That's a line from a Moody Blues song...Friday night was not kind to me....metal clay wise. Everyting that I touched was a disaster. Saturday wasn't much different. Did you ever have a day...or two like that?
I have been playing with bracelets and keep breaking them prior to getting them into the kiln. And it's not because they are too thin. I rolled out a bracelet at 11 cards thick but as it dried it started cracking. This is what I think is happening...as it dries, the clay shrinks about 5% and because of the weight of an 11 card thick bracelet, the clay itself is having had a hard time physically moving so it cracks to relieve the stress and allow the clay to move. Plus it seems to dry out very quickly on the edges and remains wet in the middle.
So out of two bracelets on Friday night, I balled one back up and am trying to recondition the clay to make it useable. The other I total shattered trying to sand it. I couldn't overcome the cracks. On Saturday I tried another one. Again...cracks...but I was able to remove them and on the final sanding of the interior of the bracelet I broke it in three pieces.
So I thought...lemons...lemonade. I fired all three pieces thinking I would rivet them together but again the clay Gods would not be appeased. The size of the pieces were so different that they shrunk at different rates. Putting these pieces together will take some thinking.
I did manage to make three pieces that didn't totally flop. Two of those were from a mold. Hard to screw those up.
Hmmm...I think I'll do some drawing this week.