Progress with cement clay…

Made by Carol Brown

This chicken (using Lipka clay, YouTube) is ready for the outdoors. I sealed the cement with Minwax polycrylic, painted with outdoor paints and sealed again with Rustoleum spray. Unfortunately, I found it a little hard to work with and it did not store in frig as it was advertised to, got rock hard.

These gnomes were made with another papercrete recipe I found @venna’s nature on YouTube. Easy to mix (Portland cement, thin set mortar powder, PVA glue and toilet tissue), can be made in small amounts, it will harden if not worked with quickly and dries nicely. They were sealed the same as the chicken and are sitting outdoors also. Will check on them in six months for wear and tear….I have to say that after using the cement clay I still prefer paper mache. 🙂

Gnomes made with papercrete

6 thoughts on “Progress with cement clay…”

  1. There are a lot of different choices! I just used what I had in my studio. Rustoleum Universal Advanced Formula, Durable Top Coat. Funny, it says dead flat but it’s still very shiny. Yes, the Lipka experiment failed….I gave it my best effort but I am happy with the new recipe I am using, so far.

  2. Hi Carol. Thanks for showing us how your chicken turned out after it was painted. She’s really cute. 🙂 And thanks for letting us know that the Lipka recipe doesn’t really stay workable for days – I’ve read that it’s supposed to, but I couldn’t see how that would work with a mixture containing Portland cement.

    One question: What type of Rustoleum spray did you use? They seem to have about a hundred kinds. Thanks for keeping us posted. 🙂

    • This is precisely what I have been wondering, Jonni! Carol, so curious how that works with your formula! Is it related to the vinegar? I know citric acid slows the curing of plaster but I am still very new in the researching of cement and modified concrete recipes. Thank you both for all your efforts and research!


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