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DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay

Manufacturer : DAS
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A fine and even self-hardening modelling clay from DAS.

This air dry clay is one of the many respected products from the range of DAS craft materials. It dries hard to a durable matt finish that can be painted and varnished, and has a multitude of uses both for arts and crafts and around the home.

Das Air Dry Modelling Clay comes sealed in a foil package to keep it fresh and pliable and is available in terracotta or white.

  • No baking required
  • Easy to smooth
  • Can be used with wood, cardboard and terracotta
  • Poster paint and acrylic varnish can be applied for decoration
  • Solid and strong when dry
  • Drying time 24 hours per centimetre thickness
  • PVC free
  • Contains no softeners, only vegetable binders
  • Available in white or terracotta
  • Available in packs of 500g or 1kg

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Manufacturer’s Part Number: 3870 00

DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 500g White


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Manufacturer’s Part Number: 3871 00

DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 500g Terracotta


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Manufacturer’s Part Number: 3875 00

DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 1kg White


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Manufacturer’s Part Number: 3876

DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 1kg Terracotta


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Question by mary howard
22nd May 2015

Qcan you use a blow dryer to speed up drying time?
AHi Mary, thank you for your question. In theory this may affect the structure of the clay and make it prone to cracking, but as this has not been attempted before you could try drying a small sample first.

Question by andrea
20th March 2015

Qwill DAS hold water once dry?
AHi Andrea, thanks for your question. DAS air drying modelling clay is not suitable for holding water.

Question by Elle
15th December 2014

QOnce fully dried can the made model be vacuum formed?
AHi Elle. Thank you for your question. Once dried it should be strong enough to be used for a template for vacuum forming, however it may depend on small parts as these may be easily damaged.

Question by Kate
24th November 2014

QHi, can I use the air drying clay as a base for mosaic project, once grouted and sealed is it ok to hang it out side?
AHi Kate. Thank you for your question. This is not ideally suited to outdoor use.

Question by Gamel P
24th October 2014

QWhen hardened and fully dry, is the clay frostproof and able to be left outside? Would it need treating with paint or varnish?
AHi Gamel. Thank you for your question. This clay is not waterproof sealing with a varnish will protect it to a point. It is ideally only for indoor use.

Question by Nima
21st August 2014

QHi, what kind of glue can be used to attach dried pieces. I have a project where I made the base and pillars separately, and would like to add the them?
AHi Nima. Thank you for your question. One of the following glues would be suitable: 87-2336 or 87-4044.

Question by Ken Baker
11th August 2014

QWhat is the best way to store any unused clay without it curing
AHi Ken. Thank you for your question. As the clay is dried by air we would suggest you keep any unused clay in an airtight container.

Question by Paul G | Product code: 06-5432
9th June 2014

QHi. Can you tell me the dimensions of the 500g pack of modelling clay please?
AHi Paul. Thank you for your question. The dimensions of the pack of modelling clay are approximately 150mm x 75mm x 35mm.

Question by Tori | Product code: 06-5432
24th April 2014

QCan this clay adhere to vinyl?
AHi Tori. Thank you for your question. This air drying modelling clay will need to be glued to the vinyl once it has hardened.

Question by Christine
10th March 2014

QHi, I understand that Das clay takes 24 hrs to cure but how long is it still workable for? Thanks.
AHi Christine. Thank you for your question. This would be workable for a couple of hours, water can be applied to the surface to make pliable again but does take some time to become soft again.

Question by Tim Simmons
3rd February 2014

QWould the 24 drying time for a thick model (circa 1 inch) be lessened if put in a warm airing cupboard?
AHi Tim. Thank you for your question. We would presume the drying/hardening time would be quicker if in a heated room.

Question by cat
21st January 2014

QHow long does it take to dry???
AHi Cat. Thank you for your question. Drying time is approximately 24 hours for each one centimetre thickness.

Question by Paul Olliver
21st November 2013

QCould you tell me if DAS Modelling material contains heavy amounts of sulphur ? I am wanting to use it for casting a silicone mould but the silicone I have will not cure on materials containing heavy amounts of sulphur. Thanks, Paul.
AHi Paul. Thank you for your question. According to the manufacturer, this does not contain any sulphur at all.

Question by Ruby
21st November 2013

QCan you mix in pink food gel colouring to change the colour of the white clay?
AHi Ruby. Thank you for your question. We do not recommend the use of any additive in the DAS clay as it may affect the curing process, you can however use acyrlic paint one the object has dried.

Question by Paul
17th September 2013

QHi Can you use this to build up a multi-part model? My son needs to make a 3D plant cell, I'm wondering if I can make the inside & let it dry, then make the next part around the first part so they fit together, and so on until we've got all the parts? Thanks!
AHi Paul. Thank you for your question. As long as the first layer is completely dry, we see no problem in adding extra layers if required.

