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How We Make Clay

Plastalina (or plasticine) is an oil-based, non-hardening modeling compound. Because it contains wax instead of water, plastalina remains pliable and can be used over and over again. It is smooth and does not stick to the hands and fingers, unless it is very warm.

Van Aken's plastalina is made by combining various waxes with different properties---ranging from soft to hard and from plastic to brittle---and melting them until well blended in a steel vat. White marble dust and pigments are added to the melted wax and mixed together with an industrial "dough kneader".

After being thoroughly mixed, a sample is tested by our chemist to ensure our strict quality control requirements for Van Aken plastalina have been met. After approval, the clay is put on pallets in large 'lumps' to age.

The cured lumps of clay are put into a machine which extrudes the material, and it is cut to size. The bars of clay are wrapped in clear cello wrapping (printed with the labeling information describing the color, size, use applications, and the CP non-toxic seal) which shows off the clay's vibrant colors. Cartons are packed with the clay according to size, and they are put into the warehouse to await shipment to retailers, schools, and animation studios around the world!

Clay in Warehouse



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