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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #763

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Tue, 2 Jun 1998 22:26:47 EDT

Regarding Wet Set Clay, I, too, have had no success with it. After buying a
bunch of it, hoping it would be a great medium, since I have no kiln, I had
fourth graders work with it. I taught them well, to join parts as if it were
real earth clay, but after it sits in the water for 4 or more hours, it is
slimy, and I had to wash off all the slime with soap and water (as the
directions say). It is very labor intensive, and all it does is harden about
1/4 inch of the outer clay, leaving the inside moist. So, when parts break
off, and many parts did, even though I did the washing (can you imagine having
27 4th graders having to wash off all that slime at the classroom sink?) you
can't glue them back because the inside part of the broken part is still
moist!!!!!!! I called Binney and Smith directly, indicating my displeasure
with their new and highly advertised product, and the customer rep was very
nice and said she'd had other similar calls. She offered to send me coupons
for the amount of $$ I had lost in unsuccessful clay. I can use them on other
Crayola products. And Hammett's allowed me to return all the unopened Wet Set
clay for a refund. Since then, I've found that Mexican Pottery Clay, and
Marbelex Clay work quite well as air drying clay, and can be painted. Be
careful when using water with the Mexican Clay, as it darkens the terra cotta
color a bit as it dries. Wish I had a kiln again!!!!!!!!! Do any of you
have any other recommendations for air -drying clay products that you have
used successfully??? Love this list-serve. I've learned so much from all of
you. Happy summer!!!!!!