DIY – How to Make Air Dry Paper Mache Clay
Hey everyone. In my video on how to make a
paper mache deer head, one of the optional materials that I mentioned was air drying
paper clay. The stuff that I used was home made and it was my first time making and using
that type clay, but I really enjoyed working with it. So I thought I would teach you guys
how to make some of your own. I found the recipe for this clay on ultimatepapermache.com
and if you’re interested in this kind of stuff then you should definitely go check it out.
She has a bunch of tutorials and recipes for various different paper mache things, so it’s
definitely a great resource. Anyway, let’s get started. You’ll need: One-half cup of wet toilet paper.
If you’re using a scale, then it will measure to 24 grams dry and then 110 grams when it’s
wet. One-half cup or 200 grams of Joint compound. One-half cup or 130 grams of Elmer’s glue.
One-half cup or 70 grams of cornstarch. Three tablespoons of baby oil. One-half cup or 70
grams of all-purpose flour to start. It’s hard to measure it without the scale
because each manufacturer makes their toilet papers differently. Some are thicker, some
are thinner. For some brands, the amount of toilet paper that you need for this recipe
will be the whole roll, but for the toilet paper I used, it was about two thirds of the
roll. Soak the toilet paper for a few minutes in some warm water until it falls apart and
then strain the water out. Squeeze the excess water out until it weighs 110 grams. Break up your paper into your mixer, you can
also use a hand-held mixer. Add all of your other ingredients and mix together. I should
note that you should only use a mixture that’s dedicated towards crafts only, no food. To
help accurately measure out the glue and joint compound without dirtying measuring cups,
I line them with saran wrap and measure it when I need it and use the saran wrap to transfer
the stuff to the bowl, like so. Initially, I used a whisk to mix everything together
but then I switched to a dough hook about halfway through. You can probably start with
just the dough hook if you don’t want to dirty a whisk. Once you’ve added everything, if it’s still
a bit too wet or sticky, then slowly add more flour, up to about three fourths of a cup.
If it’s too dry, just add a bit of water until it’s the desired consistency. Dump the clay
onto a surface dusted with corn flour and the knead it for a few minutes. This is the
consistency that you’ll want. This stuff is pretty great, it takes a lot of detail and
you make it pretty thin. Once it’s dried it’s pretty strong and you can sand it down, carve
into it, anything like that. Store it in an airtight container. I wrapped mine in a saran
wrap and then stuck it in a zip lock bag. And there you go, all done. I hope you liked this project. If you did,
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