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Re: trick for drying clay without splitting

From: Deb Hyland (hyland5)
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 08:35:08 PDT

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    > Our school used to belong to a product overrun company called NAER (sp?) I
    > got several rolls of vinyl wallpaper from them one time. I cut these into
    > whatever size mats I needed, and they work GREAT for clay! We just toss
    > them into a cardboard box when finished, and they can be reused again and
    > again. Burlap works well too, but the vinyl just seems a little more solid
    > to work on to me. Also, when the little kids use them, I have them write
    > their initials right on the mat, then leave their project on it to dry. I
    > can remove them whenever I want, and if someone has forgotten to put
    > initials on bottom of project, etc., I can still scratch them in before
    > firing. (This is great when you're in a hurry to cleanup before the next
    > class comes, and you just need to store projects somewhere quick for a
    > while!)



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