How Do You Build With Straw & Modeling Clay?

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How Do You Build With Straw & Modeling Clay?

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Building models with straw and modeling clay uses the same basic methods as home construction in the middle ages, a process called wattle and daub. There are some differences. For one, your clay will contain no fecal matter. For another, you can only really build models out of straw and clay anymore. Straw and clay panels aren’t strong enough for regular construction, and certainly don’t meet building and safety codes. Still, you can make some very attractive models using this technique. Lay four to six straws parallel to each other, almost touching. Weave four to six straws into the first six straws. Each straw should alternate going over and under the straws it is being woven through. Individual straws should alternate their starting state: if one straw starts going under, the next goes over. Add straws, four to six in a single direction, alternating directions, until you have completed your panel. Cut the woven panel to the dimensions needed for your project. Knead your modeling cla

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