Recently, I tried a new brand of clay, and I’m honestly impressed. I bought a batch of CosClay in light gray from their Kickstarter leftover sale. I meant to buy the set of different nude shades for doll making, but unfortunately they ran out before I made it to the checkout page. You know it’s good clay when it has sold out in seconds!
This is the first time I tried using this clay, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. It looked like a regular block of polymer clay, so I cut a piece off and got to work. From the start, I was pleasantly impressed. CosClay is pretty easy to condition and to kneed. It’s easy to make thin and delicate parts out of it, and that’s exactly what I had in mind when I bought it. As an experiment, I made leaves for the radish out of CosClay. I made body of the radish out of Sculpey Firm, and I wasn’t sure if CosClay would stick to it and then cure properly. It seems it did! The leaves look sturdy and as one with the rest of the sculpture.
I wasn’t sure if it will hold shape after baking, or if the leaves would bend at the thinnest part and fall to the side. To my surprise, they didn’t! The leaves hold their shape perfectly, and they’re very flexible. I think I’m in love with this clay! It opens so many opportunities for larger and flexible sculptures! The next step was to try and paint it. It behaved just like any other polymer clay that I’ve tried. Cosclay took the acrylic paint well, I use mainly Liquitex acrylics for all of my sculptures. Flexibility of the clay doesn’t seem to affect the paint, but I would definitely do a test of time to make sure.
Overall, I’m glad I gave CosClay a try. At first, I hesitated to try it since it’s somewhat expensive and came in a large batch. I was afraid that it might go to waste or I might plainly just not like it. I’m happy that these fears proved wrong. That’s no wonder they call it a fantastic bendable plastic! Because it truly is. This opens so many possibilities for my sculptures. It means that I can make all of the fragile parts our of this clay instead of making them removable. This saves a heap of trouble with the transportation and packaging of the sculptures. Finally, I can make all the intricate designs I had brewing in my head all these years!