One of the most beautiful qualities of clay is that it does not get bad. He reacts, however, when dehydration and is fast hard. In order to reduce the evaporation and to keep the clay mass longer workable, help small and inexpensive measures. The choice of storage location also contributes to the retention of elasticity. Nach Moisten damp cloth
General and basic requirement for soft, workable clay is to maintain the liquid balance as far as possible. The simplest and most obvious remedy is a damp towel that keeps the clay moist. Physically, the moisture of the cloth should result in a "saturation" of the sound environment. Water molecules can not escape.
Since the damp cloth itself is affected by evaporation and drying out, it should be re-moistened regularly. Ideal aid is a water spray bottle, with which the cloth is sprayed on both sides about half an hour. A so-called mist moisture is desirable.
Choosing the place of storage
The cloth not only reduces direct evaporation, but also keeps evaporative influences out. Draft and heat are the main factors that accelerate the drying of the clay. Therefore, the working space should not be overheated. Storage locations over heaters such as a windowsill are inappropriate.
When working outside with the clay, shady and calm places are advantageous. With a damp towel, the workable state of the clay can be well preserved over several hours. A good tool for drying a finished clay object is a plasterboard. It removes the water more quickly from the clay. As a storage record during work, it is counterproductive.
Store overnight or longer
The boundary between storing and storing sound is fluid. If the acute processing is to be outlasted, a plastic cover next to the damp cloth is helpful. The soft clay is shaped into a solid shape like a ball or plate. After wrapping in the damp towel, it is wrapped in a plastic bag.
Mold is created only by external influence or organic dirt in the clay. Cleaning the clay from the outside and using clean plastic. A first wrapping layer of fresh cling film provides this.
Tips & TricksIf you have individual processing residues and a starting mass, push the remains into the rest block. This additionally reduces mold susceptibility.