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Getting Started

NOTE: We recommend the BEST way to get started is to have an introductory class with one of our many teachers situated around the country, but we do offer some tips below for those who are eager to get started!
Q. How can I get started with Art Clay before I am able to attend a class?
We carry several wonderful books to help you learn the process. You can start with the Basic Book One, and then move on to the Advanced Book. These books feature step-by-step projects, which will take you through the basic techniques of using Art Clay, including firing, and are well photographed.
Keeping Art Clay Silver Pliable
Q. How do you keep Silver Art Clay moist and malleable?
Once you open the mylar package the clay begins to dry, much like porcelain clay. You can use water and a moist brush to lightly hydrate the Art Clay while you shape your work. Keeping the clay covered with something moist will let you put it down momentarily. We also have a great item called a "Clay Saver" which is a big help in keeping your clay moist. It is a small plastic tub with a special compartment in the top to hold a wet sponge!
Q. What's the shelf life of unopened Art Clay Silver?
In the mylar packaging, Art Clay Silver should be fine for up to 12 months from date of manufacture. The date is printed on the packaging. Store in a cool dark place, but don’t refrigerate or freeze.
Q. How should I store opened Art Clay?
Keep all unused portions of Art Clay pliable in an airtight package, like a clay saver. You can also use plastic wrap, then double seal it in a small plastic bag, with a moist sponge at the bottom will also keep the clay pliable. Store in a cool dark place, but don’t refrigerate or freeze.
Rock Hard Art Clay Silver
Q. I have rock hard pieces of Art Clay, what can I do?
Add water and re-constitute all of your unfired crumbs, hardened pieces and even Silver Art Clay dust into paste. It's easy to turn any left over clay into paste simply by adding water, and with patience you can get it back into a pliable clay, depending upon the amount of water you add and the time you let it soak in.
Thickness
Q. How thin can I make my Silver Art Clay pendant?
1mm thick will make a strong, durable pendant. To assure even thickness, you can roll out the clay between card slats. Mat board may be used as it is about 1 mm thick.
How to Dry Art Clay Silver
Q. How do you ensure Art Clay is dry before firing?

The suggest drying times of regular Art Clay are:
Hair dryer: At least 10-15 minute holding dryer 10cm from the piece.
Food Dehydrator: 10 minutes at 70șC
Cooking plate, kiln or oven: At least 7-10 minutes at 150șC
Electric frying pan set to low: about 10 minutes
Natural dry: At least 24 hours at room temperature.
 
The thickness and original state of "wetness" of the piece will alter these times. Do remember not to get the piece TOO HOT, or you will begin to break down the binder strength and make it difficult to add more clay decoration if wanted. These times are approximates, as different conditions like humidity will affect drying time. Drying times for other products can found on the product description and directions page.
Q. How can you check to see if your work is dry?
A. You can check to see if a piece is dry by holding to a piece of clean glass and any condensation on the glass indicates a piece that isn't completely dry. Extend the drying time to ensure the piece is completely dry before firing. Art Clay must be dry before firing, any water in the piece may cause the work to 'burst' or break.





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