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Old 06-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #1  
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Default softening oven-bake clay

does anyone know any good products or techniques for softening oven-bake clay (such as sculpey)? is there any way to use gambling for softening clay? thanks!
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:27 AM   #2  
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I'm afraid I have no idea what gambling is so I can't answer that bit of your question.

Body heat is usually effective (and it's free!). When I'm going to do some clay work, I stick the block of clay in the pocket of my jeans for an hour or so before I get started. That's usually enough to get it soft enough that you can get started on conditioning it by kneading with your fingers and then move to a pasta machine or rolling rod for your final stage if you want a sheet of clay rather than a lump for modelling.

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I like that idea - sticking it in my pocket. I've put it in a ziploc baggie and put it in a bowl of warm water to soften it up.
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I've heard of the jeans pocket technique too. Seems to work pretty good.
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thanks! the clay I bought was dry & crumbly. thankfully the manufacturers sent me some freebies to try to make up for that but I am still hoping theres a way to save the clay
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Appreciate the suggestions. I just found a bagful of Premo Sculpey clay in a drawer, with a receipt dated 2002. Been running it through the pasta press, and get "bread crumb" crumbles with some, and successful softening with others, mostly the metallics.
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