We recently had the opportunity to review some really fun building materials from ACTÍVA Products. We used their ACTÍVA Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit.
This ready to use paper mache kit, includes:
- 2 - 4' rolls of Rigid Wrap
- 8 oz. of Celluclay
- Instruction booklet with suggestions for 12 projects
The instruction booklet included information on how to use each of the products. Caty had been planning her county fair paper mache project. So we got started. She wanted to create an ice cream sundae. So she got a bowl to create her paper mache bowl. Following the directions, we got the bowl form ready with newspaper, measured out some of the rigid wrap and with her warm water ready, we got started.
The Rigid Wrap is rolled in a shape similar to that of a roll of gauze or even toilet paper. So after putting her newspaper on, I helped Caty cut some strips of the rigid wrap to add to the bowl. The Rigid Wrap is very easy to cut and a regular pair of scissors does the trick, so no extra equipment was needed.
The Rigid wrap dries fairly quickly. Caty really made the newspaper wet, so I think that affected our dry time. I left it dry for 24 hours to play safe, but it was actually dry before that.
The shape was very sturdy when we removed the form.
She crumpled newspaper to make her ice cream, and there is even a cherry.
The ice cream all dried quickly, just like the bowl. We did have them dry separately on the plastic table cloth on her desk. If we would have stacked them together wet, it would have been one big scoop of ice cream...lol
Caty attempted to add the Celluclay to her scoops of ice cream. The Celluclay takes at least 24 hours to dry as well. The idea of the Celluclay is to give the student option to add more details to their project. On her ice cream, it didn't make much of an impact, but on a larger project I'm sure it works out much better.
Both elements of this paper mache kit are messy. I highly recommend table cloth covers to help keep the work area clean. We used just plastic table covers. The Rigid Wrap does have a powder that comes off as you cut it. Plus when you start adding the warm water, there's dripping from your hands and just a general mess. But what did miss the mat was extremely easy to wipe up clean.
We use acrylics a lot in our house. So this project was no different. She chose her colors and started painting. The rough surfaces were difficult in some spots for her to cover completely. But she was able to paint all the individual items with regular paint brushes and acrylic paint.
The Rigid Wrap stayed hard and didn't get soft when she painted the ice cream or bowl. She added some cotton balls and was able to rest her cherry on top to complete her rainbow sundae.
This is the first time we have ever worked with any type of kit for a paper mache project. Generally we use some homemade glue and newspaper to make our projects. But the ACTÍVA Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit was so easy to use. It's very economical also at only $11.90. So far we have Caty's project finished and ready for show, and we have Lydia's project started. Her project is larger in size than Caty's. Even after all the wrap that Caty used and Lydia also we have a good amount of Rigid Wrap left. It stores easily, and will last for a long time, as long as it doesn't get wet.
She covered a balloon partially with the Rigid Wrap, to make an egg shape. I forgot to get a picture of the balloon while it was still inflated.
But it dried quickly and was ready to be painted the next morning.
I don't think that she smoothed it as well as she could have as she wet down the Rigid Wrap with warm water. So there is some texture that she is working around. She plans on using the CelluClay to work on her bird nest for the inside of her egg on the sticks. She's making like a 3D model.
This is a work in progress for her though.
I personally think that ACTÍVA Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit has been a great addition to our art/craft projects in our homeschool. The ease of use (the kids could have completely done this without me) was awesome. The quick dry time made it great for quick projects. Depending on the size of your project, there is quite a bit of Rigid Wrap and Celluclay Quik-Sculpture available in this kit. We easily have enough left to start and most likely finish a medium sized project. So if you have multiple kids like we do, this is a great economical value for you.
ACTÍVA Products also sent us a great PDF that gives you suggestions. The ACTÍVA Products Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS is a great addition to your art lesson, since its packed with suggestions on project ideas, even if you are just ordering to try out a new art supply. We had our projects, already decided before we received our package of Rigid Wrap and Celluclay. But this product would be great for a classroom setting, and if you want to give children any options for their projects, this book will do that.
I need to keep ACTÍVA Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit on my science/art shelf so that I have another kit available for those last minute project that always pop up.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out ACTÍVA Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit, Take a few moments to read how they used this product in their homes.