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Miniature air-dry clay projects for dollhouses, roomboxes and dioramas

Air-dry clay can be made of...

Couple of my Moms Old Bread Dough Dolls

Links to miniature projects

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Highcroft Castle - Week Ten
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  • photo albums, blog posts, webpages

 

Blogs

  • Blogs concentrating on air dry clay or categories/labels about it in blogs

New Clay News

Cold Porcelain Cuties

Cold Porcelain Flowers

Cold Porcelain Designs

Cold Porcelain Tutorials

Ginny Deizel Studios - paperclay creations

Miniatures by Rachael - in hiatus right now, but lots of lovely stuff in the archives.

 

Groups

  • Discussion groups, forums (or forum categories) and photo groups dedicated to air dry clay.

Air Dry Clay - a Yahoo group. In the group's LINKS section is a list of many clay brands with a brief description of each. In the APPLICATIONS section is the beginnings of a BRAND NAME REVIEWS section. Helps deciding which clay to use.

 

Supplies for sale

  • Supplies needed for making air dry clay projects.

Polyclay Express

 

Miniatures for sale

  • Do you have a section for air dry clay in your shop? Add a direct link here.

 

Books

  • Books about miniature air dry clay projects (also books with chapters about it)

 

Instructions for miniatures

Miniature printables

Wallpapers

  • Wallpapers that go well with air dry clay projects

Other Printies

  • Book/magazine covers related to air dry clay

Links

  • links to sites showing how to make items related to air dry clay

Apoxie Sculpt - used in sculpting and modelling

Colouring Cold Porcelain - from Cold Porcelain Tutorials

Clay Shrinkage Ruler - video from Ceramic Art

Flumo on Facebook

Guidance for working with Air Dry Modelling Clay

How to Make Paper Clay - from Dahlhart Lane

Air Dry Clay Tutorial Directory

Tutorial for Flumo and Liquache - from Magic Miniatures

Working with Creative Paper Clay - from MiniMotion

Paperclay - tips from the manufacturer

 

Videos

  •  YouTube videos about miniature projects related to this subject

Activa Plus Clay:

Research/ Inspiration

Tips/Hints

  • Revive very old Paperclay by getting clay quite wet, putting it in a baggie and let it sit for a while to absorb.

Bread Dough

  • take a slice of bread, cut the crusts of, and discard. Tear the white of the bread into bits, place in a plastic bag with one tablespoon of Tacky glue. Knead until smooth and no longer sticky.
  • In humid climates, make sure to seal the finished product to prevent bugs.

Porcelain Clay

  • You can make it yourself at home!!! There are several recipes for the 'clay' on the internet,try Cynthia Howe's recipe, Instructables
  • Keep in mind, though, that it shrinks about 20% of its original size when it dries. AND it gets a little darker too. Keep the main part well protected in a plastic bag (no air contact) while you work smaller portions of it - only the amount you need - at each step, as it's air dry. 

Flumo and Liquache

  • Flumo and Liquache are both pourable (non-firing) slips. They harden in the air. (see tutorials)
    They are useful when you don't have a kiln but still want to make dolls and other doll house items, or when making dolls for children to play with (once hardened, the casting can be bounced off the floor without breaking), and to make doll house accessories, jewelry etc.
    Flumo shrinks very little, Liquache shrinks a little more than Flumo but the adult dolls that come from the 1" to 1' scale molds are still too large for a 1" scale doll house.
    Porcelain slip will shrink an average of about 15%.
    So castings from Flumo and Liquache will be 15% taller and fatter.
    But there are some ways you can get around that problem.
    • Use a more petite 1" scale lady doll mold.  Jackie Caron's Dawn Adam molds are more petite (delicate) than most other 1" scale dolls.
    • Use a teenager mold like Parker-Levi' s Kelly or Little women for the correct size.
    • You can use a child mold, children come in all sizes so this gives you lots of choices.
  • Here are some links on my website where you can see some molds that will work with the Flumo and Liquache.If you decide to try it, ask the mold company if the mold you are buying will be the correct scale in Liquache of Flumo.

 

Ideas about what is needed for these projects

  • links to inspiring pages
  • ideas for shop names
  • YouTube videos about the subject

 

 

 

 

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