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01-What is Modeling Oil Clay?
Modeling Clay is an oil based clay used by sculptors, that never dries out and can be used many times for several sculptures.
02-What can I do with that modeling clay?
Any kind of sculpture/modeling you want, from a tiny figure to a full life-size sculpture. Its only limited to your own creativity and imagination.
03-Do I need to use water to avoid the clay from crack it up while I�m working with?
No, DIM CLAY is an oil based clay, so it will never crack or dry up like regular watered based clays, allowing you to let the clay stay exposed for a long time without waste. Although we do recommend you keep your sculptures covered with a piece of clean fabric or a plastic bag, to avoid getting your clay covered in dust.
04-What levels of detailing can I achieve with DIM CLAY?
It all depends on the grade of clay. We have 10 different hardness grades, the harder the clay, the finer the details you will be able to add to your sculptures, based on your skills.
05-What can I use to smooth DIM CLAY?
To smooth DIM CLAY, you can use a brush and thinner (be careful and wear a mask when working with thinners.) or D-Limonene to. You can use water to give it a shiny look.
06-Can I melt DIM CLAY?
Yes, the harder the clay, the softer it will get when melted. With soft grade clay you will get a paste like consistency, and with hard grade a more liquid/cream like consistency.
07-Can I use DIM CLAY to modify an existing sculpture?
Yes, you can make a waste mold off an existing sculpture, melt DIM CLAY and pour in to the waste mold to obtain a clay cast. After that you can work on the clay sculpture and make any modifications you think is necessary. For this process, hard grade clay is more appropriate, since you will have a better chance of not damaging your cast when removing it from the waste molds.
08-How can I melt DIM CLAY?
To melt DIM CLAY you will need to cut it into small pieces and heat the clay in a small pan over very low heat. Stir with a wooden spatula until it's completely smooth. (You might get bubble bursts if the clay is overheated; if that happens, remove it from fire and keep stirring until you get a soft and uniform look). When it is completely melted, move it away from the oven and stir a little bit more. Pour it into your silicone mold, paying attention to fill up the mold completely at once, or else you will get lines between each pour until you fill up the mold. (If that happens you can easily get rid off those lines smoothing the piece later, but this can be avoided if you melt enough clay for just one single pouring.)
09-Ok, I got my sculpture done - what do I need to make a mold now?
You can make your molds using: silicone rubber, plaster, fiberglass or alginate, but try to keep your sculpture clean from any material you may have used for molding, (i.e. silicone rubber, plaster, resin stuck to the clay) or else this may be a problem for you the next time you try to sculpt a new piece using the same clay.
10-Will DIM CLAY have any reaction regarding the silicone rubber?
DIM CLAY is sulfur free. You will not have any reaction when getting your sculpture molded with silicone rubbers. DIM CLAY has been tested with the best rubbers on the market. If any chemical reaction occurs while you're working with any silicone rubber, please notify us immediately so we can alert our customers on the website.
11-Is it possible to soften the DIM CLAY to make the sculpting process easier roughing out the piece to be sculpted?
Yes, you can get it soft by using a heat gun (hot air), or a hair dryer, but be careful not to overheat the clay and burn your hands.
12-Can I paint the DIM CLAY?
Our clays and waxes were not meant to be painted as they are not for the final piece, but prototypes to be replicated in other materials.
13-Can I "bake" it to make it permanent like regular water based clays?
No, DIM CLAY is an oil based clay. This is used for many sculptures, where you make a sculpt, make molds, and then you can re-use the clay since it will never dry out. If it's taken to the oven, instead of getting hard with the "bake" process, it is going to melt completely, depending on the heat inside the oven.