Where can I find clay

Make clay yourself from found clay

Finding and collecting

Loam or clay is one of the most common natural types of earth. The sticky and mushy mass can be found wherever standing water and sands of sediment meet. Typical sites are:

  • Construction pits
  • Stream and river beds
  • lakeside
  • Soil sinks with high humidity

However, clay deposits rarely have the consistency that qualifies them for craft clay. They're either too sticky or too sandy. In order to have two or three alternatives for the later processing, clay lumps from different sources are recommended.

They should be packed separately in individual plastic bags and kept for transport. For longer periods of a few hours, a few splashes of water, which are "packed" into the bag, help the clay. In order to possibly get supplies of the best clay mass later, it is helpful to label the place where it was found.

So you can make clay yourself

  • shovel
  • Bucket or other watertight container
  • Freezer bags with zip fasteners
  • Baking sieve or close-meshed net
  • brush

1. Look for clay

Look for "suspicious" places such as construction pits, streams and other suspected locations. Since very moist to wet earth always occurs near clay, you should wear rubber boots.

2. Test the find

Shape the clay into a golf ball-sized ball. Make a hollow in the ball with your thumb and pull the side ridges upwards. If the clay cracks, it has too much sand. Dig deeper at the location for the next sample.

3. Transport

"Bag" the supposedly suitable clay. Freezer bags with zip fasteners are ideal for airtight storage. Blow as much air as possible out of the bag before sealing. Add a few drops of water if the outside temperature is warm or if the transport route is long.

4. Seven

Sieve or be the clay through a kitchen strainer to remove pebbles. You can brush the clay easily through the grid. Add a little water if the clay is too sticky.

5. Leakage

Spread the sifted clay mass on a flat, flat surface and "pour" the clay evenly. Enrich the clay enough that it develops a greasy consistency.

6. Knead

Finally, soften your clay and bring it into a homogeneous processing form by kneading the entire mass several times.

If you are unsure whether the homemade clay can be burned well, make a trial coin. Throw it in a fire pit or in glowing charcoal. If it doesn't crack or burst, your clay is combustible.

Author: Stephan Reporter
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