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paper clay drying.

updated thu 3 feb 00


Dwiggins, Sandra (NCI) on wed 2 feb 00

Maybe your plaster slab wasn't dry enough. I found that on the plaster slab,
mine didn't dry either. But, if I put it on wall board, it did dry. On wall
board, the paper wicks away the moisture to the plaster underneath. Just an

A member of my studio group does lots of interesting handbuilding with
paperclay. She makes all sorts of wonderful shapes and the forms are so light
that they can be quite large and yet easy to handle. The texture is rough and
interesting. She uses lots of natural colors and oxides, and sometimes crater
glazes to emphasize the textures.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alisa and Claus Clausen []
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2000 2:08 PM
Subject: Sv: Re: Paper Clay drying.

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Hi Sandra and other paperclay users.

I have made some progress with my paperclay slop.

It was on the slab for a week, and I did turn it twice. But it was really so
wet, I was not
really turning anything, rather puting the other wet side down.

Then I found a plastic pallet (spelling? to be used to under heavy boxes,
I covered it with canvas and cut holes through it. The pallet has many holes in
it's overall top design. The clay on this covered pallet in combination with
heat from my kiln dried it well enough to wedge without sticking to the plaster
But, it is very wet and soft, good enough to throw.

I threw some cylinder type forms. It throws just like the stoneware it is made
although as said it is very soft. However, I did see that it has a definitly
surface texture due to the paper. The clay seems almost airy, not air bubbles.
aeroted (word?). Whipped maybe is a better description.

The paper I used was paper fiber pulp, about 20 precent. I am anxious to see
texture after drying and bisquing. I am suscipious that it will be a very
uneven surface.
With that in mind, I am looking at paperclay more as a great new body for the
slab work I do.
Mostly wall clocks and slump molds. This could be a real plus for the clocks if
the paperclay
weighs less.

I am still quite curious an excited about this new creature. I am especically
lured by it's
ability to adhere at so many different states between wet and dry. I think
properties are going to open some very new work for me and I am looking forward
getting a bit away from so much throwing.

Alisa in Denmark
My 1250c glaze firing only reached 1120c. Boo.
But it was so great to work in the studio today
with the door open, the sun shining, blowing like
crazy and the absolute luxury of heat,
lots and lots of it. (cooling down Dagny).
-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
Fra: Dwiggins, Sandra (NCI)
Dato: 31. januar 2000 20:51
Emne: Re: Paper Clay

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You're comment about the delayed drying is very interesting. I experienced the
same thing when I mixed up my own p-clay. I used toilet paper. I think I may
have used too much. The stuff is not amenable to wedging. However, it has
stayed damp and usable over several months, has withstood freezing, and I'm able
to join two pieces of it with no slip or vinegar, just pressure. It's amazing
stuff! I had to force dry it after I made some stuff with it. I put it in the
oven overnight. That usually works. Or I put it next to the radiator.

I'm waiting to see what happens when it's bisqued. Bisque firing will be done
this week.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alisa and Claus Clausen []
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2000 2:42 PM
Subject: Sv: Paper Clay

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The paper fiber I have is just that and very airy and dusty. It soaked up
enormous amounts of
water and easily was slaked into the clay slop. However, drying is now to be
seen! After a week on the "slab", it is almost as wet.. Firing up the kiln now
so hoping there may be some extra heat in the workshop. The consistency now
looks very promising (as far as clay and paper intergrated).

Alisa in Denmark

-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
Fra: Erin Sherman
Dato: 22. januar 2000 22:32
Emne: Paper Clay

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I worked a little with paper clay a couple years ago.
What I used for the paper component was cotton rag
paper pulp. I bought it from a paper company in
Minnesota or Wisconsin. You can either buy sheets of
paper, and then make the pulp yourself (adding small
pieces to warm water in a blender) or buy it pre-made
in 5-gallon buckets. I don't know where you live, but
perhaps you could find a company that makes paper.
The clay resulting from this was a little lumpy and I
wouldn't recommend it for throwing, but it had a very
interesting texture.
Good luck!
Erin Sherman
in Bayonne, NJ
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