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Staining Flaxpaper Clay

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Hello Everyone!

 

just a quick question... sorry if its obvious! 

can i stain flax paper clay, i'm using Scarva Flax paper clay E/S400 (1080*c fining cone 03)
is it possible to stain this clay? and if so, could anyone recommend some stains?

 

thanks!

Toni

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You should be able to stain it as you would any other clay. The addition of the flax fibers provide many strengthening and improved joining properties, but the stain wouldn't affect it negatively. I'd use mason stains or others just the way you would with ordinary clay bodies.

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Wow thanks so much for the speedy reply!
i have never used stains before so was not sure, thanks for the suggestion.
and at further risk of sounding very stupid... are all stains compatible with that firing temperature, or do they vary in compatibility like glazes?

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I know mason stain have reference cones for their temperature ranges and what chemicals they will and won't work with in glazes.

03 should be in the working range but I don't know what brand of stains you are using. Check the manufacturers website for further information.

Marcia

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At Cone 03 it will be difficult to get bright colors with many Mason Stains since they tend to perk up around Cone 6 .... but you should be fine with softer hues.

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