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Aaaaagh!! Clay lesson bombed!

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Fri, 16 Apr 1999 16:37:22 EDT

My 8th grade made clay figures with a foil armature....I got the idea to use
the foil from our list. We used grey self-hardening clay----(have no kiln).
The kids added clay to the armature piece by piece and put them on a 1/2"
thick slab of clay as a base. They looked absolutely
The clay dried and there were miniature cracks which I expected with this
type of clay. (Some of the kids did not build up the layers thicky enough).

The real horror came when we began to paint them with acrylics. The foil
armatures flexed and arms and legs fell off or a foot was amputated from the
base. I was horrified; they were whining and moaning. The difficulty, I
think, was the flexibility of the foil after the figures dried.

By the end of the 70 minutes, it was such a disaster that it became funny. We
were all in laughter with this conglomeration of amputated figures which we
tried to fix with tacky glue.

HELP! Who can tell me what went wrong? there a "fix"? Can you
give me some more hints about self-hardening clay? We did it with the same
principles as firing clay ( slip, scoring, sponging, etc) and I let it dry
slowly to leather hard by covering it with plastic and gradually exposing it
to air so the pieces would dry evenly.

I got some great stuff from them but we are afraid to touch it. They are so


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