I started to put WePam to the acid test, and here is the first detailed report:
Packaging and storage of WePam
WePam is packaged in a packaging size of 145 g in small solid plastic boxes and also wrapped in proof plastic film.
The box has a well-fitting lid. I like this form of packaging very much, because it ensures the airtight storage of the modeling paste! In contrast to Fimo, which is packed only in foil, I do not need to wrap it into a new foil after use and don’t have to buy a plastic crate for storage. The manufacturer points out that WePam is stable unopened for several years and after opening with proper storage approximately 1 year.
Already kneaded WePam must be kept separate from the fresh (not kneaded) by the way.
Characteristics of WePam
The removal of WePam is easy, the modeling clay is so soft, that you can easily separate a piece with a plastic tool.
At first WePam feels very moist and sticky. But after a short kneading that’s over and due to its softness the modeling clay can be knead wonderfully. You can easily prevent sticking to your fingers, with creaming hands with a moisturizing hand cream. This also helps to prevent fingerprints will be visible on the workpieces.
WePam must be fully kneaded once before modeling. It is necessary to form it into a wrinkle- and crack-free ball befor you start to model. This is so important because existing cracks in the surface are aggravated during drying.
Tools for modeling WePam
The manufacturer recommends to use tools of PVC for WePam.
I tested Fimo PVC modelling tools, Sculpey metal tools and the Fimo Sculpey Professional tool “Clay Shaper” with rubber tips made of silicone.
On the PVC modelling tools WePam adheres easily, you have to clean the tools in between times with a damp cloth. This also applies to the metal tools and metal cutter.
The “Clay Shaper” is best – with the rubber tips WePam can be wonderful shaped, flattened and pressed into silicon molds. On the tips almost no residue sticks!
For rolling the an acrylic roller is suitable.
Workplace for modeling with WePam
As a workspace for modeling you should use either a PVC–pad or a glass plate.
You should hold ready also a clingfilm for wrapping unused WePam to prevent it from drying.
If the WePam starts drying during modeling, it gets a leather-like surface. If you still want to connect two parts, it is advisable for it to use some glue (Cleocol is the glue that is included in WePam), so that the parts do not again (partially) separate during drying.
Basically, you have to consider that WePam shrinks upon drying (about 10%). So if the end result is supposed to have a certain size, you have to model larger by 10%.
WePam is very soft and easy to knead, sheet and shape. Patterns can easily be pressed into WePam.
For cutting out with cutters you put a clingfilm over the sheeted WePam so that it will not stick to the cutters.
WePam is perfectly suitable for the use with silicone molds. Press it into the mold, take off excess WePam with the cutter, flatten the surface. By carefully pressing the silicone mold the WePam can easily be loosened and dissolved from the mold. If necessary, the edges can be smoothed.
At flat forms pricking of holes is quite simple, with the back of a beading needle press through the hole, then lift up the mold and smooth at the back with the finger. Then remove the needle.
For pearls wait until the shaped bead is slightly dried and then carefully stab a hole with the beading needle (pointed side).
Although WePam is so soft, you can be produce beads with the Fimo bead roller. I had first feared that WePam maybe would stick, or the beads would not be shaped exactly, but that is not true!
The WePam come in many color shades, although not as many as Fimo. But that is no problem at all because it can be mixed really very easy!
When mixing, however you have to remember that the colors on drying become darker (approximately by 3 tones). Therefore you should always be careful with the admixture of darker shades.
Moreover WePam can also be colored with paint or pigments.
Of course you can also produce marbled colors. Simply Twist two strands of different Colors together and carefully knead a bit.
Drying of WePam
WePam dries completely in the air.
Place finished pieces on cardboard or wood, as they absorb the moisture released during drying.
Drying needs per 1 cm layer thickness 24 hours. Thinner pieces dry correspondingly faster, while very thick pieces need a long time until they are really completely dry. During drying, you should turn the elements every now and then. By shrinking during drying, it may be that they bend or deform slightly. You can, however, get them into shape with gentle pressure.
Dried WePam is not waterproof and therefore should be vanished.
WePam can also be painted with acrylic paint.
Once dry, WePAM looks very much like porcelain.
I like WePam very much!
Especially the soft consistency and thus so simple kneading is great. Also mixing is extremely simple and fast.
I like that WePam can be shaped easily and is easy to flatten.
It bothers me that WePam starts to dry quickly. You should always take only a little bit of WePam from the packaging and wrap unused WePam immediately in clingfilm.
It takes getting used to cleaning the tools while working, too.
However, the rapid drying also has the advantage that you have a bit more stable parts after a short wait, whereby eg the prick holes can be done without deformation .
The fact that WePam shrinks during drying does not bother me because that’s only about 10%, that is not significant.
What’s really great is that you do not have to cure WePam in the oven. I usually only have time to model a few pieces. It has always bothered me having to heat the oven. For WePam thats not necessary and thus this is energy-saving and environmentally friendly. My modeled pieces are rather flat and small, so that the drying takes not very long. For larger and thicker elements I imagine it’s bothering that you have to wait for the dry land a few days ..
So that was my first report on WePam – I still have a lot of ideas and will test diligently and tell about it!!