…I also learned things I never really understood after 30 years in nursing because the models allow you to visualize in 3-D and make more physiologic correlations. Thanks Zahourek.

Joleen Rinaldo, Secondary Med Prep Instructor, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, CO

End of Year Cleaning & Storage Tips for Your Models and Clay

Posted by: ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System | Posted on: June 12th, 2013 | 0 Comments

We covered the cleaning and storing of ANATOMY IN CLAY® models and clay in a previous post, but wanted to revisit the topic since many classrooms are wrapping it up for the semester.

For this time around, we’ve added some additional pointers for removing stubborn color residue.

Here are a few simple maintenance tips that will keep your models and clay in good shape:

  1. Remove as much clay as possible from the models, separating the different colors into piles. For clay that is impossible to un-mix, save for the creation of a diseased organ or gray matter. Roll clay into golf ball-sized pieces.
  1. Store balls of clay by color in separate bins. You may want to cover the bins to keep any dust or debris out of the clay, but it is not necessary to prevent the oil-based clay from drying out.
  1. Soak models in a solution of warm water and dish soap such as Dawn or any other good grease-cutting detergent. After a few minutes, scrub with a soft sponge. Test tube cleaner brushes work great for cleaning small nooks and crannies. Let models air dry or wipe gently with a towel.
  1. For stubborn color residue leftover from the oil-based clay, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers seem to work very well. Cut the Magic Eraser into 4 or 6 pieces and hand out for students to use.
  1. If you have the room, keep the models assembled when storing–it will save time as well as prevent the loss of misplaced screws and spare parts.


Now your models and clay are clean and ready for your next class or workshop!

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