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Posted on March 12, 2013 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
I have received so many questions from you, my readers, asking me about polymer clay storage options. Previously I had written about some polymer clay storage options, that focused on floss boxes; many of you have asked for more details, pros/cons, where and what to buy. There is a wide variety of polymer clay storage options available to the crafter, professional, or home studio clay artist. The reality is that absolutely everyone stores their clay differently. Everyone has a system that works for them. Just because a system works well for one clayer does not mean that it will work well for another clayer. Let’s see what options are available to the home studio clayer.
This is the number one and most favored way to store clay by polymer artists around the world. As I stated in a previous post, floss boxes are my favorite way to store polymer clay. I like to make my own colors of clay, so using colors straight from the package is not something that I do often. This being said, when I open new packs of clay and haven’t created my own blends yet, I put them into a craft floss organizer. I do this for all my uncured and opened blocks of clay.
Here’s what you must look for: your floss organizer must be the soft, non-see through plastic. This is very important. If you buy & try to use the rigid (non-bendy) and clear (see through) plastic, the plasticizers in the clay will actually “eat” through the container. This is not good. So do yourself a favor and purchase a soft plastic container that bends and wiggles and will be safe for clay storage.
Many people (Christi Friesen included) store their polymer clay in glass Pyrex containers. This is also an excellent option! This option is best suited for the serious clayer who has oodles of open blocks of clay. I generally do not have that many open blocks of clay at one time to warrant a system like this, but for those of you that do, I would consider putting a little additional money into various sized glass containers.
Storing polymer clay blends can be done many different ways. A favorite for most clayers is to store clay in sheets. Elaine of TooAquarius stores her clay blends in sheets in a soft plastic storage container. I use the technique employed by Lisa Pavelka, storing my blends in a small binder between heavy duty protective plastic sheets that I have slit down the side to create an opening.
Many of you have taken my studio tour, but for those of you that haven’t, check out the video, see the pictures, and take the virtual tour now. My favorite piece in my studio is my antique library card catalog. I use it to store all my unopened clays, mica powders, glitters, tools, and so much more. You name it, it’s stored in there. Make sure you visit the gallery to see all the awesome things inside my studio.
I hope that these storage solutions have given you a little bit of help for ideas and ways to store your polymer clay. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Thanks for joining me today,