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Can I make clay jewelry with air dry clay?


#1

Can I use air dry or do I have to get an oven? I’m trying to stay
away from any stinky smells.

I want to make my own beads and other items from air dry clay and
I’m looking for a clay that when dried won’t crack, shrink and that I
can still drill and sand/file to shape, etc.

What I really want to do is create my little own “sculptures” if you
will then be able to put them on a necklace or other use.

Thanks.
Brian Sommers


#2
Can I use air dry or do I have to get an oven? I'm trying to stay
away from any stinky smells. 

actual clay usually needs to be fired in a kiln to properly turn it
into a durable object. Instead, use polymer clay like Fimo or Sculpy
or another such.

The come in many colors which you can combine however you wish.

they do need heating to cure, but it’s low temperature, like in the
200F range (see the specifics for the brand you choose). You can do
it in a toaster oven or your kitchen oven. I’ve not found them to
generate any strong smells, though there may be some slight smell if
you’ve got a sensative nose. Just have decent ventillation and you’ll
be fine.


#3

Brian,

Can I use air dry or do I have to get an oven?..... What I really
want to do is create my little own "sculptures

Do you care if your sculpture doesn’t last any longer than a few
years?


#4

You might want to send your question to a clay or ceramic forum.
Theycan advise you as to the various kinds of clay that might suit
your needs. I have a friend who makes things out of something which
I think is called Fimo or Sculpy, which hardens in a regular oven.
Don’t know how strong the pieces are, so check it out on the various
web sites devoted to those clays. Alma


#5

There is air dry clay and polymer clay. For jewelry they both need
heat. Usually 20 minutes or so at around 250 degrees will be good.
Check by brand. Make sure to condition the clay before using. Also
roll such as to remove any air pockets after folding or blending. I
have had success with adding stones or metal. These clays do not
shrink.