Egyptian Paste was used by the Egyptians, as far back as 7,000 years ago.
Lots of items made from this material have been found in Egyptian burial tombs. Egyptian Paste is a self-glazing, low-firing clay body that was probably discovered by accident back in those days. The typical 'turquoise' color of some Egyptian jewellery might remind you of Egyptian paste.
I did this to step out of my comfort zone and it was merely an experiment. I took some pictures while making the paste and I will share 2 recipes.
I have to warn you about the end result though, it is not what I thought it would be. But it's my own mistake as I fired the pieces too high. Silly me... I knew it was a low firing clay body but didn't want to fire my 'big' kiln for a few beads on that temperature so I just stuck it in my regular firing... ;)
(recipe of Sylvia Hyman)
39 gram of Nepheline seynite
6 gram of Soda Ash (natriumcarbonate)
6 gram of Soda bicarbonate
6 gram of Kaolien (China clay)
6 gram of Ball clay
37 gram of Flint (Quarts)
2 gram of Bentonite
2 gram of Coppercarbonate
30 gram quarts
40 gram bentonite
20 gram Natriumbicarbonate
4 gram copper carbonate
This is how they came out of the kiln and obviously I knew instantly that they were fired too high as the turquoise beads (light geen, flexible paste) had a very rough surface and were not easy to get off the stilt. They can not be used for anything really as they scratch a lot.The black/green beads on the other hand look super - too bad that the body was so hard to work with as I love the luster that it has too it's surface.
I have more recipes if you are interested in trying out some.
I certainly had fun stepping out of my comfort zone!