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platinumfiend
« on: November 29, 2010 05:57:34 PM »

I want to make a pot for a bonsai tree using stones and cementing them together.  My plan is to use an air dry clay to line the inside of the pot so my soil doesn't run through openings when I water.  I haven't used clay for anything before and was wondering if there would be any issues having water (in the soil) in contact with it once it's dried, my second question is how will I know that it is completely dry?
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robinred
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010 11:05:08 AM »

Hmm. Are you thinking about using stuff like craft porcelain? If so, it does tend to rehydrate when it comes into contact with water. Honestly, I think most moisture based clays would. However, you might be able to use it and then seal it with something. Add several coats of acrylic on top, or pond sealant or something...that might work.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010 06:22:31 AM »

What I bought is called Sculpt-it! it says that it dries to a rigid very hard finish.  I think to be on the safe side I'll look into coating it like you suggested.  Thanks for the input.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010 09:35:12 PM »

Hmm. Looks like it might be the same as craft porcelain, but it's hard to say for sure. You could always roll out a ball as a test piece, let it harden, then dunk it in a cup of water for a while to see what happens.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012 05:44:21 AM »

There is another option you seem to have overlooked, cement. Honest to god masonry concrete.
If you want to set stones together and not have them come apart, use concrete. It's cheaper too, I'm friendly with a couple hardware store guys, when I need a small quantity of cement they hook me up with what I need from any of the bags that have broken open during transit, gratis. Ask your local building supply guys, worst they will do is say no.

Besides it's a fun (and very cheap) material to play with.
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