Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How long does Makin’s Clay® need
Makin’s Clay® dries when exposed to normal room temperatures
within 24 hours. Thin sheets of Makin’s Clay® will dry quickly while thicker
layers of clay will take longer.
Actual drying time may vary depending on the density of the clay project
and atmospheric conditions such as heat and humidity.
Q2. Does Makin’s Clay® shrink
Makin’s Clay® is a water based clay, as such as the clay
dries some shrinkage will occur. In
most cases shrinkage will be less than 3%, but on larger clay objects the
shrinkage can be 5%-8%. The slower
the clay dries, the less shrinkage will be realized. When using Makin’s Clay® for small
jewelry or mixed media or fine art projects where exact dimensions are critical,
it’s best to test Makin’s Clay® for shrinkage in the atmosphere where the work
will be performed to determine the actual shrinkage for your project.
Q3. Will Makin’s Clay® color
changed after drying?
Makin’s Clay® color will dry slightly darker then the color when fresh
out of the package. The change in color is so minimal; it may not be noticeable
to the naked eye.
Q4. Is Makin’s Clay® durable
Makin’s Clay® is very durable after it dries, and will break,
crack or flake over time.
Q5. How can you keep Makin’s Clay® moist
for use after opening the package?
For best results, remove clay from the outer vacuum
pack. Cut off the portion of clay
required for immediate use. Leave
the unused clay in the original inner plastic wrapping. Place unused clay and any clay scraps
inside a resealable bag such as a Ziploc® sandwich baggie with a moist towlette
(baby wipe), then squeeze baggie to remove as much air as possible, then zip
the baggie closed. If unused clay
is stored properly it will last up to one year or longer after being opened.
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 with a moist paper towel or baby
Q6. Can Makin’s Clay® be blended
to make different colors?
Two or more Makin’s Clay® colors can be mixed together to
achieve additional colors. The
Makin’s® Clay Mixing Ruler (#35003) illustrates a variety of color
combinations. Acrylic and oil paints
can be mixed with Makin’s Clay® to create a more vibrant hue or custom color
Q7. Is Makin’s Clay® waterproof?
Makin’s Clay® is not waterproof, but is not affected by brief
contact with surface moisture. As a
general rule it is recommended that a sealer be considered for use on Makin’s
Clay projects such as jewelry and outdoor projects to preserve the original
shape and beauty from over exposure to perspiration or various weather
Q8. What sealers are recommended for use on Makin’s Clay®
are many different sealant products readily available on the market. For your convenience please find a list
of sealants that have been found work just fine with Makin’s Clay® beads and
home décor projects displayed outdoors.
Plaid Indoor/Outdoor Varnish
Golden Polymer Varnish
Beacon Liquid Laminate
Quest Perfect Paper Adhesive
Q9. Can Makin’s Clay® be frozen
to extend shelf life?
Makin’s Clay® should not be frozen if avoidable. It is believed that repeatable instances
of freezing and thawing Makin’s Clay® may actually reduce the shelf life of
Makin’s Clay® products. For best
results, store Makin’s Clay® in a climate controlled environment to prevent
Q10. Does Makin’s Clay® harden when exposed to heat or left in
direct sun light?
Makin’s Clay® does not harden when exposed to heat. Makin’s Clay® may become softened or
sticky if left in direct sun light for an extended time. If you find Makin’s Clay® is too soft
from being in the sun, just open package and allow clay to stand for 2-3
minutes to permit the clay to dry and return to the original condition.
Q11. Does Makin’s Clay® contain
PVC, Phthalate and Latex?
Makin’s Clay® was originated to be an environmentally safe
modeling medium. As such Makin’s
Clay® does not contain PVC, phthalates, latex or toxins.
Q12. Is Makin’s Clay®
Makin’s Clay® is a water-based product and biodegradable.
Q13. Is Makin’s Clay® acid free
and safe to use with photos?
Makin’s Clay® is slightly acid when removed from package, but
is acid free when dry. Makin’s Clay®
is ideally suited for use in scrapbooking and collages where photos and other
acid sensitive materials will be used.
Q14. What ingredients are used to make Makin’s
The ingredients and formula of Makin’s Clay® is proprietary information
and not subject to public disclosure.
Q15. Does Makin’s Clay® contain
Makin’s Clay® does not contain Gluten. Makin’s Clay® is certified safe for use
by consumers of all ages (over 3 years old). Makin’s Clay® is not manufactured for
Q16. Does Makin’s Clay® cause
allergy i.e. Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is more commonly caused by an allergy to foods which contain
ingredients such as nuts (peanuts), shellfish (shrimp and crab), and dairy
products (milk and eggs).
Makin’s Clay® is manufactured free from all nuts, shellfish and dairy
products. Makin’s Clay® is
currently being tested in an effort to be certified as a hypoallergenic
Q17. Is Makin’s Clay® safe for
pregnant women to work with?
Makin’s Clay® has been used by pregnant women for years without
any reported problems. However if
you are aware of any pregnancy complications or have reason to have a specific
concern about using clay products it is recommended you consult with your
physician before using Makin’s Clay®.