Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tiled pavement...


I´ve used airdrying clay for making the pavement outside my shop... Now is only waiting for it to dry and hope that it won´t shrink to much.

18 comments:

  1. It looks great, you've done a lot of work with it!

    Ira

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  2. It looks excellent - was the clay that colour, or did you add your own colour? And the pattern of tiles is interesting, too! Love it!

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  3. Ira... Thanks...It was pretty hard to press the clay out and smooth it. All the marks are actually me being lazy and not smoothing the clay enough, but I love the structure now that I see it closely on the photo.

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  4. Glenda... Thank you. The clay has that colour, but I think I´ll give a watery solution to add some more colour to it... The pattern is random drawing with a knittingpen.

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  5. Hi Annie! If you want a smoother look, you can roll the air-dry clay out with an acrylic roller (like some people use for polymer clay) or a scrap piece of pvc piping. But I like the roughness of your pavement...gives it character. The biggest concern with the drying of paperclay is not so much the shrinkage but the cracks the shrinking/drying causes. If you make the "cuts" all the way through the clay to the substrate, there will be fewer cracks. If a wide tool is used to make those cuts, there will be more a a gap (possibly requring a "grout" of some sort...I've used a lightweight, indoor vinyl spackle). If I don't want too much separation, I use a thin blade. Of course, sometimes the cracks are exactly what you want! There are lots of interesting effects that can be achieved with airdry clay. Your floor looks great!

    Tabitha

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  6. I am amazed by our creativity and the amount of work you are able to do!!!
    Maybe cause I am deep into a period of lack of creativity...lol
    I enjoy your posts tremendously though:D
    Synnøve :)

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  7. Great floor! I am looking forward to see it dried and painted:)

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  8. It's beautiful! Yes, I've had it shrink and crack but hopefully, it won't and it will stay just as well done as it is now! So pretty. If my husband ever gets my log cabin finished, I want to make a stone fireplace out of Paperclay.

    Jody

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  9. This is very good pattern! I used this technique in my real garden! We hadn't had any money for tiles, so we made a concrete slab and I scratched a similar pattern into the soft concrete. It was a low-budget project, but the result was great. Everybody thought it had been made from flagstones.

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  10. It looks really beautiful!!

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  11. Thanks all of you. Update on the shrinking after a few hours is 'arghhh'! It has already shrinked to much and I see cracks that probably just will grow every hour.

    Tabitha... thanks for a lot of great advice, even though it´s too late, but this is not the last time I use airdrying clay for tiles. I like the roughness and the look.

    Synnøve... The reason why I´m getting a lot done, is the fact that I´m in a period of hard times at work. The financiel crisis strikes... And making miniture is my way to disconnect from thinking too much...

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  12. It looks very effective - shame about the shrinkage though. Minis are great therapy, aren't they?

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  13. This floor looks fab Annie. Please keep us posted as it develops as I will soon be trying to make one of my own so all tips would be greatly appreciated

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  14. I hope that shriking didn't go on and on... How is it now?

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  15. I have always used airdrying clay for stone flooring in my roombox cottage kitchens and roombox pantries.I have never found it to shrink much.I use polyfiller for inbetween which fills in the gaps,wiping excess off with a damp cloth.I usually colour the 'stone' first before filling in the gaps and then go over the filled gaps afterwards.I use watercolour paint and inks according to the 'look' I want.Carol:)

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  16. It looked great Annie, what a shame it has shrunk. Maybe you can salvage some and just make new sections to fit where it is damaged? Good luck!

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