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Modeling Materials


The medium the sculptor chooses to create his piece (“model”) is a personal one – determined by asking these questions:

  1. What do you want to do with the finished model?
  2. Do you have a preference for the material’s ingredients?
  3. What feel or texture do you want while sculpting?

If you want to reproduce your finished model by making a mold and then cast of the piece, then you will want to sculpt using an oil- and wax-based material such as Plastilina.

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If you want your model to cure naturally producing a finished piece with no further mold making and casting required, then sculpting with a direct modeling material such as self-hardening clay (also known as air-dried clay) would be your choice.

If you want to fire you modeled piece in a kiln, then a water based clay, such as pottery (ceramic) clay would be your best bet.

While all clay bodies have clay flour as a major component, their uniqueness is found in their individual formula’s remaining ingredients. In simple terms, Plastilina is an oil-and wax-base clay; self-hardening clay has a ceramic clay body as its base with natural additives to make them air-harden. Pottery (ceramic) clay is made from base clay with additional components mixed in a ribbon blender or pug mill while adding water.

Lastly, while not a medium you would normally think to sculpt in, many choose to directly model with wax; in order to create a finely detailed piece. Other carving waxes are ideal for the mold making and casting process.


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ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 1 - Soft - 2 lbs.
Price: $16.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $13.60
ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 1 - Soft - Case
Price: $298.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $253.30
ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 2 - Medium - 2 lbs.
Price: $16.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $13.60
ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 2 - Medium - Case
Price: $298.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $253.30
ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 3 - Medium-Firm - 2 lbs.
Price: $18.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $15.30
ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 3 - Medium-Firm - Case
Price: $325.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $276.25
ROMA Plastilina - White - No. 2 - Medium - 2 lbs.
Price: $18.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $15.30
ROMA No. 2 Plastilina - White - Case
Price: $325.00
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PRIMA Plastilina - 2 lbs.
Price: $16.00
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PRIMA - 40-lb. Case
Price: $290.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $246.50
PRIMA Plastilina - 5 lbs.
Price: $40.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $34.00
PRIMA Plastilina - 20-lb. Case
Price: $155.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $131.75
Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 1 lb.
Price: $5.75
Your Price - 15% Off: $4.89
Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 48-lb. Case
Price: $265.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $225.25
Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 5 lbs.
Price: $28.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $23.80
Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 50-lb. Case
Price: $285.00
Your Price - 15% Off: $242.25
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