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Old 01-05-2017, 06:15 PM   #1
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Question Need Some Clay Advice

I was putzing around in the craft section of the dollar store a few days ago. SO wants to get back into HO scale model trains later this winter & wants to build a lot of the elements of his scenes - I simply wanted to see what craft supplies were available that might be appropriate.

While there I noticed they sell nice bricks, (sealed), of clay for modelling. Light bulb! I'm by no means an artist but thought it would be fun to try & make my own planters for some of my growing bonsai projects. I'm not looking to stay rigorously true to the art anyway & I can always use more pots. It's next to impossible here, to find containers suitable for bonsai.

Okay my question is - considering I plan to use these pots for plants, what would be the best medium to seal, (waterproof), them? I need something non-toxic to plant roots.

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What kind of clay? There are modeling clays for kids that never dry, there are clays that air-cure, there are the polymer clays that you can bake in a domestic oven, and there are the clays that require kiln-firing.
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I painted a few terra cotta clay pots a few years ago... my kids have since absconded with them, otherwise I would post pictures.

Air dried clay will take acrylic paints (Americana brand is good) and felt tipped markers after it dries. Use a gloss coat to make it look glass-like when finished.
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I couldn't find an ingredient list. Simply said it air dries & can be wet for reuse. I'll examine the packaging again & see if I can find more info.
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I wouldn't use an air-dry clay for plant pots, especially one that says "wet for reuse." Is there a ceramics shop near yoy?
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I'll check it out. If so what I'll probably do is pick up a brick or two of the cheap stuff to muck around with - can't remember the last time I played with clay! I know there's a pottery operation that offers classes, firing & other services nearby; might even be a second one. After some practice with the cheap stuff, if I can shape something along the lines I like, I can pop for the spendier stuff that will stand up to wear better.
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