Q&A about SlabMats:
Q. Will I get clay lines left after I cut on a Slabmat, like it does
A. Yes. The lines are caused by the cut. Use a plastic or
wooden rib to remove them. Removal of lines is much easier than on
canvas since there is no texture.
Q. How many slabs may I roll before the SlabMat is too wet?
A. Each clay contains a different amount of moisture, so it will
vary. A guideline is that you can roll 3 consecutive slabs before
the SlabMat gets too wet and the clay starts to stick. Then you
can roll onto another slab, and by the time you have rolled it 3 times,
the original is dry enough to reuse.
Q. May I let my freshly rolled slab of clay remain on the SlabMat?
A. SlabMat will absorb water from the slab as it is rolled. It is
best to remove the slab soon after rolling. It may be placed onto
a fresh piece of SlabMat, or newspaper or wood. Remember to turn
your slab onto the flat surface, then peel off the SlabMat. Do NOT
peel the clay off the SlabMat, or you will likely get warping of the
slab. (This is the same as with canvas.)
Q. Can I cut clay directly on SlabMat?
A. Everyone has a different hand when cutting, so it will vary with each
person. A stainless steel fettling knife is recommended. If
you use an Exacto knife or need tool, cut test on a corner of the
SlabMat to see how hard you can press before you damage the surface.
These Q&A's were adapted from those provided by SlabMat.