PAPERCLAY® TIPS AND TRICKS
1. Working Surface - Place plastic wrap (pieces cut
from trash bags work well) over your work surface to prevent sticking. If you're working
on a waterproof surface, moisten the area beneath the plastic to anchor it to the table.
Waxed paper may also be used, but it doesn't hold up as well. You may also want to keep a
small container of water on hand for thinning and smoothing Paperclay®.
2. Rolling it out - Put the Paperclay® on one end
of the plastic wrap. Fold the other end of the plastic over to cover the Paperclay®. Then
use a rolling pin to roll out to the desired thickness.
3. Imprinting - After rolling out Paperclay®,
remove the top layer of the plastic and lay lace or any other textured fabric directly on
top of the Paperclay® and roll again to get the unique textures and patterns.
4. Covering Objects - To cover or embellish an
object with Paperclay®, wet it with a small amount of water before applying the
Paperclay®. Paperclay® sticks well to most surfaces, but if you have a problem, you can
always use white glue.
5. Using molds - The method used to release
Paperclay® from molds depends on the type of mold used. When using plaster molds
there are several methods for release:
- Leave Paperclay® in mold overnight, it will dry and shrink slightly
so it will come out of the mold easily the next day.
- Cover the mold with a very thin coat of liquid soap.
- Sprinkle talcum powder in the mold.
- Spray the mold with a mold release (Armor All® works great!).
- Cover the mold with a piece of nylon and then press in the
- When using plaster molds use talcum powder or the
nylon method to remove Paperclay® from the mold immediately or it may stick to and damage
6. Drying Paperclay® - Small items will generally
dry in a day or so depending on room temperature and humidity. Larger projects may take a
few days to completely dry. If you're in a hurry, you may put your unpainted projects in a
250 degree oven for 30 minutes or until dry.
7. Sanding, carving, etc. - After Paperclay®
dries, it can be sanded and carved like wood. You can also build on to a completely dry
Paperclay® object by just applying fresh Paperclay® (see #4).
8. Painting - Once Paperclay® is dried, it can be
painted with any type of paint. After painting, spray with a clear acrylic spray sealer if
desired. Paperclay® may also be colored by kneading water base paint into it before
9. Storage - After you have opened a package keep
the unused portion in an air tight bag. If it should happen to dry out slightly while
you're working or it's in the bag, simply knead in a few drops of water to restore it's
Follow these helpful
hints and have fun!