Clay Project #1
Plaster Decanting Bowl and Clay Mixer:
You will need:
If you have never made a plaster mold before you might want to check out Donald Firths "Mold Making for Ceramics."
Please consult the Plaster Page for a fuller understanding of plaster and its effects on clay.
Remember the trick to a good ceramic mold is at least 1" in overall thickness. Over an inch is better; however, overall weight is a very important factor. Your back is the other!
What is this for?
In order to mix batches of clay without the luxury of a Soldner, or Bluebird mixer you are going to learn how to make workable clay from a liquid clay slip. Slip is easier to mix than clay. In order to get the clay to a workable level, you must figure out how to control it as it dries.
So what! You still havent answered the question.
Oh, the bowl is a liquid clay slip retainer.
What are the tee shirts for?
The tee shirts act as a barrier between the clay and the plaster. They also help when it becomes time to remove the clay from the bowl.
If you want to mix uncontaminated batches of clay then the tee shirt serves to stop the staining of the bowl with iron.
What are the two five gallon buckets for?
They are your (insert your last name) ____________mixer. Old Ron Popeil would be so proud.
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