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12-25-2000, 09:00 PM
Has anyone ever worked with Model Magic by Crayola? I've been trying to work with this in conjuction with acrylic paintings. It seems to be working pretty good so far but there has been concern about the archival quality .Someone reccommended another material used for modeling airplanes..Anyone have a clue about what I'm talking about? I've been told that the Model Magic can shrink with time..Is this correct? I get the impression that this material is similar to really ground up paper mache that is colored. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

12-26-2000, 01:05 AM

crayola products are not archival to my knowledge. What exactly are you doing with this model magic? If you are just using it as a base relief on your paper to paint on, or mix with your acrylics to paint with I suggest you get some molding gel that is specfically made for that. I have a large jar of it that I bought through Daniel Smith and it works quite well. It can also be bought in textures that give a nice effect to paintings, and can be mixed directly into the acrylics or put onto the paper or canvas with a palette knife and then painted over.


12-26-2000, 02:17 AM
try paper clay instead...it's used in dollmaking all the time...air dries, cleans up with water, can be reworked, can be painted, sanded etc.

Crayola products are meant for kids, not professional artists...if you're planning on selling your work, use products specifically made for artists.


12-26-2000, 03:10 AM
Don't know if this will help but here's some information from a model aircraft enthusiast. :-

Model Magic
is the stronger, lightweight, non-shrinking filler to use with all modelling woods, foams and fiberglass.
Manufactured by Carl Goldberb Models Inc.U S A.
I have used it making model aircraft, some are 6 years old with no deteriation of the filler, sands well and can be painted over.

Don't know if it is archival.

I also find it useful filling any gaps in painting frames,

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12-26-2000, 09:36 AM
I've never heard of paper clay. Does it have the same smooth texture as Model Magic? Where do you get it?
I've been using it more like clay to form pieces of clothes and figures.I've even put wire through it and attached it to a canvas.

12-26-2000, 01:56 PM
Originally posted by sassybird:

crayola products are not archival to my knowledge.

Sassy, have you ever tried to scrub crayon off of your walls?? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif
Sorry Anita, i have no answers to your question but couldn't resist this post!


02-25-2001, 01:32 PM
My friend Janet Hofacker has used tons of Model Magic and loves it! She presses it into molds and uses it in assemblage. She has a web site but I can't recall it at this time. The great thing about it is that it really doesn't add much weight to the assemblage so you can mold large pieces and not have the piece as heavy as a boulder!
I've bought some and am looking forward to playing with it.

Kerri : )

02-26-2001, 09:36 AM
Thanks for the info. It's nice to hear taht soembody else is using it. I really enjoy it. IT's fun to see what you can do with it. I tired the Paper Clay medium but it is very refined. It's great for somthing you want to do with intricate details. The surface is very different. What is your friend doing with teh Model Magic? is she using it with any other medium? I've been putting it on a painted canvas.It has becoem kind between a relif sculpture adn painting. I love working with it.I put telephone wire in the middle of thin rolled, curly piecs to do a crazy portrait.I've wondered about trying to transport it though...I did call Crayola dn they couldn't guarantee how long it would hold up. I've been painting it with acrylic paint to give it a little more durability.

02-26-2001, 10:18 AM
Janet has been making molds of sculpture pieces that she has (mostly faces) and has been making shrines and assemblage(3-D collage)with them. I found her web address (http://jhofacker.homestead.com/index.html)but not much is on it right now. Hopefully she'll put up the stuff she did with model magic soon.

Kerri : )