Floss Box Clay Storage Solution

Posted on July 26, 2012 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie

Polymer Clay Storage Solutions by KatersAcres

Clay storage is a challenge for any clayer, especially when 80% of clayers are working in a space the size of a closet. One of the hardest things about having a small studio is having adequate space to store things in, especially blocks, more blocks, and pounds of clay.  This is especially hard for me, a clayer, who may need multiple brands of clay, custom blends, inclusions, etc.  Today I’m going to share with you an in-depth look at clay storage solutions that I use that may also help you and your clay organization.

My Studio Clay Table:

KatersAcres Studio TableMy current studio consists of a large table, coffee table, & cedar chest.  Why? When I began claying over 4 years ago, I never dreamed I would fall in love with claying like I did.  I never thought I’d open an Etsy store, and I never thought that I would create a character based solely in my imagination and then brought to life.  So, as I outgrew my studio about 2 years ago, my husband gave me an awesome Christmas gift: plans for a brand new studio, just for me and Parker.

With the economy being in a downward trend, we have saved pennies, quarters, & dollars to build this.  Well, with only a few hundred to go the studio is now a reality.  However, because my new studio construction has not yet begun, I still work & clay in the same small space.  I’m excited at the prospect of this changing so soon however!

Floss Box Turned Into Clay Storage Box:

When you go to the craft stores, in their storage solutions section, you will find lots of boxes, drawers, gadgets, & gizmos.  Here’s the basic thing to keep in mind. You need to store clay in soft plastic containers…not the rigid plastic containers as the clay will actually eat through them.

KatersAcres clay storage boxMy Clay Storage Box:

Once you have your clay storage box, you can use it for just about anything that you would like.  Here’s my clay storage box.  I actually have three (yes, I do know that’s a lot) clay storage systems, but this one is the one that gets the most use!  In this plastic floss box, I store all my unused and unblended clay.  I blend my own clay to make new, never before seen colors using a wide variety of base colors.  Even my standard yellow Parker is a custom blended color, he’s not a “straight from the package” color.

Any clay that goes into this box is a straight from the package. It has not been blended in any way.  This lets me know that they are original colors.  If I have blended the clay, it goes into a different storage system, which I will show you another time.  For me, it is not important for me to separate “brands” of clay.  I only use two different brands, Premo & Fimo.  This being said, the bars of clay look different and their consistency is different enough that I can always tell them apart.

Other Clayer’s Floss Boxes:

Here are a few pictures of other clayers floss box storage systems from Flickr.  Click on the pictures to go directly to that user’s Flickr site.


polymer clay cane storageFrom lifeartdesigns
 

Just some clayFrom Jen and Tony Bot

Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

 
13 Comments for this entry

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Katie
February 7, 2015
12:22

Thanks for the shout-out!

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Laurie
September 6, 2014
15:20

Great idea!! I use a similar box though I “stole” it from the hubby. It’s part of his “Fishing Gear” My boxes have customizable tabs so I can make my clay slots as big or small as I want or need at the time. They are really inexpensive as they come in packs of 4 that come with the guys fishing totes. Thanks for the consistent organizational and mentoring tips. So Appreciated!

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Judith Lynn Gauthier
August 28, 2013
11:48

Great ideas. All of my unopened clay is stored by color and brand in 13x13x3 plastic containers meant for scrap booking papers. All of my opened clay and custom blended clay are kept in ziplock snack bags. Each bag is labeled in permanent marker with its color name eg; Premo white is labeled as ‘P. White’. If the the color is a custom blend then it is labeled with the recipe eg;

1 pt P. white
2 pt P. pearl

From there all my ziplocked colors are grouped together in bread bags, reds, yellows & oranges, Whites, off whites and ecru. Pearls, regardless of color are grouped together. Specialty clays like translucent, glow in the dark, etc. I can fit 2 of those bread bags in 1 11×7 plastic basket that I picked up at Walmart or Dollar Tree really cheap. I have a large (and cheap) plastic 3 stackable cube unit that I picked up approximately 20 years ago (and recently stole back from my son). Its 3 cubes tall and each cube is 16wx13dx12h (36″h all 3 cubes. Each cube holds 2 of those baskets side by side. Each basket is labeled (well…it will be soon. lol) with the 2 color groups inside. So when I need say red I pull out the bag with all shades of red in it. If I don’t see what I want then I got to the unopened clay. When I finish off a clay color I leave the labeled snack bag in with the color group so it can be reused.

On the top of the unit I also keep a container for my scrap clay which are in larger ziplocks labeled ‘light colors’, ‘browns’, ‘bold colors’. And another basket that I use for current projects. As I finish using a color I toss the ziplock with it in the basket, when I am done with my project I put the colors back where they belong. I will admit that white and black seem to live in the current project basket and never make it back home. lol

All of the components that I use were purchased at places like Walmart and Dollar Tree on the cheap.

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A Piece of Lisa
July 31, 2012
17:29

I use little mini drawers to store my ‘working’ packages of clay—opened and mixed colors, sorted by color….blues in one drawer, reds in another, etc. I have them sitting across the back of my work table. I also have a larger plastic drawer chest beneath the table that stores all my unopened back stock of colors.
Here’s a link to my blog post about my studio:
http://apieceoflisajane.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-studioon-perfect-day.html

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MagicByLeah
July 26, 2012
23:39

Great storage system Katie, and I like how you keep the floss box for ‘untouched’ clay. Alas I too have outgrown my initial clay system and now have an entire drawer in my craft-cart designated for just clay
Thanks for sharing

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Katie
July 27, 2012
08:10

Thanks for stopping Leah – you’ll have to post pictures of yours on your blog too!

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Marianne - Calliope
July 26, 2012
15:52

Thanks, Katie. I was thinking Embroidery thread (floss) or dental floss (no, no, not that LOL).

I’ll look around now that I know there is such a thing and it is safe to use.

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Katie
July 27, 2012
08:10

As long as the plastic looks “milky” and it is flexible, you should be able to use it just fine.

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Marianne - Calliope
July 26, 2012
10:40

Storage is always such a problem. What is a ‘floss box’? The boxes in the pictures look pretty rigid to me. In the olden days, I melted my way through a number of rigid plastic boxes. LOL

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Katie
July 26, 2012
12:55

Hey Marianne – A floss box is a soft plastic (non rigid) storage box that many people keep their cards of floss (for needlepoint) in. The plastic is NOT see thru…it has a cloudy and soft look/feel. I hope this helps.

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