Today I finished the inside walls. Glad it's done, because once the walls are in place you have a heck of time to get into the corners. It's easier when you plan a building, work with foam core (gator board) and clad the walls before you put the lot together, as we did with the witch's cottage. Never mind, it's done, because where there is a will there is a way....
I was asked what to do with the cracks. Well, it depends of course on how big your cracks are. Even though I am not world's biggest expert on paperclay I could probably also say, it depends on what kind of clay you work with. From my own experience I could say that the depth and the number of cracks appear to be different when working with two different clays. I don't think weather has a lot to do with it, but it is possible of influence: in warm weather the clay dries faster and dries out faster when working with it, so that could be a reason. However, when working with the paperclay I definitely feel the difference in structure, so I think that might be the biggest reason. So far I have worked with Creative Clay in cold weather, although we had a heater on in the room, and in warm weather and the cracks are minimal. When I did 'Scrooge' (with the 'pottery paperclay') it was very cold and the clay dried very slowly, but still the cracks were bigger and there were more of them. I feel there is a lot more moisture in the latter clay. Sometimes, however, it also depends on how you combine layers. If you are a bit short and just move two layers alongside and against each other without smoothing out each layer your chances are that you will have not only cracks, but parts that will curl away.
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