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Re: [teacherartexchange] Air dry clay questions


From: KulasFamily (makul9_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat May 09 2009 - 15:10:27 PDT

Hi Stephanie,
I don't have too much to add in details... I thin the glue to about 3 part
glue to 1 part water (I add water until it is thin enough to spread over the
clay easily with a finger during our smoothing process). We generally are
creating pinch pots and small animals (solid) with this technique. I have no
doubt that complex thin forms will not work with this method, but it has
been successful for us (about 70 classrooms per year). It certainly saves
funds and time. If you are teaching on a cart it might be a very helpful
method to allow you to include cheap regular clay (as opposed to some of the
other modeling clay-like materials).
Hope that helps!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephanie Ignazio"

> "or use a standard clay (we use cone 04 white) but have the students
> coat it with white glue (thinned w/water) when wet; Then add further
> strength by painting with acrylic paint."
> I was totally intrigued when I read of this technique. Can you explain
> it a bit more? (How much glue to water, etc.)I have a TON of regular
> clay and no access to a kiln. I just went out and bought a bunch of air
> dry but I would love to try out this technique on what I have already.
> Also, I have had a lot of trouble with the air dry Crayola white. A
> teacher gave me a bunch of it and it took a while to get it to a
> claylike was very hard and although the pieces were very
> hard when dry (a bonus) the work to get it usable was just not worth it
> in my opinion).I prefer a regular standard air dry (like the one from
> Sheffield).
> Thanks,
> Stephanie Ignazio
> Elementary Art, MA
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