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DIY: Paper Clay

When I made the post about how to make a paper mache deer head from scratch, I mentioned an optional ingredient: air drying paper clay. I used a homemade version, and I ended up liking it so much that I decided I’d share with you all how to make your own!

I got the recipe from ultimatepapermache.com. That website is a great resource for almost anything paper mache, so if you’re interested in anything like that, definitely go check it out, it’s great.

Here's what you'll need for the paper clay.
Here’s what you’ll need for the paper clay.
To be more precise, you can measure out the dry toilet paper first. Toilet paper comes in different thicknesses, so for some brands it might take up the whole roll, but with the kind I have it was about 2/3rds of a roll.
To be more precise, you can measure out the dry toilet paper first. Toilet paper comes in different thicknesses, so for some brands it might take up the whole roll, but with the kind I have it was about 2/3rds of a roll.
Soak the toilet paper in warm water for a few minutes until it breaks apart.
Soak the toilet paper in warm water for a few minutes until it breaks apart.
Strain the toilet paper pulp and squeeze out the excess until it weighs 110 grams.
Strain the toilet paper pulp and squeeze out the excess until it weighs 110 grams.
Break up the paper into your mixing bowl and then unceremoniously dump everything else in and mix together. I used a whisk attachment and then halfway through I switched to a dough hook.  Also, you should use a mixing bowl/attachments dedicated towards craft things. No food allowed!
Break up the paper into your mixing bowl and then unceremoniously dump everything else in and mix together. I used a whisk attachment and then halfway through I switched to a dough hook.
Also, you should use a mixing bowl/attachments dedicated towards craft things. No food allowed!
Dump the clay out into a surface dusted with corn flour and knead it for a few minutes.
Dump the clay out into a surface dusted with corn flour and knead it for a few minutes.
Here it is, finished!
Here it is, finished!
Store it in an airtight container. I wrapped mine in saran wrap and then put it in a zip lock bag.
Store it in an airtight container. I wrapped mine in saran wrap and then put it in a zip lock bag.

This clay is pretty great, I really like working with it. It dries extremely strong, even when it’s pretty thin. It takes fine detail and you can sand it after its dry. Also, since I used baby oil it smells kind of nice too.

 

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