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Small Tools - Slab Alternative Materials & Slab Mats

SlabMat
SlabMat is an alternative to textured canvas to use with slab rollers. This non-woven fabric-based material produces a very smooth slab surface. The illustration to the left shows a SlabMat on top and a standard canvas below.

SlabMats can be used with Bailey Slab Rollers the same way that canvas is used. For small slabs, one long SlabMat can be folded in half and the clay sandwiched in between — but please note that once a SlabMat is folded the crease will be permanent. For longer slabs, use 2 SlabMats with the clay in the middle. If it is only important that one side of the slab is smooth you can use one SlabMat on top and a canvas on the bottom as shown in the picture. Always remember to flip the top SlabMat backwards over the top roller (the same as you would canvas) before you roll your slab. This will prevent the SlabMat from bunching up and wrinkling on the way through the machine. SlabMats can also be used to roll slabs with a rolling pin for a smooth surface on both sides.

Buy separate pieces of SlabMat for each color clay to prevent contamination.. You may wipe the surface with a damp sponge, but do not saturate it with water. Allow the SlabMat to dry completely before use.

It is best to remove the slab soon after rolling because prolonged wetness may cause the SlabMat surface to become wavy. Store SlabMats flat. To extend the life of SlabMat, avoid excessive heat and direct sunlight.

SlabMats

Item  No.

Description

Price

Purchase

C-400-001 22" x 50" SlabMat $22.50
C-400-003 14" x 16" SlabMat $6.00
C-400-002 30" x 50" SlabMat $37.50
C-400-004 16" x 22" SlabMat $10.00
C-400-005 14" x 50" SlabMat $16.00
C-400-006 22" x 60" SlabMat $25.00
C-400-007 30" x 60" SlabMat $42.50
C-400-008 14" x 60" SlabMat $18.00
C-400-009 30" x 44" SlabMat $25.00
C-400-010 12" x 14" SlabMat
(12 pack)
$40.00
 

Slab Sheet
An alternative to textured canvas for use with slab machines, this synthetic material produces a smooth surface with no canvas texture.. It is  porous on one side to prevent the clay from sticking. The shiny smooth side faces the rollers. Two panels can be run through the machine (top and bottom), or one panel with canvas on the opposite side of the clay slab.

Usage: This material is like a synthetic heavy paper, and should be handled knowledgably.  When you handle it, make gentle bends and do not crease it.  If you crease the material, it will cause a tear point at the crease.  Don't cut into it with needle tools or knifes as you make permanently score the surface. When you roll slabs, you should remove the slab from the Slab Sheet after forming.  Don't leave the slab on the Slab Sheet for longer periods as it will saturate the surface with water.  When the Slab Sheet becomes wet enough to cause sticking (after running a number of slabs), let the material dry out. The material will last for years.  It should be stored flat.

1-Pc Slab Sheets are a single continuous piece of the size listed.

2-Pc Slab Sheets are designed for use with the Bailey Mini Might Slab Rollers. They consist of 2 panels of the size listed that have been taped together at one end to form a top and bottom.

1-Pc Slab Sheets

Item  No.

Description

Price

Purchase

C-400-107 16" x 36" 1-Pc Slab Sheet  $10.10
C-400-108 22" x 48" 1-Pc Slab Sheet  $12.00
C-400-101 22" x 72" 1-Pc Slab Sheet $18.00
C-400-103 24" x 72" 1-Pc Slab Sheet $22.50
C-400-102 30" x 72" 1-Pc Slab Sheet $37.50
C-400-104 40" x 72" 1-Pc Slab Sheet $47.50

2-Pc Slab Sheets
(for Bailey Mini-Might Slab Rollers)

Item  No.

Description

Price

Purchase

C-400-105 16" x 18" 2-Pc Slab Sheet  $10.10
C-400-106 22" x 24" 2-Pc Slab Sheet $12.00
 

Slab Canvas
This is a heavy duty canvas: #6 cotton duct, 21-oz per Square Yard, 3-4 ply. Available in 24", 30", 48" and 60" widths. When ordered by the foot for a given roll width, the cut (width) edges of the canvas will not be seamed. The canvas will be seamed on it’s edges (as is woven on the loom). We recommend that canvas be “pre shrunk" before use to prevent wrinkles. Never machine wash or dry! Soak a rolled canvas in hot water with any fabric softener for 2 hours. Line dry.

Canvas by the Linear Foot

Item No.

Description

Price/Lin. Ft.

Purchase

M-400-24-C 24" Wide Canvas $3.20
M-400-30-C 30" Wide Canvas $5.49
C-400-36-C 36" Wide Canvas $3.80
C-400-48-C 48" Wide Canvas $3.75
C-400-60-6C 60" Wide Canvas $6.80

Pre-Cut Canvas for Specific Models

If you are ordering for a DRD/II, Original DRD, or Drive Board Series, take careful note of the correct length for you model.

Item No.

Description

Price

Purchase

M-400-005 16" x 36" Canvas
(for 16" Mini Might)
$9.95
M-400-017 22" x 48" Canvas
(for 22" Mini Might)
$22.00
M-400-40 24" x 8' Canvas $25.60
M-400-39 30" x 8' Canvas $32.60
M-400-020 30" x 10' Canvas $40.70
M-400-41 36" x 8' Canvas $30.00
M-400-60 36" x 10' Canvas $38.00
M-400-59 40" x 8' Canvas $34.00
M-400-021 40" x 10' Canvas $59.00

Canvas Alternatives

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