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  1. Sorry, they have all been given away. I don't have photos of them. Nancy
  2. If you can crochet, cut a bag into 1 long continuous strip, the width will vary depending on what thickness you are comfortable using. Crochet into a rug, either round and round or back and forth. I've made plastic bag rugs for years to put outside the tent, in the car to kneel on for a flat tire or picnic and for the back door. Nancy J
  3. Thank you everyone who has responded. I know that the college I learned at had a mold that we would use to make peeps - in two sizes. I was thinking of throwing them because the community ed program doesn't have room for making plaster molds or storing casting slip. Thank you Min and Neil for the idea about the flaps. I share space with 3 other instructors so putting screws in the side of the kiln is something I will need to clear with the others. Mark C. It's good to know that I can use the ^6 I have - at least for the first trials. Nancy J
  4. Hi. We've destroyed most of the peeps in the community studio. I'd like to try throwing some. We fire to ^6. Can I use our ^6 clay, or should I get a bag of ^10? A bag of clay is cheaper than purchasing a dozen cast peeps. Thanks Nancy J
  5. Depending on the type of autoimmune disorder your son has, clay may not be the best thing to work with. I was teaching a class that included an adult student with an autoimmune disorder. She had to drop out of the class because of a reaction to the mold that can be a normal part of the clay. The first day of class was fine, but once the bag of clay was opened the mold bloomed and she had to stop coming. I suggest purchasing a bag of clay and a book that has the word "handbuilding or handbuilt" in the title. That way you can test to see if his body can deal with clay. The internet can be a source for instruction also. As Liam suggest, you will need access to a kiln if you/he wants to keep or use his objects.
  6. Doing like OldLady suggests will create a line, but if you work quickly it the white will absorb around the color - the color won't pop off. Another idea might be to coat the entire inside of the mold with a thin coat of the color(s), add the white for thickness. Then when the piece is bone dry use a resist and do some hydro-abrasion to wash the color down to the white. It might not look like marbling, but it can be cool.
  7. After reading all of this my questions are: Do you need to reclaim your clay at all? Could you afford to throw it away until Covid 19 has a vaccine? Does it build up so much that it must be dealt with every week? When I was taking classes at the U of MN, there must have been 16 to 20 class times a week with 20 students per class. We reclaimed the clay maybe every other week. Unless your students produce large amounts to be reclaimed, would there be a place to put the reclaim so it could sit in brutes - large buckets - for a month (or two)?
  8. I would suggest using a kiln shelf. Shelves are already strong. Using a different clay as a waster or shrink slab is not recommended because different clays shrink at different rates. Nancy
  9. Unfortunately I do not have photos. The school I work in has a red cone 6 clay and a white cone 6 clay. I have used the two clays together and extruded them as a hollow 6 sided tube. This is what I recommend; -let the two clays be in the same bag for at least a week to get to the same moisture content. -make 2 logs of each clay to slam/roll together, stack them like a checkerboard. - put in the extruder , don't mix the clays too much or it will be one color. Good luck - most of the color changes were in stripes, they didn't move around on the bias. One of my students made her extrusions solid, then cut them like coins and built a tray out of them, she put them through the slab roller to even them out. Turned out great. Nancy
  10. Thank you for the notice on Warren, I live in Minnesota and didn't know he had passed. He affected many of the people I have learned from. Nancy
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