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Hi everyone, I'd like to make my own paper clay and have read several recipes but I'd like to hear from anyone who has actually made it. What's the best type of paper to use and why? Thank you.

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In addition to Chris Campbell's discussion on paper clay
Vince Pitelka, Tennessee Tech University – School of Art, Craft & Design, Appalachian Center for Craft, has a very useful process for making paper clay: Go to
https://sites.tntech.edu/wpitelka/handoutsinformation/ 
and  select the
Making Paper Clay link:  http://sites.tntech.edu/wpitelka/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/03/Making-Paper-Clay.pdf
I use vinegar instead of water to make paper clay for patching. It does not rot over long periods. 
LT

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I have made it for since '93. I use paper linter for the source. I started making it at Banff while on a residency there and right after Rosette Gault had been there. She has written 2 books on it. Also Ann Lighthouse from Scotland has written a book on it. I make 200 pound  batches in my Soldner mixer.

I tear the 20 xx 30 sheets of linter into strips after wetting it. Then soak it to ready it for my pulverizer. After beating it into oatmeal consistency,  I strain it through a screen and squeeze it into apple size balls. I store some . after drying and put the other into the mixer with water...in my mixer that is about 2" deep. I use 15% by volume to the clay. The volume is an eyeball estimate with the dry mix sitting in a garbage can.. I have used ^1 terra cotta for making paper clay. For the ^6 porcelain, I used my scrap porcelain soaked into a slip and then added it to the wet pulp and dried it on plaster slabs into sheets. I few drops of hydrogen peroxide avoids the stink of rotting paper pulp for a while. Bleach also works. click on the links to see the photos and explanations.

Vince asked for these photos for the second edition of his book. I don't know if he ever used them.

here is my equipment: 

here are some installations made with ^6 porcelain paperclay and  ^1 terra cotta   paperclay. Of the pieces shown, the architectural installation is in Rosette Gault"s Paper Clay; the Art and Practice

 

 

 

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I have made the toilet paper clay in the past, it was easy to make.   I don't use it very much so the next time I needed it I just bought it at my local  ceramic supply.   What I didn't use I slice into sheets and dry up,  I just rejuvenate it when I need some.   Denice

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On 21/02/2018 at 8:59 PM, Magnolia Mud Research said:
In addition to Chris Campbell's discussion on paper clay
Vince Pitelka, Tennessee Tech University – School of Art, Craft & Design, Appalachian Center for Craft, has a very useful process for making paper clay: Go to
https://sites.tntech.edu/wpitelka/handoutsinformation/ 
and  select the
Making Paper Clay link:  http://sites.tntech.edu/wpitelka/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/03/Making-Paper-Clay.pdf
I use vinegar instead of water to make paper clay for patching. It does not rot over long periods. 
LT

Wow! So much useful information. Thank you! :D

 

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