Chunky Crank (Flax Paper Clay) ES900 ES900_223

Chunky Crank (Flax Paper Clay)

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ES900 (Crank) Modelling, Handbuilding

Pale Buff 1180-1280 C

Buff stoneware containing a medium - coarse Chamotte grog, suitable for medium - large hand-built work.

Flax Paperclay is very versatile, strong and flexible at all stages of the making process. Its reinforcing property with the flax fibre content allows the clay to be stretched without tearing. The fibres also seem to add tremendous strength to the sculpture as it dries and this gives a much greater handling ability before firing. The clay can not only be joined in a conventionally plastic-to-plastic state, but also plastic-to-dry or dry-to-dry, allowing repairs at any stage, before and after firing. This opens up a whole new field of development in both construction and firing methods. Benefits of Flax Paper Clay:

• Incredibly strong slabs - even extra thin slabs will fold, bend and drape without tearing.

• Extra large or thick forms hold up under their own weight.

• Greenware re-wets easily and evenly allowing you to re-work, alter or add new clay at any stage of dryness. It is possible with this clay body to build an armature and allow it to dry as a support sculpture that need not be removed for firing.

• Moisture evaporates so evenly from this clay body that it can be force dried with excellent results.

• Exaggerated forms hold their shape. Be careful not to get too extreme: the fibre structure burns out in the bisque firing and slumping may occur if the base clay is over fired.

• Greenware, even bone dry, is unbelievably strong and easy to handle and transport if necessary.

• Paper clay can be made into a putty to repair cracks in greenware or to construct forms out of previously made modules. You may even repair or add to already bisque paperclay. For best results you should re-bisque ware after making alterations.

• In addition, the burn out of the flax fibres results in a noticeably lower fired weight, especially in large-scale works and the resulting openness gives improved thermal shock properties to most clay bodies. Firings can be Oxidised, Reduced, Raku or Salt and Soda. During firing combustion of organic, cellulose pulp and flax fibres will create smoke - avoid inhalation. The kiln should be well-ventilated, i.e. suitable extraction fan or canopy fitted that allows the fumes to be safely removed from the kiln room. Without adequate ventilation it could trigger a smoke alarm.

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