The prac­ti­cal and the play­ful

Can you dig it? Yes you can with some know-how and pa­tience

The Simple Things - - CONTENTS -

Where to look: wa­ter­ways, calm water­side edges (be care­ful!) and dry river beds. Or look for builders who’ve cleared away top­soil.

What to look for: clay can be white, grey, brown or or­ange. When dry, it may re­sem­ble rocks. Scrape with a penknife. If the par­ti­cles that come off dis­solve in water, it’s clay. When wet, try work­ing a lump into shapes. If it stays to­gether and feels smooth, you’ve got clay.

How to pre­pare: spread it out and let dry (up to a week). Break up with a ham­mer. Add to a bucket with as much water. Stir. Let sit a few hours. Stir again. Sieve into an­other bucket. Let set­tle, then pour off any ex­tra water. Re­peat un­til clay is like mud. Spread out, cut into small pieces, and push and pull the clay to rid of air bub­bles.

Store: in lay­ers of plas­tic, in a zip-lock bag, will keep for years.

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