POLYMER CLAY TIP OF THE DAY
Haven’t you ever noticed how after claying all day (or part of the day) your hands are dried out, your cuticles begin to tear, and you get a large number of hangnails? This is because the clay (though non-toxic and gentle) takes the moisture that is in your hands and absorbs it…all of it.
This being said, there are several things that I have on my studio table at all times.
Using lotion with polymer clay can save your hands and your clay in the long run! One of the things I rely on is a giant bottle of St. Ives Intensive Healing Lotion. Having lotion on your table and using that lotion are very important parts of being a sculptor or a clayer. This being said, there are a lot of people that do not like this idea. I think that stems from the fact that people don’t use the lotion correctly. So today we’re going to talk a little about how to use lotion, why you should use it, and why it will help you clay. [Be sure to watch the video above as well!]
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HOW TO USE LOTION WITH POLYMER CLAY:
First, let’s remember that using lotion with polymer clay is to help you clay and not hinder your claying experience. In order for this to work for you here are my suggestions.
Apply a normal amount of hand lotion. Please note that I did not say a liberal or generous amount. All you want to do is put a barrier on your hands, not soak them so that they drip with lotion. Using lotion with polymer clay is to help you … not to hurt you. Using too much will hurt you and your claying your experience.
Next, work that lotion into your hands all the way…leave no “unrubbed” spots of greasy parts on your hands. If you do not adequately rub the lotion into your hands, you will have a mess when you begin to work with clay (this is exactly why some clayers think using lotion is a bad idea). Here’s the way I do it. I use lotion and rub it in fully. Then I slowly set up my workspace, getting my tools, cutters, clay, and “ingredients out” for my project that day. This also allows the lotion to “set” into my skin. Here’s an important note: do not use baby oil or an oil-based lotion! This will not soak into your skin properly and when you work with clay it will become a mess! I hope that this tip will help you enjoy claying even more!