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How I Clean My Hands After Sculpting

Elizabeth with clay residue on her hands.

Working with clay you'll find that each color leaves a residue on your hands. This can be a problem when you want to work with a different color of clay but don't want to mix the colors. I've tried cleaning clay off with soap and water but that is not effective. I've also attempted using and sponge or garden nail brush on my hands but those get gummed up very quickly and can be painful on sensitive skin.

The best solution I've found for getting clay off my hands has been Clorox wipes, baby wipes or rubbing alcohol.

With the Clorox wipes and rubbing alcohol you'll have to make sure you wash your hands with soap and water afterwards so as not to stain your clothes or the clay.

I also need to note that after drying your hands off, you will find minute fuzzy's on your hands, so take some scrap clay in a base color (like white, beige or grey) and roll it around in your hands to catch the fuzzy's before working with your new clay color.

The clay I use is a polymer clay called CosClay.

Here are some photos of the process:

Also feel free to watch this video that explains the process.

As always, I'd love to hear what part of the sculpting process you'd like me to share. Thanks for reading, hugs - Elizabeth (miniezshop)

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