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Posted 24 Apr 2013I usually use paper in my sculptures. Occasionally I'll use skewers for sticky-out parts. That *can* crack the clay, but not always, and far less so if you use paper clay.
I have a FaceBook album that shows my process if you would like to take a look. Perhaps it will give you some ideas.
Posted 19 Apr 2013Hey Ginny,
I used the term "wads" rather loosely.
I really meant that I use pieces of kiln paper under the feet of flat pieces, or sculptures if I'm afraid they might move around.
The paper becomes brittle after the first firing, but with care, it can be reused.
If you email me your address (through my website), I'll send you a bit to play with.
I do sell it in my etsy shop, but I'm happy to send you a piece to see if it will work for you ;-)
Posted 17 Apr 2013I worry about sand/silica getting onto my other pieces, so I use "wads" of kiln shelf paper.
Posted 15 Apr 2013This makes me wonder...does wood-fired raku have a different quality (visually/physically/aesthetically) than "cleaner" fueled raku?
Posted 26 Mar 2013Honestly, I just guess.
Porcelain paper clay is the only kind I mix myself, my stoneware is a commercially produced body that contains 10%-20% paper, depending on the body.
With the porcelain, I mix a slurry of toilet paper, water and bleach and then add it to the clay (which I've made into a slip).
No more than 20% paper, and its strong enough to withstand raku.
I've been using my own porcelain paper clay recipe for the past year or so. I love how it looks once it's fired, but I'm having issues working with it wet sometimes. I have a feeling it might be the ratio for paper to clay that I've been using (I think I'm working with 30-40% paper). Anyone have any advice for me? Should I try another kind of fiber? ( For the paper, I just use single-ply toilet paper)
That seems like a high % of paper. My understanding is a maximum of 25%. Use anywhere from 15-25%
I read in a book on paper clay that if you're wanting to sculpt with porcelain using paper clay then to use ~35% paper, but I'll try out a lesser % thank you
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