View Full Version : WED Clay?

08-03-2004, 01:32 PM
What is WED Clay? Can you fire it? Where can you buy it?

justin caise
08-05-2004, 10:36 AM
'Walter E. Disney' clay, I believe. I think I read that somewhere on the sculpture forum. Never used it, though.
Try a web search.

justin caise
11-25-2004, 10:27 AM
I stand corrected! By myself, even!
WED clay is a term I first saw when reading on a different sculpting forum and I don't know if there is truely anything called Walt Disney clay. Or even if his middle initial was E! It is just what I read there.
However, more believable is the name WED (Waterbased Extended Drying) clay.
See Articles in the sculpture channel. There you will find a very informative piece on types of clay called "Potters clay for sculpture" or something of the like, from Andrew Werby. I'm greatful for his sharing the information.
Sorry to have opened my uneducated mouth :o


Heidi Maiers
11-25-2004, 05:17 PM
I've also heard it referred to as Walt Disney clay by several different sources, but it's official name is EM-217 and it is a product by Laguna Clays Inc. I just bought a box of it yesterday as a matter of fact to try it out. Supposedly it dries much slower than normal ceramic clay and should never be fired since it contains some kind of retardant. Also it does not shrink or crack as much, so they say. It is strictly for modeling and is a good clay for large pieces. I personally hate using plasteline, so this stuff seems like the perfect medium and is a lot cheaper. It is also a lot smoother than regular ceramic since it doesn't have any sand or grog in it.
To mold it wet, I am told that you have to spray it with an acrylic sealer first, such as Krylon Crystal Clear.
You can buy it anywhere that sells Laguna clays. I bought it at my local ceramic store http://www.marjonceramics.com for about $13 for 50 lbs.

justin caise
12-01-2004, 12:51 PM
I personally hate using plasteline,

Hi Hiedi - What is it specifically thay you dislike about plastiline? I've had some trouble smoothing the sculpted surfaces, and I'm now wondering if that's an inherent problem or if I just haven't learned the proper technique. No kiln available to me so I've stayed away from wet clays.

Just soliciting your two cents!
P.S. Your work is phenomenal!

Heidi Maiers
12-01-2004, 07:15 PM
Hi Justin,
I suppose I am just used to water based and love the smooth, quick way it reacts. To me, plasteline is slow, sticky, nasty stuff to work with - but the great thing about it is that you can make small extremities that never crack or dry out. I have a few figures around in plasteline that I may start and work on for a few days, then set it aside and work on something else. A year or two may go by before I get back to working on it with fresh ideas and it is in the same condition as when I set it down. Can't do that with waterbase.

I like to use brushes of various sizes and stiffnesses when working in waterbase and smoothing the clay with plain water is yummy. If you try to do the same with plasteline, the brushes get all gummy and leave little balls of clay all over your piece. You can smoothe and thin with mineral spirits, but that is stinky and fumerous (can you tell I like to make-up words?).
So they both have their pros and cons and the WED clay seems to have qualities of both - though it will dry out if you let it.

12-07-2004, 01:50 AM
wed clay is a great clay. I use nothing but wed clay for maquettes and large sculpts. it is ment mostly for large sculpts though. I am also a chavant user and love it. here is a sculpt i done a month ago in wed clay.



and another from about 8 months back