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Re: clay work surface


Date: Sat Sep 14 2002 - 10:55:31 PDT

Old scraps of canvas or any piece of heavy cotton. The weight helps to keep
them on the table as the kids START to work then once the clay and moisture
on on, that helps it stick just enough to keep the kids from getting too
frustrated. I have the students fold them into forths and put them in a
cardboard box. I lecture about the fact that the moisture of the canvas can
be adjusted to help them with clay projects. Clay at little too wet ? Dig in
the box for a drier canvas. Rolling coils and they are cracking? Dampen the
canvas to help transfer SMALL amounts of moisture to the clay. (They always
want to just SLIM the outside of the project or coil.)
       If you watch ads at fabric stores, you might be able to find a sale on
canvas used for summer deck chairs. It is the perfect weight! If you have a
parent who sews, see if you can get them to serge or zig-zag the outside
edges of pieces about 18 inches square. It helpd to stop the unraveling. Good
luck. Monica