How to make paperclay

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How to make a bucket of paperclay.
You can use paperclay as a normal clay to make ceramics, but it has advantages; it is stronger, easier to use and a little less heavy in weight. Ideally for beginning and also a new technique for advanced artists.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay 5 kilos -any clay will do-
  • A bucket
  • Toiletpaper 4 rolls
  • Hot water
  • An electric drill
  • A paintmixer
  • A plaster slab
  • Preparing paperpulp
    First we are going to turn the toiletpaper into paperpulp. Every kind of paper is suitable to become paperpulp, newspaper or telephonebook paper will do, or eggcartons, but beware, the harder the paper the more difficult it will be to fully dissolve into water and turn it into paperpulp.

    I myself use toiletpaper, it is easy to use and not so expensive. It dissolves easily in hot water and gives a beautifull very usefull paperpulp.

    Desolving toiletpaper in hot water I used it all, including the cardbox roll, but be shure to dissolve it all, or you'll have hard pieces of cardbox in your paperclay. I place 4 rolls of toiletpaper directly at the bottom of the bucket. I poure hot water onto this until the rolls are just under the surface. The paper will dissolve quickly.

  • After this I start mixing the toiletpaper with the electric drill. Keep mixing until the toiletpaper turned into a loose pulp.

    About 10 to 15 minutes. Pour extra water when the mix is getting too dry. Too much water is never a problem, you can pour it off.

  • When the paperpilp is ready, and not too wet it can be used immediatelly. If the pulp is too wet, first squeeze out the superfluous water.

  • Mixing clay and paperpulp
    Take a loaf of clay weighing 5 kilos. Cut the loaf into smaller pieces with a wire and throw a few pieces together into the paperpulp and start blending it together.

    Keep throwing in new pieces of clay until you are ready. Pour water in if the mixture is becoming to viscously. The intention is that it becomes a thick muddy mixture which you can handle with a spoon. A little bit too much water is not too bad, you can pour it off after the clay settles down after a while.Is it all blended perfectly?
    You have made a bucket paperclay!

Tips & Warnings

  • With the steps above you can make a very good paperclay. I have a firing chart and more information about paperclay on my website http://www.quekel.com, take look there if you wish. Have fun.
  • WORK SAFE! Take care for enough ventilation and watch out if you spend time in the same room during biscuitfiring.

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