Here it is my results of homemade paper clay. So I am going to type everything out then my modifications and my reactions to it (it will be a long post).
I took Jonnie’s Paper Mache Clay Recipe, I knew going into it I was going to make the following modifications: instead of flour I used baby powder, I also thought pureeing the toilet paper would help with a smoother texture.
My results (notes from my sketchbook): a full roll of wet toilet paper in a blender does not blend well. I added water (1 1/4 cup) to “help” the pureeing process. Being that I added the water I needed to add more baby powder (1/2 cup). I also realized it needed something more so I added corn starch (1 cup) to combat the water. I also ran out of glue (I misread the ingredients I thought it said 1/2 cup not 3/4 of a cup) so I used 1/4 cup of Mod Podge. I used I added an extra 1/2 cup joint compound to the mixture too. I also want to state for the record DO NOT make if you are in a hurry (i.e. child screaming because he doesn’t want to be in a crib because he thinks a nap is not needed) this process takes time and should not be rushed.
The clay was wetter than what I think it should have been so I put it on some paper towel to absorb some of the extra moisture. I also pulled out my plaster bat and kneaded 1/2 the clay on the bat. All in all I think it worked well it turned out better than I had expected for the first batch.
|My first batch of clay stuff – not bad|
Things I will do differently with the next batch:
I am going to puree the toilet paper dry the put the toilet paper pulp to the mixture (it will also be nicer to my blender). I was also thinking of wetting the pureed pulp and using one of my paper screens to drain the water out (less time than in the colander). I think the starch helped the process making it more like clay. My armatures also need to be better, pipe cleaners do not work well as a support system (I was being lazy) so I think if I make “real” (better armatures) the piece will be better.
I will keep everyone posted on how well they dry and how well they hold paint.