Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Clay Storage Ideas

I have been know to say, "I have enough scrap clay to pave my drive way."  It is true.  I have a tendency to lose track of how much good clay I have.  I am a very visual person and  have  repurposed a wood  Pepsi box to keep unopened clay.  I love my Pepsi box.  It stands upright and each section holds five 2 ounce  blocks of clay; it looks cool displayed like that.  But once a block has been opened I tend to  use part  and then put it "somewhere"; Lord knows I would never want to put a opened pack in with the ones in my pretty, pretty Pepsi box.  Like it has to be...perfect. 

Recently, while cleaning my clay area found lots and lots  of partial packages of the same color  and realized just how much clay I have---all over the place.  Many of these treasured finds had other colors of clay mixed in or were dusty from sitting opened.  Wow, I really do not need to worry about running out of clay any time soon.  I found a very inexpensive way to keep opened clay clean and tidy. Ziplock sells   plastic containers and the square one to be the perfect solution.  My local grocery had them on sale for $1.99 for a 5 pack.  I really like them because they are large enough for what I need and I can see the color through the plastic; the raw clay does not stick to the containers. They can also be stacked-that makes me look organized even though I am not.  This is an easy way to see my inventory before ripping open a new clay pack.  It is also  great to keep a smidgen of custom mixed clay  with the same color family.     
Now my scrap clay pile is really scrap clay rather than for something when I cannot find a home.
Hope you find this tip helpful.   Clay On !!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It has been a Looong winter. Where have I been?

It has been a while since I posted but I have been busy.  I really wish I knew more about how to use this blog, in fact I feel like a Dope-David Letterman calls himself a dope so it is a good thing. Been doing more with clay again and as soon as I figure out how, I will post some pictures.  I need to take a community Ed class on Blogging.
 I am working on necklace for a friend of my sister.  I think that is called "being commissioned.", that sounds really strange to me.  Well I have all the parts done but now to get it put together.  I am going to grab my daughter and have her show me how to post pictures.
My husband just retired from the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.  his first week as a retiree was a busy one and he said, "I have been so busy I don't know how I ever had time to work.  I recently moved my clay stuff from the guest bedroom to the front porch so he can paint the guest bedroom.    Everything at my new location is a mess but we are making progress.