Monday, July 24, 2017

ACTÍVA Products ( A Homeschool Crew Review)

We love when we can incorporate arts and crafts into our classroom, so when we were given the opportunity to review Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products  I thought it would be something the kids would enjoy.  

The Project Kit includes the following:
2 individually wrapped rolls of 4" Rigid Wrap
8 ounces of White CelluClay
Complete instructions for 12 projects using both the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay

CelluClay , made from recycled paper, is an instant paper mache product. When mixed properly with water, it will adhere to almost any surface and air dries to a hardened finish which can be sanded smooth and painted. It is gluten and toxin free and can be used for a wide variety of projects. Unused mixed product can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

The instructions for the 12 project are simple black and white printouts. However, a free color ebook is available as a free download from the Activa website which features full color pictures in addition to step by step instructions for each of the 12 suggested projects included with the kit.

The three of us decided we would really like to make the Egyptian Sarcophagus that is shown on the product box. We found the instructions in the ebook ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS .  The kids love Ancient Egypt and so this caught their attention.

After making our form mold from a few manila folders and some sales papers that we had collected, we cut strips of the Rigid Wrap and got started.  All that is needed to use the Rigid Wrap is a bowl of water.  Simply dip the strips into the water to get them wet, then squeeze off the excess water by hand. This activates the plaster embedded in the product.

The Rigid wrap was extremely easy to use and even Ashleigh was able to use the product with very little help.  Place the strips on your project and then use your fingers to smooth out it out. We found that wetting our fingers a bit helped to smooth out the plaster to make a very smooth surface.

Once our projects were completely wrapped, we had to wait to allow them to dry.  The instructions states that the drying time can be sped up by using a microwave, however, we did not test this and opted to instead put our projects up high for a few days to allow them to air dry naturally.  We checked them periodically and after 24 hours, we flipped them over as the bottoms were still a bit wet.  All in all, it took about 48 hours for our projects to dry completely.

Our Projects drying on top of our china hutch.  Newton thought he had to protect them. LOL 
We found the cleanup following using the Rigid Wrap easy.  All plaster on our hands was easily washed away and any residue that got on clothing was eliminated in the wash.  We did find that the dry strips of wrap did produce a dust from the dry plaster, but that quickly wiped away with a damp washrag.  Some residue of the plaster had collected at the bottom of our water bowl but this too easily wiped away with a paper towel and the bowl washed clean without any effort.

Once our projects were completely dried, it was time to apply some paint. We found that the Rigid Wrap strips dried quiet hard and was easy to handle.  We used acrylic craft paint to paint our sarcophagus which worked really well.  We only needed one coat of paint as the paint did not soak in as so often happens when painting plaster, which meant we only needed one coat of paint to produce bright colors.

All three of us were very pleased with our finished products and I loved how we each interpreted the project in our own way.

I admit that we have yet to use the CelluClay, as the project that we picked out didn't use it. However, we already have big plans for it in the near future.  The kids have been studying human physiology and anatomy and I know this clay will be perfect for molding some human bones for one of our projects.  Once we complete that project, I will revisit this review and add our thoughts of the CelluClay at that time.

We were very pleased with the Rigid Wrap and how easy it was to work with.  I imagine it will be useful in many different projects.

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For more information about Rigid Wrap, CElluClay, the Quik-Scultping Kit and the large variety of other products offered by ACTÍVA , visit their website.  They can also be found on the following social media platforms:


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