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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
Spring Sale Price: $12.80

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ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 1 - Soft - Case
Price: $298.00
Spring Sale Price: $238.40

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ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 2 - Medium - 2 lbs.
Price: $16.00
Spring Sale Price: $12.80

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ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 2 - Medium - Case
Price: $298.00
Spring Sale Price: $238.40

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ROMA Plastilina - Grey-Green - No. 3 - Medium-Firm - 2 lbs.
Price: $18.00
Spring Sale Price: $14.40

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PRIMA Plastilina - 2 lbs.
Price: $16.00
Spring Sale Price: $12.80

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PRIMA - 40-lb. Case
Price: $290.00
Spring Sale Price: $232.00

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PRIMA Plastilina - 5 lbs.
Price: $40.00
Spring Sale Price: $32.00

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PRIMA Plastilina - 20-lb. Case
Price: $155.00
Spring Sale Price: $124.00

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Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 1 lb.
Price: $5.75
Spring Sale Price: $4.60

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Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 48-lb. Case
Price: $265.00
Spring Sale Price: $212.00

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Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 5 lbs.
Price: $28.00
Spring Sale Price: $22.40

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Jolly King Plasteline - Grey-Green - 50-lb. Case
Price: $280.00
Spring Sale Price: $224.00

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Boneware Self-Hardening Clay - Grey - 25 lbs.
Price: $44.00
Spring Sale Price: $35.20

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Claystone Self-Hardening Clay - Red - 25 lbs.
Price: $44.00
Spring Sale Price: $35.20

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Claystone Self-Hardening Clay - Grey - 25 lbs.
Price: $44.00
Spring Sale Price: $35.20

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French Modeling Wax - 1 lb.
Price: $26.00
Spring Sale Price: $20.80

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Victory Brown Microcrystalline Wax - 1 lb.
Price: $22.00
Spring Sale Price: $17.60

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Victory Brown Microcrystalline Wax - 10 lbs.
Price: $160.00
Spring Sale Price: $128.00

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Roman Casting Wax - 1 lb.
Price: $22.00
Spring Sale Price: $17.60

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