This is a really silly question. I have been working with clay for years but just started making ornaments this year and I am having trouble with my clay curling up while its drying. I normally make small bowls, jewelry, beads and thrown pots years ago never had this problem before. I know I'm not the only one because my friend has the same trouble. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated?
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:17 PM
I thought this topic was related to the coming winter Olympics.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:28 PM
Thank you Marcia, It is White low fire clay. Its pretty humid here in HI so it can take 3-4 days to dry. I was thinking of getting some boards and stacking them to keep it flat while drying.
Thinking about it my terracotta pieces don't seem to do it.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:45 PM
Terra cotta is a much more forgiving clay body ... you can do almost anything to it and all is good.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:06 PM
If these are flat forms(cookie cutter stuff) dry them between a piece of sheet rock with board and weight on top.
I think its to late to stop this as a sport in the winter Olympics this year but you can keep clay flat with the right handling.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:18 PM
Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:33 PM
Thank you all so much. These all make sense and I will do. I've never worked with paper clay but I might try it.
Two questions 1)you don't cover the drywall and the clay doesn't stick 2) do you tape the edges of the drywall to keep it shedding?
Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:40 PM
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