Basic Clay Tutorial

>>  19.9.09

*the image are taken from google search (I hope I didn't get any trouble *o*)

Due to many questions during my exhibition, I thought I can share few basic things that I usually use when making the miniature clay.
~ I use air-dry clay (no need to bake, it will dry within days depending on its thickness). The unused clay must be store in air-tight container which is why plastic sealer and tape came in handy.
~ I recommend to keep the clay which you are using under damp blanket (but I don't do this anymore, I just take whatever amount that I'm going to use and seal the rest properly.)
~ I usually bought Grace / Grace colour at my usual place, Jakarta. I know some place in Singapore but they are more expensive: Liang Court, Chinatown, and Creative Hands (but I was told that CH Orchard closed down -_-; )

1. Cosmos - I first use this brand, it's a bit harder so you have to add more water before moulding this into any shape.

2. Grace - my favourite brand (although it's more expensive). If you don't add any colour and if it's thin as paper, it is a bit translucent. My teacher recommend this to make sushi. The result is very hard and last for a very long time (I made a phone charm which is already been used for one year plus, it's still in good condition except some scratch).

3. Grace colour - you mix these into no.1 and 2 to get the colour that you want. For Cosmos, you need to add a bit of white but you will need more for Grace otherwise the colour will darken after it dries (and send you into shock!)

4&5. Hearty - it is lighter (and a lot cheaper). It's texture is great for cakes/cookies/bread but it also breaks too easily, so I still mix it with Grace around 6:1 or 3:1. And this brand still easily dissolve with water even after it dries.

6. Baby powder - it is to mimic caster sugar for cakes/bread.

7. Baby oil - to avoid the clay being to sticky to your hand/mold. The opposite is water, which make it stickier.

8. Acrylic paint - to mix onto the clay or to paint on top of the clay.

9. Resin - to make jelly/drinks. It consist of 2 parts which you have to mix equally. You can colour this with acrylic paints. (Sorry I can't find the picture.)

10. Matte/Gloss varnish - I think you can use almost any brand, just look for water-base varnish. Some brand may not work within your country climate and it makes the clay sticky (I bought one in Jakarta, which turns very sticky in Singapore).

11. Other important tools: clay tools (this is variant, I don't have them all myself); cutter/scissors, ball stylus, toothpick, toothbrush (to make texture), blanket, small containers, white glue, and tweezer (to pick up small things).

I've written several more FAQ on dA. Please view them here before asking me.
Sorry for being blunt, but I have the right to block anyone that I find rude to me; so I can save my energy not to be angry anymore and I can just focus on doing my works.

I have decided NOT to make anymore tutorials. Mainly because there are too many things that I cannot answer to myself. All the things I did are 80% experimental, and I cannot guarantee that I can make the exact same thing in the future.

I have tried to answer back to some people (on deviantArt) and the only thing I got in return was foul language. I am not sure how serious their reply was, but it's just seem rude for me especially since I don't know who they are. Well, I am just a human, I can be offended.
And as a matter of fact, I went and PAID for my basic lesson. So if anyone wants to be fair, they have to do the same. :)

The last advice I WILL give you for FREE are these:
"STOP thinking, just DO it, and PRACTICE, practice, practice!"


Shawie September 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

thanks for the tutorial... i will share the info to my kids

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