Sunday, September 16, 2012

How to Make Paper Clay

 This recipe is from Ultimate Paper Mache and has been altered slightly by Dahlhart Lane. This is an easy recipe that yeilds a relativley smooth sticky clay that dries ROCK hard. It is very difficult (impossible) to sand once dry. This clay is much better then 'Celluclay' for smoothness but not as smooth as 'creative paper clay'. This is a good clay for adding details over sculpture armatures.

Paper Clay:
2 Cups toilet paper
1 Cup regular joint compound (the premixed kind. Don't use Dap brand).
3/4 Cups paper mache paste or Elmers glue (much cheaper to use your own paste).
3/4 Cups flour
2 drops of clove oil or bleach (stomps mold while drying)

Start off by soaking your toilet paper in water:
 When it is fully wet, remove cardboard center, squeeze out as much water as you can and break up into chunks.

Add all ingredients to a blender (or beat with electic egg beater) and mix on medium-high for 2-3 minutes and viola! You are ready to sculpt your heart out! Recipe yields 3 Cups of paper clay.