Paperclay, because I love it.

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About 8 years ago, I was contracted to do several gift lines.  To get through the initial stages, I had to create sculpted prototypes translating my flat illustrated figures to 3D.  Enter Paper Clay. Easy to work with, it is extremely light when dry, sandible and paintable. You can drill it, carve it, embed objects into it, the possibilities are endless.  This was my very FIRST sculpt.pumpkin stack

I have since also discovered it can be used it to repair porcelain. Here is a small bird that I broke off of a dish (intentionally). The bottom was ragged so I patched it so that the bird can sit.

fixed bird

The other fix, is this raku pigeon. One of the wings broke, so I patched it with the paper clay, sanded it smooth.  Photos of the finishing process will be in the next post, promise.


wing tipThis doll bust is a project I am in the middle of.  Unfortunately I don’t have “beginning” pictures but the head and the bust were each done separately.for scale

Both started with styrofoam squished and molded to the approximate shape. The clay was wrapped around the styrofoam roughly and then set aside to dry. Water is all that’s necessary to work the clay.  The second layer provided the final shape and details.  After drying and sanding to the desired finish, I drilled a small hole in the head and in the top of the bust, inserted a short but thick piece of wire and added a thin paper clay neck.

Finally this small bird may end up with the above bust.  Not sure yet.

tiny birddoll head

For more examples of what you can do with this amazing material, simply do a google image search of “paper clay”

Following is a list of what you will need to do a small project.

1. paper clay

2. small dish of water

3. styrofoam

4. wire and pins

5. rubber tipped sculpting tool

6. papertowels

7. fine sand paper

8. One Time spackling compound

THe next post will be a paperclay project. Oh boy.

I need to take some pictures. . . be back soon. . .

it’s me, viv

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