Air dry clays are easy to use and model, are fine grained, and best of all, don't need a kiln to fire. They literally air dry. Made either from earth or paper, it dries solid, and yet allows additional clay to be added even after drying. Here some tips on using this incredibly fun type of clay.
Before beginning work on your air-dry clay project, make sure you knead the clay until its soft and easy to work with. Keeping your hands slightly wet, you'll find this clay easy to handle. If the clay starts to dry out before you are ready, add a touch of water to it, as you would with regular clay. Make sure the clay is sealed in a plastic or airtight container when you are not working with it. If it starts to dry out in the packaging, add a little water.
Standard pottery and clay working tools can also be used with air-dry clay. Some basic tools most beginners and professionals use include a potters rib, steel scraper, needle tool, loop, sponge, wire clay cutters and wood modeling tools. In much the same way as they are used with regular clay, they can be as effective with air-dry, creating the same effects depending on the project you wish to complete.Once dry, clay projects may be sanded, carved or drilled. They can also be painted, stained or shaded with chalk.