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Use Wurth Joint Compound for Paper Mache Clay

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Yes, we can make paper mache with Gorilla Wood glue and Worth brand drywall joint compound. πŸ™‚

DAP and Worth are the two brands that absolutely will not work with Elmer’s Glue-All, but they’re also the most easily obtained drywall joint compound brands, because you can get them in any Walmart store here in the United States.

I’ve already tested the DAP joint compound for paper mache clay here, and today I made a batch of the paper mache clay with the Wurth brand. And frankly, I’m really liking it.

I think the Worst brand is now my favorite joint compound for paper mache clay – but you can’t use it with Elmer’s Glue-All.

The recipe for Paper Mache Clay with Wurth Joint Compound:

  • 1 1/4 cup of damp toilet paper
  • 1 cup of premixed Wurth* (or DAP) drywall joint compound
  • 3/4 cup of Gorilla Wood Glue
  • 1/4 to 3/8 cup of white flour
  • 2 tablespoons mineral oil (baby oil) or boiled linseed oil

*Note – the Gorilla Wood Glue has only been tested with the Wurth and Dap brands. For all other brands, I recommend Elmer’s Glue-All – but you can do your own test, like I did at the beginning of the video, with a small dab of your joint compound and your glue. If they mix up smoothly, with no thickening, rubberiness, or even tiny lumps, the combination should work.

After mixing your paper mache clay, put it in an air-tight container.

If you have any questions at all about paper mache clay, whether it’s using this brand of joint compound or any other brand, please put them in the comments down below. πŸ™‚

16 thoughts on “Use Wurth Joint Compound for Paper Mache Clay”

  1. I’ve read that Elmers School Glue is the one to use in any crafting project that glue is a part of recipe. The other variations can cause issues. Geez, when I was in school it was plain β€˜ole glue on your paper or your hand – which was then consumed. πŸ™‚

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    • I haven’t heard that – but I know that you can’t use Elmer’s with Wurth joint compound. And if the artist is still young enough to eat the art supplies, any form of paper mache clay isn’t a good idea – partly because it isn’t made with food-grade materials, but mostly because very young hands can’t spread the paper mache clay in a thin layer over an armature. It’s not a good craft material for really young kids.

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  2. thanks so much. I just went to home depot and was tempted to get spackle because it was cheaper and the people said it was the same but I ended paying more for the joint compound. I hope its worth it!

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    • No, I don’t think so. I also recently got an email from someone who tried it with the Titebond III wood glue – which worked for me, but it didn’t work for her. I have no idea why not… πŸ™

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      • Oh no! Well I guess time will tell if my armature ever dries. I finished applying the clay about 4 hrs ago. It seems clumpier than yours but didn’t feel specifically rubbery like when I used Elmers glue all. Is it better to scrape it off the armature? Currently the outside is dry to the touch but still feels wet underneath.

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        • The paper mache clay will always dry first on the outside, and sometimes it will take several days to dry all the way through. It depends on how thickly it was applied. If you were able to apply it, it should be fine once it’s dry.

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  3. Hi Jonni, Thanks for the new recipe. I have a question. How would you color this clay before it dries? I want the clay to dry the color want it to be rather than painting it. Is that possible? What coloring would I use?
    Thanks, Jay

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