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Topic: HELP!! How do I get my clay to dry faster?!?!  (Read 29007 times)
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« on: April 17, 2010 09:10:28 PM »

I'm in a bit of a pickle. Skip the story if you don't feel like reading.

I'm taking a ceramics class and I need to have 32 chess pieces completely done by this Wednesday. That includes glazing. I started really late on my project, due to mis-communication on the part of my teacher. I started making pieces last Wednesday. Only 3 have been fired for the first time and I am in the process of glazing them. I think four or five are in the kiln and four are at school ready to fire because there wasn't enough room. I'm stuck with 20-odd pieces of clay, all at varying degrees of dryness. I figured they would dry out at home (I still had to carve some details into them) but they aren't drying fast enough. By my calculations, I need to get all of them in the kiln on Monday so I can glaze them and get them in by the end of the day Tuesday.

Is there a way to make them dry faster? My mom suggested sticking them in the oven at a low temperature for a while, but that makes me nervous.

And is it safe to glaze them BEFORE they've been fired?

I really really really need help. Sad
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010 02:53:04 PM »

I put a fan over the pieces. They seem to be drying much faster.

I'd still love some advice about glazing greenware. My worst fear would be if they blew up.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2010 07:30:12 AM »

It's probably too late, but you can under glaze them before the bisque fire, we have done that before at the studio with good results.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010 08:04:09 AM »

I know it's late but I set mine on top of the firing kiln to dry. They will dry overnight that way but flat pieces can warp so be careful...
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010 02:27:53 PM »

for small pieces like that, I agree with using a fan, or even a hair dryer on a VERY LOW setting. If you trust having your pieces set out on a community/school kiln go for it.

For bigger pieces it's better to let the clay dry on it's own pace, especially dinnerware. Force drying with a fan or hair dryer, or letting something dry unevenly by not loosely wrapping it in plastic can crack your piece.

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2010 02:33:03 PM »

I make allot of clay jewerly and since most of it is small I have had allot of luck sticking them in a food dehydrator.

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010 05:56:00 PM »

The hair dryer is always a good standby, but the oven would work too, and might be  better option for your pieces if they're on the think side.  The hair dryer will only dry the surface, but the oven will work the same way as a kiln and evaporate the water completely.

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