Silk Clay

by Birgit Edblom

Create embellishments out of silk clay, a self-hardening modeling mass.

Supplies

  • White silk clay
  • Cookie cutter, cake tins or other shapes
  • Rolling pin
  • Stamps
  • Inks
  • Blending tool
  • Awl

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    You can shape the clay in different ways. Use a small rolling pin or your hands.

  2. Step 2

    Use a cookie cutter or other shapes (a glass for example) to create the form of your decoration

  3. Step 3

    You can stamp with or without ink on the clay. It´s possible to color the clay with watercolors or alcohol based markers.

  4. Step 4 (Optional)

    Make a hole in the shape with an awl if you want to add a twine or ribbon.

  5. Step 5 (Optional)

    You can also create different miniatures or figures with your hands. Use any stamp and color it!

  6. Step 5 (Optional)

    Let the Silk Clay dry for a couple of hours before you place it on your project! You can use glue or 3D foam to fasten it.

Video!

Variations

  1. Use your imagination and create! On this card I did some petals to create a flower.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Silk Clay. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Fantastic and beautiful!
Tack Birgit!
Malin Z  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 1:37 AM
Your cards are gorgeous! Can you get silk clay in the US? Is it similar to polymer clay?
kim  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 4:05 AM
I LOVE this !!!Where did you buy the clay and what specific brand did you use on this project? Thanks!
Jessica Beare  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 4:13 AM
Silk Clay does not seem to be available in the U. S.
Barbara  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 AM
shoot! I wonder if you can substitute other kinds of polymer clay for this?
Jessica Beare  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 4:50 AM
Love everything you create, I've seen the cards you've made with this silk clay and love them all. You are so creative!
Kris  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 5:04 AM
I think any air drying modeling clay will work. My daughter used to have those packages with really light modeling stuff. I just looked it up. I am talking about Crayola Model magic. I need to purchase a pack and see if that works.
Beate  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 5:05 AM
Love your work Brigit! I have noticed how you use clay on many of your cards. Thank you so much for sharing this technique. It will make a lovely addition to cards & scrapbook pages.
karen Steeves  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 5:37 AM
There has been a product called paper clay available for several years. Must be the same product.
June Belcher  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 6:16 AM
Thanks! I bought the Silk Clay here in Sweden! You can see a picture of it here, CC-hobby,
http://www.cc-craft.co.uk/silk-clay-650-g-white.aspx
The Silk clay is very smooth and easy to work with, and it doesn´t get real hard when it has dried.

Hugs
Biggan
Birgit Edblom  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 6:52 AM
I've searched the internet and cannot find Silk Clay, any suggestions?
Shannon Paul  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 7:35 AM
I love using clay on my cards. I use polymer (which must be baked) as well as air dry stuff from DAS. This stuff takes forever to dry and I live in the high desert! The left-over Crayola stuff dries out if you don't use it all, but not sure which option is worse. I think the polymer would work just fine-will try it soon and see.
Jeanne Johannes  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM
Birgit,
Meant to ask what stamp you used on the card with the clay vase. It kind of looks like netting and is really striking!
Jeanne Johannes  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 7:54 AM
We have air dry clay.. it's the same thing!
Linda Gilliam  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM
This one is just like it:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat2741&PRODID=prd26529
Linda Gilliam  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM
It's called Lumina! JoAnnes online has it, says it's
for rubber stamping etc!
Linda Gilliam  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM
I went to Etsy.com and found several "Japanese CEC silk clay" packages for sale. Is this the same style of "silk clay" you used? There is also the "paper clay" and "resin art clay" available on Etsy.com, but I'm not sure which one is similar to yours. Included is an example of a store that carries several of these types of clays.

Can you give us an idea of which type of clay shown here would be most similar to your "silk clay" compound? Thanks.
askloeblen  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM
www.etsy.com/shop/gracefulhandscraft?ref=seller_info
askloeblen  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM
I wish I could help you to find a similar clay..this is the text on mine;
Self-hardening, pliable, soft and lightweight modelling compound, which retains its soft and rubber-like texture when dry

Can be painted with almost all kinds of paint - packed in practical can - store unused clay in an airtight plastic container
Birgit/Biggan  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM
Thanks so much. I think the person who just posted above me may have the right idea with the Lumina clay product.

Amy
askloeblen  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

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