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question on clay

Recently I descovered my property has a lot of clay soil deposits, with that said how would I use that to make clay jars,pots,cruiclibles? And I have lots od sand, so exactly I know you mix the soil, sand and water but I dont know in what order or fashion so some websites might help. with this I am planning to make a clay crucible for forging, and an oven while I'm at it. Thanks

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Difference between Paper Clay and Polymer Clay

Hello! I'm going to try and make a clay sculpture of my business logo. I'm unsure what to use, Polymer clay or Paper clay? I'm not really sure what is the difference because I'm used to thinking they both make excellent pieces and their baking time depends on their manufacturer. What do you suggest? I use for this project and future projects? Terresa Waz, Newbie clay sculptor http://www.chicagocomputerclasses.com/excel-classes/

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Help! CLAI - Clay Animation Video Game

So I made a trailer for a new video game I'm working on called CLAI. But taking each picture and individually editing the blue out is going to be hard. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make the filming of the sprites easier? Is there some nice software I can use? In any case, enjoy the video: -Bilal Ghalib

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how to fire clay Answered

Hi i have been trying to make a clay membrane at home ( similar to kitchen tile ). i have used clay from art store and home depot without any success. after making a plate  of various ticknesses , i dry the plate for a few days but when i try to heat it it will breaks down , makes a popping sound and chips off. any suggestions ? thanks Michael

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Clay Contest Criteria

I have a question about the Clay contest criteria....debating whether to do an instructable for a DIY downdraft kiln vent for under $50 (cf $450-600 to buy) that I built. I've actually been waiting for the clay contest before publishing, however the contest criteria says:  "For the purpose of this contest, any project that uses a moldable, malleable, clay-like product will be eligible." So question is, would a kiln vent be eligible? Previous contest criteria has been "all things" related to said topic, but this seems more narrow in scope. Obviously a kiln vent is not made with clay, but it certainly fits the pottery topic. What to the contest gurus say?

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How To Make Clay? Answered

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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Clay pigeon launcher

Has any one got any plans on how to make a clay pigeon launcher.i think i have every thing i need but i could use a video or something to see how the thowing arm works.Thanks for all your help.

Topic by wizz316    |  last reply


Which is better on wood? Polymer clay or Air Dry clay? Answered

I ws going make a wand out of wood, and I was making the handle out of clay. The problem with polymer clay is I can't use the oven, and the problem with air dry is I don't know if it will crack when it's dry. Which one???

Question by Eruaphadriel    |  last reply


Recipe for dense hard clay?

Greetings, I am looking for a recipe to make dense hard (and still mailable) clay, not the soft playdough-like clay there are already two instructables for. Thanks

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Applying modeling clay to porcelain

Hello, I have some porcelain dolls that I would like to embellish with some modeling clay for some Halloween project I am working on. What is the best type of modeling clay that will adhere to porcelain permanently?

Topic by SharBear613    |  last reply


Join plaster of paris and clay

Can a clay ware be joined to a ware made of plaster of paris

Question by KhobbyB    |  last reply


Problems with delft clay casting

Hi. I'm pretty new to delft clay casting. I make my models out of sculpey clay.2 problems I'm having: 1: sometimes the clay sticks to the model in the fine details (small letters, curves, etc) 2: takes SEVERAL attempts to get a good pour to fill the mold. I'm making several air holes and a pretty good size pour gate/channel. Any advice? Thanks

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Clay-how to homemake clay(the kind you throw on a potters wheel and fire?

In my high school ceramics glass we had clay that we could use on the wheel or to make pinch pots and then fire them in a kiln. i have a kiln i dont know how to use but thats a different discussion. Can i make my own clay? If not how do i get it really cheap?

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What is a good clay based cat litter to mix with water to form clay?

I have heard that some clay cat litters can be mixed with water to form mouldable clay but other clay litters are treated so that they dont break down and mix with water to form clay, Whats a good brand to make clay from?

Question by trf    |  last reply


what is the fastest way to dry clay?

Clay drying

Question by mary eg    |  last reply


How to make deco clay at home ?

Japanese craft clay for flower making

Question by Art for life    |  last reply


how can i make clay? Answered

Or can i buy it

Question by Palestine sun    |  last reply


what is the time and temperature for hardening earth clay?

Earth clay is for doing tiles of dimension 15*15*2

Question by GAVIYAAM    |  last reply


How or where do i make or find terra cotta clay?

