Glorex Keramistone Granite Modelling Clay
Glorex Air Drying Modelling Clay Review
Glorex Keramistone Granite is an excellent modelling clay for walls, buildings, floor tiles, foundations, towers, and bridges for dioramas and wargames. The waterbased, non-toxic, and air drying clay is easy to sculpt, and it dries overnight or within minutes if baked in the oven. Unused modelling clay will keep for some time if stored in an airtight freezer bag, especially if a moist paper towel is placed inside the bag to keep the clay from drying. The light grey base colour with irregular dark grey spots looks perfectly like granite, and the surface of the clay feels dry and rough like unpolished stone. The overall granite effect is very convincing, and it would be difficult or impossible to achieve by painting or weathering. The completed models are best left unpainted. Green granite may be achieved by dying the clay or carefully washing and drybrushing the finished model. Keramistone Granite modelling clay does not stick to tools or rulers, providing the modeller with fast and easy results. This is a superb product which will inspire wargamers and modellers to create their own scale model buildings and accessories. Plan ahead and sketch your modelling projects prior to opening the large 800 g package of Keramistone Granite, lest you run out of modelling ideas before the precious clay is used completely.
We used an old X-Acto blade № 11 to carve the mortar lines into the natural stone masonry of the bridge side shown here. The whole process took approximately 10 to 15 minutes when we first tested it. The structural support for the bridge side was cut from 3 mm MDF medium density fibreboard, sanded smooth, and covered with double-sided tape along all exposed stone surfaces. A small amount of Glorex Keramistone Granite was placed between two sheets of baking paper and rolled out to a thickness of 1 mm. The bridge side was then firmly pressed into the clay to ensure that the clay formed a good bond with the double-sided tape. Keeping the bridge side face down we trimmed off the excess modelling clay with a sharp X-Acto blade. This done, the mortar lines were carved into the fresh modelling clay, using a dull X-Acto blade. The first test results were pleasing enough to inspire us to create many more models with Glorex Keramistone Granite.
Tools & Accessories
- Glorex Keramistone Granite Modelling Clay
- 3 mm HDF or MDF Fibre Board
- Double-Sided Tape
- Baking Paper
- Rolling Pin
- X-Acto Knife and Blade № 11
- Dull X-Acto Blade № 11
Compared to some of the softer modelling clays, Glorex Keramistone Granite allowed us to create much finer detail. Narrow mortar lines stayed as they were and did not stretch during the drying process. When the mortar lines were carved or pressed into the clay, the adjacent stone surfaces stayed flat, whereas they normally assume an unrealistically rounded shape. Glorex Keramistone Granite does not shrink or warp during the drying process, if thin layers of clay are mounted on an MDF structure, using double-sided tape.