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Modeling Compound

by Darwi

Darwi is a white modeling compound that is nontoxic and completely hardens with very little shrinkage after air drying for about 24 to 48 hours. No firing required. Darwi sticks to most materials, including glass, plastic, and metal; it has numerous uses and applications. Use as modeling or sculpting medium, or in the repair of picture or mirror frames. Because Darwi is heat proof after hardening, it can also be used to make molds for casting metals.

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Modeling Compound

by Darwi

Average User Rating: Based on (17 Reviews)

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Aroha from New Zealand says:

Darwi Classic is SUPERB for dolls.

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Will this work to fill a string hole on an antique bisque doll?

- Asked by Pam on 08-May-13

According to the description, this compound can be used to repair picture or mirror frames. This is not recommended for use on a doll.

- Answered by MisterArt on 15-May-13

What tools do you suggest for sculpting?

- Asked by Barbara on 19-Dec-12

Kemper makes a variety of tools that can be used with the Darwi Modeling Compound. If you are not sure which one to chose, we would suggest purchasing a set of tools.

- Answered by MisterArt on 19-Dec-12

Does Darwi adhere to cloth? Can it be used to enhance fabric doll faces?

- Asked by Barbara on 19-Dec-12

The Darwi Modeling Compound is not recommended for use on fabric.

- Answered by MisterArt on 19-Dec-12

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Rated by: Aroha in New Zealand
Darwi Classic is SUPERB for dolls.
Rated by: Joan S. in Coplay, PA
I have used Darwi for repairs on composition dolls and for creating my own dolls. I recently used it to cover an armature that was made of styrofoam and wood. It adhered to both materials. It is easy to smooth and sand after setting up. Thank you for providing this product at a great price.
Rated by: Nanci Katz in Chicago
Wonderful stuff! This is the second time I have ordered, at 4 packages each order. This has quickly become my favorite clay....And, this is the best place to get fresh clay at a great price. I will be ordering again!
Rated by: Shirley M.D. in Los Osos, CA.
Darwi is an excellent product. l Ioved working with it and the finish is especially fine. Best price anywhere and arrived promptly. Love the products I find on MRART. com.
Rated by: nanci Katz in Chicago, IL
The first time I have used this clay. Very nice! Better than paper clay. The product came a bit harder than i would have liked, but it dries out with age, so it has to be worked a bit longer with a bit of water, to get it useable. It dries really hard and can be sanded smooth.
Rated by: CS in NY
It's easy to work with and dries a bright white. It is not as strong as Creative Paperclay because it is not as fibrous, but it is smoother to handle - more clay than paper.
Rated by: Connie in TN
This stuff is fantastic. It dries beautifully without the cracking that you see in many other air-dry clays and buffs up to a wonderful, satiny finish.
Rated by: Mary S. in Lafayette, IN
Darwi is by far my favorite modeling compound. I use it to create and repair various parts of the statues I paint and repair. Although it is a challenge to keep it from drying out, I love that heat isn't required.
Rated by: Elvia L. in Sacramento, CA
Rated by: Janice C. in Thousand Oaks, CA
I teach a gourd art class so we are working with a wood-like item that is basically round. Darwi is fantastic for attaching other gourd pieces to the main gourd (handles, spouts, bases,etc.). After it has dried it creates a smooth, strong permanent bond to the piece. The dyes and paints used in the finishing blend so well onto the Darwi the end product is perfect. People always ask how we did it. I have tried other air drying products and none come near to matching the beautiful result that Darwi creates.
Rated by: Carol W. in Minneapolis, MN
Darwi was recommended to me by an expert for repairing antique dolls. I have used it in simple repairs so fair, such as filling in missing pieces or modeling missing fingers. It does require quite a bit of added water as you work, unless you are fast, because it begins to dry more quickly than you expect when first using it. Easy to use and decorate, just excellent for my sideline of restoring bisque and composition dolls!
Rated by: Gloria I. in Royal Oak, MI
A wonderful clay for small sculptures. Dries hard enough to sand and holds paint very well. I saw no noticeable shrinkage and there was no cracking during the drying process. I really enjoy using it.
Rated by: Elinor S. in Camden, DE
I have used DARWI for a number of years now and have never been disappointed. As far as I'm concerned, it's the ONLY product I would use for my particular craft. It's the best!
Rated by: Mari Jane J. in Greenup, IL
Darwi modeling compound works for me in my craft projects, it's easy to work with, set up quickley, and dose not have to baked to set it....Everything about this product is great.........Thank-you
Rated by: Dawn R. in Bridgeport, CT
I use Darwi to sculpt doll heads, hands, and feet. I find it to be an excellent product. Since you do not need a kiln, I can use it at home in my studio. It is the only clay I use.
Rated by: Melynda L. in Columbia, MO
I enjoy the Darwin compound for several reasons. I make gourd sculptures by cutting and gluing gourd pieces together. I then fill in with the air dry clay so I have a seamless finish. I can also sculpt intricate facial features onto the gourd and if I need the bottom of the gourd to be evened out I can use the clay for that as well. I can use a wet sanding sponge to smooth out cracks after it has dried. See my work with this clay at www.justgourds.com/whimsicalworks.htm
Rated by: Cynthia M. in Los Angeles, CA
I own an old composition doll that belonged to my grandmother as a child. It needed repair, as the composition material was chipping and some of the fingers and toes were gone. After finding out what professionals charge to restore these dolls, I decided to try it myself and had read that Darwi was the best product to use. I had absolutely EXCELLENT results with Darwi - after sanding, painting and other finish work the repairs are seamless, no cracking, etc. I might have to get into the doll repair business! Thanks for your prompt service too!

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