Clay modelling tools come in a variety of shapes, styles and materials and are used to push, hollow, cut, scrape and add texture to clay and other modelling materials. Professional hardwood tools by their nature are very tactile and are shaped to work well with wet clays, Stainless Steel Dental tools create fine and precise marks and are best suited for working with firm oil based clays and modelling waxes or used for picking and scraping when used in restoration. Wax modelling tools can be used cold to carve the surface or heated to melt, shape and weld wax pieces together.
Plaster spatulas are available in carbon and stainless steel varieties to make use of the different characteristics of each metal, their use is not limited to plaster and can be used with any soft or carved modelling material.