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With the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit by ACTÍVA Products, creativity is endless!  Get started creating fun projects with the free eBook ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS.  Sweet Pea, Peanut, Lil’ Bit, and I enjoyed making bowls for the review.

 

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit
 

The Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit comes with 2 – 4″ x 5 yard rolls of Rigid Wrap, 1 – 8oz. package of CelluClay, and instructions for 12 projects.  Rigid Wrap are plaster strips and CelluClay is a paper mache mix.

Before beginning you will want to plan what you want to make and gather the needed supplies. Check the ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS e-book for some fun ideas.

The ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS e-book is a 29 page idea book with 12 projects and 2 pages with a few templates.  Every project consists of two pages.  The first page has a sample photo along with the skill level, expected duration, and materials needed.  The second page has more sample pictures and the step by step directions to complete the project.  The directions are easy to follow, even for a beginner.  Most of the projects take 1 to 3 hours, not including dry time, so these are not quick projects.

My girls decided that they each wanted to make a bowl with the Rigid Wrap.  We followed the directions in the ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS free e-book for the Peppermint Candy Bowl.

 

We used a small Pyrex bowl (see the picture below) in hopes that we would have enough Rigid Wrap to make three bowls.  There was!  The directions do recommend a smooth bowl verses the rigid bowl that we chose.

Note: The candy bowl is listed as an intermediate project. As beginners I found this project to be simple for a first time project.

 

The first step is to cut strips of Rigid Wrap and mix CelluClay in a ziplock bag.  The CelluClay mixed very well.

In the next step, we had to wrap the bottom of the bowl with clear plastic wrap.  Smooth out the plastic wrap as best as you can.  Every little crease will show up in you bowl.

In step 3, it says to add Rigid Wrap until it creates a coating of 1/4″ to 3/4″ thick. The three bowls were around 1/4″ thick each.  To do this step all you do is dip the strips in a bowl of warm water and place on the bowl in different directions.  The girls had fun with this section!

In Step 4, we remove the actual bowl from the Rigid Wrap bowl.  The plastic wrap makes this process quick and smooth.

In Step 5 we created the rim of the bowl using strips of Rigid Wrap folded in half. The girls wanted me to do this part for them. I tried this with the first bowl and it was a bit difficult.  What I found worked was cutting 1″ vertical strips to make them 1″ x 4″.  This helped keep the rim straighter and helped in the uneven places on the bowl.

After Step 5 you need to allow time for your project to dry.  There is an option to dry it in the microwave in 2 minute increments but we allowed them to dry overnight.

We forgot about Step 6 and went straight to Step 7 which was paint the bowl, if desired.

Step 6 is adding the clay shapes to the bowl for decorations.  Since the girls started to paint before we realized that we missed this step, we decided to not add the clay shapes to the bowls.

I played with the clay and let the girls play with it as well.

While I was trying to cut out shapes with a cookie cutter I ran into a couple technical difficulties. First I tried making shapes with cookie cutters.  I noticed the CelluClay crumbled when the excess mix was pulled from the outside of cutter as well as the shape lost its shape.  The shape itself also crumbled apart.  Sweet Pea made similar comments about it while she was playing with it.

I did notice the clay stayed together when rolled into a ball or when applied to the side of an object  I think it would do really well if you wanted to make something like a piñata or even making a bowl and use the Rigid Wrap as the base.  If I had more Rigid Wrap I would have tried it

While I was using the CelluClay, I did a quick search looking for tips.  The most popular tip was adding a little bit of school glue when mixing the clay with water.  I added some school glue and it helped tremendously with the crumbling but not keeping the shape.

The Rigid Wraps makes a mess but it is very easy to clean up.  It took me just a couple of minutes to have our dining room table cleaned up after we were through making the bowls.

I look forward to try adding CelluClay with the Rigid Wrap when we get more Rigid Wrap.  The girls are already talking about their next project!  They have their eyes set on a larger bowl in our kitchen so they can make a larger bowl.

If you have children who love creating things the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit is a must have!

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