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What is Resin Clay?

Updated on July 2, 2014

Air Dry Clays for Crafting

Resin clay is craft clay that contains either a resin or a polymer element. Another feature of resin clay is it can air dry to harden.

This feature is appealing to many crafters because other clays must be exposed to heat to harden. Regular polymer clay must be baked in an oven to harden. A regular cooking oven or preferably a toaster oven dedicated to crafting is used to dry and harden polymer clay. And a kiln is needed for pottery clay.

Books like the one pictured here walk you through crafting with resin clay to make beautiful jewelry pieces, sculptures, tiny food, and more.

Photo Courtesy of Amazon: The Art of Resin Clay: Techniques and Projects for Creating Jewelry and Decorative Objects

Resin Clay

"Air dry resin clay contains plastic components,

giving it strength and flexibility."

The Art of Resin Clay: Techniques and Projects for Creating Jewelry and Decorative Objects

Resin Clay Craft Books - Learn the techniques of working with resin clay

Resin clay is an air dry clay that is easy to work with. Find out more about resin clay with this project books.

Anything you can make with polymer clay you can also make with resin clay. Unlike polymer clay, resin clay doesn't have to be baked. No stinky fumes in your house!

Have You Worked with Resin Clay?

Have You Worked with Resin Clay?

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Resin Clay - Resin Clay That Air Dries

All of these resin clays cure by air drying, that is, the moisture evaporates from the clay from the outside first then eventually dries at the center. Air dry clays are perfect for kids because no oven or heat source is needed!

Working with Resin Clay

Air-dry resin clays cure when exposed to air and harden from the outside in as the moisture with them evaporates. This clay is best suited for making small, delicate, and thin pieces and elements.

The Art of Resin Clay: Techniques and Projects for Creating Jewelry and Decorative Objects

Clay Tools - Pottery tools to help you make little masterpieces

As with any job, the right tools make all the difference. You don't need a lot of tools to work with resin clay, but some basic pottery tools will help you get off to a good start.

Invest in a set of pottery tools once and you'll be set for sculpting and forming your clay into intricate works of art.

Get Inspired -- Clay Projects

Get inspired to make fun clay projects by checking out this Pinterest board. Here are just a few of the many projects made with polymer clay and resin clay:

  • Tiny Starbucks coffee drinks
  • How to make perfectly round beads
  • Projects with texturizing using a pasta machine

Other Air Dry Clays - Other Clays They Air Dry

These clays are one-part clays that air dry. They do not contain plastic as an element as resin clay does. These are perfect air drying clays to start with or for children to sculpt and craft with.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

What do you think of resin clay? Would you use it or do you prefer your clay baked?

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      5 years ago

      It's fun to make things with your hands. So thank you for publishing this lens. You've offered an excellent idea.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      The quality that might tempt me to use this clay is that it wouldn't have the noxious odors while hardening.

    • renagirl profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens I prefer polymer but have used air dry and it smoots so well

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      6 years ago

      Another great lens!!!

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      6 years ago

      If the only difference is baking or not, I will use polymer clay for small items, but will try the resin clay as it sounds like larger items would be more stable and won't require finding/using a larger oven. Plus larger polymer clay items can burn when they are baked too long. So yep, I'll try it. :-)

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      6 years ago

      great lens...

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      Yes, I would like to try it. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • Markstuffnmore profile image


      6 years ago

      I would like to try some resin clay!

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      6 years ago

      Great Articles, Also like your Crafty Facebook Page!


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