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From: mst014/11/15 11:26 AM 
To: All  (1 of 9) 


I was mixing white clay with a few other colors and noticed that there are very small particles that were not mixing well with it.  Has anyone else come across this?  What is it?  I wonder if I have to throw the big bar of white clay away?

Thank you.

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From: SherryBinNH4/11/15 11:56 AM 
To: mst01  (2 of 9) 
 71117.2 in reply to 71117.1 

Not sure what you are describing.  Are you saying there are bits of white clay that are not smoothly blending with the colors you are adding? Or are the darker colors not distributing nicely? or what?

Without more info, I will say that if there are particles of cured clay (shavings from sanding, for instance) or particles of foreign material (dust, cat fur) you could get the effect it sounds like you are describing...


Sherry Bailey



From: Melody014/11/15 2:44 PM 
To: mst01  (3 of 9) 
 71117.3 in reply to 71117.1 

That's too bad. Frustrating I'll bet. As long as the small particles are white, sounds to me like it could be tiny pieces of partially cured white clay. Was the entire bar perhaps a little more stiff as you mixed than you expected? I got a batch like that from Michaels a few years back; probably shipped in hot weather in their semis. Others have mentioned similar problems over the years that people sometimes though was a case of partially cured clay and it was suggested to take it back if purchased locally. I would suggest conditioning a small amount of white clay alone and see if it conditions smoothly or if there are still harder particles of white mixed with more smooth (malleable) white. Hope you don't have to pitch the entire bar .

Anita in AZ




  • Edited April 11, 2015 3:30 pm  by  Melody01

From: mst014/11/15 3:04 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (4 of 9) 
 71117.4 in reply to 71117.2 

These small particles of white are scattered in the sheet of rolled clay.  They are less than a millimeter in size.  It is as if I mixed tiny pebbles in to the clay.  I can pick them out with a knife.  It is not dust or cat fur (do not have a cat :) .  I think that you are right, tiny cured pieces of clay.  I wish that it occurred with a smaller, cheaper block of clay.  Thank you for answering.


From: mst014/11/15 3:08 PM 
To: Melody01  (5 of 9) 
 71117.5 in reply to 71117.3 

Yes it is frustrating since I had a larger block of white clay and I had spent much time mixing the clay.  I am sure that you are right, that it is particles of cured clay.   I can't say that the whole white block was any more stiffer than normal and I thought that I had used some of it for another project and did not notice the problem.  (that project was all white)    Yes I did buy it from Michaels.  Thank you for your response.


From: Melody014/11/15 3:28 PM 
To: mst01  (6 of 9) 
 71117.6 in reply to 71117.5 

Oh dear, so sorry to read this. I should have mentioned that if I conditioned the slightly cured white clay enough by itself I was SOMETIMES able to get it smooth enough to get it to blend with other colors.

Anita in AZ


From: mst014/12/15 10:00 AM 
To: Melody01  (7 of 9) 
 71117.7 in reply to 71117.6 



From: BetteW4/17/15 11:32 AM 
To: mst01  (8 of 9) 
 71117.8 in reply to 71117.4 

I agree with Melody01. But your suggestion of throwing it away is not necessary. Use it to your advantage. Make it part of a color blend, like to make a granite effect. If that doesn't interest you, use it for core beads or other stuffing! If this was suggested farther down in the thread, please forgive me, it just dawned on me that is possible. It's been a long time since I visited. Not easy on my phone.



From: mst014/17/15 6:32 PM 
To: BetteW unread  (9 of 9) 
 71117.9 in reply to 71117.8 

Thank you BetteW.   I will keep it and make use of it another way.


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