Recently I decided to see if I could make my own air dry, paper clay to use on some of my paper mache projects. I ended up with a really great clay that can be used not only for paper mache projects but for many other sculpting projects as well. It was super easy and inexpensive to make. You will never believe the main component I used to make this clay...a roll of toilet tissue paper. Seriously. Here's the recipe and instructions on how I did it.
1 Roll of inexpensive toilet tissue paper.
2 tbs of Mineral Oil
1 cup of regular, all purpose joint compound
3/4 cup of flour
3/4 cup of Paper Mache Paste (my recipe is here)
2. I strained all the water from the bowl and then hand squeezed out all the absorbed water I possibly could from the paper fibers. I pulled into chunks and measured out 2 cups.
3. I dumped the measured paper, joint compound, Paper Mache paste, flour and mineral oil in a mixing bowl.
4. I mixed it all together using a hand mixer for about 3 minutes and it was done.
Store in air tight container or bag in the fridge.
I have really enjoyed playing around with this clay and hope you do as well. I've already completed one project using it (tutorial on it coming soon) and look forward to using it in many more. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! :)
Update: You can check out the owl sculpture I created using this batch of clay and recycled materials, see: Creating A Rustic Paper Mache Owl Sculpture
Update: If you need to know a way to make paper clay without joint compound, see my Paper Mache Swedish Tomte or Tomten Tutorial. The clay for this project was made using only recycled paper materials and water.
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