06 October 2021

Beginner's Corner: Storage

In this edition of the pcPolyzine Beginner's Corner, we'll share some best practices for storing your clay!

I don't know about you, but it seems like I have more clay to store after I'm done with a project than when I started. And I never want to throw out bits, pieces, or scraps—they're useful down the road. So how do you keep the opened clay safe in between projects? Check out this Beginner's Corner article for all the details!

First, if your clay is stored correctly, it can last for many years and won't go bad. It's also not necessary to keep your clay in an air tight container. However, it is important to be sure your clay is stored away from sources of heat and the sun—this will start the curing process. In addition, it's important to make sure you don't store baked clay with raw clay. The raw clay will leach into the baked and it will become soft and pliable.

Now, let's actually talk about how to store your clay!

Keeping your unused clay wrapped up is a perfect way to keep it dust-free and prevents colors from blending. Here are some materials you can use to wrap around your clay for storage:
  • The Original Package -- if it fits, you can rewrap the original package around your clay to help protect it while in storage.
  • Plastic Wrap -- any brand of plastic or cling wrap works well around your clay. Keep in mind that this material can leave wrinkles in your clay, so you'll need to handle those when it's time to use the clay again.
  • Deli Wrap -- this product is great and can be a middle ground between plastic wrap and wax paper. These precut sheets work to protect your clay really well!
  • Wax Paper -- any brand of wax or nonstick paper works well, too! Because this material is a little more rigid, it works best with flat sheets of clay.


Now that all your clay is wrapped and safe from dust, you can place it in a container for easy, compact storage! Here are a few ideas:
  • Plastic Container -- this can be just about anything you can imagine. I find that hard plastic pencil cases work well (I get them at the dollar stores). However, some plastics can damage your clay, so look for ones that have the recycled materials symbol and the number 5.
  • Glass Container -- again, this can be anything you have around the house or that you can find to fit the clay you're storing. Just be sure to only use containers for clay—don't use them with food AND clay.
  • Resealable Bags -- any brand of resealable bag is a great way to store your clay in between uses. And there are various sizes to fit just about any amount of clay!

The great thing about clay is that it can last for many years—if stored in the proper ways. Follow these tips to keep your clay vibrant and pliable for years to come!

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