Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:00 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:17 PM
I still have some fibers in my studio and add it sometimes.
What kind of paper are you using to make your paper clay?
I make porcelain paper clay with paper linter fiber. I pour it onto plaster slabs and store it until I am ready to use it.
For my Raku paper clay, I usually mix a couple hundred pounds and roll out slabs immediately. Dry them and fire them.
For my terra cotta, I use the same linter fiber and sometimes take longer to use it.
It can mold. It doesn't seem too bad to me though.
I think someone on this forum mentioned putting some hydrogen peroxide into the mix.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:46 AM
I did not use it for a month or more, and when I opened the clay it was dark inside and rotten.
It smelled worse than a rotten drainpipe.
I decided it is not worth making my own. I can buy paperclay cheaply, and whatever they do in commercial mixes,
they know what they do and it lasts.
I have not started using it yet, but I will soon.
Some people seem to be (overly?) concerned about additives commercial mixes have to make it last,
some people don't like the smell of fumes it is suppose to give off when firing,
and it seems to me that some "traditionalists" or "purists" (?) just don't like it.
I would be interested to hear opinions and be corrected if I got the wrong impression.
I have heard that it is a fantastic medium for sculptural works.
You can add wet and dry parts, it is strong and lightweight.
I would like to know if it handles thermal stress better, e.g. Raku, rapid cooling/heating.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:25 PM
I bought some premade to try, it's very different to work with and it did begin to rot after a couple weeks, but its drier out here in so cal. Others say use in a week or less.
Some students have kept some dried out to re wet to use for repairs, but you need to use paper clay of the same type( shrink rate) of clay for repairs or it does not work so well ( details,details)...
It's very different to work with and the paper is good for some different effects and uses, but bad for trimming, if you prefer to throw.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:15 PM
I dont have any experience raku 'ing' it generally I low fire it to about 1000C. One quality that I find get is that you can still carve, shape or drill into it easily after it has been fired.
It definately drys well and reconstitues easily. T
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:54 PM
It is quite subject to rot. If the batch isn't TOO nasty (your batch does sound pretty bad) you can add some 10% bleach solution to the bag, close it up, and try again the next day. Or wear a respirator when handling it. A lot of people mix up their paper pulp, drain it, and freeze in plastic bags. Then you can mix up only what you need. Daniel Rhodes had a section in the original version of Clay & Glazes for the Potter describing the use of fiberglass as an additive, but it's really been superseded by paper clay (as others in this thread have pointed out), and it apparently itches like crazy (think: insulation). You might want to check out Rosette Gault's web site, since she holds a patent on paper clay: http://www.paperclay.../150whatis.html
Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:40 PM
wanting to work with clay 40 years.I thought that was from the cool aid?
Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:43 PM
i was going to mention this to try. many people claim it won't rot if you use this blow-in cellulose attic insulation, but it'll still rot a tad if you give it time. be cautious of volume added since the borax WILL lower melting point of clay.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:29 PM
I emailed Laguna and asked their advice. They told me that the mold that forms on a regular ceramic clay body is part of a natural aging process, but the paper clay mold is another story. They suggested tossing what I had and to use a respirator if handling it unwrapped. I hated to throw away money, but figured my health was more important. Maybe I should have written them again to ask if it is the linter fiber that causes the toxic mold.
When I took the Graham Hay/ Rosette Gault workshop, they both recommended making thin slabs of the clay; letting it dry; and storing it that way until needed. Wish I'd remembered that before surgery intervened.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:40 AM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:06 AM
You said, "Also there is a supplier that makes flax paper clay and it had a chemical added to it to stop it forming mould." Could you reveal who that supplier might be? Thanks,
Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:17 PM
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:29 PM
It 's hard to cut clean in slabs but you can really get away with lots of things that non paper clay will not do like huge out hangs without support while drying
like the arms in this cone 10 salt piece of mine- one of my gate demon dog series.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:31 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:52 AM
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