Air-dry clay is a type of modelling clay that does not require an oven to harden. It is a super popular option for those who do not have access to an oven or prefer not to use one for their clay crafting. Air-dry clay is very easy to use and comes in a variety of colours and textures, making it perfect for all your crafty needs. At RIOT Art & Craft we stock a range of air-dry clay, in multiple colours and brands. Modelling with air dry clay is a fun and creative activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels making it the perfect clay for beginners, all the way up to clay masters!
Tips and Tricks for using air-dry clay
Air-dry clay is a popular alternative to traditional clay as it is super easy to use as it doesn’t require an oven to harden. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for using air-dry clay:
1. Work in small sections: Air-dry clay can dry out quickly, so it's best to work in small sections to avoid it drying out before you finish your project.
2. Keep your hands moist: Air-dry clay can be sticky, so it's a good idea to keep your hands moist while working with it. You can use a small amount of water or a bit of oil on your hands to keep the clay from sticking to your fingers.
3. Use a non-stick surface: To prevent your air-dry clay from sticking to your work surface, it's best to use a non-stick surface such as a silicone mat or a piece of wax paper whilst you’re crafting.
4. Use tools for texture: You can use various tools like stamps, forks, and even toothpicks to create texture and patterns in your air-dry clay.
5. Allow ample drying time: Air-dry clay takes longer to dry than traditional clay. It's important to allow ample drying time before handling or painting your finished project.
6. Seal your finished project: To protect your finished project, it's a good idea to seal it with a clear sealant or varnish.
How do I store my air-dry clay?
Proper storage is crucial for ensuring that your air-dry clay stays fresh and usable for as long as possible. Here are some handy tips on how to best store air-dry clay:
1. Keep it airtight: Once you open your air-dry clay package, it's essential to keep it airtight to prevent it from drying out. You can store it in a plastic container with a lid or wrap it very tightly in plastic wrap.
2. Store in a cool, dry place: Air-dry clay is sensitive to temperature and humidity, so it's best to store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
3. Use silica gel packets: Silica gel packets can help absorb any moisture in the air and keep your air-dry clay fresh.
Air-dry clay vs. polymer clay
Air-dry clay and polymer clay are both popular options for crafting and creating small objects. However, there are significant differences between the two. Air-dry clay is a type of clay that dries by exposure to air and does not require baking, while polymer clay must be baked in an oven to harden. Air-dry clay tends to be a bit easier to work with than polymer clay.
Natural clay is also an option for those who prefer an organic material. Modelling and casting allow for the creation of more complex shapes, while casting resin is a popular material for creating clear, durable objects. Regardless of the type of project you have in mind, RIOT Art & Craft has all the supplies you could ever need!