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Help! Hand-Dug Clay Needs Additive For Strength

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Jed, I'll break out the quart jar and try your experiment first thing tomorrow (well, since it's 5 am and I'm just finishing up in the studio for the day, I guess it will technically be today...) 

Jayne

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I bet the top layers make a beautiful terra sig.

I also think that this clay will take a long time to settle out of water, I have gathered clay from the bottom of dried out dams here and the clay is so fine, and slippy/soapy, couldn't throw or build with it raw as it is the clay that is last to settle and only does so because of evaporation, very fine particles I think but is a beautifully coloured terra sig. Below this layer is the sandier stuff which is quite ok without additons to throw etc.

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Jed, it's the oddest thing.  Nothing has separated out!  It's consistent top to bottom....??! 

 

Bill did add sand from our creek to a small batch of clay but the jury is still out on that attempt to strengthen the clay.  It seems that after the small pot that he made with the altered clay began to dry, it was stronger than a pot made with that clay before the addition, but while working it, it still felt hinky.  I dunno....... :unsure: Jayne

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