Testing your own native clays is easier that you might think

Saturday 24th February 2018

Some simple equipment is all you need. It is amazing how much you can learn from characterizing a body or clay material. You need a gram scale accurate to 0.01 grams (very inexpensive at your ceramic supplier). A set of callipers (again, not expensive these days). Some metal sieves (expensive, so search "Tyler Sieves" on Ebay.com). A stamp to identify samples. A plaster table or slab. A propeller mixer. And, of course, a test kiln. And you need a place to put, and learn from, all the measurement data you will be collecting. An account at insight-live.com is perfect.

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

DFAC Drying Factor, SHAB Shrinkage/Absorption Test, SIEV Sieve Analysis 35-325 Wet, Simple propeller mixer with mount and switch, A small laboratory variable speed propeller mixer, Heavy duty mixer mounted on a steel pole, It Starts With a Lump of Clay: How to Assess a Native Clay, Propeller Mixer, Physical Testing, Digitalfire Insight-Live

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