Clayette by Chavant - Best Sculpture Clay!
For those seeking the perfect, non-firing, oil based clay, we are promoting the new and exceptional Clayette by Chavant. With a beautiful buff-white body (great for evaluating forms during the sculpting process), it's remarkably non-sticky, and comes in soft, medium, and hard consistencies.
For students learning to sculpt we recommend the soft Clayette, as it is easy to work yet holds its shape exceptionally well. If you are an experienced sculptor, you'll love the working qualities of the hard. It reduces the need for any armature due to its self-supporting qualities.
For more information about Clayette, visit Chavant.com.
ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF SCULPTURE CLAY
In professional sculpture, the process usually begins with a clay model using professional-quality plasteline, an oil-based clay. By using plasteline, the sculptor is able to achieve exactness of the model in shape and size, and is able to make significant changes with relative ease. When the sculpture is completed in clay, a mold is made--either a rubber or plaster mold, depending on the intended final material. It's usually a permanent material like resin, ceramic, porcelain, or bronze. The great advantage to this process is that multiple copies of the original sculpture model can be produced.
Other kinds of clay may also be used for the final sculpture, such as waterbased, ceramic (pottery) clay. This kind of clay must be baked (fired) in a kiln to become hard and permanent. After the sculpture is completed, it is important to hollow out or drill certain areas because heavy, solid parts may crack or cause the object to explode in the kiln. For those who don't own a kiln, the sculpture can be taken to a local pottery or ceramic shop, or to a local school or art center for firing.
Polymer clay is actually a kind of plastic (polyvinyl chloride) and contains no clay minerals. It can be baked and hardened in a regular oven at a low temperature. Two popular kinds of polymer clays are Sculpey® and Cernit®. The artists at Learn Sculpture far prefer the workability and responsiveness of plasteline clay, particularly in the creation of large, realistic sculptures. Due to the nature of polymer clay, it tends to limit the size of sculptures to small items, but it is also a favorite of doll and small figurine makers. Different kinds of tools are also required. One advantage is that polymer clay can be painted after baking, and it also comes in a wide range of colors.