Recycling COLORED CLAY by Hand to Make NEW COLORS

Recycling COLORED CLAY by Hand to Make NEW COLORS


welcome back to the studio what I have
here is a big bucket of dry colored clay scraps specifically colored porcelain in
this video with this bucket of dry colored clay scraps I’m going to attempt
to organize sort soak and recycle these colors obviously with a piece like this
one that’s a bunch of red and yellow stripes I can’t break it up completely
or keep it separate so we just go with the flow
alright enough talk let’s do organizing let’s see how this goes
safety first I also have this cool event right up here so I’ll turn this on to
get some dust out of the studio so there’s basically four groups of
color and clay here I kind of like a red blue bucket here I’m mostly dark black
in this bucket here this is my warm colors bucket now honestly this color in
this one too but this is mostly white and I got another half bucket of mostly
white everyone asks me what I do with these I’ve always bagged up the soft
pieces and reused those but when a piece fails or you drop it or the handle
breaks off or you just don’t like it or if you forget to back something up
you’re gonna have clay scraps you could throw it away it’s not environmentally
friendly give it a second life give it a chance to be something it couldn’t write
the thing to is it’s not single separate colors it’s groups so I’m curious to see
how these colors will turn out when they’re all mixed together nicely one
water cold water enough makes difference but I’m trying warm water for the first
time let’s just fill it up sweet listen to that that’s such a cool sound so it’s been a
few days since I poured the water and normally a few hours will do but I
couldn’t get around to it that and so here they are see the Clay is broken down
and I’ll but a few have a nice water layer on top so I’ll pour the water
layer off well spread it out and there’s a couple ways you can dry clay out if
it’s soft and wet like this obviously a plaster bat is the best way that
everyone has a big slab plaster and last year like a community studio this is one
that I made out of a small plastic container anywhere from like two to
three inches thick is good enough anything thicker than that it’s kind of
overkill I mean you gotta carry it around all the time right maybe you have
an old mold laying around you’ve if it’s a plaster mold the back is typically
flat great for drying out clay a wood board works great any scrap piece of
wood the thicker the better because the thicker is more water can absorb the
first thing we’ll do is pour off the water as much as you can without pouring
clay on the sink that’s not good after that because it’s actually
mixtures of color I’m going to mix it up a little bit so it’s consistent then
I’ll scoop it out on the plaster wood spread it out let it dry wash it up all right this is the smallest batch this looks like purple gross poke some
holes in it I think you know how this works so we’ll
just skip ahead check this out this is extremely satisfying even these the old
peaks will help increase surface area for now so I’ll poke this one with holes
too is still really soupy in the center that’s on the edge and this is right in
the center all that’s left is if these dry out I’m gonna use a box fan and let
the Box fan do the work and most forgot once these are dry I’ll wedge them up
and we’ll do some firing test to see just what colors these are oh we’re back I don’t remember what day
it is but here is what it looks like it’s difficult to manage the clay when
you’re gone more than half the day but I was able to fold some of it up and the
mounds once it got a little bit drier I had some casualties over here watching
montage beautiful good enough for now so this is a great technique if you have
soft clay and stiffer clay or if the clay you have is so stiff that it’s not
workable you don’t wanna let it dry or wait for it to soak up with water take
some slip or some softer clay and use what I’m gonna call right now the
sandwich month square-ish there’s one there’s two cut as many slices as you
can one two three or I could do better that’s fine
ideally same amount another piece one two three four mx-5 I think you know
what this is going just in case we’ll walk you through it layer one piece of
dry one piece of soft back and forth back and forth you can actually see
there’s different shades of those two batches alone whoo man clay is work out
alright so we’ll do one two three four cuts five layers so we had ten layers
now we have one two three four five fifty layers same thing alright so we have 50 layers
right here one cut to cut three cut four holy five cuts all right Matt people one
layer that’s 50 100 150 200 nothing broke check this out this is the one
breakable thing and it fell straight down holy cow
yikes oh do I dare do some more of that yeah one two three cuts
