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#1 luhps

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 03:21 PM

My brother's a cabinet maker, i was thinking of getting some very fine sawdust from him to mix with some clay.

Anyone experiment with this or have some good resources?

otherwise I'm just gonna go for it and see what happens.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:57 PM

Fine sawdust is a good additive for clay at several temperatures.
What temperature are you planning to use for this?
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 11:42 PM

<br />Fine sawdust is a good additive for clay at several temperatures.<br />What temperature are you planning to use for this?<br />Marcia<br />

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Sorry! no idea why i didn't include that. I do Cone 6 Electric (cone 06 bisque)

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:01 AM

It will give you some pits in the surface. Aurore Chabot uses this sometimes. Here are some examples of her sculptural work.
Look for black pits on some of these.
http://www.u.arizona.edu/~aurorec/

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 01:29 PM

I added it to raku clay to make some large scale sculpture w/ steel wrapped around. 20% added was perfect, add more and you get soft brick. fine sawdust was easier to deal with , I sieved it. texture was great and glaze/stains sealed the surface.
make sure the kiln or kiln area is vented - fumes are a knockout!




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