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Lesson Plans

Re: air dry clay --- not crayola stuff...

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menichino (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
marks tonight.....)

> 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
tried to
> put slip on to help adhere them. I just hate to see the kids face when
> thing breaks apart.

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