Last year I used Creative Paperclay Modeling Material for the first time and fell completely in love with it. It is a very light, very white, air-dry modeling clay. You don’t have to put it into the oven to dry–just wait overnight (not even that long) and it will be completely dry. Then you can sand, cut, glue, and/or paint it.
Using a picture as a guide, I modeled the Creative Paperclay into a little Santa.
It dried very quickly but not so quickly that it was difficult to work with. I could wet a paintbrush with water to smooth areas out–not as easily as with other types of clay, but not bad at all–and it sanded easily too. It was fun to work with and I was pretty excited about my results. I kind of liked the plain white Santa, but in the end I painted him, gave him little bead eyes, and glittered his beard.
I saw another clay project that I wanted to copy using the paperclay but I hadn’t sealed the bag it was in and it dried out. I couldn’t find the Creative Paperclay at the store I was at and thinking maybe most paperclay was the same, I got a different brand called Hearty White Super Lightweight Modeling Clay. Lesson: Not all paperclays are created equal. The Hearty White was more rubbery in texture and dried much faster. It was hard to smooth out and I’m convinced I ended up with a lower quality final product than if I’d used the Creative Paperclay. Granted, my project was teeny tiny buildings with teeny tiny detail, but it was much harder to work with. I like how both products do not lose their shape as they dry. If you’ve got a straight line, it will dry as a straight line–no bowing with this stuff.
In the end, I think my little heart factories are cute–perfect for Valentine’s Day, but I wish they were smoother.
I admit I copied the idea from an Etsy store that makes them out of clay that is glazed and fired and completely adorable. I just wanted to see if I could approximate them because I can’t resist their puffy, little hearts billowing out of the smokestacks . . .
- Cut stiff florist or craft wire into desired lengths to insert into the hearts and smokestacks. My wire was thin so I twisted two pieces into one for strength.
- Follow the package directions on the modeling clay to use and keep it as moist as possible. I keep it in a Ziploc bag once it’s open. The key? Keep the Ziploc zipped. 🙂
- Shape hearts and insert one end of the wire into the point of the hearts. Let them dry.
- Shape the buildings using sculpting tools or kitchen tools.
- Insert the wires with the hearts into the smokestacks.
- Cover the wires with tape and paint the hearts and buildings. I used acrylic paint and sprayed them with shiny lacquer because that’s what I had on hand but I think nail polish would be an excellent paint finish for these. Think of all the fun color combinations and finishes!
Here are my little factories and then with tape around the wires for protection from the paint. Don’t do what I did. I used regular masking tape, forgetting that it is much stickier than the blue painters’ tape that was just out in the garage. Don’t be lazy; go get your blue stuff so you don’t bend the wires.
Obviously you can make anything you like with this lightweight clay but how much fun are these?
I loved these paperclay projects. I’m putting these with candles I glittered.
I know the wooden star in this picture looks pretty green and with the red candles it could be Christmasy, but I assure you, it’s all Valentiney. I’m putting the little Valentine Factories with these glittered candles into the cute bags I decorated and hopefully they’ll make somebody feel loved.
I’m glad I know which paperclay I like better because it’s fun to use and I’ve got all sorts of ideas for it rolling around in my head now. Don’t you love trying new things? What new craft products have you discovered lately?