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Lethargic
« on: June 23, 2006 08:43:15 AM »

I was just curious how everyone stores thier clay. Pictures would even be awesome, im looking for some ideas rather than my plastic michaels bag and ziplocks. lol

And while I'm here, is there a good way to handle a blade? its so thin i find it hard to pick up and stuff without cutting myself. And then there was that time I had it upside down on my work and went to cut.  Undecided eek lol
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2006 11:16:31 AM »

YOu need to be careful what plastics you use to store your clay - not all are compatible.

Diane's site has tons of info: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/storage.htm

As far as the blades go - some folks paint a stripe of nailpolish on the 'handle' or bake a clay handle or just add a strip of masking tape so it is noticeable.
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Daiquiri
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2006 11:43:40 AM »

I store my clay in seperate Ziploc bags and keep them all in a shoebox. I guess tupperware containers would work, but then you would need more space to store them.

As for blades, I took a Sharpie and wrote TOP on the dull part so I know where to handle it from, but it washes off, so write it again before you start working. When I'm not using it, I lay it on my counter over a ruler so the dull part is angled up.
Blade on ruler:
Blade angled up:
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Chimera
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2006 12:21:27 PM »

Could you not just place a strip of masking tape along the dull edge of the blade so there is no guessing which end is sharp?
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2006 12:42:48 PM »

There are various ways clayers deal with long blades... for some reason I never have a problem with them, don't know why.  Anyway, this page at my site has lots of suggestions from clayers about how to avoid injury with them if you want to check it out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm
(click on Safety, Storing under Long Blades)


Also, here's a nifty clay "stand" that Jean Sheppard from my polymer clay guild made to hold several of her long blades (sharp side down of course) --as well as her needletool, spring dividers, and other things... doing something like that might work for you too:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/dianeatglassattic/detail?.dir=a022&.dnm=d7f9.jpg&.src=ph


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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2006 08:30:22 PM »

for my opened clay, I use something that I got from walmart for around $15.  It has pull out boxes that you can
divide in any way you want to.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id=0031019119632a&navCount=1&podId=0031019&parentId=cat600035&navAction=jump&cmCat=perf&catalogCode=2UG&rid=0180101070502&parentType=index&indexId=cat600035&hasJS=true
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DancinJules
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2006 03:24:47 PM »

I'm going into my...um, eleventh year of working with polymer clay, so I have a rather impressive stash  Grin

I use: 
Sandwhich bagges (the foldover kind, not the zip kind) for bits and scraps, and for putting canes in.
         
Tackle boxes (the cloudy plastic "worm free" kind work great) especially for storing canes!
         
Page protectors in a three-ring binder for rolled out sheets of clay (Use the semi-transparent ones that have a bit of texture to them - and they're cheaper too!

The "disposable" plastic wear (Glad-Ware, Zip-Loc, etc.) for Black, White, Transluscent, or a batch of color I've made up for a project.  (In other words, colors that I might be needing a lot of)

A glass fish bowl for throwing in itty bitty scraps, then I can dump it all out and roll it through the pasta machine for "bead guts"

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2006 03:30:48 PM »

Oh yeah - and I originally made this to hold beads while I varnished them, but it has since been called into use as as blade holder (the blade rests where the knitting needle is in this pic.


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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2006 03:42:42 AM »

wow...such gd ideas.... 
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2006 12:41:05 PM »

I use this storage box.  Mine is translucent white and blue.  It holds tons of stuff.  Clays are sorted by color in sandwich bags.  For my canes, I just wrapped them in foil and stuck them in a crappy tackle box.  My canes are all the old ones that I made when I just got started (some are more than 5 years old!) so I don't care about them much. 
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