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Softening Clay Scraps For Future Use
- Take a sheet of heavy duty plastic and lay it out on a firm surface
- Dampen a cotton towel and lay it on the plastic
- Place the slab on the towel and fold the other half of the towel and plastic over the top of the slab
- Allow the moisture in the towel to dampen the clay. Check it often, as you don't want it to get too wet
- While working on your slab project, place the cut-offs in a plastic bag (I use the ones that the clay comes in)
- Squeeze the air from the bag, and tie the bag closed until your next project
- Once you have a bit of clay accumulated, pour a little water in the bag and re-seal it
- This process takes a couple days to even the moisture out, so flip the bag around often, and squish the contents in the bag... kind of like kneading dough
- Add water if need be, or open the bag and let some moisture evaporate if it's too wet
- Once the clay is firm enough to wedge, dump it on the wedging board and get going
- I use the same method as slab scraps
- Place the pan contents into a plastic bag and follow the procedure listed above
With the methods listed above, you need to remember, keep different clay bodies in different bags. The components of the different bodies, may not mesh well, and could lead to problems down the road.
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