Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit REVIEW

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit
We needed a fun project to break up the seriousness of our summer school and the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit by ACTÍVA Products did the trick.  The Kit contains two rolls of 4-in. rolls of rigid wrap, 8 oz. bag of CelluClay, and complete instructions for 12 projects.  The instructions we received in our box were photocopied and one of the pages was crooked and missing part of the text.  We also did not receive instructions on how to mix the CelluClay.  But no worries.  A quick trip to the ACTÍVA Products website and I was able to download the instructions from the LEARN tab and selecting Instructions, Tips and Technique Sheet.

We were also provided a link to a FREE copy of a 29 page digital ebook, ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS, with lots of fun ideas and projects (twelve). Anyone can access this FREE ebook. I think we would like to try the Spider project next! The products are wheat and gluten free, non-toxic, and non-carcinogenic.

FREE ebook

12 Fun Project Ideas

Upon opening the package there was a small amount of "dust" from the CelluClay (which was fully sealed in a plastic bag).  The contents were all in sealed plastic bags, but there is just bound to be dust from this type of material.  It cleaned up quickly and easily.

My 7th grade son was anxious to get started on his sarcophagus.  I was surprised at how easy the instructions were and he was able to complete the project all on his own.  The project guide provided a template for this project that he then had to assemble into a 3-D type image so that he could wrap it in the Rigid Wrap. The project was listed as Beginner Level and all the projects had a List of Materials that makes it easy to get organized to complete each project efficiently. Unfortunately, my son did NOT want to paint his project.  I hope he changes his mind.  It kind of defeated the purpose in my mind.
Cut out the template and assembling the 3D object

Starting to apply the Rigid Wrap

First strip of Rigid Wrap done.  Tricky to smooth out.
It is a little bit of a challenge to get used to the medium.  Once you wet it you must immediately shape, form and smooth it down as it dries fairly quickly.  Smoothing it down proved to be a little challenging at times around detailed areas. We also did a butterfly and it was a little trickier to get it smooth the way we wanted it.  The more layers you add the longer it takes to dry.  It says you can put it in the microwave at 30 second intervals to help it to dry, but not if stuffed with paper or metal.  We couldn't put either of ours in the microwave as they both had paper.  My son put a few too many layers on his sarcophagus and it took quite some time to dry (more than a day).  But in general I think most projects would dry in a few hours or overnight depending again on how many layers and how much was used.  The beads dried pretty quickly.

Adding more layers of Rigid Wrap

A little tricky for him to work with, not bad.

Finished project drying.  He doesn't want to paint it :(
The kit also had the CelluClay in it and you just mix it with water and mold to whatever shape you want.  You can use it to embellish your Rigid Wrap projects or even add some of the medium (before mixing with water) to the water for your Rigid Wrap for more sculpting ability.  The CelluClay is an air dry type clay.  Once you make it (mix it with the suggested amount of water) the clay will keep in the fridge in an airtight container or ziploc bag indefinitely.

Butterfly template from box wrapped in Rigid Wrap

The kids had a lot of fun with this art medium and I would say that we would venture to buy some and also probably check out some of their other products.  The price is very reasonable and the product is pretty versatile as far as clay type medium goes.  I really like how the Rigid Wrap works and produces an end result that looks like you worked really hard to sculpt but actually just wrapped and molded much quicker.  We give it a thumbs up and hope you will venture to try it yourself.

Finished butterfly

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