Question by Lucy
9th September 2013

QHello. Could you please tell me if DAS is suitable for painting with enamel paint such as humbrol? If so does it require a primer first? Thanks
AHi Lucy. Thank you for your question. It can be painted once dried. You may require several coats for a good colour finish, so I would say a primer would be worth adding first for a good colour finish.

Question by Anya
1st July 2013

QHi i just want to ask a question - if i paint a dried charm i made out of DAS modelling clay with acrylic paint, will i be able to varnish it and if yes, what kind of varnish do you recommend for me to use? thank you so much!
AHi Anya. Thank you for your question. Any sort of varnish should be OK - wood or yacht varnish would be the best option for this application.

Question by hi dear
23rd April 2013

Qhi,can we add some organic material to add some porus aspect
AHi Hi Dear. Thank you for your question. You could add some organic material to this - it may need pressing in well to make this hold but it would be ok to do.

Question by Naomi
22nd April 2013

QHow harmful is it to sand sculptures made with DAS? Do i need to cover my face? thanks
AHi Naomi. Thank you for your question. This can be sanded down quite safely but always worth wearing dust protectors whilst sanding.

Question by Laura
29th April 2013

QHi! I want to use DAS to give like a wall texture to a model for a project. How I can attach this material to the cardboard from the model?
AHi Laura. Thank you for your question. The cardboard would need some kind of backing for the clay to hold to, so either chicken wire or may be pins/pegs sticking out of the cardboard so the clay can key/hold to once dried.

Question by Holly
8th April 2013

QHi, I am sculpting a crucifixion for a university project, and was wondering if I could sculpt the figure, and then attach it to a wooden cross? Would glue be suitable to do this with?
AHi Holly. Thank you for your question. Although not a guarantee we would suggest the strongest PVA glue available, as this will depend on the overall weight of your figure, whether it is painted or varnished and how porous the wood is.

Question by Daniel G.
22nd February 2013

QHi, I am wondering what materials can I use to model clay on that won't stick to when dried? I would need the whole sculpture to come off when dried!
AHi Daniel. Thank you for your question. Usually a smooth plastic board is used - but to be certain - a similar product to that in which it is supplied - such as tinfoil should be suitable.

Question by JOEL B.
8th February 2013

QHi, just want to know if you can seal a hardened DAS clay so that it can be water proof and won't break or soften at all... thanks
AHi Joel. Thank you for your question. This is not waterproof. This an alternative to traditional clay. Painting with a varnish will protect it to an extent.

Question by chris
7th February 2013

QHi, can you use acrylic paint? And can you paint it straight after it's dried or would you need to add some kind of base first?
AHi Chris. Thank you for your question. Acrylic paint can be applied straight after drying.

Question by Julie
21st January 2013

QHi Can you tell once the clay is dried. painted over and sealed with varnish is it ok to put outdoors?
AHi Julie. Thank you for your question. Yes this would work depending on the type of varnish. Any good wood varnish intended for exterior use should be fine. A few coats would be recommended for lasting protection.

Question by jacquie
7th January 2013

QI want to make buttons, is thi clay suitabllle as it will need to be water resistant. Thanks
AHi Jacquie. Thank you for your question. You would need to seal it with a few coats of paint to make it weather resistant

Question by Michael Tizzano
3rd January 2013

QAs your DAS product is air-drying, is it possible to mold it around a wire armature, as in making a small dancing figure, without cracks resulting from shrinkage as it dries?
AHi Michael. Thank you for your question. This should be fine to do, you may want to glaze it after drying, to stop it cracking but it shouldn’t really crack - the only thing is the constant movement may cause this but have never tried it. I do think it will be fine to be honest.

Question by Stuart
15th November 2012

QCan I add fresh clay to an already dry piece?
AHi Stuart. Thank you for your question. It is possible to add fresh clay to a hardened piece.

Question by Kathy
30th May 2012

QI am not mathemeticaly gifted ... how thick is one 'cm' ?? as referenced for a 25-hour drying period. Please related it to inches. Thank you.
AThanks for your enquiry Kathy. Since 1inch is the equivalent of 2.54cm. It would take approximately 61 hours for a 1 inch thick piece of clay to completely dry.

Question by Niki
12th March 2012

QShall we use water to form the clay?
AHi Niki, water is not needed to form the clay as this air-hardening DAS modelling clay.

Question by Valerie
16th February 2012

QDo you have to wait until the clay is fully dry before painting?
AHi Valerie, yes it is advisable to wait until the clay is fully dry before painting.

Question by Lindsay | Product code: 06-5432
13th February 2012

QCan the White clay be used for making baby hand a foot prints, then be left out over night to dry?
AHi Lindsay, yes it can be used for this purpose, but drying time is 24 hours per cm thickness.

Question by PJD | Product code: 06-5432
2nd November 2011

Qcan you increase DAS fluidity by heating or adding water to fill a small intricate mould
AI'm afraid you cannot add water to this product as this is an Air hardening clay which also means you cannot put this into the oven.


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