from slabs of porcelain clay.
― Jarod Kintz
Suspicion I'm thinking has at least two sides. There is the side of the one who suspects and is doing the looking and the watching and possibly even the peeking. All of these imply so many different things. But this is what this piece is about...the one doing the suspecting.
I had made these cut-outs as you see above, wrapped them up with plastic and came back two days later to begin putting them together. But they had not dried enough, still to soft for this next stage. I took the plastic off and replaced it with a sheet of newspaper, thinking I'd be back the next morning. Well, life takes over and I was not able to do that. Came back a day later and sure enough, they were now too dry. Stiff even. I could not bend them as needed for fear of cracking and breaking them. Would I have to start over?
The quest was now to get them damp enough to work with again. This has happened before so I kicked in with my now routine proven answer to this problem. I sprayed the plastic they rested on and the pieces (on both sides) with water. Then placed a damp (wet) cloth over them, and sealed it all under plastic. This would now allow the moisture to penetrate the over dried but not yet totally dry clay. There is a point of no return and I knew I was close but felt I had not reached that yet.
Twenty four hours or so later I was back and the anti-drying process had done it's work! I was able to put it all together. It did take a while as not everything lined up perfectly. Because the top of the box was not perfectly square, I had to twist this assembled top piece to fit and correspond with the sides. Then the circle parts on the top were not perfectly the same width so I had to add and shave to unify that part also so the circle would be of uniform width all the way around.
Here below you can see the results of about 4 hours of work in just assembling, adjusting and connecting this piece to the top of the rectangle.
What a journey, and it all worked out. Good thing I did not show up a day late for this fight! Fantastic.