Meanwhile, thought I'd share the scoring tools we're using on this project. Made them from recycled plastic containers. (By the way, I used Crayola air dry clay for this project and I DON'T recommend it. Someone online suggested Amaco, which I can't wait to use and compare to the crackly-crumbly-more-expensive Crayola clay. If you've used a good air-dry clay, please share.)
Here is the way I made a recycled & reusable scoring tool for every student. They worked great. Of course an opened up paper clip or other sharp edge will work fine too, but these seemed more special for the kids.
"5 S's for attaching Clay"
5. Smooth(In case you're like I was a short time ago, and not up on clay terms.....1. "scoring" is roughing up the pieces being attached. 2. "slip" is when you mix a little clay with water and make a wet-gluey-clay substance that helps hold pieces together. 3. "slide" is sliding both pieces back and forth a wee bit until you can feel them locking together and resistance is present. 4. "smush" press pieces together a bit. 5. "smooth" together and erase seams.)
Big thanks to my son's 8th grade art teacher, Ms. Aird, for sharing those 5 S's with me!!!!!