How To Make Clay?

Ok, Multiple Questions (below)

- Is there an easy way to make Good, Hard, Air Dry clay.
- Is there a place that sells Lots of clay for cheap.
- Can mud be turned into clay somehow :/ ?

NOTE: lives in TX, is working on new instructable, and needs LOTS of clay for cheap.

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mole13 years ago

Most rivers deposit clay at some point. Check along river banks for bands of clay. old lake beds are another good place. If you know anyone in road construction where there road cuts might be happening, they might be able to alert you if they run into a layer. Georgia clay is a pretty color if you don't mind hauling it. Does what you need have to be impervious to water once it dries?

Lord Of Flames (author) 3 years ago

Found a good one https://www.instructables.com/id/Sand-Clay-Preserve-Your-Sand-Creations-Forever/

BLASTFEMI3 years ago

If you are building something large, look into cob. It's made from sand, clay and straw.

To answer your question about a good, hard air dry clay, look up "cold porcelain". It's really, really easy to make and it dries rock hard in a few hours. It's basically a mixture of white glue and corn starch, with a little oil and something for a preservative, such as vinegar or lemon juice. There are many, many different recipes and some are more complicated than others. But the most important thing is to use a really good quality glue, one that is really thick and strong.

Lord Of Flames (author)  ThisIsMyNameOK3 years ago

thanks for the info ill be sure to look into it

This is a good Instructable about cold porcelain https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Cold-P...

And there is lots of info here

http://coldporcelaintutorials.blogspot.ca

Lord Of Flames (author) 3 years ago

Great thank alot everyone.

Burf3 years ago

I don't know where in Texas you live but clay is probably a lot closer than you might think. In fact, there's likely a good amount of it just under your feet. Ask any farmer, construction worker or well digger.

Red, yellow and black clay are abundant across most of Texas. Find a place where the top soil has been eroded away several feet. Along a dry creek or riverbed or a fissure and look for a band of the clay down the banks. Dig it out, crush it, screen it and wash it. All the clay you'll ever need.

rickharris3 years ago

Technically clay is a natural product - You dig it out of the ground, Wash it, sry out some of the water and end up with clay.

Look for some place locally where they are digging clay to make bricks.

In my garden (in the UK ) you would be up to your armpits in the darned stuff.

http://practicalprimitive.com/skillofthemonth/proc...

http://makezine.com/2012/06/26/how-to-extract-and-...

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-supplies/potte...

Lord Of Flames (author)  rickharris3 years ago

Thanks for the Info.

You will need to buy special clay that can air dry hard. Most clay will be brittle if they are not kiln dried.

Do a search on the web and you'll find al sorts of suppliers. Then start comparing prices and shipping rates.

The right kind of mud can become clay.

Lord Of Flames (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago

Thanks for the Info.