Sunday, March 20, 2011

an easy way to give new life to dry clay

this is a short demo showing an easy way to re-constitute metal clay when it dries out.  it works for bronze, copper or silver, any brand.  when clay dries out it cracks and is hard to cut, sculpt or mold, requiring the addition of water.    kneading water into clay with your hands or in plastic, is a messy process which rarely results in smooth clay.  

this way the clay comes out as smooth as it is when it first comes out of the package, even if the clay dries out completely.  when that happens you just have to chop it up into tiny pieces first, then, spray with water, roll,  and fold between the plastic layers, until fully rehydrated and smooth.  it takes a little elbow grease, but it's worth it!  add a little oil along the way if you need to. 

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