Thursday, December 26, 2013

Testing the Limits: Susan's Tip for December

Hello there, It's Susan from with a Creative Paperclay® Modeling Material storage tip, er experiment, for you. The storage instructions on the back of the clay's package says to store unused portions in a air-tight bag. Since I'm me, as soon as I read it, I had a million questions. I decided the simplest way to answer them was to just try it and see what happened!

My Packing Steps:
  • Folded over origional packaging to get it as close to closed as possible
  • Tacked it down with a small piece of tape
  • Put the package in a standard plastic sandwich bag
  • Pressed out as much air a possible, closed bag
  • Folded over top of the bag and tacked it down with a piece of tape as well
  • Dated the package with a sharpie on the bag.
  • Stored in a drawer away from heating/cooling and out of direct sunlight

It has been roughly 60 days since I closed it up. I can tell a difference in the clay's feel. It is not as moist or soft as it was on the first open. I don't think that is a bad thing! I like the texture and consistency of it and think it would work perfectly for larger simple shapes or shapes that need to be cut out. I intend to use the drier clay for January's project, be sure to come by and check it out!

I wonder what will happen with another 60 days? Only one way to find out!

Thank you so much for reading, see you in 2014. Happy New Year!


Diane said...

Great tip! This is how I store my clay and it keeps it very nice.
I use my clay nearly everyday though.
However, I just recently found a half package that I had wrapped up stored away in my travel case. The clay is very nice and pliable. It had to have been in that travel case since our last camping trip back in August.

Charmed Confections said...

Susan, this will be a great experiment to see how long the clay will last. I usually use mine up before too long, but I am curious. Keep us posted. LeeAnn

Karen S Vaughn said...

I got a Hobby Lobby gift card for Christmas and THIS clay is on my "To Get" list. Glad to know that zip-type storage bags work. I use those suckers for everything =) lol.

Sharon in Chicago said...

I know this may be silly, but can you get moisture and pliability back into it like you do with hardened brown sugar? Put in the microwave for 30 seconds with a cup of water?