Because there are variables beyond my control (clays, papers, water, mixing errors and etc) always pre test fire what you have before a big project. No guarantee can be offered that 'alternative" commercial paperclays now on the market will meet the all the performance advantages of my high performance trademark P'Clay® brand only available from licensed manufacturers/distributors.
Easy Smile option
Non fire toying around:
Tooth pick, paperclip, and paperclay fun highlight ed with blue nail polish dots. (it could have substituted blue paint or markers too). Let the P'Clay ® dry completely. Suitable for display on indoor shelf, window sill etc.
Figures by Gayle St. Luise and Rosette Gault.
why beginners and kids prefer paperclay
1. P'Clay® when it is air hardened is about twice as strong. Therefore: Transport unfired work without fear... even in the back of the car to the nearest kiln, or home etc. If it gets bumped and breaks.... it can be easily repaired and patched.
2. Wet on dry repair and patch of most dry cracks and damp sponge wipe dry paperclay smooth.
Broken ears, tails, handles and the like can be sent back to the maker for repeat practice, revision, re-attachment, reinforcement, alteration, and or redesign as often as needed.
Repeat practice in making joins is rewarded. When a good wet to dry join dries, the student can then test how strong it is. Save firing any works that aren't joined well.
Allows learners get hand eye confidence and skill so eases the transition and learning curve with to traditional clay later.
3. If no time to fire....there's ways to finish for air set take home.
For example read and PDF article excerpt "Repair a broken leg" here>>>>>>
Water Clean Up
Get white or buff fire paperclay for beginners of any age. Darker red-iron colored paper clays stain clothes, hands, and table tops if you are not careful. Ask your supplier to help you choose.
Takes ceramic glazes and firing and looks the same after firing as a traditional clay. Takes burnish, terra siggilata, underglazes, slips, engobes and glaze. The intermediate bisque fire is optional as one fire is practical.
Fire in a well ventilated kiln to cone 04 or higher.
Pliant and gentle out of the bag, P'Clay®, sets up- i.e. hardens slightly more quickly in comparison to store bought hobby modeling putties and paper maches.
Soft modeling P'Clay® ceramic paperclay should arrive and look smooth and clay like with no paperflecks or any discoloration. Use as soon after purchase as practical. A single 20-25# bag will be more than plenty to divide up for a class of 20-30 children to have a small handful or two for trial projects. If there is discoloration on the paper clay is not a fresh made batch.