So I just recently started using Fimo clay, and I put it in a ziplock back after I was finished using it. But when I took it out today, which is about a week later I can tell its getting kinda hard.
Any suggestions on how to keep it from drying out?
This happened to me and I'm almost tempted to put it in the microwave for a few seconds but I don't want it to blow up. You could try using saran wrap or any other plastic wrap.
honestly I would say just keep it in the ziplock.. I do the same thing and it does dry out a little but never too much. I haven't been able to come up with a better solution either but I personally kinda like that it does that, the clay will sometimes be too soft and with the slightest touch have fingerprints all over it. just knead through it some and it goes almost back to normal :]
@Sally I didnt think of it like that! good thinkin lol yeah my white is super smushy and if im not careful u can see a ton of finger prints. If you come up with a better way, let me know! But I think Ill stick with the ziplock
Fimo Mix Quick ive heard works well and might make the clay a bit easier to work with if its hardened up too much, never had that problem yet but might happen at some point to me.
Does anyone have any tips for not getting fingerprints or bits of dust or fluff in the clay? I used it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and rolled it out on white paper but it didn't take long to get full of fluff, especially the white.
Sanding a piece after baking with a very fine grade sandpaper is good for fimo clay to get fingerprints off, i always wash my worksurface and hands thoroughly before working it.
I always find coating it in varnish afterward also helps if you dont use sandpaper (which i do alot because im lazy xx
The darker ones I painted with acrylic and they came up ok, the white just had clear nail varnish and you could see the fluff. Grr!
I'll have to try that sand paper trick (I think I have some that I bought for using on the car). I thought about wearing latex gloves but it seemed a bit like over-kill and would probably naff me off even more!
I do have that problem with fluff on lighter clays, the latex gloves I've had recommended to me about trying to minimise handprints but im too lazy to bother lol.
Sanding might also bring out some of the fluff on the surface x
i had prob's with the clay i used the other week it was very hard and when i tried to roll the stuff it just kept breaking up even rolling in my hands it was breaking up , i found that if a got my hands a little wet and kept rolling the clay in my hands it became soft again , not sure which helped the water or warm hands but it did the job and i made what i needed
The water wouldnt have helped because the clay is essecially plastic in a suspention that only cures when baked so its not water based. The heat from your hands would be what did it, unconditioned clay starts of quite hard to work and can seem to crumble but just needs that conditioning to get it going
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