Note: I recently uploaded a video showing a better way to measure your ingredients for the air-dry clay. You can see it here. And I recently published the book that I developed this recipe for – you can see it here. The orangutan didn’t make it into the book – but it shows you how to make lots of other very nice dolls, and it already has some great review on amazon.com.
I’ve been working hard this week, developing methods for making the baby animal dolls that will appear in my next book. One thing I worked on was making a new recipe for the dolls that could be made smoother than the original paper mache clay. I tried a number of different versions, and all but one ended up in the trash. This one, though, really does what I wanted it to do.In fact, if you first smooth it with your finger and the glue mix, like I show in the video, let it dry, and then very lightly sand it with a very fine sandpaper, it really is as smooth as porcelain. It’s still really hard, though, like the original paper mache clay, so sanding does take some effort. If you look real closely at the photo here of the muzzle on the baby ‘rang, you can see how smooth it is.
I’m really liking this stuff – but I’m not sure what we should call it. It works very much like Activa paperclay (but lots cheaper, if you need more than one small batch). Let me know what you think. (The recipe is posted below the video).
Recipe for the new Air-Dry Clay:
1/2 cup wet toilet paper
1/2 cup Elmer’s glue (or any white PVA glue)
1/2 cup drywall joint compound (any brand except Dap)
1/2 cup corn starch
3 tablespoons mineral oil (baby oil)
1 cup all-purpose white flour, or as needed
Mixing instructions are in the video.
On a completely different note, my chimp has a new home. When I moved, the chimp and a few other large sculptures stayed with Pete and Dianne Havekost, my dad and his wife, so I wouldn’t have to pay to ship them to my new home. They recently found a new favorite restaurant in Bellingham that has a stuffed warthog head that reminded them of my chimp, so they asked if he could live there too. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, and you’re in the mood for some good home-style cooking, go say “hi” to the chimp at the HomeSkillet restaurant, 521 Kentucky Street, in Bellingham, WA.