milly-dean said: Do you use monster clay? I'm buying some very soon and I'd love to know peoples's opinions of it.
I haven’t done a ton of work (okay, truthfully, only one dragon bust using some of a very generous sample I received from the manufacturer a few years back) in Monster Clay, but I definitely plan to in the future; it’s got many properties that make it superior to other oil-based/plasticine-style clays.
It doesn’t stick to tools and skin the way some of the Chavant varieties I’ve used do. It also warms up quickly with body heat, but then just as quickly firms up again once it cools just a little. It takes sculpting tools very nicely, and sticks to itself. If you’ve ever used Chavant, you’ll know that that brand doesn’t always stick to itself very well, which can be endlessly frustrating if you are attempting to do additive sculpture. Monster Clay also sticks nicely to armature wire.
I have about seven and a half pounds of it now, just waiting for future, larger size projects that will eventually finish as limited-run resin and bronze pieces.
Like Chavant and other oil/wax-based sculpting media, you will need to make molds of whatever you sculpted in Monster Clay if you want to end up with a permanent finished piece that can take paint or patina. I’m sure you already knew that, but I didn’t want to assume. :)
http://missmonstermel.tumblr.com (Missmostermel) has sculpted many phenomenal masks and dolls using monster clay, and I’d wager she also has a great deal of experience with the molding/casting side of things. I’m not exaggerating one bit when I say that Mel is one of my art heroes. I’m guessing you already follow her Tumblr, but if not, I recommend it!
Sorry for the long post, but the TLDR version is:
Though I have limited experience with it, I like Monster Clay a great deal and recommend it to any sculptor/aspiring sculptor eager to try it out. It has some terrific properties that make it superior to other oil/wax clays in many ways. Just know that if you want to take your Monster Clay sculpts to the point where you can paint them, you’ll need to make molds. But molds can mean editions, which are definitely the way to go if you want to make a career of the art thing.
Thanks for the ask, and sorry for the novel you received in return. Hope it helps, and I hope you end up liking Monster Clay as much as I do!
Good luck and happy sculpting!