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DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay

<p>A fine and even self-hardening modelling clay from DAS. <br><br> 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. <br><br> <a href="/Art-Design/DAS-Air-Drying-Modelling-Clay-500g-White-06-5432">06-5432 - DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 500g White</a><br> <a href="/Art-Design/DAS-Air-Drying-Modelling-Clay-500g-Terracotta-06-5434">06-5432 - DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 500g Terracotta</a><br> <a href="/Art-Design/DAS-Air-Drying-Modelling-Clay-1kg-White-06-5436">06-5432 - DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 1kg White</a><br> <a href="/Art-Design/DAS-Air-Drying-Modelling-Clay-1kg-Terracotta-06-5438">06-5432 - DAS Air Drying Modelling Clay 1kg Terracotta</a> <br><br> Das Air Dry Modelling Clay comes sealed in a foil package to keep it fresh and pliable and is available in terracotta or white. <br><br><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IwULG2OUK2M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br></p>
  • 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
Order codeMftrs Part No.SizeColour
06-54323870 00500gWhite
06-54343871 00500gTerracotta
06-54363875 001kgWhite
06-543838761kgTerracotta


18 December 2016 Question by: Ingrid
Q. Hi there. Can I use DAS air dry clay to make an oil burner? Thanks in advance
A. Hi Ingrid, thank you for your question. Unfortunately this clay is not suitable to make an oil burner.


09 August 2016 Question by: Johann
Q. Hi can I soften the DAS clay with water if it has started to dry ?
A. Hi Johann, thank you for your question. This will work depending on the time elapsed, if it has cured already it is too late to soften with water again, it is best stored in an airtight container once opened and nor being used.


06 May 2016 Question by: EDUARDO
Q. GOOD DAY, DOES THIS PRODCUTS CONTAINS SULFUR?
A. Hi Eduardo, thank you for your question. The manufacturer does not list sulphur in the product.


18 February 2016 Question by: Liz
Q. Hi please can you tell me what ingredients are in the DAS terracotta modelling clay?
A. Hi Liz, thank you for your question. The manufacturer states the following: water, inorganic fillers, vegetable bindings.


10 February 2016 Question by: Matthew
Q. Hi, I was thinking of using DAS to mould a piece for a small air pipe transition. If it's moulded to about 5mm thickness, when dry would it be able to withstand the pressure of a household vacuum cleaner? Is it possible to mould around an object to prevent internal shrinkage, and if so what be the most suitable material? I was thinking wax might work, as it could be melted later to remove it.
A. Hi Matthew, thank you for your question. This is not something we have tried, however, we do not see this being a problem and should work. The other option would be something like a silicone sealant, possibly 87-4092.


31 January 2016 Question by: Veronica
Q. Hi. Do you know if DAS shrinks once it dries? And if it does, do you know how much is the average shrinkage percent? Thanks.
A. Hi Veronica, thank you for your question. It would be minimal, approximately 10%.


27 January 2016 Question by: Terence | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Hello, is there anything I can add to the white clay to color it while it is wet? I know it comes in different colors but I need to create my own.
A. Hi Terence, thank you for your question. Possibly a powder paint can be added but would need to be moulded in to change the colour, but it can be painted once dried.


26 December 2015 Question by: Daniel
Q. once das is dry is it able to be fibreglassed over? will the resin affect it
A. Hi Daniel, thank you for your question. As long as the clay has dried completely this should not be an issue.


03 December 2015 Question by: Serena | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Hi Can you tell once the clay is dried. Acrylic painted and sealed with varnish is it ok to put in water in a long time?
A. Hi Serena, thank you for your question. DAS Air Drying Clay is not recommended for use in water.


15 November 2015 Question by: Sobia | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Can you make figures with DAS clay and how do you stop DAS clay from cracking or prevent
A. Hi Sobia, thank you for your question. You can use this like regular clay. The only difference is that it sets when left in air, no kiln required.


06 November 2015 Question by: Gemma | Product code: 06-5438
Q. Hi. How can I make the Clay dry faster??
A. Hi Gemma, thank you for your question. It is recommended you allow the clay to dry as naturally at room temperature as possible for the best results.


12 July 2015 Question by: Zahava | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Can beads or mosaic tiles be pressed into the wet clay?
A. Hi Zahava, thank you for your question. We cannot see why this DAS Modelling Clay cannot have beads or mosaic tiles pressed into it.


23 June 2015 Question by: Matt | Product code: 06-5432
Q. I make tiles, can keep it from staying flat, it keep on bending, please advise
A. Hi Matt, thank you for your question. All we can suggest is placing something heavy on top to keep the tiles flat whilst they set.


21 May 2015 Question by: mary howard
Q. can you use a blow dryer to speed up drying time?
A. Hi 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.


20 March 2015 Question by: andrea
Q. will DAS hold water once dry?
A. Hi Andrea, thanks for your question. DAS air drying modelling clay is not suitable for holding water.


