As I have RSI, I thought it would be a good idea to have more variety regarding developing my amateur artistic skills. So far I've started drawing and painting, but I noticed that after a month or so of that, each time I have to really slow down, and sometimes I just have to forgo drawing and painting altogether for weeks to months. So during my downtime from these two activities, I figured I'd focus on sculpting to keep me busy, and to somehow develop my artistic skills.
In any case, I still have to be careful because working with clay that is too hard can be very problematic and even worsen my condition… But I know from experience that I really hate soft clays that seem to pick up heat the moment you look at it (even if you don't have sexy smoldering eyes ).
After searching around, I finally came to the conclusion it's going to be either Chavant M (haha how predictable am I?), And I'll make sure to have a crockpot or toaster oven by my side to soften the clay at all times, or WED.
In fact, I thought that when I found out about WED, I had found the perfect clay. I kind of hate working with water-based clays because you have to work fast and I don't have a kiln, which irks me 'cause I can't fire my works.
And WED clay seems to be a cross between oil-based clays and water-based clays. And you wouldn't need a kiln! And above all it's a lot more affordable than Chavant (25lbs for 35 euro vs. 5 packs chavant for 65 euro shipped). Perfect!!
But, then I start to read things like:
“WED is carcinogenic."
“WED killed my dog!" (Apparently stomach cancer from licking dry powdered clay?)
"WED should never be left to dry! Because it can cause cancer!" ( But then what's the point if it's advertised as slow drying :/)
“And it shouldn’t be left to dry either if you want to make any molds!”
The safety manual over at Laguna also mentions that it can be carcinogenic… But I don't know how bad it is. I mean my titanium white oil paint also says it's carcinogenic but eh… it's not like I'm sniffing paint all day, so I'm not very worried about it.
So, how bad is it? Should you really be that careful with WED clay? Can you really not let it dry for mold making? Because, if it is a pretty big risk, I guess I'll have to go for the plasticine as I have to work in my tiny bedroom where I practically live. The weather here is too cold/rainy/crap to work outside :/
As a side question:
Are Smellybug's tutorial stickies enough to keep me busy for a while, or would I benefit from getting John Brown's Sculpture 1 and 2 DVDs as well? ( Birthday's coming up so... I'm trying to think of what I could get ).