Leather Hard Clay

  • You're in the middle of a really special piece when you get a phone call that your daughter's car broke down, two hours away, or you have this really amazing sculpture started, but you're not quite sure on the ending... now what do you do?

    This type of thing happens to us all. The question is, how can you keep these pieces soft enough to finish, even if it's at a much later date?

    Well lucky for you, it's time to learn how to build a "Damp Box."

  • Sometimes it is difficult to catch a pot at the perfect leather-hard stage for trimming. But if you try trimming when the clay is too wet, the trimmings gum up your tools and get stuck to the piece. However, you can trim if you keep the pot well lubricated with water during trimming.

    Dip you hand in a bucket of water and spread it over the pot. Do this periodically, and the trimmings slide off easily.

    Try it! Just be careful of pushing too hard if you've trimmed a lot and used a lot of water, as your piece may have softened up and you may push it out of shape.

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