[Clayart] Making slip

Robert Harris robertgharris at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 10:16:13 EDT 2019

Bob - I am going to be the lone voice that disagrees (in part). The advice
they give is not bad for the uses they talked about.

However, you specifically mentioned slip trailing. I have been
experimenting with slip trailing for the past couple of months and,
depending on the precise technique you are talking about you may want to
sieve up to even 100 mesh.

For true slip trailing, with a very liquid slip through a quill (tip and
pour), you might be able to get away with using a stick blender and the 40
mesh sieve. If you're doing any sort of tube trailing with a squeezy
bottle, then you probably want to use 80 mesh, although you could try
putting it through your 40 mesh sieve a dozen times or so. Lumps when
you're tubing is a recipe for disaster (splatters). If you are doing true
tube trailing a la Mary Wandrausch, (very thick slip squeezed from a
bicycle inner tube), you might want to go even higher (she recommends 120,
which sounds completely overboard to me).

On Wed, 14 Aug 2019 at 11:43, Bob Johnson <impaladrive at gmail.com> wrote:

> You all have been very helpful to me in answering my rookie questions--so,
> here is another one!
> When you make slip for slip trailing or similar decorations, what mesh
> sieve do you use?
> I make my slip from B-mix trimmings and would like to make it as thick as
> possible but also get it smooth. I have a 40 mesh sieve, but would
> something more coarse work? I know there is probably no hard-and-fast rule
> . . . .
> Thanks!
> Bob
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