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« on: May 11, 2010 03:44:28 PM »

Okay, so I made a flute out of an air-drying clay (darwi, should that be important), because all the other clay available to me was of such poor quality it literally dried in my hands. Also, the other clay needed firing, and I have no access to a kiln. The flute worked out fairly well, but needed a bit of sanding, which caused the dry clay to start 'chalking' up my hands each time I hold it. Since I'm probably going to actually use it to play, I was wondering if there was a way to add a finish layer that is mostly non-toxic.

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010 03:30:43 PM »

You could always seal it with a clear varnish, leaving the mouth piece clean. or paint it with acrylics. I don't think there is a true glaze for air dry clay.

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011 01:06:41 PM »

A water based sealer like Modge Podge would work just fine. Even white glue thinned with water and brushed on would work. Two other products:

Delta Creamcoat -Interior/exterior varnish ( matte or gloss)

"Craft Time" (by DecoArt) - All purpose sealer  I think this is the better choice)

Both are water based and can be found at craft stores or in any store that sells acrylic craft paint. Look in the acrylic paint section. I have used these myself and they seem safe.
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