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In Topic: Collaborative Work

09 September 2014 - 10:13 AM

Old Lady & Pugaboo, I love the collaboration.  And Pugaboo, your new gallery additions are gorgeous!!!!

In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

31 August 2014 - 08:01 AM

I am very inexperienced and have recently moved to a hot, humid city. I'm not familiar with the process of adding paper pulp to clay, so I'm not sure if my suggestion below would work. I imagine it would really depend on your "material-flow" (the rate at which you use these materials), available space, humidity, air flow, and how soon mould and algae form:


1. Absorb extra water from the clay using dry paper material. mash it to reach the consistency you need Let it dry/stay wet, depending on the humidity/your requirements.


2. When you next need to recliam dry clay, add the moist paper pulp to the dry clay.

Gitanjali, thanks for the suggestion.  In my case, I don't use enough clay for your efficient idea to work for me, although it might for someone else. 

In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

30 August 2014 - 10:45 PM

I use those canvas bags that they give for freebies at so many functions.  They come in all sizes and have handles.  Hang outside and in a few days the clay just peels off the canvas.  I let it dry enough then  wedge and wedge and wedge...you know the drill.

I really like that idea...even if I did just donate a lot of my more interesting canvas bags to Goodwill, darn it!

In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

30 August 2014 - 10:43 PM

Here in the Pacific NW, there  are lots of times it is so cool and damp that things will never dry. I built a cabinet around a set of wire shelves, and place a dehumidifier and a circulating fan in it along with my clay items. Works very well but has to have a small heater as well if it gets below about 65 degrees in the cabinet for the dehumidifier to work, it works so well I have to keep a close eye on it so it does not over dry things. I also use it for drying fruit and vegtables etc.

THAT is a brilliant solution!  

In Topic: What Causes Smoke Patterns In A Foil Saggar?

30 August 2014 - 12:37 PM

What a fantastic article, Marcia!  Instead of the trashcan and all the hassle of building a fire, I'm now planing to use my old kiln that sits on a covered porch.  I was planning to use root kill, copper carbonate and rock salt, but he writes:   "Aluminum foil starts to break up and become flaky between 1200°F (650°C) and1290°F (700°C). This means that most coloring oxides cannot be used because they have little effect below thesetemperatures. In addition, salts can attack the aluminumfoil, breaking it down."  May I ask what your favorite additions are?  So many of the things that are used in traditional western Native American firings are much more readily available in dry climates.  (Dried cow/horse/sheep dung?  Really?  When it rains every darned day here?!)


Thank you for sharing the article!  Jayne