Smooth Body T.S Flax Paper Clay E-S200 Smooth Body T.S Flax Paper Clay E-S200

Smooth Body T.S Flax Paper Clay E-S200

Item: E-S200

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Firing Range: 900°C-1280°C

Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY 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.

• 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: once bisqued, the fibre structure burns out and slumping may occur if the base clay is over fired.

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

• Make Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY 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 bisqued Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY. 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 a smoke effect - 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 venation it could trigger a smoke alarm.

For more information on this clay, please follow this link: Technical Data

  • Texture - 2

 

  • Fired Colour - Off White

  • % Total Shrinkage at 1100°C - N/A

  • % Total Shrinkage at 1200°C - 10
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“The new Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY body will, I feel, be the best product on the market in this fast developing area of ceramics." Ian Gregory.



“I have, as you know, been one of the main pioneers of adding fibres and paper to clay bodies in order to develop new methods of making. But I can only say that your new Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY offers all that one could expect from such thorough research on your part.



Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY 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.



I have been very impressed with other properties, for example, the clay can be joined in a conventionally plastic-to-plastic state, but also quite radically 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.’’

 

Customer Reviews
By Pennykealey on 6th February 2024
"I love this clay! It’s so much smoother than I expected - gets into all the nooks and crannies for moulds - dries to a stable finish for filing or smoothing - can add bits to any cracks easily - simple to fire - I just take it to 700 then up to 1200 then let it down gently - fab!"
Star Rating 5
By suenewing on 31st January 2023
"couldnt get the one I always work with, that is T.S flaxpaper clay e-s 400, so bought e-s 200 instead. It is very soft but manage to work it quite well.I make small animal sculptures. Great service from Bathpotters as always 10 out of 10."
Star Rating 5
By KateVetch on 28th October 2022
"Really versatile clay, easy to use and tolerates all manner of possible mishaps!"
Star Rating 5
By TrishaStone on 2nd March 2022
"This is a very workable clay, which without much clay experience I have been able to use experimentally to create 3D forms. I would recommend this clay. "
Star Rating 5
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