How to Speed Drying Time for Model Magic

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Model Magic is a brand of air-dry clay made by Crayola. This soft, lightweight and nontoxic modeling material can be painted or colored with water-based paint or magic markers once dry. The product air dries in 24 hours, though full drying of thick sculptures may take up to three days. If you wish to speed drying time, you must help the water evaporate from the clay faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Fan
  • Blow dryer
  • Cookie sheet
  • Use as thin a layer of Model Magic as possible to make your sculpture. The thicker the clay, the longer it will take for all of the moisure to evaporate.

  • Set the Model Magic sculpture in a warm, dry place, and point a regular household fan at it. Turn the fan on low, and rotate the sculpture every hour until it is completely dry.

  • Use a hair dryer on low heat to speed the drying time of your Model Magic sculpture. Hold your work in one hand, and hold the hair dryer 1 foot away from the sculpture. Move the hair dryer back and forth, and rotate the sculpture frequently until dry.

  • Leave your Model Magic sculpture outdoors in full sunlight to help it dry faster. Check it frequently to make sure it does not become too dry and begin to crack.

  • Set a conventional oven to 175 degrees Fahrenheit, and allow it to preheat. Place your Model Magic sculpture on a cookie sheet, and set it inside the oven. Leave the door propped open slightly to vent excess moisture. Check the sculpture every 5 minutes to make sure it it not becoming crumbly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Model Magic is sold in large buckets and small foil packets.

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