Sunday, March 15, 2009
Nasty Old Clay
So here goes. I am going to condition some clay that is nasty hard. The white clay in the pictures was given to me by Eugenia. It is Sculply original that was on sale but was really beyond conditioning with pasta machine alone. So I have brought in the heavy hitter, a food processor that has definitely seen better days, but it still has the guts to be a clay tool.
The blue in the picture is a couple of canes that have gotten hard, they are Fimo Soft, but not so soft anymore. I have read that you should cut the clay into 1/2 inch pieces but after a couple of cuts this clay just crumpled with my fingers.
I run the food processor until the clay looks like little pebbles, really little pebbles. I have processed about 1/2 pound in this batch. I tried to measure how much Sculpy Clay Softener but the stuff coated the spoon. My best guess is that I used about 1 teaspoon with this batch. (that's about as accurate as I can get Barb - I think it depends on how dried out the clay is.)
I run the processor until the clay begins to stick together. (I usually refer to this as the "cottage cheese from hell stage".)The clay gathers up nicely at this point. I turn into onto wax paper and fold the paper over before rolling the clay together. I think the clay stuck to the processor more that usually because of the Sculpy. When I do this with Fimo alone it gathers up with out having to scrapped out of the machine with as much diligence.
In the final three pictures of the clay being put through the past machine, the first is before is processing, the second is ten times through the machine and the last one is twenty times through the machine. And that all she wrote.