Air dry clay is a modelling substance, usually made of or partly composed of earthen “clay” materials. Sometimes reinforcing nylon fibres are added in order to reduce brittleness, shrinking and cracking as well as eradicating the need for the clay to be fired in order to dry in order to make this type of clay and separate it from other earthen clays. First let us make a DIY air dry clay bowl.
Because of this, and if any other synthetic components are added, it is sometimes referred to as “semi artificial clay”.It’s easy to use, cheap to buy and can be used to make almost anything. From small dishes to plant pots and jewellery to candle holders. It’s an incredibly versatile product.
SIMPLE AIR DRY BOWL
1. Air dry clay
2. A bowl with wide mouth
1. Roll out the clay about a quarter inch thick so that it fits inside the bowl you are using. The thickness ensures that your bowl is stern and durable.
2. Coat the inside of your bowl with petroleum jelly. It is used as a greasing agent so that the clay won’t stick to the bowl and comes off easily.
3. Using the clay you have rolled out, cover the inside of the bowl. Use scissors in case you need to trim off extra edges.Spread it out neatly without creases and folds.
4. Leave the bowl with the clay to dry. It is better to leave it for one full day.
5. After the clay is completely dry, invert your bowl onto a flat surface and tap. Be gentle. Remove the bowl and the basic structure of your air dry clay bowl is ready.
6. Use sandpaper to smooth out any bumps or cracks. Then use a brush and some water to dissolve any dust particles left over from sanding, this will ensure your paint will go on smoothly.
7. Your bowl is ready for painting. Start off with white primer. Coat a layer of primer and leave it to dry. This will help any bright colours pop as they’ll be on a white base rather than the terracotta clay base.
8. To finish off the bowl you can glaze it, it is advised to use triple thick glaze. You can brush this on just like paint and it leaves a glossy surface.Leave it to dry and your bowl is done and dusted.
ADVANCE PRINTED AIR DRY CLAY BOWL
1. Air dry clay
2. Stamps with your favourite motif or anything that could leave an impression
3. An Ink Pad
4. A Set of Small Glass Bowls
5. Acrylic Rolling Pin for Clay
6. Silicone Mat
7. A Craft Knife
- Take your air dry clay and knead until soft and pliable. This makes it easy to work with.You can store any leftover clay in an airtight container.
- Roll your clay out to about 3-5 mm thick. Any thicker than this and it will take longer to dry.
- Ink up your stamp ( You can use stamps) and press firmly onto the clay.
- Repeat until you have covered the clay with your stamped design.
- Try not to press too hard as you want to be able to lift the clay away from the table easily and not stretch out the design. If you have problems with the clay sticking to your work surface you can roll the clay out onto some greaseproof paper or a silicone mat first.
- Take your bowl and place it upside down on your clay.
- Use your knife to cut around the edge of the bowl.
- Peel away the remaining clay to leave the circle of clay behind that will form your bowl. Any rough edges can be smoothed using your fingers and a small amount of water in a bowl.
- Lift your clay circle carefully and place it inside your bowl. Using your thumbs press the clay down gently into the bowl.
- Repeat until you have as many bowls as required and leave to dry overnight. As the clay dries and the water evaporates it will turn from a pale grey to white. By the next day, the printed side of the clay should be hard enough for you to remove it from the bowl. You may find the clay is still damp where it’s been touching the glass bowl. Place your bowls upside down on a baking cooling rack to allow both sides to dry fully.
- When your bowls are dry, sand away any rough edges.
- Leave your bowls as they are or seal them with a layer of varnish.