on: August 4, 2006
Product Name: EfaPlast Light
Manufacturer: Eberhard Faber
Cost: $4-$5 for 3.5 oz (100g)
Purchased from: Joann's fabrics & crafts store
(Although I don't think they stock it anymore. It's also available
at some on-line art stores. You can try substituting Paper Clay
Description: EfaPlast is a
clay-like sculpting medium. It is "air-drying" and no
baking is necessary. I suspect it's a blend of ultra-fine paper
fibers or ash and glue, like the "paper clay" products.
Review: EfaPlast has a
delightful silky texture that makes it easy to work with straight out of
the package. It's not as sticky as epoxy or polymer clay. In
fact, it doesn't stick very well to plastic. For a secure bond, you
will need to glue the parts to the pony after they dry.
Working time is anywhere from 1 hour to several hours. By spritzing
some water and kneading it in, working time can be extended.
Texture is very fine, so subtle details can be achieved. However, it
is very soft and it doesn't hold it's shape very well. Sculpted
parts may sag with gravity. It is good for work with flexible molds.
After it dries, this medium shrinks slightly. It is VERY light,
which is nice for larger projects. The texture is matte and slightly
porous, like a sheet of paper. You can smooth wet clay over the
dried parts to get a smoother finish. However, finished projects are
not as durable as polymer or epoxy clays. I could easily snap a
piece shaped like a 1/4" thick coin with my hands. Consider
coating it with a clear glaze to increase durability. I don't think
it's water-proof either.
Cleanup is super easy! Just water and a little soap will get you
squeaky clean. Also, this material is non-toxic, which is nice if
your kids are customizing.
Please see the Sculpting
FAQ for a comparison with epoxy and polymer clays.
Plast Light made by Eberhard Faber
The gargoyle pony on the left
has wings, horns, and hooves sculpted with EfaPlast Light.