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« on: December 09, 2004 01:43:51 PM »


Okay, this is going to sound like a silly question, but does anyone know what kinds of craft supplies can and can not freeze?

I'm moving this week, and there is the chance that anything left in the truck overnight (this is a two to three day move) may freeze. So I'm pulling all of my paints, bottles of glue, etc. out into a separate box for when I go in at night.

But some things have got me stumped. For example, will freezing ruin my tape? How about my gluesticks? Polymer clays? Ink pads? I've been searching every package for "do not freeze" labels, but not everything has storage instructions, and not everything still has its packaging anyway.

It's important not only because I don't want to ruin anything on principle, but also because if anything does get ruined, there are no craft stores in my town where I can go to replace things.

« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2004 02:47:35 PM »

I've successfully frozen and unfrozen duct tape.  Snow camping = fun!

Good luck with the move!
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2004 05:51:15 PM »

i would think the polymer clay would get all funky if it was frozen.....probably mess with the texture. and glue sticks will be fine, don't ask how but some ended up in my freezer once and were fine. good luck with the move...it always stinks. we just finished a move halfway across the country so i feel you. Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2004 05:52:33 PM »

Personally, I've never had problems with freezing being a problem. Tape should be perfectly dandy, as well as the gluesticks and MAYBE the clays, seeing as you give them time to unthaw afterwards. The ink pads I'd think wouldn't fare so well with expanding and contracting and possibly ruining the sponge.

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2004 07:49:23 AM »

Thanks for the tips!

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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2004 01:03:43 PM »

I'm pretty sure polymer clays will be fine after freezing.  Some clayers store their clay in the frig, and I think I've maybe heard of some storing in the freezer.  We also put canes or other things in the frig or freezer for 10-60 minutes to firm them up for cutting slices or just firm them in general.

Just be sure to allow them to defrost before using because sometimes condensation can form on the packaging or on the clay, and it's not good to actually get moisture into polymer clay (will turn to steam while baking and create bubbles or white spots) because polymer clay is an oil-based product.

(The reverse is not true, of course... got to keep polymer clays from the inside of hot cars, vans, etc. or they'll begin to actually cure and be pretty unusable).

(If you want info on mail order suppliers of polymer clays and supplies, check out this page at my website:
In fact, there are clayers in the middle of Alaska, the Arabian desert, etc., and they mostly have to mail order --which is a good thing anyway because in general it's cheaper, the clay is always fresh, larger selection, etc.).

Have a good trip!

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