A few weeks back, Jenny shared an awesome run down of the newest product from the Mod Podge line at Plaid Crafts: Collage Clay. She went over the basics really well and I’m super thrilled to be here today to share a bit more of my review of the product.
I received two colors of the Collage Clay to work with (pink and white), Collage Drizzle Paint, and Mod Podge Glitters.
Each of the Collage Clay colors came with a set of three decorative tips, plus a cap.
Here’s a layout of what each of the tips does with the Collage Clay:
The Collage Clay works essentially like a big bag of super thick frosting you’d use to frost a cake. I made sure to test the tip I was using on a spare sheet of paper before squeezing directly on to my project to get the feel of it.
For the purpose of this review, I tested out the Collage Clay on two different surfaces: an old plastic phone case and a cardboard box that my daughter wants to use as a jewelry box. I also wanted to test how the clay would work in two different textures: smooth and with the decorative tips, as-is.
I started with the cell phone case and the smooth finish.
To smooth out the Collage Clay, I used a tongue depressor and swept it gently over the entire case. It was difficult to get a truly smooth finish, but since I was going to push buttons into the clay, I didn’t stress it too much. I’m not sure if you’d be able to get a truly smooth finish with this product.
The Collage Clay clearly states on the packaging that this product is intended for individuals 8 years and older, but my four year old daughter was chomping at the bit to help. She got to press the buttons into the clay and was happy as a clam.
When all was said and done, the Collage Clay dried fully in about 48 hours. The phone case has a smooth-ish texture to it. I was able to use an emery board to file away some of the rougher edges.
For the cardboard box, I chose to use each of the decorative tips to see what I could create.
I really went to town and piled on the Collage Clay to create a fancy pattern.
The completed Collage Clay looks so nice when you let the texture do its thing.
The last test was for the Collage Drizzle Paints. Sometime paints, or any medium for that matter, can be difficult to squeeze out of a tube. I didn’t have that issue with these paints at all. The paints came out evenly.
Overall, the new Mod Podge Collage Clay was an easy product to use that requires a little practice to start. Because I’m a smidge impatient, the biggest downfall for this product was the required dry time. When the package says that it takes 48-72 hours for it to dry, it isn’t joking. Will I use it again? Absolutely!
If you’d like to check out the final product of the Decorative DIY Jewelry Box with more in-depth instructions, you can find it on my blog: Sweet Rose Studio.
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