Fun Clay Project Kits - Drying and Painting Instructions:

Finishing Clay Projects the Air Dry Way

When the projects have been completed, place them on a flat surface, sitting on a paper towel and lightly cover them with the plastic sheet provided over night to allow them to “equalize”. (This just means the moisture content in all the big and little pieces reaches the same level.) The next day uncover them for about 4 hours, then cover them again through the second night. After that they must be left open to completely dry.  Before you paint make sure the clay is dry.  It will change from dark grey to light grey, almost white. When the project has turned colour all over, it is time to paint. It is very important they are completely dry, so if in doubt wait another day or two. When they are completely dry it is time to paint!

PAINTING AIR DRY PROJECTS

PAINT THE BOTTOMS FIRST
Thoroughly paint the entire bottom surface of the sculpture.The paint dries rapidly so in just a few minutes it can be set down on the paper. Acrylic paint will wash off of hands but may not wash out of clothing. Wear your painting clothes or a smock (a garbage bag with holes cut in it works fine! Garbage bags are not toys. Parental supervision is advised.)

Continue to paint the project in two stages as described next, and when it is dry, you can decorate and accentuate in different colours. For example, when painting a Christmas, winter, or arctic scene, paint the entire piece white and then add red and green trim. The angel will be painted all white first then the gold paint can be added over the white on the wings and halo. The frog will be painted all green then tongue, and warts, and eyes, and lady bug can be painted over the green.

. Apply paint to the bottom and up the sides a bit, and allow to dry,

Turn the project over and with the dry bottom side down, apply paint to the top. The acrylic paint will soak into the clay. It is better to use more paint than less.

ALL SURFACES MUST BE GENEROUSLY COVERED
If a piece of the sculpture should come loose there are two ways of reattaching it. The number one method is to use paint as glue, put a blob between the pieces and stick! You can also use a glue gun, however you must paint both surfaces, allow to dry, then glue gun them together. After the glue sets, paint again.
PLEASE NOTE Glue will stick to painted surfaces but NOT to the bare clay surface.

When painting the angel, paint the entire piece white and then add trim. When painting the frog paint the entire piece green and then add trim.

In all cases, when the paint is dry, use the paint on Clear Gloss Sealant provided.
When applying the sealant, as with the paint, seal the bottom first by turning over the project and painting it on. Try to place the project so the sealant can not stick to the paper. Allow the bottom to completely dry, for a minimum of at least one hour. Once completely sealed allow it to dry over night. (The projects “toughen up” over the next two or three days.) If the sealant sticks to the paper and removes some paint revealing the clay, simply reapply the paint to the spot and spot seal it again.

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