same for all these (air-dry clay) products."
Air dry clays ......"start the curing process the minute the package is opened, when the moist product is exposed to air. There is no great mystery of technique involved in curing paperclay. Your job in working with the paperclays is to stop the natural curing process until you have completed the sculpture and you are ready to let it dry. It will pay to understand how the product reacts to air over the period of drying, as this can affect how you work."
"Since the paperclay is drying from the outside to the inside, it forms a slow crust. If you work the dry surface, you will find that this crust can peel off. You will also find that the crust is rubbery. It is not unusual during this period to have the surface crack and the whole piece bend at the same time." ......"One positive aspect of paperclay is that it can be moistened and re-sculpted after being dried. Just take your time."
"In either the wet or dry approaches with paperclay, no matter how careful you are, the material is exposed to air as you work. The exposed surface will always be drying..... The material will even be drawn dry by your hands as you work it. This is why you keep a spray bottle of water handy. Just a quick squirt from time to time - not a soaking - will keep material workable."
"Just because paperclay tends to dry once it is out of the package does not mean you have to work fast. You can keep work in process for days and weeks if you keep it damp while you are working and cover it well when you are not".
I (Mary) prefer to use the approach where you let each layer dry and build on it. This allows me to continue working on the same figure for weeks at a time, or to work on more than one at a time without worrying if I'm keeping it damp enough. Please comment if you have any ADC curing tips to share.
Image credits: Photos are all dolls created by Susanna Oroyan