- Hold the sponge under the tap until it
holds all the water it is able to.
- Put the wet sponge back into the container, make sure there
is no visible water in the container, all the water should
be held in the sponge.
- Dip the piece of clay into water and make sure
it is wet all over, a dry piece of clay sometimes repels the
- Take a look after about 20 minutes how soft
the clay has become, don't let it get too soft. Leave a little
longer if necessary.
A thin piece of clay (3-5 cards think) takes
me about 30 minutes to reclaim. This is just a guide, times
will vary with different pieces of clay.
Thicker pieces work better if the sponge is a little dryer
and the piece left in longer (up to 24 hrs)
This method seems to work better with PMC than Artclay,
maybe there's a difference in the binder composition that
accounts for that.
I never wash the sponge, the thin clay
layer that forms stops sticking for subsequent pieces.