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Quick Tip #1 Sculpting Clay Storage

Today on The Sculptor’s Apprentice, a quick tip about sculpting clay storage.

We use Chavant Brand clay, and the type that we use is NSP Firm in the color of green. NSP stands for Non-Sulfurated Plasticine, and that is important because the sulfur in some oil based clays can inhibit the cure of our silicone mold making material.

One of the great things about oil based sculpting clay is that it doesn’t dry out. But … that is only mostly true. It will dry out, but the timeline is much longer than water based clay. What that means for us is that we can leave our clay sculpture uncovered when we are working on it, and even well after we are finished. But at some point, usually when the foundry has a finished bronze casting, we need to cut the clay sculpture up and put it in an air tight container. Check out the video below to get the details.

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  • Clay storage tubs These black and yellow storage tubs are great for storage. They are really cheap relative to their size, and they are super durable. Make sure you don’t fill them up too much, because you can fit about 100 lbs in these if you fill them up.
  • Chavant Clay – NSP Hard Green – Sculpting and Modeling Clay (1/4 Case) Can’t say enough good things about this clay. Clay is a really personal thing, but we would encourage you to try this clay if you aren’t already using a high quality oil clay.

That does it for today, hopefully that helps you guys save a bit of money down the road on clay. Let us know in the comments if you have a different solution for storage, or if you have a different clay you prefer, let us know why.

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