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Makin's Clay® Basic Tips and Techniques

  • To maximize the shelf life of opened and unused clay wrap clay in plastic wrap and store in a Ziplock® sandwich bag or a similar air-tight container.
  • While working with clay, it's best to place a damp cloth over pieces of clay that will not be used right away or place in an air tight container.
  • Sprits clay with water if it begins to dry during use or to keep unused clay moist. Best results can be achieved using a fine mist spray bottle.
  • Use a drop of water to bond two small pieces of clay together.
  • Clay colors can be intermixed to achieve new colors tints and shades. For best results use the Makin's® Clay Mixing RulerTM. Oil and acrylic paints can be added to clay to achieve a more vibrant color or custom color palate.
  • Clay will stick to most surfaces without glue while the clay is still moist. For some porous surfaces and those clay projects that will be handled or shipped a lot we recommend use of a clear white glue to achieve a stronger bond.
  • Most clay projects will dry within 24 hours. Thin layers of clay will dry quickly while thicker layers of clay will take longer. Actual drying time may vary depending on the density of the clay object, atmospheric conditions such as heat and humidity.
  • Clay can be shaped, molded, textured, stamped, inked, sculpted and painted with acrylics.
  • Art foils, composition leaf, transfers, mica powders, pastels, glitters and glazes can be applied to clay either before or after the clay has dried.
  • Thin sheets of clay once dry will remain flexible when dry, and can be bent or shaped without cracking or breaking.
  • Makin's Clay® is acid free and safe for scrapbooks when dry.

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Key Features

  • No bake clay - no oven or kiln required.
  • Clay dries when exposed to normal air in approximately 24 hours
  • Water based
  • Non-toxic
  • No unpleasant odors or hazardous fumes
  • Biodegradable
  • Contains no PVC
  • Contains no phthalates
  • Acid-free when dry (slightly acidic while wet)
  • Ready to use out of the package
  • Soft, pliable and easy to mix with other clay or paints

Application of Use

  • Can be used in mixed media projects with paper, glass, foam, wood, metalplastic and Styrofoam®.
  • Arts and crafts
  • Home décor'
  • Scrapbooking, memory and paper projects
  • Jewelry
  • Sculpting
  • Fine arts

Color Mixing

  • Mix two or more colors of clay together to achieve any color in the rainbow.
  • Can be mixed with acrylic or oil paints to create more vibrant colors and hues.


  • Do not bake in oven. Do not microwave. Do not place in kiln.
  • Keep away from extreme heat and flame.
  • Do not place uncured clay on furniture.
  • Not recommended for children under age 3.