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AEN - Clay question


Date: Tue Feb 03 2004 - 19:30:39 PST

I'm about to make the clay pediment frames for the paper mosaics from
Judy's idea. THe mosaics are gorgeous...albeit they took FOREVER, and
I'm afraid some kids may never finish. I had them design their frame
today on paper, and they cut out a paper template that they will lay on
a slab to cut out the shape. I plan on having them add extra coils,
slabs, etc. to the base shape. My prayers will go into high gear when I
fire them....I sure don't want to have any kids having to make theirs
over, and it will take forever to fire 60 of them as they will have to
fire flat. With a 7 inch square mosaic, we are making our frames 10x12
inches max. I am going to have the kids cut them out on masonite and
then flip them over onto sheetrock sandwiched between the masonite and
the sheetrock. Seems I remember someone in here saying that sheetrock
is a great way to dry tiles evenly without warping. Do you just have
them loosely covered with plastic while they are drying on the
sheetrock? Do you weigh down the corners of the clay shape a bit to
prevent warping? I would put another piece of sheetrock on top of the
frames as well, but I don't anticipate them being really level. To
whomever mentioned the sheetrock drying, need to connect with you again!

Linda Woods