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> Hi everyone,
> I have not been very successful in drying my clay projects without them
> cracking before they are completely dry ( for example a picture frame with
> 4 seperate strips top bottom and sides)?
Lisa, do you mean your joins are cracking? If so, make sure you are using the
score-and-slip method: on each edge to be joined, incise lines about every
1/8" or so with a needle tool. Add some slip--better than plain water--push
the edges together firmly, and really seal those seams with a wooden tool or
your finger. Try covering the project with a slightly damp paper towel if you
don't have a damp cabinet to put it in.
> Also does anyone have any
> suggestions for rolling clay slabs then trying to remove them from the
> table, without ruining the slab? Does it work better if rolled on
My students roll their clay on pieces of heavy canvas or duck. They can then
lift the piece by the edges of the canvas to go to another area of the room.
It also helps if they slide a piece of 1/4" masonite under it. To keep the
slabs from distorting, I have them place the whole slab in the damp cabinet
overnight; this firms up the slab enough to make cutting the pieces out easy.
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