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Air Dry Clay

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dwb5, Oct 14, 2021.

  1. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Active Member

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    I was wondering if regular air dry clay from hobby lobby will work for sculpting whitetail eyes. I know some use crayola air dry but I cannot find any. Thanks
     
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    It will work, with little shrinkage , but I don’t care for it. It has a different consistency than Critter Clay, to which I am addicted.
     
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  3. 3bears

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    I typically use it for ear buts and other features but only like critter clay for face features, eyes, nose, lip line. I say typically because I have used what you ask because I ran out of critter clay and needed to get stuff mounted, it works but I like to set my clay and let dry some before I mount and this clay will dry hard and brittle and break off when bumped, making it a PIA.
     
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  4. Dwb5

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    Ok thanks. That's the shape I'm in right now 3 beard I'm out of critter clay. Guess I'll just order and wait. I really dont want any issues with it cracking
     
  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Like I said, it is possible but, you have to mount the skin before it dries too much. My typical routine is to set eyes and do my clay work first thing in AM and mount after lunch. That way while I'm sewing the seam the clay rehydrates enough to tuck and final shape features.
     
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  6. Dwb5

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    Sorry spell check me on your name. Lol. So if I do my clay work and then mount right after I should be fine? I normally let my clay set a little bit before I put my hide on.
     
  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that has worked for me, but knowing how it reacts when dry, makes me leery of using it for eye work on a regular basis.
     
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  8. Dwb5

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    Ok thanks. I completely understand
     
  9. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Never used the Hobby Lobby clay, so I can't comment on that.

    All we use is Rainy Lake clay from Minnesota Clay Company. I usually clay up right before mounting. If I am going to do clay work sit for awhile, say overnight, I will bag it up tight over the head and mount the next morning. It does shrink a little, but then again, so does the hide paste and tanned skins. You just adjust for the shrinkage while mounting and babysitting.

    Minnesota Clay has a clay with minimal shrinkage for taxidermist, but I don't like it. It's just to stiff.
     
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  10. Dwb5

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    Have you used the crayola or the hobby lobby?
     
  11. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Both
     
  12. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Active Member

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    Ok thanks. I'm going to try it. Thanks guys for the help
     
  13. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

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    I have even had Critter clay crack and fall off if you let it dry too much before mounting. That is aggravating. Cant imagine dealing with lesser quality clay.