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Friday, May 3, 2013

Makin's Clay® Basic Tips and Techniques

Here is a list of Tips and Techniques for Makin's Clay®:
  • To maximize the shelf life of opened and unused clay wrap clay in plastic wrap and store in a Ziplock® sandwich bag or a similar air-tight container. 
  • While working with clay, it's best to place a damp cloth over pieces of clay that will not be used right away or place in an air tight container. 
  • Sprits clay with water if it begins to dry during use or to keep unused clay moist. Best results can be achieved using a fine mist spray bottle. 
  • Use a drop of water to bond two small pieces of clay together. 
  • Clay colors can be intermixed to achieve new colors tints and shades. For best results use the Makin's® Clay Mixing RulerTM. Oil and acrylic paints can be added to clay to achieve a more vibrant color or custom color palate. 
  • Clay will stick to most surfaces without glue while the clay is still moist although we recommend a dab of white craft glue.  For some porous surfaces and those clay projects that will be handled or shipped a lot we recommend use of a clear white glue to achieve a stronger bond. 
  • Most clay projects will dry within 24 hours. Thin layers of clay will dry quickly while thicker layers of clay will take longer. Actual drying time may vary depending on the density of the clay object, atmospheric conditions such as heat and humidity. 
  • Clay can be shaped, molded, textured, stamped, inked, sculpted and painted with acrylics. 
  • Art foils, composition leaf, transfers, mica powders, pastels, glitters and glazes can be applied to clay either before or after the clay has dried. 
  • Thin sheets of clay once dry will remain flexible when dry, and can be bent or shaped without cracking or breaking. 
  • Makin's Clay® is acid free and safe for scrapbooks when dry. 

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