Do you have old, hard, dried out clay? Don't throw it away. Follow these easy steps to reconstitute old clay and bring it back to life!
Although most of our packages of clay are soft and pliable for a long time, we occasionally encounter clay that has become hard, brittle, and dried out. Instead of throwing it away, check out our tutorial (or watch our video) to reconstitute that clay and save it from the trash can.
To reconstitute clay, you will need the following items:
- Dried out clay
- Stiff tissue blade
- Clay machine
- Acrylic roller
- Sealable bag or container
- Clay softener (we use Sculpey)
- Disposable gloves
3. Continue to mix the clay and softener together with your hands. As you mix, being to add gradual pressure to your pieces of clay to encourage them to bind together. The end goal is a lump of clay that sticks together. Keep in mind there will still be visible pieces of clay and it will not be smooth at this point.
5. Once your clay no longer crumbles from kneading, you can begin conditioning. This is another good time to have gloves. Remove your clay from the bag or container and place it on your work surface.
8. As the clay binds together, you'll be able to fold the clay and run it through the machine easier. Continue conditioning the clay until you have a smooth, solid sheet.
9. At this point, you can work with your clay just like any other clay.