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« on: February 23, 2009 09:08:04 PM »

No matter how hard I try, I can't keep my white clay clean when I'm working with it. My hands stay washed, anything I lay my clay on is clean, but it never fails. How do you all deal with this?
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009 08:36:55 AM »

There's loads of accumulated wisdom from the the larger online polymer clay community about keeping white clays white (or just light-colored ones, etc.) on this page of my site if you want to check it out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
...click on White or Any Clay--Keeping Clean


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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009 03:20:00 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009 02:37:47 PM »

For the things I make, I've found that it's easier to paint a coat of white paint over top of the white clay after it's been baked.  Then I don't have to stress so much while I'm making it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009 08:22:09 AM »

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I've found that it's easier to paint a coat of white paint over top of the white clay after it's been baked.  Then I don't have to stress so much while I'm making it.

That works well when sculpting with polymer clay and the item will be painted afterwards, but sculpting is only a small part of what most clayers do.  (And most polymer clayers love this kind of clay compared to other types because it does have built-in color!...yay Grin)

The surface texture of the clay will change too if it's painted, but that won't matter if one is just sculpting-and-painting polymer clay--in fact it's a good thing to do, and gesso works even better to prepare the clay surface for later painting.

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009 06:40:06 PM »

Even washing your hands doesn't prevent the dirt from touching the clay. The oils in your hands will pick up alot. I use rubber gloves (obviously there are some who are allergic and can't wear them). Some people paint the clay after being baked to give that 'fresh' look.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009 04:26:42 PM »

I have problems with this sometimes, too. I agree with painting white over the clay after baking. Also, try to find out what kind of dirt is getting on your clay. If it seems like it's dust, then it might be something in the air of the room you're working in.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2009 08:48:31 AM »

Just wanted to mention (especially for anyone who didn't read the  link in my first answer describing lots of ways to keep or make white clay clean--or any light-colored clay), that one of the good after-techniques is simply to sand the clay in that area, or sand all over (then buff, reheat briefly, and/or add a liquid finish).

As long as the clay isn't "dirty" all the way through, that will remove just a bit of the top surface and expose pristinely clean clay.

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