Friday, September 12, 2014

Tips for Working with Creative Paperclay®

Here are a few of my favorite random tips for working with Creative Paperclay®.

  1. Keep the material damp. Work with the smallest amount that you need, and keep the remainder in the packaging and then in a sealed zip-lock bag.
  2. Work on a non-stick surface such as a Teflon craft mat or freezer paper. Some folks use waxed paper, but I find that it isn't strong enough, and eventually wilts. Baking parchment will do in a pinch.
  3. Allow ample time for your project pieces to dry. Overnight is usually good for smaller, thinner pieces. Thicker, larger pieces will take longer.
  4. You can speed drying time by placing your project pieces in a very low oven, around 225°F.
  5. To get your pieces as smooth as possible, use your finger or a small paint brush dipped a into water, then gentle smooth the surface of the piece.
  6. Don't be afraid to work with the clay!! Knead it in your hands. Let it "talk" to you. Enjoy the creative process.

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