INSIDE : Learn 7 simple tips to keep your Air Dry Clay from cracking during your next craft. Also find out reasons why your projects may be cracking.
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If you have used Air Dry Clay very often, you know that from time to time as the clay can begin to dry. And as the clay dried, you can sometimes notice small cracks forming. At first you might want to break out into a panicked mess as you worry your project is slowly turning into a disaster. But rest assured there are a few easy tips to repair and restore your project! Keep reading for my air dry clay tips on keeping clay from cracking.
Air-dry clay is a natural clay that comes from the earth and hardens when it dries. Baking air dry clay is not required to cure and it typically has minimal shrinkage. Clean-up after crafting with air dry clay is fairly easy, too.
Does Air Dry Clay crack very easily?
1. The number one key to fixing your cracked clay is to quickly notice cracks and repair them right away. If you start to notice a few small cracks, it is best to not wait until the clay has completely dried to repair. Be sure to follow the steps below to take quick clay action and get your project back on track!
A few reasons why your clays cracks when it dries:
2. Air Dry Clay is primarily a water based product and the longer it is out of it’s packaging and in the open air, the more moisture will evaporate from it. Most often times moisture evaporating from the clay is the reason for small cracks. This is an obvious issue if you are using AIR DRY clay and the air is the thing that slowly will make cracks.
Be sure to store your air dry clay in an air tight container. I use gallon sized zip lock bags to store all my clay and keep it staying as fresh as possible. I have also seen many people using tupperware or other air tight type containers to store and hold their clay to help prevent it from drying out too quickly.
3. When creating something out of air dry clay, sometimes you can roll out or make something that is too thin. When the clay begins to dry, out in the open air, the thinner pieces of clay can slightly begin to crack. Do your very best to make every part of your work more than 1/4-inch thick. Keeping a consistent thickness throughout the clay piece helps to prevent cracking.
How to stop Air Dry Clay from cracking while you work:
4. Adding too much water to your DIY air dry clay can sometimes result in a crack. Do you best to keep the clay moist as you work, but not overly saturated with water. If you have too much water, I recommend setting your clay out to dry for an hour or two before continuing on.
5. When you are joining two pieces of clay together, this can be a highly prone area to crack later on. Make sure to connect each piece together by having both pieces be equally dry. Also you can score the pieces (make a crosshatch type pattern with a toothpick or a sharp clay tool) on the connecting surfaces for better adhesion.
6. Use a “slip” type mixture to act like clay glue when bonding two pieces together. “Slip” is a watered-down clay paste that is a combination of clay and water that you mix together.
7. Once you have created your clay piece, keep an eye on it while it dries. Putting it in a cabinet to dry and turning it every few hours to expose a different side, helps the piece dry more evenly.
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