Help wanted: how to soften hard oil clay?
I've recently removed the clay from the mermaid armature so I could us it in my lifesize screaming man piece.
I had bought a lot of #4(hard roma plastalina) so it would hold detail.
Problem is: it is darned difficult to work unless I warm it in the oven first, and then beat and roll it continuously as I work-------this slows me down alot and is darned tough on my wrists--------so I wanna soften it.
I have mixed some with old softer clay which hepled a little, but not enough.
Previously, I had mixed old clay together, and melted it in a double boiler, then mixed it in a bucket with a drill and old boat propeller, which made the mixture softer than any of the ingredients. Maybe from entrained air?
I was thinking that maybe mixing in some mineral oil, or soft wax might help.
I would love some advice or stray ideas here.