There are a LOT of things that I love about having my own studio in a separate area from the every day areas of my house. One of which is that I can shut the door (and even lock it if I want to)…and come back whenever I want. But here’s the neurotic part of me…I like my studio clean. In fact on any given day, my studio is cleaner than the rest of my house. Why? Because that’s the way I like it! How? In less than 15 minutes I can clean the whole thing. Read how to clean your studio in 15 minutes or less too…
Polymer Clay Studio Cleaning Tutorial
Hi, my name is Katie and I am a clean studio-aholic! Why am I like this? I don’t really know. But what I do know is that I can’t work when there are lots of things on my studio table. I like my workspace clean and presentable. I like it this way because I feel free to explore, play, create…to feel the clay warm in my fingers and cool on the marble tile. It’s. Just. The. Way. I. Am.
This being said, by the end of my clay time, I can have quite the mess made. 15 colors of blends going at one time, every tool I have out on my worktable, at least 2-3 stamps, a book or two (to inspire me), and of course my coffee cup. Now let’s not even mention the clay that fell on the floor, the glitter that gently floats to the floor, and the mica powder dust covering a portion of the counter. Did I mention the acrylic paints & paint brushes? I must have forgotten them…at any rate, you can tell that after a clay day my workspace screams “Clean Me” with the “Disaster Zone” hanging on the door.
My theory on having a clean studio is this… Not only do I like to start clean, but it takes me less time to clean it up if I do it every time than if I don’t. If I spend 4 days in the studio and don’t clean at the end of each day, on the 4th day, it takes me over an hour to clean up. (Trust me, I’ve done it before). So rather than do it the hard way, I’ll take it one day at a time…now if I could only do the same thing for my house.
HOW TO CLEAN IT:
Here’s my cheat sheet on how to clean your polymer clay studio, in other words…my polymer clay studio cleaning tutorial!
Put clay away (5 min)! Whether it’s to put them in sheets, roll them in balls, or keep them in dividers…whatever your system is, just take the time to put it away.
Wipe off your tools (2 min). Use baby wipes, or paper towels and warm water, whatever you have. This might seem like a tedious task, but it’s easier to take the clay off now than later. Also, if you have any plastic tools, the clay could eat through them if you leave it on there.
Put tools, books, stamps, & stamps away (3 min). Once all your tools are clean, this step should take you no more than 2 minutes. Just grab it and put it away where it belongs, don’t leave any of it sit out.
Clean your paint brushes in soap & water and putting your paints away (3 min). If for whatever reason you can not clean your brushes, at minimum soak them in water so that they will not harden with paint in them. And…take 30 seconds, close your paints and put them away.
Wipe it down (2 min)! Take a good 2-3 minutes and wipe down every surface of your clay studio. This will help to keep particles, dirt, and extra clay bits off your future projects.
Sweep it up (5 min). One of my pet peeves is dragging glitter up the stairs and onto my carpet. How do I prevent this? I take 2 minutes every time I close the studio to get out the broom and sweep.
Smile & Leave Inspired. Next time you venture to your clay table, your workspace will be clean and ready to be messed up.