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Re: air dry clay --- not crayola stuff...
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]menichino
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 19:54:28 -0500
Hi Christine -- I have been using the red Mexican pottery clay and the
Marblex self-hardening clay (grey) for years in my elem classes. I tell
the kids that anything they make mustn't be too thin or sticking out too
far because it will break. ("Fatter than a pencil" I tell them) Scoring
and slip doesn't seem to work any better than "welding" (using one finger
to pull the clay to cover a seam). Fourth graders' coil pots stay together
well, and we get to emphasize good craftsmanship. For Kindies we talk
about "smushing" the clay together, not just "pushing" it together. Then I
always remind them that although this clay might break before it gets home,
they can always "recycle" it -- adding enough water and letting it sit
overnight to soak it up like a sponge. The Marblex always seems to be a
bit dried out (harder than I would like) when it arrives, so I end up
conditioning it a bit before we use it. We use watercolors to decorate
(soaks right into the dried clay).
Liz in rural NY, also "kilnless" (I think I'm overdoing it on the quotation
> Hi All,
am looking for a really good
> air dry clay.
> Either red or grey.
> Want to give my kids the clay experience, but the kiln type is out of the
> realm of possibilities right now. Have tried a few but the coiled pieces
> always seem to fall apart. I have them score the coils and have also
> put slip on to help adhere them. I just hate to see the kids face when
> thing breaks apart.
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