do the math three six nine twelve hundred layers of clay in my opinion
this is way faster and easier than wedging as long as nothing falls over in
the background so at this point I think it’s mixed up so I’ll split it in half
again and wedge it up after wedging up all the recycled clay I wanted to know
how much I actually had and how much money I saved
I had 31 pounds of that gray white clay five pounds of black clay three pounds
of that red orange klan and one pound of purple initially I thought gosh that’s
really not worth it forty pounds of clay but then it considered the colorants
that were in there how much those costs and I started to think differently about
it you don’t know what these are until you fire them you could just wing it but
if you want to know ahead of time to do some careful planning to make more
specific designs you’re better off firing them and seeing
what you have I mean I wing it sometimes – it’s cool so three two one it’s been
about a week actually look at the studio I’ve torn this place up making molds making new clay I’ve got a porcelain the
works I’m really excited about it so here’s the tests this is a nice black little jf stamp here’s the purplish
color the red and blue mix to make this kind of maybe like maroon they’re still
swirls in there you can see a little zoom in so if I were to use this for
something I probably wedge it a few more times you can see swirls of red in there
here’s the red orange / yellow it’s a nice bright orange red non glazed this
is a clear coat of glaze actually I love this one so I think I would actually
leave this as is before throwing it because I love the swirl clearly this
could be mixed more but it’s like a storm a dark grey with there’s hints of
color in there yeah this one’s cool you know I take back what I said earlier
with these colors that I use you know the the red or the black or especially
you Reds are pretty expensive mason stains
I have clay down here I don’t rip up my hands are now when I mix up a big batch
of red like a nice condensed red like a rich red I put a pound of Mason stain
into 12 and a half pounds of clay roughly and a pound is about 20 bucks it
might be if it’s like a bright yellow or even like a really specific red it could
be even $40 for a pound so if I have five pounds of that red or three pounds
of that red I give you ten bucks right there my point is I think it could be
worth it especially if you’re recycling heavy quantities or heavy ratios of
mason stain to clay I kind of want to throw with this
I promise I will not make it twisted tumblr unless runts to give them then
I’ll do some more of those let’s go throw yeah it’s awesome
I made this video for two reasons one I couldn’t find it anywhere on the
internet or even research or even websites and I just wanted to do it and
try it myself so if you found this useful if you learned something give
this video a like or comment below so others can see it I take it back like I
said before I do think it’s worth it for second colored clay if you have high
concentrations and Mason stains in the clay in the first place like you know
10% values of color that money adds up and these colors that I have I would
have never made these myself so a second card clay is worth it in my opinion and
if you like doing things yourself and saving money and kind of reduce reuse
recycle then I would do it now if you’re gonna
try or a second colored clay on your own I’m a few tips and tricks for you
the first trick or tip is to keep them separate from the beginning I spent a
good five ten minutes with a bunch of dust separating your red blue and orange
yellow red and then all the gray and whitish clay I could have saved myself a
lot of time by just putting mostly white clay in one bucket dark colors light
colors in second relate to that note is be okay with with a lack of perfection
you won’t get all the blue clay separate from the red clay or yellow whatever but
you know like I just said dark colors light colors or warm colors cool colors
maybe decide like I did white black warm cool I get four batches of clay for cars
I would normally have and now I have cool colors to try things out with
question for all of you have you ever done this before yourself have you
either recycled colored clay or recycled clay on your own at home I’m curious how
much did you recycle I had a pretty decent batch I say for home anyway you
guys are awesome and as always thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the
next one you

5 thoughts on “Recycling COLORED CLAY by Hand to Make NEW COLORS”

  1. Newbie alert…so to be clear, these were all from the original mother clay?
    Yes, I recycle but I keep my different clays separate because I thought they needed to be the same cones?
    Thanks for your generous teachings. I’m learning a lot! Laura

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