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What is Paperclay?
Paperclay is a mixture of clay and paper pulp.This mixture has many improved qualities over normal clay:
Paper clay is processed cellulose fiber or better known as beaten paper pulp added to any clay.
Paperclay is a wonderful material for making pottery and ceramic pieces.
It has improved qualities over normal clay.
When fired the paper burns away, leaving a lightweight but strong ceramic structure behind.
To make it, soak about 7 ounces of newspaper per 2 1/4 pounds of clay.
You can make some clay slip from your favorite earthenware or mid-fire clay.
Mix the two with a ratio of about 1:4 parts paper pulp and clay slip with a drill mixer attachment.
Stand up some boards on a large plaster of paris block to contain larger amounts of slip.
Pour the mixture onto the plaster of paris block or table for drying.
Store in thick plastic bags.
Shredded paper is ideal for making paperclay.
Paperclay is suitable for hand building, but not throwing.
Mold in stored paperclay will improve its workability.
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The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.
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