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How to DIY With Clay

In 2018, it’s nearly impossible to not hear someone talk about or see a video of DIY projects. A DIY, also known as doing it yourself, the project has grown in popularity so much n the last five years that there are websites and YouTube channels dedicated to showing off fun DIY things to try at home. Which means every tool imaginable from toothpicks, wooden letters, to even rocks have been used. Though, some of the artier people might appreciate that doing a DIY project with clay can create a stunning masterpiece with a personal touch or even just have something fun to do with the kids and friends. Though starting the process of doing your own clay DIY will take some preparation and this list will give you the highlights of how to go about it!

Should I Buy or Make Clay

This all depends on your personal preference. If you’re a person that rather buy premade clay due to whatever reasons, then looking online at art stores or even Amazon could find you a good deal. Just be sure to research what kind of clay that you want to use, and yes, there ate different types of clay: porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware. Each one has it’s different properties, but as a basic rundown – porcelain clay is pure white and is commonly used for pottery, stoneware has more pores and a greyer color what white, and earthenware has a brighter shade of an orangish red and has a thicket feeling. It’s also important to keep into considering how much clay is needed as buying more than needed can be seen as a waste of money.

If you want to go the full DIY path and make your own clay, there are dozens of recipes which can be done at home. Many of them are non-toxic and will allow you to create colorful clay without panting it which just makes the DIY project even more personal and fun. Additionally, there are so many ways to make your clay, some are non-baked, baked, frozen, or left to dry. Always be sure to look at the recipe though as you never want to make sloppy clay that cannot even be used for a project.

Different Kinds of Projects

Now that you have your clay prepared, it’s time to look to some creative DIY projects you can use it for. The first and most obvious step of this is to find what you feel like creating, even if it’s as simple as making clay animals to decorate your home or an elaborate bowl or vase that you want to use.

As some motivation, you can consider making a flower put as your starting clay project. The shape is easy to mold, and you can find so many ways to decorate it. Plus, you can be the one person that can say that you have living plants in your personally crafted pot. Another fun idea is to craft a necklace with your clay. One exciting way to do it is by creating a shape, animal, or a design, customizing it, and finally wearing it or hanging up.

How to Create Polymer Clay Molds

Materials needed to make polymer clay molds: Scrap clay, well conditioned (use a firm clay, like Kato) Tissue blade, sharp Ta…

Materials needed to make polymer clay molds:

  • Scrap clay, well conditioned (use a firm clay, like Kato)
  • Tissue blade, sharp
  • Talcum powder or cornstarch
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Small ceramic tile
  • Acrylic block (optional)
  • Small container with cold water
  • Selection of buttons and charms

[Source: http://craftartedu.com/polymer-clay/polymer-clay-free-classes/debbie-crothers-making-molds] a

How To Use Kato Poly Paste

Use Kato Poly Paste to secure polymer clay forms. What is Poly Paste? Poly Paste is polymer clay in a sticky, paste form. As other polymer …

Use Kato Poly Paste to secure polymer clay forms.

What is Poly Paste?

Poly Paste is polymer clay in a sticky, paste form. As other polymer products, it requires heat to cure.

Poly Paste does not melt or run, making it ideal as a gap filler.

The stickiness of the Poly Paste makes it ideal for bonding odd shaped cured clay pieces or bonding when the two objects are precariously placed. It will grab and hold through the curing process.

[Source: http://craftartedu.com/polymer-clay/free-product-tutorial/kato-polyclay-tutorial]