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Air Dry Clay - Not Just For Fun

Not only beginners, but experienced artists as well, find air dry clay to be a useful medium for many things. Today, we will go over some ways to make it an invaluable tool  in your studio, and some project ideas.

Air dry clay comes in multiple forms, many different colors, can be colored with acrylic paints, is inexpensive and is readily available. It's also a great way to introduce beginners to sculpting, and seasoned artists to exploring their creative side.

Are you ready for some interesting tips to use it yourself, or do you have a kids project in mind, but really want to be able to let them take it home instead of waiting for the glazing and firing process? Air dry clay may be just what you're looking for! Oh, and did I mention that you can throw it on the wheel?


So, have you ever pictured a masterpiece in your head but you just can't sketch it, or maybe, you're the passenger on a long trip, and your mind is full of ideas? Well, why not put those ideas into a rough draft, or mini version, of the final piece.

Let's say this sculpture your thinking of is three feet high. You know there are still some things you need to work out in order for it to be stable, but you'd like to try it out before the final project.

Air dry clay is the perfect choice for just that situation. Not only can you do a mini version of the sculpture, but you can figure out the best way to accomplish those tricky spots before you go to town on the "real thing." Besides, left to dry on its own, your mini version will stay intact as the perfect template.

A small bag of clay, a couple sculpting and design tools, and a small ware board is all you need. Ps... if you're planning to do it on the road, you may want a box or tote big enough to hold your piece until you get to your destination.

Here are just a few project ideas...  Keep in mind, air dry clay is not food safe, and any project you make that will come in contact with moisture will need a clear coat applied first.

  • Jewelry
  • Ring bowl
  • Kids figurines


  • Ocarinas/flutes
  • Trinket boxes
  • Picture frames
  • Wall art
  • Pencil cups
  • Napkin and plastic utensil holders
  • And many more!

How to finish off the project? Simple, just use some Mayco Softees Acrylic Paint and a clear spray for a beautiful and unique piece!

If you'd like to share your ideas, projects or submit a post for our blog, email us at! We look forward to hearing from you!


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