Ok so i am in nead of terra cotta because i have many projects i would like to do with it 

Question by connoboarder    |  last reply


polymer clay and acrylic paint instructable

Recently after looking at a few pages on deviant art i have really gotten interested in polymer clay and acrylic paint, i would like to try and make a few charms based off of items in anime, games and what not but all the tutorials i have read online don't really help me without pictures, and i though that if anyone uses polymer clay and acrylic and is apart of the instructables community would they kindly make an instructable on it. I know an instructable on using polymer clay would be good for the community seeing as how i couldn't find on on here already and i would apreciate it greatly

Topic by craig3    |  last reply


Are there other ways to harden earth clays? Answered

I do not have access to a kiln nor do i have the money to buy one. Are there other ways to harden the clay that will make it as hard or nearly as hard as a kiln would? I thought air drying would make it resonably hard, but nope it shatters WAY TOO easily. EDIT: I should have noted that I live in the heart of LA in an apartment so I can't really make a kiln, but it seeming like i need to kiln it or buy some oven clay(I forogt the name) 

Question by Zergling_pack    |  last reply


What happened to the Play with Clay Challenge?

So, awhile ago I got the instructables authors newsletter, and they showed a schedule of upcoming contests. I started making an 'ible for one of them, and now the contest isn't showing up, even though it was supposed to open a week ago. This is the "Polyform Play with Clay Challenge"... I haven't seen anything about it. I just got home from vacation, so I'm still catching up on everything. I might be a little fuzzy still..

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Can playdoh or clay be microwaved safely? Answered

Pretty simple, I was just wondering if either is microwave-safe. It would be for no more than 2 minutes...I wanted to use them as a mold. Melt probably?

Question by crearc    |  last reply


Getting Sulpey clay out of a mold? Answered

Hey, I'm wanting to make some speaker housings out of Sculpey clay, and I was wondering, what's a good way to get sculpey out of a mold? I was thinking of molding it on the inside of a cup that I like the shape of, but I don't know how to get it out without it sticking and ripping... Should I spray the inside of the cup with non-stick spray or something? Thanks,  Zem.

Question by Zem    |  last reply


Is it possible to solder airdry clay objects? Answered

Hello, I am a beginner in jewelry making and I was wondering if it's possible to make a soldered frame around my airdry clay pendants or wrap them with coppert-tape and solder?

Question by Sanvan    |  last reply


clay or wooden compressed air canister

Had the idea but don't know if it will work don't know if clay would hold the pressure it would be used to hold compressed air for mechanical uses to power primitive machines also if it would work what do you think the psi rating would be if not wood or clay what other primitive material do you think i could use

Topic by Pokemon03    |  last reply


soft circuit- using conductive clay

Hi guys I saw an article on instructables awhile ago about creating conductive/ none conductive clad using simple chemical mix with rice flours, and i think they also post a video on using those clay making a simple toys wired motor and sensors. I was really excited by but the article but forgot to bookmark the page. Can someone point me to the url on this topic? Thanks in advance.

Topic by consp51    |  last reply


Baking Polymer Clay on Plastic Straws?

Is it safe to bake polymer clay on plastic straws? I'd like to try making a ball-jointed doll, and one tutorial uses plastic straws as a form of armature for which the polymer is wrapped around to create a hollow core to sculpt on. The straws seemed in-tact, but is it safe? I know certain plastics let off toxic fumes when exposed to certain temperatures, which is why I ask. I would think it would be fine, since it wouldn't be much "foreign plastic" (AKA not the clay) but I'd rather ask and be sure, than find out the hard way. Thanks for any help!

Question by Ayedeas    |  last reply


FIMO clay, how to re-constitute it ?

I have a lot of FIMO,and I just opened a pack of it. It started to crumble when I tried to shape it on the ends. I tried some water, no help, I tried to warm it a little, no good. Anyone know how to make it supple and workable again. Maybe some type of oil ? Not sure what is in it. No ingredients on the package. Thanks. 

Topic by triumphman    |  last reply


If you have an armature inside of a polymer clay sculpture, will the clay crack if you bake it?

I know it will if you do it in other clays, so is it safe to do?

Question by killimangnome    |  last reply


Can i mix fiberglass with clay to make it stronger?

After a decent search, i haven't come up with much.  So, does anyone know if i can put fiberglass into clay to make it stronger after firing? or would it re-melt into a bunch of tiny glass rods with no structural integrity?

