Hello guys! First off, I’m so sorry for the inactivity! I know I said “another update next week or so” in the last post (dated October 5th, btw -_-) and look at this now; I’ve dragged out like two weeks for the next post!
No, actually, last week was just so hectic for me. I don’t think I ever mentioned this, but last month my granduncle from China came to visit, and my family has been busy taking him out to sightsee and do all the touristy stuff. We also had lots of dinners. Well, last Sunday he had to go back to his home (where he has an ostrich farm, I KID YOU NOT) and then I thought, okay, I have some time for crafting, yay! BUT! My computer decided to go bonkers on me, and I ended up having to reformat it TWICE! Crazy! And I spent a total of four days on reformatting and installing all my programs on it. Sigh. Electronics are just so troublesome! (And yesterday my iPhone almost crapped out on me!)
Okay, back to the topic.
Today I’ll be reviewing this product: Grace lightweight clay.
As with all the Grace clays available, this lightweight clay comes in a neat tube made of a thick plastic sheet and thick metal crimps. I just snip off the top with the crimp and squeeze out the amount of clay I want to work with. And it is very easy to store it too! If you have these food clips lying around, just twist the top of the tube and clip it! No need for cling wraps, zip bags or airtight containers (although it’s better to have all of those things, haha!)
Here’s a comparison between Grace lightweight clay (left) and Grace clay (right). I’m not sure if you can see it in this picture, but Grace clay is much smoother than its lightweight counterpart. But the clay on the left is whiter than the one on the right.
Okay, here’s another picture with the colour difference being so obvious. Top is Grace clay, bottom is Grace lightweight clay.
Also, I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve kept the clay for far too long (I bought it last year) but both clays were cracking at the sides like NUTS when I tried to roll them out. But a bit of conditioning (ie. kneading) made them soft and pliable again. Normally both Grace and Grace lightweight clays are very soft when fresh out of the package.
Grace lightweight clay is a joy to work with; it’s very soft, and kind of fluffy, so it’s perfect for cakes and biscuits. It’s not too sticky either, which means it won’t stick to your clay mat or cutter or roller, unlike Modena Light. Grace lightweight has about the same texture as Hearty clay, except Hearty is made of inorganic flour, and Grace lightweight is a resin clay.
But you know what I love about Grace lightweight clay? It has almost all the properties of Hearty clay, and is more flexible and soft when cured, smoother to the touch when working with it. I can almost throw out my Hearty clay because I love a different clay now.
Of course, Grace lightweight clay is more expensive than Hearty clay per gram. Grace lightweight and Hearty both costs about 450yen per pack, but the former weighs only 80g while the latter is 200g. So while you’ll love working with Grace lightweight, I say continue working with Hearty clay because it’s so darn cheap (but not as cheap as Daiso clay, of course.)
I would show you what I made with Grace lightweight clay, but that is for the next update :) Look out for that one!
Thank you for reading!