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Re: [teacherartexchange] air dry clay


From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Apr 20 2008 - 09:34:17 PDT

Cindy, you just mentioned recycling the clay. I am a new art teacher
and I'm not sure what that means. Do you mean you went through the
whole process of rewetting, then spreading the wet clay on a table,
then rewedging it? I remember seeing my college art teacher do that
(small department), but she had canvas covered tables for that
purpose. If I cover a table with canvas, then it will be somewhat
difficult to use it for other purposes, so I'm a little reluctant to
do that. What is your process for recycling the clay?

On Apr 19, 2008, at 5:39 PM, familyerickson wrote:
> Marcia,
> Amaco comes in white, gray or terracotta which are nice choices
> depending on
> what you are doing.
> 1/2 inch thick doesn't sound too thin to me. More likely the
> piece just
> dried too quickly or dried unevenly. Try drying them all more
> slowly by
> placing wet paper towels on top of each and then laying a large
> trash bag
> over the whole table or shelf full. This seems to slow the drying
> process
> a little. If I am being really careful I will rewet the paper
> towels the
> next day by spraying them all with a spritz bottle. Each day I
> spritz a
> little less and make them dry out over a weeks time. When we do
> animals I
> wrap small appendages with wet paper towels and try to dry them
> more slowly
> than the body of the piece. This seems to help although I
> occassionally
> have tails break off etc. Another teacher recommended Gorilla
> Glue for
> glueing on pieces after they have been fired and it worked well for
> my fired
> pieces. I have never tried it with air dried pieces. E6000 works
> good too
> but it's so messy and tends to dry out in the tube, at least for
> me. I
> like model magic too but I agree with you about the details--it's
> really
> hard to get details and it dries out a little too fast for my
> liking. Cool
> tip about the elmers for slip though.
> I always have good luck with my 2nd grade pocket vases (using fired
> clay)
> but this year I had 60 2nd graders make them and I left them out
> to dry and
> that night some weird front came through and the temperature
> dropped 30
> degrees and for the first time ever almost half of the vases
> cracked so we
> had to recycle all the clay and start over.
> Maybe you have some weird weather? Global warming????
> Cindy
> -----Original Message-----
> From: marcia []
> Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2008 11:17 AM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: re:[teacherartexchange] air dry clay
> Thanks for your suggestions. I have used model magic
> before but I find for certain things it doesn't show
> details as well. I have not tried Amaco air dry clay
> so I will give it a shot.
> We were making small African mask models and we used
> different types of air dry clay and almost all of them
> cracked in half. They were about 1/2 inch thick,
> which may have been too thin? I've also just tried
> using the clay to make animal figurines, with those
> cracking as well.
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