DAS 3 days after making
ACTIVA PLUS 2 days after making:
Quite a few days later I remembered to roll out some Activa to make a stamped piece. By this time I knew it would shrink a lot, but this shows it pretty dramatically. (Activa on left, DAS on right) Same stamp used on both shows the shrinkage of the Activa. It also didn't take the impression as well.
Activa Plus gnome house, stage 1 after about 20 hours. Cracks on the jar part, btw roof has tinfoil armature:
Then the DAS on a jar on the right. I didn't want to make the exact same thing. No problem with cracking. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the top of the DAS one until it was all painted.
So don't use Activa over something. It shrinks too much. In a review that I read someone complained that DAS is "rubbery". I think that is true but have decided that isn't such a bad thing when using a form or armature.
Here are the finished Gnome houses. I haven't decided whether I want to put a shiny finish on them or not. Each one is a working jar, by the way.
I like the Activa for making small objects. Here are the mushrooms
I also like the way that Activa takes paint. DAS is whiter, doesn't shrink much, and takes impressions well. But it is rubbery and harder to smooth and doesn't take paint as well as the Activa.
Here are some of the things I made still in progress (Below). I'm going to make a butterfly with the DAS clay to compare to this one, but that will be my next post. And hopefully I'll have the butterflies both used in projects by then as well.
Bottom line, they both have their uses. But if I could have only one, I would pick DAS because of the shrinkage issue with Activa.
Thanks for looking.