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The Do's and Don'ts of Making a ClayPaws® Print

March 16, 2016

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Please Do

Before the print is made:

Do read all directions included in the kit.

Do clean hands, paws and any surfaces you’ll be using to make the print, because the modeling compound attracts fur, dirt and ink.

Do knead the clay patty before making the print because it is important to evenly distribute the compounds in the clay. This activates strong bonds when baked and ensures the long life of the print.

Do use our Patty Pad and Molds to get a perfectly shaped patty.

Do position the pad of the paw on the lower half of the patty rather than the center to allow room for decorations. Press firmly. Then apply pressure to each toe pad individually without lifting the paw up.

 

After the print is made:

Do follow the baking and decorating instructions.

Do decorate the print before baking with stamps, charms or “push-in decorations” that will withstand the baking temperature.

Do bake the print for 20 minutes at 275º F (135º C) on a clean, ungreased baking pan. If you need to create a clean surface free of baking residue, use parchment paper on top of your baking dish but be aware that once the print is baked, it will slide around on the parchment paper. Use caution when removing from the oven.

Do allow the print to fully cool after baking before removing it from the baking pan.

Do use 100% water-based acrylic paints OR glazes that are made for polymer clays to decorate the print after baking.

 

Please Don’t

 

Before the print is made:

Don’t skip the kneading step of making the print if you are the one making the impression. This modeling compound, though it may be soft, needs to be kneaded to properly distribute the compounds. If it is not kneaded, it has a tendency to be very brittle and break easily after being baked.

Don’t soften the clay in a microwave or anything that heats up warmer than body temperature as it will start to bake the clay prematurely and actually make it harder to work with.

 

After the print is made:

Don’t paint or glaze the print before it is baked.

Don’t bake your print in a microwave, it will bake unevenly, often burns and creates a more fragile keepsake.

Don’t wait for the print to air dry—it never will and the clay will start to crack over time if not baked. Bake prints within 30 days of making the impression.

Don’t both paint AND glaze. Choose one or the other, doing both may cause the coating to not dry properly.

Don’t spray paint or use any aerosol paints, glazes, or sealants on the print. The coating won’t dry and will remain tacky to the touch.

Don’t plan to display the print outside, especially if it is the only print! We cannot guarantee that the print will withstand fluctuations in temperature and exposure to the elements over any period of time.

Don’t forget to complete the “send home” information sheet and sticker from the ClayPaws® Kits packaging so families know if their print is baked or not.


For more information and answers to specific questions, email us at info@wbtt.com, call us toll-free at 1-888-271-8444, or visit our FAQ’s under the About ClayPaws®Kits section at www.veterinarywisdom.com.

 

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Find related articles under Staff Handouts in the Veterinary Wisdom® Resource Center - Support for Veterinary Professionals.

 

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