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What's the easiest way to repair the exterior of a clay chimney liner that is beginning to deteriorate?

The portion of my clay chimney liner theat protrudes above the main (brick) chimney is beginning to show signs of damage on the exterior, north side, where the clay looks to be friable in spots, such that clay chips could probably be easily broken away from the exterior surface.  Is there a good repair material available to fix this problem?

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i HAVE INSTRUCTIONS USING PLASTICINE SEVERAL TIME. i HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND A PRODUCT ACTUALLY CALLED THAT.

IS THIS MODELING CLAY? IF NOT, WHAT EXACTLY IS IT AND WHERE DO I GET IT? I NEED IT TO BE SELF DRYING/HARDENING.

Question by theLilyLady    |  last reply


How can I solidify a papercraft?

I want to make some props, and I've stumbled upon the idea of papercraft. Now I'm thinking of making it solid, only using paper as the substrate. I think I should simply cover it in clay, but I figure the Instructables community probably has some tricks up their sleeves. So. Anybody have some nifty tricks, or better materials to use to make a papercraft real sturdy? Maybe even making some costume armor :D Hope I can get into the prop-making/cosplay community!

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what Materials are the best to make tiny human models like Wood Artist's Model?

I was thinking Wire and Fimo but Fimo is too much expensive... WHat kind of wire is the best? im thinking about twisting them quite often What Kind of thing can I replace for fimo and cheap?

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The Crucible is looking for instructors

The Crucible, a nonprofit arts education community organization is currently seeking instructors for motorcycle maintenance, properties of metals, wood working, stone carving, and kinetics. If you have experience and interest in teaching fine and industrial arts to the community, we encourage you to apply! If you're qualified to teach classes like these, we want to hear from you!Properties of Metals & Materials Entry-level class What causes work hardening in metal? Why does work hardening go away when the same metal is heated? Why does glass need to be annealed? This class explains physical occurrences that you will observe in classes at The Crucible. Examining these phenomena at the atomic level will help you better understand metals and materials. There will be no math, labs are incorporated into the class, and there are no prerequisites. Everything you need to know about demystifying the behavior and use of materials will be taught in class.Clay AnimationEntry-level class Create and build your own claymation characters. Learn quickly how to draft and organize a storyboard, then build your own scenario. During production, you'll apply colored lighting to your action scene and then learn how to shoot frame by frame to give life to your creation. You can collaborate with other students to develop a more involved group project. For this class, you must bring your own digital camera and tripod.The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & RepairEntry-level class Learn how to repair your motorcycle and avoid paying the top dollar that motorcycle shops charge. If you have a bike that you want to learn to fix or are interested in owning a bike and don't want to rely on someone else to keep it on the road, this is the class for you. Generally motorcycles are simpler and easier to work on than cars. In this class we will cover a number of different bikes. With the consent of the instructor, you will be able to work on your own bike in class or choose to work on one of the bikes provided by the instructor. If you choose to work on your own bike, you must buy any materials needed. The Crucible faculty is comprised of Bay Area artists, tradespeople, artisans and educators who teach innovative educational programs to students of all ages, experience levels and areas of interest. The Crucible seeks a staff of broad diversity and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply. For more information, visit our website: Job Opportunities at The Crucible

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I didnt find polymer clay, so what can i use instead of plymer clay?

I didnt find polymer clay, so what can i use instead of plymer clay air dry clay, oven dry clay out of any common type of clay, what can i use instead im using it for charms

Question by ahmad2117    |  last reply


How fast does Dry clay dry?

How quickly will the clay dry, and how can i slow down that process?

Question by killimangnome    |  last reply


Computerized Clay Castle : Art Project WITH A TWIST

If u just want me to get to the point -- just read the bottom paragraphfor a detailed summary --- read the resti am building a clay castle for an art project, but with a twist...This one is going to contain 2 drawers that go in and out, and a wall outlet safe style thingy on the side. it also has a tower on each side, with an elevator, and there will be a light at the top of the whole thingTHE TWIST: This castle will be motorized and controlled by an IR remote that i got from and old hp laptop that is broken and im not using anymore...i need help making this work out in terms of making the circuits and all the other electronic stuff.the needs: cost effective -- so other people can do this without large expenses (will post as instructable)minimal experience required --- for people who arent as good at electronics stuff small and concealed -- so it can look like a boring old clay castle when closedit would be easier to make this without all the complicated circuits that hook up to a computer -- i know how to do it with that but its too expensive and then not "small and concealed"thats it------- please help me with this asap (i can build stuff but the electronics aspect is a lot harder and i only know the basicsVERY BASICALLY i am simply asking how to control some motors and lights with an ir remote -- (in cost effective way without a computer)thanks

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can you make luna clay at home?

