, but the inside is wet, Premo Sculpey also cut easily, except Granitex a little brittle, both the clay are dry inside
All the clay like Sculpey Eraser, Super Flex and Elasticlay retains the rubberize quality. There are more moistures in Super Eraser lesser for Elasticlay and Super Flex, they are the most porous clay
Cutting open the polymer balls after nineteen days, I found that most of the clays are not porous, except Sculpey Eraser, Sculpey Flex and Elastic clay. The most porous is Sculpey Eraser. The experiment also show the quality of certain polymer clay to be brittle went soaked in the water. The clay, Sculpey III, Super Sculpey and Granitex are brittle when cut, therefore they are not suitable to use in creating aquatic clay model.
The test result will take us one step further into understanding the use of polymer clay to create aquatic models, adding them into pond. Create diorama, best examples, making a fountain or waterfall with a miniature pump with polymer clay stones and rocks. Teaching kids to create Aquatic polymer creations, clay duck, boat, swan, jelly fish, etc.
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