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Re: Drape mold

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Numo Jaeger & Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Sun, 17 Jan 1999 10:12:26 +0000

The optimum time to remove the pot off of the drape mold depends on how wet
the clay is and how damp the drape mold is when you are constructing the
pieces. You could add a little bit of ball clay or grog to a clay body that
is a little on the damp side to dry it up.

Check to see if there is a slight undercut on the drape mold. This will
make it difficult to remove the piece from the drape mold. Some of the
drape molds that we have at the studio work best if you cut 1/4 of an inch
off the bottom (which is the lip of the bowl form).

Try using cheese cloth between the clay and the mold. Cheese cloth has an
interesting texture and is stretches nicely over different forms.

An old hair dryer from the junk store is a handy piece of equipment to have
for those pieces that are almost ready but need just a little more drying
before you can take them off the mold.

Some forms that are great for mold are styrofoam forms, old clay bisque
pots and flower pots.

Numo Jaeger
Studio One Art Center
Oakland CA