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.

SCULPT-IT by Sargetn Art sells a product identical to silk clay. I found it at A.C. Moore today (Sun 2/5/12). It was $16.99 with 40% off using my coupon. I know that it's the same: Air dry, smooth as silk, very pliable, intricate designs shown - pure white. I did some research on this and there are others out there. Don't go ordering expensive clay from China! No! I don't have any connection to this company.
Thelma  |  Sun Feb 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM
Sorry, SCULPT-IT by Sargent Art (misspelled Sargent). I love this stuff!
Thelma  |  Sun Feb 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM
You can make your own air drying clay called cold porcelain clay. Just google cold porcelain clay recipes. It is extremely easy and cost effective using corn flour and glue and a few other things. Use the microwave recipe as this is the easiest method. I make loads of embellishments at once and leave them to air dry for about a week. However you must seal your clay with a decopauge sealer to protect it.
Barbara Davis  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 1:58 AM
Hi there, just a thought on the clay, the one that Birgit uses remains a bit flexible when dry. Here in Australia the equivalent is Vitrium Air-Dry Resin Clay, and after doing a bit of a search, it can be bought from:
firemountaingems...for those of you in the US.
The fact that it stays slightly flexible allows for any movement in the card or when handling, so it should hold up well to posting, without damage.

Amanda
Manny8384  |  Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

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