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3-D Clay Houses - response


Date: Mon Oct 28 2002 - 15:54:44 PST

This is a wonderful project for fifth graders. I made a pattern with paper
and the first meeting, they constructed the paper house all four sides. Next
I gave them the same pattern of four sides to a house, with 1/4 inch
flattened clay on a slab roller. The house had a pitched roof and they had to
add a clay pattern roof to the top. The clay should have talc included in its
ingredients because clay with talc rolls better on the slab roller table than
cheap untalc clay. Without the talc they must roll and cut the clay patterns
quickly so that the clay doesn't dry out. They use slip to join walls and I
give them pencils and plastic knives to cut out windows and doors. They add
texture with pencils and knives to show stone houses. They made their houses
on a small slab base some showing bushes and trees.
                                                Hope this helps
                                                Sue in Florida