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Air dry clay sculpture falling apart over time

A while back I spent a few months making a really nice sculpture of a hand out of crayola air dry clay. It worked fine, took details fine and barely cracked when drying. The problem arose in the ...
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What are some non-cracking air dry clay brands?

I have Darwi and Ponart clays, I tried the Ponart one which is not very cheap, and not too light/too soft, but still cracks a lot! So, I stopped doing clay works, because rather than working on the ...
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Fixing cracks in air-dried clay?

Whenever I work with air-dry clays, the sculpture shrinks in size and there occurs lots of cracks. It is really time consuming, and hard to fix. So far, I tried filling in the cracks with glue and ...
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Why are my China clay objects breaking during drying?

When I use China clay for making things, it is good, but when it is dry, after some time, they end up broken. Can anyone tell me that what can I do to prevent my works from breaking during the drying ...
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I made a facial prosthetic out of air-dry clay, how would I attatch it?

The clay is by Crayola and is somewhat soft(?) when dried, what product would be best to use for attaching it to my face? I do not want it to be ruined as I worked really hard on it and it took me ...
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Is there a way to cast solid ceramics?

I am familiar with slip casting. However, I've never seen it done with something that was completely solid before. I've only seen it done with varying wall thicknesses for things like vases. Could it ...
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Can anybody identify this clay?

One of my friends found a bunch of clay in their basement, still sealed, but outside of the original package. However, I am unable to figure out what kind of clay it is. I've checked the EberhardFaber ...
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Complex plaster molds for ceramics

I've got a shape that I want to have cast but don't know how to achieve this. I now basics of regular casting but this shape has an open interior. The picture is the master shape. How could I make a ...
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Ceramics and shellac

I'm exploring water etching by painting designs on bone dry clay with amber shellac. I paint on 2 coats (wait 30 minutes between coats) and then wait overnight before I begin the water etching process....
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Can large pieces of slipware be dried without a kiln?

I have a clay (plasticine) positive of a human figure standing 5' tall Next step is making a rubber mold for the lost wax process and a bronze positive May I use the rubber mold for slip after the ...
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How can I stop my air drying clay from losing its shape as it dries?

I am using air dry clay more precisely Thai clay. How to make sure the shape is not disturb while drying? I had made a cornet shape similar to this one: When I left it to dry overnight the shape ...
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Is there a name for sand-clay mixture?

Is there a name for the mixture you get upon mixing sand and clay together? As from what I believe, you use something like it in sand casting.
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Are there tell-tale signs that clay will crack when fired?

I understand there are many different kinds of clay, so maybe you could offer advice for clays that will be typical to beginners, or other otherwise buying from common arts stores. I imagine that red ...