Have been experimenting with all the types of air dry clay available over the past week or so. I had been making jewellery with purchased beads and findings so the natural progression was having a go at making my own.
Hadn’t realised there are so many clays to work with ! thanks to Hilary Bravo’s wonderful tutorials (link HERE) I heard about an Air Dry Paper Mache Clay called Porzella. It is very white and smooth to work, it’s very good for making shapes from moulds, but rolling and using it “thin” is a little tricky to handle its wet texture. This started me on trying other brands, making my own from the numerous recipes on the web. The other paper clay I have tried is Creative Paperclay in many ways this is easier to work with, stays fairly stable when used thinly, down side is the slightly dirty colour when dry, both are great because when dry they can be sanded, carved and painted. Next I tried Cold Porcelain, another air dry type that is much, much smoother, stiffer with a plastic like “feel” when dry, a brand called We Pam was good, it dries really hard and looks almost bone like, a creamy off white translucent colour. Modena is another brand, this comes in colour too……… I have been making bangles and wanting to use monoprint technique to paint on blue and white china designs. The Cobalt Modena thought would be ideal, so mixing this in with the white translucent came out ok, all the pieces are small disks, ovals about 90mm. This product is flexible when dry, made some small spoons and they turned out all bendy, not keen on this. The white version being translucent did not really work with the blue, so experimented tonight adding white acrylic ink and kneading it in, then mixing with the cobalt, so lets see tomorrow when its dry……….. Oh and I have been using an extruding machine, that is another story ! and its fun !