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Suitable for schools that may not have a kiln as it drys by air, Earthstone Air-Drying clay provides an ideal opportunity for pupils to experiment and create with clay. This clay has unrivalled strength and plasticity. The super-fine particle size allows model makers to produce very detailed forms. It can be decorated with acrylic paints and clear varnish giving excellent results.
What happens to air dried clay if you put it in a kiln and fire it?
Air dry clay may be fired in a kiln like normal clay and glazed if so desired. It is important that there is good ventilation during the kiln firing as the fibres in the clay will burn off.
Does the burning off of the fibres create smoke? or very toxic fumes?
I would like to use an electric kiln which has the normal ventilation itself but the kiln is sited in a small room - possibly near to smoke detectors.
Please can you provide as much information as possible.
The Air Drying Clay may be fired in an electric kiln providing there is sufficient ventilation. The fibres burning of the clay will create smoke which is not an issue provided it is vented directly outside. If in doubt fire the kiln during the day so you can supervise it. If there are any issues quickly switch the kiln off.
I don't want to fire my item but want to glaze it. Which product/s would recommend please?
You can use acrylic paint, top of with a coat of PVA Glue once dry this will give good results.