Reclaiming Clay the Easy Way

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About: Life is what you make it, I make clay and wood things.

I'm writing in hopes of claiming one of the awesome prizes for the clay competition. thanks for voting!

Stop wasting your money and our natural resources. Reclaim your clay with just a little work and a few minutes here and there.

Materials Needed:

Two buckets, preferably 5 gallon

1 pillowcase

Zip Tie

Shop Rag

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Step 1: Collect Clay

Put a pillowcase in a 5 gallon bucket and set it in your studio space

Collect your used clay

Slop buckets, wonky greenware, trimmings, splash pans etc.

Place used clay in bucket

Step 2: Dry and Slake

The jury is out on whether its easier to reclaim clay if its fully dried, or it doesn't matter. You can decide.

When the reclaim bucket is ready to reclaim, place water over the top of the upmost clay and let it slake for a few weeks...I usually keep my clay out to dry and add it to the water filled bucket.

I keep a towel draped, barely touching the surface, so that the excess water siphons out into another bucket.

When the clay as all melted and slaked together as one, you are ready to move on.

It will smell, you can add vinegar. Keep it covered to keep bugs out.

I wait until my bucket is full. Which is why I dislike reclaiming, so it's easier in small quantities.

Step 3: Remove and Let Dry

Remove the pillowcase and zip tie.

Let it sit out on concrete for a few days, depending on humidity/temperature of your climate.

I spilled mine! Oops!

A couple times a day, I would pick up the case, and slam it down, it helps force the air bubbles out. I would also turn it over, so it would dry evenly.

Step 4: Keep in Bucket and Use Again

After the clay was the right consistency, I put it in a 5 gallon bucket and sealed it up for a few days. I wanted the moisture content to be consistent througout.

Use the clay as you normally would, just make sure to wedge well!

Thanks for looking at my instructable, I am hoping to win one of the fabulous prizes in the clay contest. Please vote for me!

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    jtobako

    2 years ago

    Thank you for the pillowcase and towel siphon tricks