The humidity here is a solid 98% unless it's a 100%, so I'm having trouble getting reprocessed clay to dry into useable form. I have two five-gallon buckets full of dry clay scraps and I want to turn it into paper clay. I don't mind the pulverizing, and then soaking the clay bits and adding wet shredded tissue paper, and then mixing it all with a mortar attachment on my drill -- but then trying to get it to dry is maddening.
In the past, I've used 2x4 sheetrock slabs covered with cotton fabric (to keep the sheetrock paper from loosening and sticking to my clay). I lay those on sawhorses set up on my back porch with a ceiling fan running constantly. The clay is poured out and smoothed to about 3/8". But then I spend a couple weeks trying to manuever past all those clay-covered sheetrock slabs on my porch while insects get stuck in the damp clay! Is there a better way?? I read last week about pouring clay into an old pair of jeans, but I wasn't sure if that was serious or not! I've read that people are now allowing homemade paperclay to dry into sheets for easier storing and then rehydrating and wedging as needed. I don't see that EVER happening at this humidity level, but I'd be happy to be able to achieve workable clay in a reasonable amount of time. Bringing the sawhorses and clay into my studio is doable, but the humidity there isn't much better! Any ideas???