Recycling

As I have mentioned before, I do recycle my scrap clay.  It is amazing how clay, even when totally dry (but not fired) can be reconstituted back into workable clay.  I love that!  I always have two buckets of slop clay and scraps that sit in water until they break down into slip (watery clay).  Once this happens, I empty out the slip onto a large bat for it to start to dry out.  As the moisture leaves the clay is turns harder.  I let it dry out until it is hard enough to wedge back into workable clay.  With this reprocessed clay, I am using it to make tiles.  I am trying to make as many tiles as I can with my scrap clay for yet another series of work.  When I head home for Thanksgiving I am hoping to put together my first sample piece with my crystalline tiles.  Should be pretty exciting.  I am going in on this project with my father, who is a skilled carpenter.  I will be sure to take pictures of our collaborated work. 

Rolling out clay

 First  I wedged out the clay and then formed the lumps into these odd rectangles.  It was much easier to start rolling them out in this form.  I rolled them as evenly as I could until they were about a quarter-inch thick.          

Setting up the clay to roll out

 

 
 
 
 

Rolled out and ready to be cut

 Once all of the slabs were rolled out, I cutethe rough edges off to make clean strips.  The tiles were then cut 2.25″ x 2.25″.  I want them to be about 2″ x 2″ but added the quarter-inch to compensate for the shrinkage that will happen in both the bisque fire and then the glaze fire. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cutting tiles: this was tedious work

Once all of the tiles were cut I let them dry out a bit with boards laying across the stops of them.  This helped weigh down the tiles to ensure that they dry flat.  Then when they turned leather heard I went over the edges and corners with a damp sponge to smooth and finish.

71 tiles in all

 

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  • Those tiles look so nice all lined up!ReplyCancel

  • Those tiles look so nice all lined up!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    Being Scottish, I love the frugal use of the little clay pieces! 71 tiles? Wonderful! = )

    Love you,
    Mom VReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    Being Scottish, I love the frugal use of the little clay pieces! 71 tiles? Wonderful! = )

    Love you,
    Mom VReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    I love to see you work in progress like this!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    I love to see you work in progress like this!ReplyCancel

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