In my last blog I discussed the problem of metal clay binder failing. If you don’t know what this is then please read my last blog.
Now, I want to experiment with some ideas passed to me on rejuvenating metal clay binder.
Someone mentioned that they ad cornstarch to metal clay when the binder starts to fail. I tried this by adding a small amount to my clay. No go. It didn't work. It dried the clay out. I added water to the clay and let it sit overnight. The clay didn’t improve. I added more cornstarch and it dried the clay out even more.
I added a drop or two of glycerin to the failing metal clay, working it into the clay until it was well mixed. No luck. I added water and let it sit overnight. The binder still failed to reactivate. Adding more glycerin didn’t help, either.
I added a small amount of petroleum jelly to the metal clay. It instantly became smoother but when pulling it apart, I could see the fibers. I added more petroleum jelly to the same piece. The fibers became smooth again. I decided to let it sit for 24 hours and it was back to being fibrous when pulled apart.
Adding Lavender Oil
I added one drop of lavender oil to a ball of metal clay the size of a pea. It instantly became smoother just as the clay with the petroleum jelly. It too, returned to fibrous after 24 hours.
Lavender Oil + Glycerin
I took the clay with the lavender oil in it and added a very small amount of glycerin. I let it sit for an hour, and it still has the fibrous condition.
So, all of the "fixes" that I have heard about didn't work. Some improved the feel of the clay, but it still pulls apart showing fibers and is not smooth and bendable like new clay.
Until next time, have fun claying around!
by Janet AlexanderTechnical Advise