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Roots Rocka's Clay Journal - New Stuff pg 11
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Joined: Apr 15, 2011
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2012-08-30 11:44 am   Permalink

Wow, thanks for the compliments everyone!

I regret to say that I haven't touched clay in a couple of months, but I've sure got the itch. I've been busy moving into a new tiki office for my vintage clothing inventory. There's actually a bunch of space outside, so I hope to setup a little art studio, too.

Anyhow, my original intent was to sculpt this and make a mold. As the piece progressed, it looked like it was going to be a 7 piece mold because of the undercuts.

I've never made a mold, so I got kind of burned out towards the end of my sculpting. I was trying to dry it slowly, but didn't come back for about 5 days and there was a big crack in the back. It goes all the way through and the piece was really dry, so I didn't want to try wetting it again. It's been in this state for about 2 months, sitting and waiting.

Any tips on filling the crack? Can I still try and make a mold, or is the clay too dry?

I never intended to fire this as I just wanted to make a mold, so I got kind of sloppy with the base, and I'm pretty sure there's air pockets. I don't have my own kiln, so I don't want to be "that guy" at my community place, and risk ruining others' pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words!

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