Customer Review of the new DAS Smart Polymer Clay

Our reviewer’s were asked to test the DAS Smart polymer clay and see if they were able to succeed in creating as detailed work compared to their current polymer clay choice.

As a quick recap or reintroduction to the DAS Smart. DAS Smart comings from the number one air drying clay brand in the world.

The blocks comes in two sizes, the small blocks come in 57g packs and the larger block comes in 350g which are packed in 6 pre-cut portions

Reviewer: Lilyana

 

Lilyana created a beautiful selection jewellery pieces and colour blends.

What is your first impression of the packaging and clay?

I love the way that the clay is packed in two smaller pieces, that allows you to keep half of it packed if you don’t need it. Not really impressed by the image thought.

What clay do you normally use?

I do usually use FIMO polymer clay – Soft, Classic and Effect.

How does this clay compare?

Das Clay it seems easier to me to work with. It’s hard enough for making beads, it softens when is being used but then fast gets harder again when it’s put on a side for a while. FIMO clay gets soft while working with it and it takes it longer to gets back harder.

How did you find the clay in terms of softness/hardness?

It’s a perfect balance, it’s exactly what I need for my beads.

 Did the clay behave how you expected?

Yes, it did. It was what I expected.

How well did the colours blend?

The colours blended very good.

How well did the clay bake?

This is what I think it’s an issue for Das clay. I have baked 4 different lots of beads just to make sure I am not wrong. So, first time I baked about 10 beads in few sizes and colours and most of them cracked. It could be because I did bake them for a little bit longer than the packaging says. I kept them in the oven for 45 min on the same temperature on the instructions.  Then I put few more for 30 min and I got some still cracked. Then I tried lower temperature, different period of baking etc but I still have cracked beads. And this is shame because everything else is perfect.

Were you able to create the details that you wanted?

Yes, I was. It works well for my beads.

Overall Pros.

Easy to work with, behaves well and blends really well.

Overall Cons.

Doesn’t bake good, gets cracked no matter how it’s been baked.

Any other comments?

Thank you very much for the opportunity to review DAS clay. I find it good for working with it and has beautiful bright colours, but I also thing that cracking during baking is a serious issue because it ruins my work and is waste of time. You never know which piece of clay will survive and which one will be destroyed. After all I still managed to create couple of necklaces one of them still has some cracks, but they are small ones.

Reviewer:  Nadia

 

What is your first impression of the packaging and clay?

I like the packaging a lot since I get to make sure at least half the pack is uncontaminated since dust tend to stick to opened packs of clay

What clay do you normally use?

I usually use Fimo and Sculpey clay and sometimes Padico air dry clay (Hearty)

How does this clay compare?

This clay reminds me of Sculpey III. The colours also don’t bleed too badly and stains my fingers less (compared to FIMO)

How did you find the clay in terms of softness/hardness?

I find it soft but not too soft. It’s still firm enough so that it is easy to sculpt shapes

Did the clay behave how you expected?

The clay behaved very well just like the leading brands

How well did the colours blend?

Since I received main bright colours, I tried to mix white with a little red to get pink. It blended perfectly with no issues so it was quick

How well did the clay bake?

Had no problems curing it in the kitchen oven. As usual I had to wait until it cools and the cured clay is hardened

Were you able to create the details that you wanted?

It was quite a warm day when I tried this clay (over 30 degrees) and usually it’s hard to manage polymer clay when it is too warm and soft. However the Das clay was not bad even on a very hot day. It was easy to roll the clay out and it kept it’s shape while I was trying to make a snake with uniform thickness

Overall Pros.

Great packaging and the clay is soft but has a good firm texture. Sculpt as well leading brands

Overall Cons.

Choice of colours are very limited (however this is probably since I got packs of brightly coloured clay which are the colours that I don’t really use). Since I make food miniatures I mainly use translucent as a base for all the ‘food’ to make them look real. Unfortunately Das Smart does not come in translucent.

Any other comments?

Overall it’s a great quality polymer clay. I have used a lot of different types of clay in the past and I can say that this clay has potential in becoming a leading brand one day because it is so easy to use and sculpts really well.

Reviewer:  Sylvia

 

Sylvia created some stunning glass décor with an underwater theme.

What is your first impression of the packaging and clay?

I liked the idea of 2 pks.  Thought the clay felt very firm when holding/squeezing it in the packet.

What clay do you normally use?

I normally use Fimo clay

How does this clay compare?

About on par

How did you find the clay in terms of softness/hardness?

When breaking/cutting a piece off the block, it seemed was/is crumbly & firm.

Did the clay behave how you expected?

On conditioning it ready to work with, it became pliable quite quickly.

How well did the colours blend?

The colours blended well

How well did the clay bake?

A little bit disappointed on the baking. The instructions on the packet says no more then 30mins. I always leave in the oven to cool after the baking time, but had to put back in for a few more minutes as some areas weren’t totally firm.

Were you able to create the details that you wanted?

Creating the detail I wanted, it worked well. Also used some moulds to check how it would release, which was good.

Overall Pros.

Pros . . . generally a good product.  Like anything new, a crafter needs time to get the feel of a product.       Good selection of colours.

Overall Cons.

Cons . . .Just the baking issue, but as I said in No9. case of getting use to the reaction.

Any other comments?

The colour of dyes/inks used, on conditioning, left fingers badly coloured resulting in many trips to wash my hands.

I just wanted to say on behalf of Crafty Arts a big thank you to all of our reviewer for your their clear and concise reviews, not to mention your great looking creations!

 

 

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