15 December 2014 Question by: Elle
Q. Once fully dried can the made model be vacuum formed?
A. Hi 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.


23 November 2014 Question by: Kate
Q. Hi, 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?
A. Hi Kate. Thank you for your question. This is not ideally suited to outdoor use.


24 October 2014 Question by: Gamel P
Q. When hardened and fully dry, is the clay frostproof and able to be left outside? Would it need treating with paint or varnish?
A. Hi 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.


21 August 2014 Question by: Nima
Q. Hi, 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?
A. Hi Nima. Thank you for your question. One of the following glues would be suitable: 87-2336 or 87-4044.


10 August 2014 Question by: Ken Baker
Q. What is the best way to store any unused clay without it curing
A. Hi 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.


09 June 2014 Question by: Paul G | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Hi. Can you tell me the dimensions of the 500g pack of modelling clay please?
A. Hi Paul. Thank you for your question. The dimensions of the pack of modelling clay are approximately 150mm x 75mm x 35mm.


23 April 2014 Question by: Tori | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Can this clay adhere to vinyl?
A. Hi Tori. Thank you for your question. This air drying modelling clay will need to be glued to the vinyl once it has hardened.


10 March 2014 Question by: Christine
Q. Hi, I understand that Das clay takes 24 hrs to cure but how long is it still workable for? Thanks.
A. Hi 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.


03 February 2014 Question by: Tim Simmons
Q. Would the 24 drying time for a thick model (circa 1 inch) be lessened if put in a warm airing cupboard?
A. Hi Tim. Thank you for your question. We would presume the drying/hardening time would be quicker if in a heated room.


20 January 2014 Question by: cat
Q. How long does it take to dry???
A. Hi Cat. Thank you for your question. Drying time is approximately 24 hours for each one centimetre thickness.


21 November 2013 Question by: Paul Olliver
Q. Could 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.
A. Hi Paul. Thank you for your question. According to the manufacturer, this does not contain any sulphur at all.


20 November 2013 Question by: Ruby
Q. Can you mix in pink food gel colouring to change the colour of the white clay?
A. Hi 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.


17 September 2013 Question by: Paul
Q. Hi 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 &amp; 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!
A. Hi 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.


08 September 2013 Question by: Lucy
Q. Hello. 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
A. Hi 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.


29 June 2013 Question by: Anya
Q. Hi 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!
A. Hi 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.


23 April 2013 Question by: hi dear
Q. hi,can we add some organic material to add some porus aspect
A. Hi 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.


20 April 2013 Question by: Naomi
Q. How harmful is it to sand sculptures made with DAS? Do i need to cover my face? thanks
A. Hi Naomi. Thank you for your question. This can be sanded down quite safely but always worth wearing dust protectors whilst sanding.


11 April 2013 Question by: Laura
Q. Hi! 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?
A. Hi 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.


06 April 2013 Question by: Holly
Q. Hi, 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?
A. Hi 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.


22 February 2013 Question by: Daniel G.
Q. Hi, 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!
A. Hi 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.


08 February 2013 Question by: JOEL B.
Q. Hi, 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
A. Hi 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.


07 February 2013 Question by: chris
Q. Hi, 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?
A. Hi Chris. Thank you for your question. Acrylic paint can be applied straight after drying.


20 January 2013 Question by: Julie
Q. Hi Can you tell once the clay is dried. painted over and sealed with varnish is it ok to put outdoors?
A. Hi 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.


06 January 2013 Question by: jacquie
Q. I want to make buttons, is thi clay suitabllle as it will need to be water resistant. Thanks
A. Hi Jacquie. Thank you for your question. You would need to seal it with a few coats of paint to make it weather resistant


03 January 2013 Question by: Michael Tizzano
Q. As 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?
A. Hi 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.


14 November 2012 Question by: Stuart
Q. Can I add fresh clay to an already dry piece?
A. Hi Stuart. Thank you for your question. It is possible to add fresh clay to a hardened piece.


30 May 2012 Question by: Kathy
Q. I am not mathemeticaly gifted ... how thick is one 'cm' ?? as referenced for a 25-hour drying period. Please related it to inches. Thank you.
A. Thanks 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.


12 March 2012 Question by: Niki
Q. Shall we use water to form the clay?
A. Hi Niki, water is not needed to form the clay as this air-hardening DAS modelling clay.


15 February 2012 Question by: Valerie
Q. Do you have to wait until the clay is fully dry before painting?
A. Hi Valerie, yes it is advisable to wait until the clay is fully dry before painting.


11 February 2012 Question by: Lindsay | Product code: 06-5432
Q. Can the White clay be used for making baby hand a foot prints, then be left out over night to dry?
A. Hi Lindsay, yes it can be used for this purpose, but drying time is 24 hours per cm thickness.


01 November 2011 Question by: PJD | Product code: 06-5432
Q. can you increase DAS fluidity by heating or adding water to fill a small intricate mould
A. I'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.