How to reconstitute "used" clay
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:09 AM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:25 PM
Hi I would say more because I can be pretty windy. so to save time you might inter the word "reclaim" in the search box and I know you will find some information there. Have a great day. Ain't clay fun! Kabe
Posted 28 June 2012 - 02:17 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:05 PM
I use a rectangular plaster mold which works great, but prior to that I just wrapped my soggy clay in a towel to absorb the water. This did the job fine except for a few threads sometimes.
Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:08 AM
Way back when, I used clay flower pots pot newspaper over the hole, lined them with cheese cloth and poured slip into them for drying. I did about 50 per day first thing in the morning.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:45 AM
Cover the bat with the cloth, sponge the water off the top of your slaked down clay, scoop the clay out of the bucket and plop it on the cloth, stacked anywhere from 1-4 inches thick or so. Keep an eye on it because depending on the humidity and heat where you have it, it can dry out super fast. Sometimes when the progress is slow, I use the edges of the fabric to flop it over and dry out the other side a bit. On my larger bats, I let the clay dry part way, place another cloth on top of the clay, and then flop the clay over to dry the other side a bit.
When the plaster has pulled out enough water, the clay lifts up and can be rolled right off the cloth in one big piece, so when the consistency is what you are looking for roll it up, wedge it up, and you are ready to go. I often like my freshly reclaimed clay to sit in a bin for a day or so to even out, and then I will wedge it a bit one more time after I weigh it up.
This blog (thanks Laurie) tells how to make a bat from a box. One thing I would add, if you have an electric hand sander, place it on the sides of the box (without sandpaper of course) after you have filled it, as the vibration will help level and settle the plaster.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:05 AM
Plexiglass won't stick to plaster and can be used without any need for a mold release. The surface is like glass. I like this for making image transfers on slabs.
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:00 PM
Make a plaster bat or plaster wedging board. Drain off water then put a few hands full of slop clay on bat let it soak up moisture rotate and eventually wedge on bat to the stiffness you like.
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:51 PM
Thanks Marcia, I need to remember that this is a great time to make paper clay.
Chris Seminara Ceramics
Member, Artisan Tile NorthWest
Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:08 PM
Kiln Repair Tech
Owner, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC
Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:13 AM
i do this too but if i use the plaster bats i keep clay in canves bags so i get no pops. but plaster is faster if u got time issues or humidity issus............an da sun works good too for help