Having A Hard Time Keeping Your White Clay Clean?

Keeping Your Clay CleanVideo #498: Here’s some quick tips to help you keep the lint, fuzz and pet hairs at bay, so that your whites stay white.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Tips for Keeping Your Polymer Clay Clean.
  • Light colors like white polymer clay get dirty very easily.
  • Avoid getting clay dirty in the first place.
  • Don’t wear fluffy clothing like scarves and sweaters.
  • No pets in studio when working with raw white clay.
  • Keep work area clean and dust free.
  • Wipe surfaces with baby wipes or damp cleaning cloths.
  • Sticky lint rollers will help pick up dust.
  • Keep hands super clean. Use sugar scrubs or other abrasive cleansers on hands to get lines and fingerprints clean.
  • Roll soft translucent polymer clay in hands to pick up any bits of dirt or clay that might be on your hands while working on your projects.
  • Once hands are clean, avoid touching clothing.
  • Keep pasta machine, tools and all surfaces as clean as possible.
  • In a future video I will show you how to remove dirt from polymer clay if it has already got onto the surfaces.

Do you have any suggestions for videos on tips, techniques or products you would like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments section below!

My goal is to help you to learn quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Jocelyn C, 20 March, 2014

    Cindy, another suggestion packed video, especially love the idea of using the lint roller brush. Thanks!

  2. Dixie Ann, 20 March, 2014

    Love the lint roller idea! Another thing I never thought of was to use translucent clay to pick up excess stuff from off my hands. Wonderful ideas! Even us old diehards need to be reminded once in awhile to keep our areas clean. Thank you Teacher!

  3. Anna Sabina, 21 March, 2014

    I happen to be using white clay on a project and use alcohol to clean my work surface. At one time baby wipes had alcohol in them but many now are alcohol free and contain aloe or glycerine. But the even the alcohol free wipes do a good job of cleaning my work surface. I was at Walgreen’s last night to pick up some 91% rubbing alcohol. I was pleased to see thy had it in a spray bottle, this will be great when cleaning my pasta machine. They also had wipes with 70 percent alcohol. I found these in the first aid section of the store.

  4. Theresa L, 22 March, 2014

    Love your tutorials. You’ve motivated me to try polymer clay.

  5. Kim Kelly, 27 March, 2014

    Hi Cindy,

    I am addicted to your Youtube channel and website. You have saved me from so many mistakes and honestly disasters. Thank you!

    I have a question for you about photographs and resin. I am going to be creating my own jewelry bezels for my bracelets and necklace line. I have clients that send me their personal photographs and I cut and glue them in and put a resin topcoat to seal in the images. Is there are particular brand of glue that you would recommend using with polymer clay?

    Also, have you done any experiments with resin on top of clay? Any bleeding or improper mixing of elements?

    Thanks so much for all your help and guidance. Huge fan and keep up the good work. So excited to start trying your color palettes. They are amazing!!!

    Kim Kelly
    Bay Girl Designs

  6. Cindy Lietz, 31 March, 2014

    Hi Kim, thank you for all your kind words! I really appreciate hearing that from you. As far as glue goes, you have several options… in fact if you type glue into the search box at the top of the page you will get several answers that may help you. For something like that I would use either Weldbond or E6000. Either are compatible with polymer and will hold very well.

  7. Suzanne C, 07 April, 2014

    Just wondered where you got those wonderful wall storage units with the drawers on your work table!

    Just what I have been looking for. Thanks!

    Suzanne

  8. Cindy Lietz, 07 April, 2014

    Hi Suzanne, here is the video that I did on that storage unit…

    Plastic Drawer Storage Cabinet For Polymer Clay

    …and btw, I bought mine at a store here in Canada called Canadian Tire, but there are lots of places you can buy them, including online.

  9. Donna C, 18 April, 2014

    Hi Cindy! I am just beginning my journey into polymer clay and have become very interested in your videos. I like your short teaching techniques. Thank you for teaching in such a way even an ol’ girl like me can understand.

    Donna

  10. Angela Kellsey, 25 April, 2014

    Hi Cindy,
    Since watching some of your videos I feel like I’ve learned a great deal about finishing my pc pieces. I was wondering one thing though: I have been sanding my pieces with 3m sandpaper found at Canadian Tire using 400 grit all the way down to 1500, and I still find that I have a white residue-like film on my pieces. I then use felt to make it shine but the white film is still there. How do I get rid of this film? I use water with a drop of dish soap, so I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Do you have any suggestions?

  11. Cindy Lietz, 29 April, 2014

    Hi Angela, I am not totally sure what is happening here. What brand of polymer clay are you using? Maybe the water is a problem for it?

  12. Steve Giles, 22 July, 2014

    Hi….I’ve tried making zebra print beads using fimo classic clay, and no matter how many times I wash my hands and my blade and work surface I still manage to get black mixing with the white resulting in a dirty looking bead, have you got any tips please to keep this from happening?….thanks

  13. Cindy Lietz, 26 July, 2014

    Hi Steve, Fimo will dissolve a little when exposed to water, so make sure your hands are clean and dry before trying to roll them in your hands. A little cornstarch rubbed into your hands will help, especially if your hands tend to sweat a little. This is not as much an issue when you work with Premo since it won’t break down with water. Hope that helps!

  14. Janice W. Armistead, 24 January, 2015

    This comment is about CLEANING YOUR HANDS, which can help when switching to white clay, or just to have clean hands after finished.
    Keeping clean clay is so important, but what about your hands when you are finished. Well after watching a YouTube about cleaning epoxy brushes, I applied it to my polymer clay hands….AND IT WORKS! First spray about 3 sprays of baking spray (I use Pam) in the palm of one hand. Then about 3 pumps of GermX on top of the baking spray in your palm, then a drizzle of dishwashing liquid on top of both (I use Dawn). Rub hands together briskly, and use fingernail brush on nails and hands. Rinse with warm water, and follow up with soap and water. I rarely have to repeat. Results…..CLEAN HANDS. This also works for epoxy brushes in a small Dixie cup.

  15. Cindy Lietz, 27 January, 2015

    That sounds like a very interesting tip Janice! I will have to remember to try that. Thanks for letting us know about it!

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