Thank you for the information. Yes, Hearty clay will dry out fast whiich is why you will need to cover or seal any unused clay while you are working, especially if you are working in an air-conditioned environment.
Since each petal is made one at a time, I place them under a shopping bag or in a tupperware container after each is done. Then when I have completed all 5 petals for one flower, I bring them out and put them together. I, too, bought a package of Hearty Clay without realizing that it had a small opening in it. When I got home the side with the opening was hard but I was able to go back and exhange it.
I like the Hearty Clay because I can thiin it to paper consistency and it doesn't dry hard, and heavy like Fimo. Making it very realistic to a flower. It is also pretty hardy, you can drop the flower or tap it on a desk and it won't break. Now slamming and purposely smashing it is another thing. But why would you want to do that, right?
I only use white and airbrush the color into the flowers. There is no glue used on my hair picks but I use glue for the hair clips. The flowers on the mini hair clips I posted last night are approximately 2" in diameter, the larger ones that are currently on my site are approx. 3" in diameter.
Right now I am only making Plumerias but I have a friend that is very good at this and can make other types of flowers. She makes the pretties lillies and I wiill adding her flowers to my site, too.
In the future, I would like to make roses but right now I will concentrate on flowers from Hawaii. Mahalo always, for the kind comments.
Malama Pono (Take Care)