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Advice wanted: How best to store clay long term without it drying out?

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Although I am storing the clay in a large, sealed, plastic container that has a wet plaster bottom (a very moist environment) it remains too hard even after months of storage!  II must be missing something.

Related :   While stored in the plastic container,  is it better to open the bag or keep it closed with the rubber band ?   (Sometimes I have been leaving it open on the theory that the environment in the plastic container is MORE moist than the clay.)

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It’s definitely better to leave the bag closed. The amount of water that was added to the batch can only leave the clay, not return to it when exposed to open air. It’s a different story if you’re using something like the water bucket method to rehydrate the clay, but I don’t think that’s what you’re talking about.

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