Sonntag, 14. Juni 2015

How To Store Air Dry Clays

As the name suggest, air dry clays are just dries in the contact with air. Opened packages of air dry clay can dry out really fast, so it's important to store them airtight as good as possible. In this post I'll show you, how to store unused clays and what you will need for that.

Things you'll need:
-plastic wrap
-airtight zipper bags
-airtight containers
-water (if you want)
-elastic bands (if you need)

How to store:
Many air dry clays come in special foil packaging, which prevents a drying of the modelling masses. You should leave the clay in this package, but after opening, you should also additional wrap the package into plastic wrap. Because the plastic foil maybe falls off, you should fix it with a elastic band.
Leftover remnants of colored clay, you should also wrap really tight into plastic foil. If you want, you can fix the foil with a elastic band too.

You should put your well wrapped clay in a airtight zipper bag. Before you close the bag, you can spray some water in, also you should press out the air while closing.
I store my clay bags in airtight plastic containers. additional, you can also add some water into the container too.
The container with the clay should be stored at room temperature, but save it from heat! (no radiator or direct sunlight!)

Note: Before I wrap my clay in foil, I spay some water on the clay itself. The clay absorbs the water and so it will stay moist. But I just do this with clays, which dry really fast. Some clays will go moldy if you add additional water, especially clays which are moist enough.

When you store your unused clay like this, your clay will be usable for several months. Mostly I used up my clays within some weeks, but I also stored some unused clays for about six months or longer this way, and they have not changed much. They are like freshly opened.
I think, really well packed clay can hold for about a year. However, this only applies to large amounts of clay! Small pieces will dry out faster, sometimes within a few weeks or even in a few days. Also all clays are different, some of them will dry out faster than others.

Note: Also unopened packages of clay, could dry out!


Frequently asked questions:

My clay dried out, what can I do?:
No matter how good the clay is wrapped, at some point it starts to dry out. You can't soften completely dry clay again, but clay which have dried just a bit, you can often get soft with water. If you need to do that, spray some water on your hands (or on the clay) and knead the clay until it will be smooth and moist again. At first the clay could become sticky, but after kneading it for a while it will become normal again.

Note: Don't use too much water, otherwise your clay could become too sticky and soft. Add it just little by little.

How to store clay while working with?:
Also while working with air dry clay, you need to store it airtight. You should wrap the unused colors in plastic foil.
If you want to take a brake, you should spray some water on your unfinished projects too, and then you should put them in a airtight plastic bag. So your pieces don't dry out and you can continue to work on them.

I hope, I've helped you. If you got any questions, leave a comment down below. :3

1 Kommentar:

  1. Airtight is always a good idea when it comes to paints and oils and that sort of arts and craft thing. I mean, you really don't want to spend all that money on materials to have it die on you because of lack of good storage.


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