Reclaiming Clay: The Thorough Method

A couple of weeks ago I posted a video titled “The Quick and Dirty Method of Reclaiming Clay.” In this video I will show you a more thorough method of reclaiming clay. Use this method if you have dry clay or want to reclaim clay with different moisture contents.

5 Responses to “Reclaiming Clay: The Thorough Method”

  1. BHCAdmin April 18, 2012 at 10:38 am Permalink

    Hi all, I forgot to mention a couple of things in the video:

    1) After you have finished reclaiming the clay, let it sit for a couple of weeks before using it. This allows the biological stuff in the clay to do its work and will make your clay much more usable. If you use the clay right after reclaiming, it is likely to be “short” (meaning it will tear and be difficult to work with).

    2) The pillow case keeps the clay together through the whole process. I suggest that you don’t take the clay out until you are finished. It also keeps twigs and other derbies from getting into your clay.

  2. Kris April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm Permalink

    darn.. now you tell me.. I have a bucket filled with clay and water … not sure how I’m going to get it into the pillowcase now… thanks.. i’ll try this method next time.

    • BHCAdmin May 8, 2012 at 11:06 am Permalink

      Hi Kris,

      Don’t worry about getting it into the pillow case. Go out and get yourself a sheet of hardy backer board (Home Depot caries it). Spread the clay out on the board. Cover the board with a cloth (to keep stuff from landing on it). Let it dry for a while and then flip. Keep doing this until you get the consistency you want.

  3. Evelyn April 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm Permalink

    Thanks Dave.I’ve had some lumpy pillows in my day, but never one with clay:) look forward to improving my reclamation process.

    • BHCAdmin May 8, 2012 at 11:08 am Permalink

      I personally love a lumpy pillow. It’s the wet and muddy part that would get me.

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