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« on: February 27, 2014 04:02:37 PM »

I have been using premo for ages to make my stuff, and have just started trying to learn to make faces in the hopes of making humanoid art dolls.

I tried several different doll-specific brands of clay (Cernit, fimo puppen), and all of them were too soft for the way I work.  Kato clay is perfect for me.   However, the first head I completed has cracks running all through it. 

It was a small head (maybe 1 1/2 inches tall).  No clay is thicker than 1-2 centimeters and it had a foil core.  The cracks are all over the back of the head, and where I added clay on for the cheeks.

Any tips or thoughts on Kato cracking?  I think I have only had my premo crack on me 1-2 times and I have made hundreds of projects.

Thanks in advance for any input!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014 01:30:15 PM »

I'm not an expert with Kato, but it might be because the clay wasn't conditioned enough. I've worked with it a little and I'm always surprised by how much kneading and work it requires before it's ready to go and then how quickly it  gets unconditioned...lik e within 20 minutes in some cases. I found myself re-conditioning just to be on the safe side before I used it again after letting it rest for a little while.
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