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« on: September 20, 2011 11:43:39 AM »

I was curious on why alot of people seem to put their baked items right into an ice bath. I know for translucent clay it helps with enhancing the translucent effect, but what does it do to normal coloured clay? I was just wondering because it seems like some people do it with all types of clay even when they don't use translucent in whatever they've made. Does it help make it stronger, or bring out all the colours even better like it does with the translucent clay...or is it just more of a habit people have because of how it helps with the one type of clay they use?
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011 12:40:31 PM »

Not sure, but don't know a lot of people who do it these days. 

It was used a lot though in the past for making translucent clay more translucent, but when some scientific-minded clayers did tests, as I remember the effects seemed to go away once the material was really warm again.  Don't remember details though.

Ice water plunging/dunking (aka quenching) or just freezing "closes the micro cracks" that may have happened in the clay, particularly any caused by the plaques (that show up so well in translucent clay--caused by tiny amounts of inadvertent humidity or air; regular colors are opaque enough that they don't show).

(If you want a bit more info on that thugh and on gettng the clearest results from translucents in various ways, etc, check out this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/translucents-glow.htm > Clearest Results )

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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011 06:00:06 PM »

thanks. Ive seen alot of tutorials lately that say to make sure you throw it into cold water, but i just ignored that step cuz they didnt explain why i should do it. Maybe the people have been crafting for a long time and just never stopped doing that step thinking it makes a big difference. Good to know im not really missing out on anything important.
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