How to do Lamasa Art

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Lamasa is an easy craft used to make objects such as this.
Lamasa is an easy craft used to make objects such as this. (Image: porcelain candlestick image by Lucy Cherniak from Fotolia.com)

Lamasa is a clay like substance, made by mixing and heating commonly available ingredients, such as corn flour. It is used to create flowers, figures and objects such as paper clips, pencil caps, napkin holders, decorative, jewelry and tumblers.

It looks and behaves like air-dry clay, such as ceramic and craft porcelain clay. It is soft and smooth to touch and has a clear white appearance. You can either add color to the Lamasa dough before creating shapes or paint the objects after wards.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup craft glue
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 tbsp zinc oxide powder
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • Oil-based cold cream
  • Clear wrap
  • Aluminum vessel
  • Airtight container
  • Acrylic colors

Dough Recipe

Sift the flour and zinc oxide powder in a bowl.

Sieving the dry ingredients removes any potential lumps.
Sieving the dry ingredients removes any potential lumps. (Image: antique flour sifter image by Chad McDermott from Fotolia.com)

Add glue, lime juice and glycerin.

Glue acts as a binder for the ingredients and helps create a smooth dough.
Glue acts as a binder for the ingredients and helps create a smooth dough. (Image: bottle of glue on black marble image by phizics from Fotolia.com)

Mix everything well. Stir in one direction only, until there are no lumps.

Set an aluminum vessel on medium heat.

Add the mix to the vessel, stirring all the time. The vessel should not get too hot.

Stir for about two minutes until the dough stops sticking to the vessel.

Remove the dough from the vessel and roll it into a ball.

Wrap the dough with clear wrap and store in an airtight container.

Adding Color and Creating Shapes

Apply some cold cream to your palms.

Acrylic paints are easily available at craft or school supplies stores.
Acrylic paints are easily available at craft or school supplies stores. (Image: blobs of paint image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Take a small amount of dough in your palm and add the desired acrylic paint.

Knead gently with your thumb until the color is evenly mixed with the dough. You may add more color to achieve the desired shade.

Use more cold cream on your palm or add to the dough to make it easier to roll and knead. Continue kneading until the dough is evenly-colored.

Making Shapes

Rub a small amount of cold cream in to your palm.

Lamasa can be used to create porcelain like animal figures.
Lamasa can be used to create porcelain like animal figures. (Image: porcelain bunnies image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

Break a small piece of the lamasa dough. Knead it a little in your hands to make it smooth.

You can create shapes, such as this ceramic chicken, with Lamasa.
You can create shapes, such as this ceramic chicken, with Lamasa. (Image: russian ceramic toy image by Eugene Tokarev from Fotolia.com)

Shape the dough in desired shapes like petals, leaves, faces, animals, vegetables, fruits and beads.

Leave the objects exposed to air overnight. They will dry hard and smooth, by morning.

This porcelain flower can be replicated in Lamasa.
This porcelain flower can be replicated in Lamasa. (Image: rose de porcelaine image by Unclesam from Fotolia.com)

Stick the lamasa objects on paper clips, napkin holders, mugs and mirrors to decorate them with glue. You can stick the lamasa objects, before they dry without glue by pressing them against a clean surface.

Lamasa can be used to decorate objects such as, this clock.
Lamasa can be used to decorate objects such as, this clock. (Image: ceramic clock image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)
(Image: decorative clock image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • Handle the dough carefully, when trying to remove it from the vessel. It might be hot.
  • Use cold cream whenever you think the dough is drying or getting difficult to work with.
  • Coat the finished product with two coats of lacquer to make it water resistant and shiny.
  • Do not overheat the dough, or it will lose moisture.
  • Do not expose unused dough to air. Keep it sealed in an airtight container when not in use.

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