How to Dry Modeling Clay

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How to Dry Modeling Clay
When drying clay, it is important to dry it correctly. (Contours in Clay image by John Sfondilias from

If you are sculpting a modelling clay creation that you want to harden, it is important to dry the clay in a specific way so that the clay does not crack, split or crumble. If the clay is dried too quickly, it could ruin the entire creation. Luckily, there are a few helpful techniques for drying modelling clay that will enable your sculpture to dry unscathed and be ready for painting.

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Things you need

  • Water-based modelling clay
  • Sponge
  • Cling film

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  1. 1

    Place your clay sculpture onto a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Wet a sponge, squeeze it out, and place it next to your sculpture.

  3. 3

    Loosely cover the sculpture and sponge with cling film.

  4. 4

    Allow the sculpture to remain under the cling film to dry. If the sponge dries out, re-wet it and place it back under the cling film.

  5. 5

    Once the outside of the clay sculpture is dry to the touch, remove the cling film and let the sculpture air dry.

  6. 6

    After two to three days, bake the dried sculpture in a kiln.

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