Friday, May 28, 2010

Shrinking disaster...


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage - Anaïs Nin

17 comments:

  1. Sh*t, all that work and then this. But hope that you haven't thrown the paving away yet, as you could use it somewhere else, lets say for example in a greenhouse :D Maybe this was a small hint that the greenhouses REALLY want to be changed :D

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  2. Oh and forgot to say that if you're sick of this clay right now, you can do the paving also with a filler, my Toscana houses kitchen floor is made with it, easy and quite fast as you can make it dry faster with a hairdryer :)

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  3. Whoa, that's a lot of shrinkage! Looks like earthquake damage.
    So sorry you lost all that work, Annie!

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  4. Ira... You can swear at my blog ;0) I did, when I saw the pavement shrink more than 1½ cm and cracks all over. I´ve keept it, thinking of either use it somewhere else or try to devide the tiles and lay it as normal tiles. I used the airdrying clay because my 5 liters of filler was full of mold... Have to buy some new.

    Glenda...Now I´ve done the research for all of you. My advice is, don´t ever use airdrying clay for pavements...

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  5. It does look like earthquake damage - hmm maybe that's the idea where to use it now ;) So sorry for you I know how it hurts when something we worked hard to make is broken. Hope you will find another better way to make the floor soon:)

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  6. Oh my god! I'm so sorry for you. It is a real disaster after so much work.You can always keep it for something smaller, What will you do ,
    Geneviève

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  7. Mmmhhh!!! Sgrunt!!! What a break! (It is appropriate to say ...)

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  8. Oh my Annie, did you not glue it to your base? I always put a thin coat of white glue (pva) to the surface I am applying the stuff to. If the substrate is water permeable (like foam care board or very thin luan plywood), I seal it first, then apply the glue, then the clay.

    I think it is still salvagable...at least, I'd attempt it. Remove the floor from the base and give it a spritz of water. Layer wax paper or parchment over the floor and put some heavy books on top to flatten it. Whether this works will depend on how long the floor has been drying but I have been able to re-soften clay a day or two out. When it is flat again, glue it to the prepared substrate. You may have to add some clay to fill in.

    The cracks are ok. It is, after all, outside an old greenhouse, yes?

    This is funny...the verification word is "surgy". Reminds me of "surgery" which is what you'll be doing on this floor! LOL

    Tabitha

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  9. UGHH, what a disaster! So sorry..
    you could use clay to join the pieces and resculpt the pavement. but like a previous comment, the crack could add to the look...

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  10. I have this happen every time I use Paperclay. I would try to salvage it if you can. I think maybe thicker might be better with this stuff but I am not sure. Not much help.

    Jody

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  11. So sorry, Annie! Too bad 'cause it looks great. Maybe you can fix it as previous commenters have said - and they have some experience with paperclay, which I don't. The bright side is, we all get to learn something from your pain. I've been there. Good luck with your fix!
    Cynthia

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  12. Siento mucho que hayas perdio tu trabajo, me encataba como te iba quedando.
    besitos ascension

    ascensionruiz@gmail.com

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  13. Annie, I am sorry to hear about the shrinking. Could there be some possibilities of glueing it together and making a flat base with a little filling underneath underneath, or will it get too uneaven?

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  14. Well there's shrinkage and shrinkage! I know that’s one of the let downs for air dry clays. I would cut into smaller pieces, join them and make singular paving slabs where required. You can salvage all your work that way.

    Michelle xxxx

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  15. So irritating for you. Lots of good comments here though, maybe of help to us all. I love the ease of paper clay but I have not used it for big things yet.

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  16. oh, dang!
    it could make for an interesting design feature...

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  17. Annie, too late now, but when I use air drying clay for pavements I either glue it down with leaving at least 2mm for shrinkage, or I cut the individual pavers and glue them down later. I too do have cracks, even though I glue the clay down, but remember, the larger the surface, the more or the bigger the cracks. On a large surface cutting individual pavers is probably the answer. Good luck. Salvage the pavement and use it for something else. You never know when you will need it. And I know how you must be feeling. I had to scrape off a wall and pavement the other day and had to redo the whole lot, after I had painted everything.....
    Warm regards
    Marion

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