FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between BlackJack Clay and Activ-Low Fire Clay?
BlackJack Clay is a stoneware clay that is chocolate brown when wet, yet fires to soft buff or tan color; it fires in a kiln from cone 6 - cone 10.
Activ-Low Fire Clay is an earthenware clay that is light gray when wet yet fires to white; fires in a kiln from cone 4 - cone 6.
Why Hearty Clay is becoming so popular in the US craft market?
Hearty Clay is an ultra-lightweight Japanese polymer air dry clay, known as the ‘marshmallow clay’, is super smooth and easy to work with, great for making jewelry, cards, scrapbooking, freeform sculpting and also therapeutic and safe for children!
Why would you recommend Premier Clay for my sculpting projects?
Premier Clay is a high quality lightweight stone air dry clay, it dries with exceptional strength, giving that natural and professional finish to your sculptures, we promise you won’t regret trying it.
Can you give me tips for preventing cracks and shrinking in my Air- Clay sculpture?
Avoid using an excessive amount of water when creating details and smoothing out your project, in a controlled quantity, water can work as glue, and is a helping tool for creating details, but in excess it can promote cracks and breakage.
Let your project dry in a temperature/humidity controlled room or studio.
Don’t try to accelerate the drying process using a fan, hair dryer, microwave etc… let your project naturally dry overnight.
Is Hearty Clay odorless?
Yes once it's dried it's odorless, also it doesn't shrinks or cracks.
How long PLUS clay takes to dry?
PLUS clay is essentially made of natural clays. Therefore, the speed of drying is the same as the one of the other natural pottery clays (from 1 to 4 days), and will depend on the item size, on its shape and on the ambient drying conditions (mostly temperature and ventilation). However, as opposed to the other clays, the drying time can be accelerated by using other sources of heat or manual dryers, avoiding cracks and fissures, because of the presence of natural fibres of cellulose which allow more secure drying.
Do I have to use all the clay once the pack is opened?
If all the clay is not used, it can be kept for another time, keeping the excess in a tightly closed plastic bag. If when using the clay again we notice that it has hardened slightly, it is enough to moisten the fingers before modeling.
Why PLUS White is slightly grey?
Natural white clays are usually grey, never completely white, due to the presence of organic matter, even if in a very small quantity. This is why a grey shade can be noticed when the item is wet.
Does PLUS clay stain?
PLUS is a very clean clay. It is easily cleaned with water in hands and clothes. A damp cloth easily removes any remaining product from surfaces and furniture.
Can it be used for pieces intended to be outdoors?
It is not recommended to use PLUS clay for exterior pieces. PLUS clay is not water resistant. Even if the clay is dry and hardened, if it is exposed to water, it may be deformed.
PLUS clay can be fired?
It is NOT recommended to fire PLUS clay.
Can it be a danger if a child ingests PLUS clay?
Clay is not a food. In case of accidental ingestion, it is a non-toxic product, It does not contain gluten or other food allergens. Clay is not suitable for children under 3 years of age because accidental ingestion could cause drowning.
Does PLUS clay expire?
All the PLUS sizes and packs remain unalterable in its original packaging for a minimum period of two years.
Can PLUS clay be revived?
Plus Clay is a 100% natural clay it has no preservatives, therefore different agents can affect the condition of the clay over time. For example, room temperature, air, or direct sunlight can cause the loss of the water inside the clay body.
If stored properly, unused air dry clay should last indefinitely. We recommend wrapping the unused clay in plastic wrap or in a Ziploc bag, and then in another airtight container.
Reviving Air-Dry Clay:
- Remove your clay from the bag it came in and place it in a large, sealable plastic bag.
- Sprinkle the clay with just a few drops of water. Using your hand or a spray bottle, apply a small amount of water to the clay. Don't add too much, or the clay will become sticky and unusable.
- Seal the bag and set aside. Let the water and clay sit for a few minutes to absorb the moisture. Double check the seal to make sure it is air-tight and none of the moisture is able to leak out.Keep it away from heat or direct sunlight during this process, as both can cause moisture to evaporate.
- Remove the air-dry clay from the bag. After waiting 5-10 minutes, open the bag and remove the clay, checking the moisture content as you do so. Does it have more spring to it? Twist and knead your clay, checking for easy movement and manipulation.
- If needed, return the air-dry clay to the bag. After returning your clay to a sealed bag, add a few more drops of water. Seal and set aside once more, leaving the water to seep into the clay for up to 30 minutes.
- Remove the clay again and knead. If the clay has become malleable, success! Continue to store it in a sealed bag or container to prevent it from drying out in the future.If you cannot get to your clay regularly, consider storing it in a moist environment, such as the bathroom or kitchen, to keep moisture contained.If the clay remains hard or difficult to work with, it may be past the point of saving, and will need to be replaced.
How can I prevent the Air Dry Clay from drying out?
Place the excess of clay inside a tightly closed Ziploc plastic bag, then store it in a tightly sealed container. Whatever container you use, you want to be able to keep the moisture level of the clay at the same place as when you first got your clay. It's important to store your clay in a comfortable room temperature location. Your clay can freeze if it gets too cold or can melt if it gets too hot. So keeping your extra stash of clay in a dark cool environment is ideal. If when using the clay again you notice that it has hardened slightly, it is enough to spray water on the clay, moisten your fingers and start modeling it to reactivate it.
Is Activ-Clay terracotta free of lead?
Yes, Activ-Clay is made of 100% natural ingredients. Non-toxic.
What is the best kind of paint to use for the clay surface?
Acrylics. Temperas will work too but I recommend acrylics for a better finish.
Once it dries and weathers, will the terracotta color affect the color of the paint on it? As opposed to painting over a white surface?
No, the clay will perfectly accept the paint, but I will recommend waiting 48 hours for the clay to dry completely before painting it.
Dry it in a temperature-controlled room, different elements can cause cracks like fans, vents, heaters, etc. I do not recommend drying it outside.
Too much water can cause cracks.
Look on our website for ideas, videos, and projects.
Watch videos about basic sculpting tips like "score, slip and blend" on youtube.
FAQ for Flower Drying Art
Can I dry my flowers using Flower Drying Art in the oven?
No, but there’s two options for drying flowers: Sealed Container Drying Method, and Microwave Drying Method.
Is this a non-toxic product?
Yes, Flower Drying Art is non toxic, however it will absorb pesticides from the flowers, please do not reuse drying containers for food preparation.
Is this product reusable?
Yes!, Flower Drying Art is reusable for no limits on the amount of flowers that can be dried.
Why do customers prefer Flower Drying Art in comparison to other products on the market?
The granular compound offers the best method of preserving flowers, as it absorbs the flower’s moisture with little damage to color and form!
I already dried my flowers and I want to preserve them in a shadowbox, is there anything that you recommend to prevent crumble?
Firm hold hairspray! It works great as a glue sealer. Spray a layer on your flowers and forget about the possibility of future crumbling.
Can I reactivate the Flower Drying Art?
Yes!, when blue crystals turn pink/white, maximum absorption has occurred, reactivate crystals in a shallow pan in a 250°F oven until blue (minimum 5 hours).
Is this product ideal for preserving a wedding bouquet?
Yes; florists, artists, crafters and event planners use it for preserving flowers for every special occasion.
How to dry a bouquet using Floral Drying Art?
Take the bouquet apart, cut the stems (save them for later), dry the flowers using the method of your choice (Sealed Container Drying Method, or Microwave Drying Method) when the flowers are ready, use floral wire for attaching the stem, proceed to entirely spray the bouquet with firm hold hairspray: your bouquet is ready!; you can preserve it in a shadowbox.