paper clay china repair

I have to admit that I have been distracted by trying to finish my bedroom, and have neglected getting this paper clay project started.  And I can see this is going to be a constant challenge.  In my real life, I am an illustrator, there is an “about” page, and I will regularly post, things I have made, or painted, to give myself some credibility, because I think that’s important.  So after much consideration, I think the paperclay project will be a small animal, nothing too complicated, but something to get your feet wet.

But as I work to get the stages done and photographed, here is the list of what you will need for your own adventure in paper clay. You will also find pins, toothpicks and skewers handy as well as a good size chunk of styrofoam to stick your pieces in to dry.  I put a soaked folded paper towel at the bottom of a tupperware like container for my working paper clay.  It can sit in there for a long time and still be viable.supplies

And while you’re waiting let’s take a look at the repairing of my pigeon.wing tip

After applying the clay, allowing it to dry and sanding it smooth, I apply a coat of gesso and sort of blend it into the pigeon’s body.startingpaintingiamslob

Now working with acrylic, I will do my best to mimic the other wing.  You can see that I make a mess when I work.  Fact.  True story.pigeon finished

Once satisfied, I seal it with any acrylic medium, preferably with a little gloss to it.  And there you go.  Honestly you really can’t see the break.  I’ll look at it again tomorrow to see if it needs anything else, this photo doesn’t do it justice.  The next time something “nice” gets broken, you can try this technique.

I will be back as soon as I can with a step by step, that you can try or simply use as the impetus to start your own project.  I just want to say one more thing.  You have to let this clay dry as you build it up.  This is why I haven’t gotten the project together yet.  It requires planning and drying time.  You will need patience.  But it’s worth it.  And you might have more than one going at a time.

Thanks for reading.  It’s me viv.

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