If we make Paper Mache Clay without joint compound – will it come out just as good as the original recipe?
What about the Silky-Smooth Air Dry Clay recipe? (Same ingredients, different proportions…)
People kept asking me if it was possible, so I decided to find out.
Although we should do more experiments to get the measurements more exact, I think the result may be (gasp!) even better than the recipes that use the drywall joint compound.
It sticks to the armature as well as the original paper mache clay, holds really fine details just as well as my air dry clay recipe, and it dried hard as a rock.
But it isn’t easy to mix in the beginning while it’s still really sticky.
For this experiment I used:
- Newspaper (or you could use toilet paper if you can find any…) 24 grams dry, 120 grams wet.
- 1/2 cup (130 grams) Elmer’s Glue-All PVA glue
- 222 grams (approx) powdered marble/calcium carbonate
- 1/2 cup (approx) corn starch
The original recipes:
Where can you get powdered marble?
You can buy 4 pounds of powdered marble from amazon.com. That should be enough for over 8 batches of the air dry clay recipe.
If you need more than that, it’s a lot less expensive if you get it in bigger bags. Azure Standard sells 50 pounds for about $25 – but they have an unusual way of delivering their product, so read about that before ordering. That’s where I bought mine for an experiment I did several years ago. It’s a lot of calcium carbonate. You could make a whole house-full of sculptures with that much product. (Or share some with your friends.)
If you try this, let us know how it came out. And if you have ideas for mixing it without making a mess, let us know that, too. 🙂