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On the blog I write quite a bit about being a creative Mama and to pursue your interests, but today I get to review a product that lets me be creative as an artist as well as a writer. I’ll walk you through my project using the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products.
Last year I bought a dozen shadow boxes and have been waiting for inspiration to strike. When I recieved the sculpting kit from Actíva I knew I wanted to do a project similar to paper mâché, without all of the mess and extended layering and drying times. I have been avoiding similar projects because of those very factors. Children aren’t the most patient crafters. ACTÍVA’s promise of an easier way was one I truly wanted to believe.
I was inspired by a little handcrafted Folk Nativity Diorama we had bought twenty years ago on a trip similar to this one. The characters were paper pulp creations painted in bright colors and glossy paint. I sketched a rough plan to create a similar style product using ACTÍVA’s CelluClay as the base. This would be a perfect choice since the end product would hang on a wall. Using bake-to-dry clay is expensive and adds unwanted weight to the finished piece. By keeping the whole thing light from the start, I would have plenty of room to make fun choices when it came to embelishing the final piece.
I began with a rough sketch in the actual size so I could get an idea of the size of each element.
When I was happy with the proportions I outlined each piece with ink and placed them on my awesome new LED light pad to trace them on a sheet of paper.
I planned on placing all of the elements on one sheet and then covering it with a clear, thin cutting board. I could them mold each piece right on the plastic board, using my template as a guide.
The CelluClay is light and an 8oz pack holds a ton. I used a little less than 2oz. for this project. Each large character averages 10 inches in height, so I should be able to get many projects from one kit. You can order one on Amazon right now for under $9, that is a lot of Christmas ornaments for very little cash. I plan on keeping this on hand because of the low price and it’s long shelf life. I tend to avoid cheap air dry “modeling clay” because we always end up frustrated with the drying and cracking that happens when the product is done before we are.
I just mixed the CelluClay with warm water until it was the consistency of oat meal. It felt just like it, too. It took me a little over 30 minutes to create the elements of the diorama and the CelluClay never dried out or changed consistency. This is nice for when you are working with multiple children.
Water was all that we needed. Below is the CelluClay 8oz. package and one of the two rolls of Rigid Wrap; a self plastered wrap you can use for creating molded pieces and shaped creations.
The CelluClay was a perfect consistency to work with. It was never sticky and clumped together for easy modeling. I was able to build up layers for a more dimentional look. A simple pat with my finger bound the new layers together neatly.
I was suprised at how satisfying this ACTÍVA Kit was to work with. There are ideas for 12 projects included in the full Kit which you can order HERE, and you can sign up for their FREE ebook; ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS now and they will also send you 10% off your first purchase.
I might even get those shadow boxes out of my office after all.