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Clean Sgraffito Edge

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does anyone have a tip for getting a clean edge when doing sgraffito? i've used every tool in the book, but am still getting a ragged edge. i need to work on bone dry clay (because the piece is large). i'm cutting thru 3 coats of terra sig. thanks for any suggestions.

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If you are working on a large piece you just need more plastic to cover it.  At the door of my local large home improvement store is a stand of giant plastic bags that are used to  bag Christmas trees.  Every time I pass by I pick one up.  They are a little thicker than dry cleaner bags.  Stuff wrapped up in them stay moist a long time.  Another trick someone showed me was to double layer the plastic with a misting of water between.  The sgraffito is a breeze on leather hard clay.  I have worked on a piece on and off for months.

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