DIY Paper Clay


You can make your own paper clay using simple items found in your kitchen and the hardware store. This type of paper clay can be used to create small, finely detailed sculptures and figurines without the use of a kiln. The final products are extremely light once the paper clay dries out. Although most recipes call for toilet paper because of its white color and fine texture, other types of paper can be used.

Things You'll Need

  • large bowl
  • electric mixer
  • toilet paper
  • water-soluble white glue
  • joint compound
  • white flour
  • linseed oil
  • Soak a roll of toilet paper in a bowl of warm water until the paper is thoroughly soaked. Discard the cardboard tube.

  • Take the toilet paper out of the water, and squeeze as much water out of it as you can. Discard the water and put the paper back in the bowl.

  • Tear the paper into smaller pieces.

  • Add about 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons of linseed oil, 3/4 cups of white glue and a cup of joint compound (the kind used for drywalling).

  • Mix the ingredients for several minutes using an electric mixer.

  • Check the mixture for lumps of paper. If you find any paper that has not completely broken down into its fibers, break the lumps apart and mix some more. You should end up with a ball of paper clay with the consistency of dough.

  • Store the paper clay in an airtight container until you are ready to create your sculptures. The clay should last about a week.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many people use the term "paper clay" to refer to regular clay that has been blended with a small amount of paper pulp. The paper gives the clay extra bondability and makes the dried clay less likely to break. This type of paper clay generally requires kiln firing.

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