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Sculpey Air-Dry™ Modeling Clay 


Perfect for sculptures, jewelry and school projects, air-dry modeling clay is a durable, lightweight medium that is incredibly pliable and easy to shape. Air-dry clay from Sculpey® does not require a kiln or oven to cure and dries within 24 hours. Just wait for the clay to dry and decorate with markers or paint to bring your creative vision to life! 


What Is the Difference Between Air-Dry Modeling Clay and Polymer Oven-Bake Clay?

People often wonder can you bake air dry clay? The answer is no which makes its drying process vastly different from polymer oven-bake clay. Air-dry modeling clay will harden at room temperature without baking. Polymer oven-bake clay, on the other hand, requires the proper application of heat to make it hard. 

Air-Dry Clay: Pros

Sculpey Air-Dry™ modeling clay is ideal for sculpting and can be shaped into coil or slab forms. If air-dry clay becomes stiff, you can add a little bit of water and knead it to make it soft and fresh again. This type of clay will dry hard and:

  • - Is easy to handle and manipulate. 
  • - Can be painted or colored with markers once dried.
  • - Retains a permanent shape after drying.
  • - Does not require exclusive products for finishing and glue.
  • - Is suitable for all ages due to the variety of clay types on the market.

Air-Dry Modeling Clay: Cons 

Clayers may opt for polymer oven-bake clay over air clay because:

  • - Air-dry clay requires long drying times, especially for large projects.
  • - Unused air-dry clay must be stored in a zip-close bag or air-tight container.
  • - Even after air-dry clay is hardened, it is not waterproof. 

Polymer Oven-Bake Clay: Pros 

Polymer clay is a modeling clay with a polymer polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, base. When uncured, it will stay soft at room temperature and harden when baked in the oven at the recommended heat. Using polymer clay over other varieties offers numerous advantages, such as:

  • - A permanent shape and resistance to water after curing.
  • - A wide range of color choices, from bright colors to pastel.
  • - Special effects like metallic, opal, granite and more.

Polymer Oven-Bake Clay: Cons

As a teacher or parent, there may be times when you opt for air-dry modeling clay over polymer oven-bake clay. Why? Polymer oven-bake clay:

  • - Requires close supervision at all times during baking. Polymer clay is only suitable for children ages 8 and up.
  • - You don't have access to an oven and you cannot cure it.

Buy Air-Dry Modeling Clay Online From Sculpey®

Sculpey Air-Dry™ clay is revered by parents and teachers alike for its malleability. This medium is especially suitable for small hands due to its spongy composition and ease of use. Air-dry clay is also excellent for environments that make use of crafting without an oven, like day cares or elementary schools. 

No matter your skill level or preferences, you can trust Sculpey® to deliver the clay you need. Browse our air-dry clay varieties, including Sculpey Air-Dry™ Porcelain Clay and Sculpey Air-Dry™, or our extensive inventory of oven-bake clays and order online today!