Soft Air Dry Clay Tips and Tricks for Beginners

If this is your first time working with soft air dry clay, there are a few key points that are important to know. Take a moment to read through the following tips and tricks to ensure successful crafting experience. Let’s dive in!

1. Prepare your work surface

Find a clean, non-stick area to work on. Wash your hands before handling the clay to avoid transfering dust and debris to the clay. 

 

2. Prevent drying

To keep your clay fresh and in optimal condition after opening the package, make sure to seal it tightly within the original plastic baggie when it's not in use. This helps to prevent air exposure and retain its moisture. You can also wrap the clay in plastic wrap and store it in an air tight container to maintain moisture.

 

3. Condition the clay by stretching to avoid wrinkles

To prepare the clay for use, it's important to condition it properly. Begin by stretching the clay until it achieves a smooth and silky texture. This will help to remove any pesky air bubbles and wrinkles in the clay when modeling. 

4. Handle with care

Soft air dry clay is a delicate medium that requires gentle treatment. When working on your clay figure, it's important to avoid squeezing or applying excessive pressure on the clay figurine. Instead, use a light touch and gentle movements to shape and mold the clay. 


5. Clay too wet or too dry?

We want the clay to be just right – moldable and able to hold its shape. Sometimes, during transportation or due to changing weather, the clay's texture may change.

If the clay is too hard, add a little water and knead it in.

If the clay is too soft, give it a good stretch or let it sit on the table for a few minutes to firm up before shaping.


6. Joining clay

If you have two pieces that you want to join together, but they're both too dry to stick, don't worry! Simply use a bit of water to make it adhere. If water doesn't do the trick, you can also use glue. Any type of glue, even regular white glue, works like a charm.

 

7. Clay sticking to toothpick tool?

Wet clay could be sticky. If the clay is sticking to the toothpick tool while you're sculpting, wait a few seconds until the clay is dryer and try again. 

And that’s all! If you have any more questions, feel free to email info@claymoo.com and we’ll get back to you shortly.

 

Storage instructions for unopened package

  • Store in a cool environment away from direct sunlight
  • Use within 2 months of purchase for optimal quality. [If it does dry out, rehydrate with water!]
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