Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Activa Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit

I remember several of the "paper mache" projects I made growing up. I remember mixing glue and water to get just the right ratio, cutting hundreds of strips of newspapers and then dipping them in the messy solution to lay the foundation for my work of art. Once my dad and I created the Taj Mahal with styrofoam, paper mache and textured spray paint for a school project!

Our family got to explore the magic of the paper mache using a product made by Activa Products called Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit which brought me right down memory lane from when I was growing up (but a lot less messy)! The kit comes with two 4inch rolls of Rigid Wrap, 8 ounces of CelluClay and some instructions for 12 potential products. Activa also sent us their ebook called Active Products' Favorite Sculpture Kids Crafts.

What's unique about the Rigid Wrap is there is no guess work in mixing the perfect glue to water solution for you paper mache projects. You simply cut the paper into strips, dunk them into water, and they are ready to go. You can cut the strips into whatever shape or size you want creating even the most detailed projects. 

The Rigid Wrap paper is non-toxic and safe to use on faces (like we decided to do) if you want to make masks! It dries relatively fast (we let our masks dry 12 hours) and then your project is ready to paint or design how you would like!

Our project with the Rigid Wrap was facial masks of the kids and their friend! We had more then enough Rigid Wrap to make 10 or so masks. We made a half mask for each child and then a full mask on a separate day. 

We made our half masks, let them dry and then painted them.

Several days later, my husband (who obviously liked doing this far more then I did) thought it was necessary to do the masks over again now that he had "mastered" the Rigid Wrap art. 

We took out glitter, paint, and beads and let the kids spend the weekend designing their masks. 

Another paper mache-type product this kit included was CelluClay. Basically this a powder made from recycled paper. You mix it with water and then it's ready to use. It adheres to many types of surfaces and it's easy to add different textures or details to it to enhance your project. We made a volcano with this forming it around an old water bottle!

- Easy to clean up!
- Very convient 
- Made an awesome project in less time then conventional paper mache 
- Pack came with plenty of material to do several projects
- Very conforming to any given surface

Our BIGGEST issue with this product was the directions. The instructions that were included in the packaging were very confusing and left us without a clear understanding of what we needed to do to complete a project. We actually ended up needing to spend about an hour looking on the internet different people's directions on how they used the product. We wish the directions had more detailed step-by-step in using the product.

Would I recommend this product?
Absolutely! This product was a blast to use and work with!

1 comment:

  1. First of all, your family is adorable! Second of all, so are the masks you all created! Thanks for taking the time to write such a helpful review of our product. We are so sorry that the instructions (or lack thereof), made things more difficult for you, but we have heard your feedback (and that of the other reviewers), and will be improving this aspect of our kit! Thank you!