Sound while working and in the short term properly store

One of the nicest features of clay is that it does not get bad. He reacts, however, when dehydration and is fast hard. In order to reduce the evaporation and to keep the clay mass longer workable, help small and inexpensive measures. The choice of storage location also contributes to the retention of elasticity.

Moisten damp cloth

General and basic requirement with soft processable clay is to maintain the liquid balance as possible. The simplest and most obvious remedy is a damp towel that keeps the clay moist. Physically, the moisture of the cloth should result in a "saturation" of the sound environment. Water molecules can not escape.

Since the damp cloth itself is affected by evaporation and dehydration, it should be rehydrated regularly. Ideal aid is a water spray bottle, with which the cloth is sprayed on both sides about half an hour. A so-called mist moisture is desirable.

Choice of the repository

The cloth not only reduces the direct evaporation, but also keeps evaporative influences away. Draft and heat are the main factors that accelerate the drying of the clay. Therefore, the work space should not be overheated. Storage locations over heaters such as a windowsill are inappropriate.

When working outside with the clay, shady and calm places are advantageous. With a damp towel, the workable state of the clay can be well preserved over several hours. A good tool for drying a finished clay object is a plasterboard. It removes the water more quickly from the clay. As a storage record during work, it is counterproductive.

Store overnight or longer

The boundary between storing and storing sound is fluid. If the acute processing is to be outlasted, a plastic cover next to the damp cloth is helpful. The soft clay is shaped into a solid shape like a ball or plate. After wrapping in the damp towel, it is wrapped in a plastic bag.

Mold is created only by external influence or organic soiling in the clay. Cleaning the clay from the outside and using clean plastic. A first wrapping layer of fresh cling film provides this.

Tips & Tricks

If you have individual processing residues and a starting mass, push the remains into the rest block. This additionally reduces mold susceptibility.

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