[quote="kojaxZERO"]yes Fxman is correct. the recipe for oil clay he posted works. I put a thick glob of vaseline brand petrolleum jelly on my hands (use gloves) and wrok it into the clay. make sure you use gloves because it can take forever to get the vasline off your hands.quote]
HOWEVER one of the benefits (and I guess you'd call it that) is that using Vaseline and getting it ON your hands without the gloves, is that it REALLY DOES do wonders for your skin. If you use DAWN DISH DETERGENT to get the majority off of your hands, between the oil based clay and the Vaseline, it makes your hands really quite smooth and dry-skin-free. My hands are rough as hell and anytime I work with Roma (just finished some preosthetic sculpts for a client in NYC) man are my hands nice and smooth. Gets rid of a lot of dead skin and remoisturizes my hands nicely. But that's short-lived with me anyway because my hands are so very dry it doesn't take but a few days after using oil based clay that they're right back like they were....dry and chapped. I'd have to keep my hands dipped in lotion to keep them from chapping. So I don't worry about it until (like in the Winter) they have this tendency to want to crack every now and again and THAT is a little painful.
Just a thought. Anyway, Vaseline will help a lot - that's mostly what I do as well when using clay that's been "used" a lot and dried out significantly from the heat of curing UC30 during molding processes. Over time the oil base diminishes if you reuse the clay a lot (and I do). Plus I have probably about 8 - 10 pounds in 2 lb. bricks that are getting a little crusty from age. Need to get that out and into a pan and melt it down and add in something to reconstitute it a bit. As for using PAM or cooking OIL don't do it. Those will go moldy over short time since they're not the type of oil that wouldn't go bad. Been there, done that, brushed away the gray-green fuzz too many times.