How to do Lamasa Art


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

Adding Color and Creating Shapes

  • Apply some cold cream to your palms.

  • 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

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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