You can make cold porcelain clay at can you make luna clay at home? 

Question by leo.l.carrillo    |  last reply


Is it dangerous to put clay around a plasma ball

Is it dangerous to put clay around a plasma ball Fx. Can i get shocked by this or can i die?

Question by amiacow    |  last reply


Help on clay modeling/molding intricate parts

I had posted this on another forum asking for advice as well, but I haven't received a reply in days and I figured that the community there was more into the artistic craft sort of stuff. I like the engineering mindset of this community far better as I tour around here a lot looking at neat instructables, so maybe you guys can offer me some solid advice. I have a series of small metal parts with minute details on them, and I want to take them and create clay replicas of them. I want these clay replicas to essentially be spot-on accurate to the original and be durable; not brittle, heavy, and perhaps slightly flexible. Essentially, though it may sound strange, I'm working on a World War II movie project. I don't have the fire-arms necessary for it, and I don't have a reason to use real fire-arms, so I want to create dummy replicas that have believably working systems that of course are just made of clay and aren't capable of firing. I'm also of course going to create miscellaneous objects, such as papier mache helmets and whatnot. At the bottom are a few examples of what I need constructed. I don't know what type of clay would be the best for this; I can afford to have it be slightly flexible, but not rubbery. It would be handled and roughed around a lot and couldn't be brittle, lest it shatter. I also think that I would probably have to make a mold of the metal parts, but what material should I use? Some sort of molding latex, or clay? Would the clay stick to the metal, and if so, can I oil the metal to make it easy to remove, or would that interfere with the chemistry of the clay somehow? I've also considered maybe using papier mache to mold the parts, as I'm sure that it would be tough. Perhaps I could achieve this by carefully cutting the strips? I've considered that clay may not even be the best material for this, although it may certainly help with molds; tutorials on how to create molds for complex objects are also appreciated, since these have internal chambers and whatnot. Maybe I can eyeball it and cut the parts out of foam, and then coat it with some sort of hardening resin? I don't know, I'm certainly up for suggestions here. Thanks in advance! P.S. Oh, by the way, if any moderators feel that it would be better suited in the "Burning Questions" subforum feel free to move it there; I wasn't sure whether or not to post there since I simply want advice, not someone to make an instructable for me.

Topic by Phaethon    |  last reply


brainstorming a controlled temp kiln for polymer clays?

I am making some highly  detailed prototypes, and Im using polymer clay for the details. I've been baking them in my kitchen oven, but it's starting to get hot with summer coming on... I want to limit the heat production in my house! I have an old toaster oven, but it's too small for my items. I was thinking of taking it apart, and using the heating elements and temp controls in something a little bit larger. I'm wondering what the community thinks about that? My temperature needs to be 275° for fifteen minutes at a time. Some temp fluctuation is okay. I'm thinking 14 inches cubed would be plenty of room for my largest pieces.  somewhere I noticed someone using cement board as an insulating wall, I was thinking a cube made of that with a hinged side. Does anyone have other ideas for me? TTY

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where can i buy polymer clay in Dubai?

Where can i buy polymer clay in Dubai? dont even mention internet shopping! i cant, so dont ask why

Question by ahmad2117    |  last reply


What's the difference between paper mache and paper clay?

I want to try making my own paper clay or paper mache for sculpting projects (like lightweight small pumpkin people for Halloween), but various instructables use one term or the other. Is there a difference, and if so, what kinds of projects would you recommend using each product for? Thanks.

Question by jathey    |  last reply


After I build a table of plaster to reuse and wedge my clay on, how do I attach a wire to cut the clay?

In the past I've seen plaster tables used to dry and wedge clay on. Most of them have had a metal pipe attached on the corner. At the top of this pipe there is a piano wire. The other end of the wire is attached to the table, so It is strung tightly at an angle. I'm not sure how to attach the pipe to the table and the wire to the pipe. It must be very sturdy. Thanks for your help.

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