I have a black lab that is determined to have her hair in every one of my metal clay pieces. I know she is doing this on purpose. She comes into my studio and waits until she is right next to my bench and then gives a good shake. The hair flies into the air and stays suspended waiting for me to get my wet clay out!
Ah, but I have gotten a little smarter these days and have greatly reduced the hair problem by using a plastic report cover. They are sold at the office supply stores.
I like using this for several reasons.
1. I place my cards and texture inside the cover’s pages and roll out the moist clay. The cover keeps the hair out. Now I don’t need to worry about my roller being dirty either.
2. While teaching, I can stop what I’m doing, close the cover, and then come back to my still moist clay.
3. If needed, I can re-hydrate the clay (because I talked too long) by simply painting some water on the surface of the clay, closing the cover, and allowing it to sit for a minute.
5. I also re-mix ground clay inside the report cover without any waste.
Until next time, happy claying around!