How To Seal Air Dry Clay (Six Step Guide)

Being a handy person has always been the way I like doing things.

When I first had my place, I always made my own decorations.

Furthermore, it helped me save a lot of money when it comes to repairing options.

If you have something like a sculpture or something made of clay, you have the ability to repair to its original form.

You can now learn how to do this by yourself through the steps I am going to give you.

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How To Seal Air Dry Clay In 6 Steps

1.Covering up the workspace

Doing sculpting or repairs using clay can be a very messy process.

Therefore before starting your work you need to cover up the table with an old cloth to avoid unnecessary staining.

With such a mess in your workstation, it can make you do your work uncomfortably and not reach your full potential.

2.Preparing the dry air clay

You can now remove the clay from its packaging and through this, make sure that you make it smooth and soft as though you are making dough.

This whole process is known as conditioning.

By making it smooth, it makes the clay easy to work with.

3. Using a board or a banding wheel

The wheel helps in making the sculpture to be even and straight.

It reduces the cases of making mistakes while sculpting.

It means that you can move around the whole workstation without even needing to lift it up.

4. Minimise cracking with a wet mix

Making a repair without experience can be much harder for you.

Although, you can make it an easy and smooth process, especially when repairing an already dry sculpture.

If you notice these cracks on the sculpture, do not panic as there is nothing you are doing wrong. The moisture evaporates as the sculpture dries.

When it happens that the cracks appear, just let it all dry up completely, then fill up the cracks with another clay mix-up and let it dry up all over again.

5. Making the sculpture waterproof with dry clay

After finishing the sculpture, you will need it to dry outside.

However, you are required to protect it with a coat of either arylic gloss or PVA glue and water.

You can do this by using a paintbrush to cover the whole sculpture with a mix of PVA glue and water.

Let it further dry and put another coating of arylic gloss. Now put two coats of the final colours.

6. Wrapping the sculpture in sessions

It can not be professional to do a repair in only one sitting.

Although you can use the wrapping sheets in various stages, this will help the sculpture to gain strength and makes it possible for you to check on the mistakes you might have made along the way.

That’s How To Seal Air Dry Clay

Ever since I was a little girl, I always liked making my own toys using clay.

As I have been doing it over the years, I realised that at this moment, it was when I felt most at peace.

It is possible for you to like this too.