From Robyn Hoddell
Tip: "I currently have my clay stored indivdually in small boxes with lids (pack of 12) that I got from Poundland, a pencil box to store all my moulds and spare tools in, and empty paint pots to have my shaved pastels and 'choc chips', even though I'm looking at getting bead storage pots. And then I store it all in a plastic shoe box from Asda/George. I am currently looking for a new storage box though. But it's literally finding something that would suit you."
From Linda Dyson
Tip: "I use a large fishing tackle box to hold my clay and tools. The tackle box I have is by Plano and has a lift-up lid with compartments inside, 3 clear plastic containers under the main lid area, and two compartments on each side. One compartment is one each side of the lift-up lid and another compartment is to the side where the three clear containers are. Each side compartment holds another smaller clear container. I use one to hold my floral canes I have made. I also use some round containers to hold my opened up clay. They are re-cycled plastic Nutura moisturizer containers from AVON. Each recycled container has a screw on lid and the plastic doesn't react with the plasticizers in the polymer clays. All my opened containers of clay are kept in a larger clear plastic container (like what you would use for yarn) I cut the color/style of clay info from the opened up package wrappers and scotch tape it to the top of each container I have. Then I can tell what color/type of clay is in each container."
From Anna Gray
Tip: "I always buy toothbrush cases, but never use them. Instead, I store my clay blades and craft knives in them. The cases are made of soft plastic which won't dull the blades, but is at the same time rigid enough to not allow blades to cut through it and get out of a case. "
From Yvonne Cavalier
Tip: "Back in 2000 I designed a range of storage products primarily for beaders which are designed and manufacturered in th UK, our boxes are all polypropylene recycle mark 5 and our larger boxes (B, E, F, G and H) are particulary suitable for storing polymer clay blocks and full or part used and open. All our boxes have hinged lids and our B box will easily hold a 56g block of Fimo. A 4 Litre Really Useful Box (which we also sell) will hold 41 B boxes. They are a great way of keeping you clay clean and bits of the same colour all together. See them at http://thecraftkitcompany.co.uk/. Hope this helps.
From Kymberli Rogers
Tip: "I tend to stay away from any plastic storage containers. I store all my logs in cookie tins that have lids. I will cut a slice from each of the logs I keep in the tin and glue it onto the outside. This way I know at a glance what logs I have. I line the tins with wax paper and layer wax paper in between logs as well. The tins stack nicely too!"
Tip: "Old, clear 35mm film canisters are what I use, with some wax paper for easy removal. Air tight, and water proof. I also use them for seed beads, and small silver findings I do not want to tarnish. Any film developer will have them, and most likely love to give them to you."
Tip: "I also use mini ziplocs that I bought at Dollar Tree for 1.00! I put them in a large candy box neatly so I can see all the colors easily."
From Kathie Weise
Tip: "I use the containers from Mini M&Ms to store smaller canes. They are air and water-tight and you can mark them the way you would for the cardboard tubes."
Tip: "I learned this tip when going to school for my BFA in sculpture....plastic tackle box trays are the perfect place to store clay and often include little dividers. I love the clear plastic ones because you can see the colors well through them. I use one for my colors and one from my neutral and flesh tones. They are also great if you want a take-along project...buy a smaller tray, just big enough for your tools and a couple of balls of clay, throw it in your bag or suitcase and your ready to clay on the go!"
Tip: "For $4.00 I purchased little plastic ziplock bags from ebay. You can get so many different sizes but 3 X 3 are perfect for the 2 oz sculpey clay! Then I store them in a bead container and they are totally protected from stray dust and hair and last for years!"
Tip: "I use a plastic bead organizer. You can get them almost anywhere (Walmart, Meijer, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc...). It's one of those plastic boxes with the little, rectangular compartments (kind of like a grid) so that my clay doesn't get all mixed up."
From Dru Whitener
Tip: "I store my canes in plastic boxes that have adjustable compartments, the ones that are supposed to be used for beads. The canes that are larger are stored in larger boxes with snap lids (like ones for food), that way you can see what you have without opening a bunch of lids, and no dust or other stuff flies around."
From Karen Lucas
Tip: "I store my extra clay in coffee cans. It stays fresh and there is no plastic to worry about. For my canes, I store them in plastic baggies and a large coookie tin. For beads, I store in a cigar box which I have decorated with clay flowers I made when I first started working with clay."
From Michelle Stricker
Tip: " I like to use those plastic multi-drawer compartments that you find at hardware stores for nails and screws and such. The small drawers are the perfect size for blocks Sculpey III, and the larger drawers are great for keeping jewelry findings, glitter, beads and kemper cutters neat and tidy. I do have to line all my drawers with wax paper to keep the clay from reacting to the plastic in the drawers. I also label all my drawers with the color on the outside. (I like to cut up old business cards and use the back, they are the perfect width!) This system keeps my clay dust free and easily available."
From Kelly Reynolds
Tip: "I like to use a large tackle box to store my clay. It has compartments on both sides and changeables "cubby holes", so I can fit different sizes. I can put my tools and adornments in there also!"
Tip: "I have those roll-around plastic drawer bins for clay storage and I sort by color, but first a $2.00 investment in a box of 300 count plastic sandwich baggies! Pop unused and leftover clay into one of those - place in appropriate drawer and you are good to go! I have successfully stored clay for literally years in plastic baggies and never had a problem. You can see at a glance what color(s) are where and they also slide right over the ends of those 1 lb bricks I have been so fond of ordering! "
From Marcella Brooks
Tip: "I love using waxed paper to separate blocks of clay in my storage boxes. If you wrap your clay completely, it won't get ruined by reacting to the wrong kind of plastic containers. That means you can use nearly any type of container, even wood, papier mache or a paper bag!
From Dawn Naylor
Tip: "When using plastic containers, if they have the recycle number on the bottom, go with a 3 or 5. The plasticizer in the clay can melt (really eat it up!) certain plastics. Found this out the hard way! "
From Jennifer Morrison
Tip: "I use Sculpey III. Since it stays very soft and doesn't dry out easily, I've found that sewing/beading kits work great for storage. With individual compartments, they seem to be the perfect size to fit 1 block of clay, and a little extra. (As a bonus, I get the clear ones, so I can see exactly where my clay status is at!) "
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