Paperclay - My First Experiences!
My Characters At Leafty.com
Paperclay results: I started by using a type of Dry (powdered) Paperclay call "Paperdur". Oops! It looked pretty much like how I wanted it to after I'd finish shaping it, but, to my horror, by morning my figurine looked like a dried up prune! No matter how much I tried to sand it, it just didn't work out.
I'm not sure whether it's just me - I might have mixed too much water in it - but I can shape Paperdur rather too easily and it was damp and squidgy throughout the sculpt.
After that I did a bit more research and found that most paperclay (that requires water) takes serious skills to get the consistency right and most of the time it is lumpy after it has dried.
So I guess for beginners like me, it's best to start off with the Creative Paperclay. To create my figures I've used what most artists seemed to be using: "Creative paperclay" from www.paperclay.com. It's very smooth and super lovely to work with.
The first lot of figurines are drying well pretty well. There were some tiny cracks in hard to reach area, but it was quite easy to fix them with some water.
It's very easy to smooth paper clay with water. You can keep on re-wetting the paperclay until you are happy with it, even after bone dry. I guess that is the beauty of paperclay and that's why I didn't go for Das or polymer clay.
Also I'm useless at firing! My friend and I both think that Das is a bit
too brittle to use to model small pieces as it kept on breaking off. In comparison to Fimo, paper clay's easier for me to use. You can take bits off it with the cutter tool whilst I've struggled to do the same with Fimo or polymer clay (I think it has too much elasticity), but my friend disagree and thinks that Fimo is just easier to mould.
There is also "Delight" paperclay from the same brand. It's meant to be a lighter and easier to use version but I really didn't enjoy using it. It was far too soft to make into any shape.
Luckily I tested it on one of the characters (Mountain range) that is very simple so it still worked but I really wouldn't recommended this type to anyone. My friends who tried Delight this weekend also said the same thing.
I still have to try the premium quality Creative Paperclay yet. Apparently it is much better to make small miniatures because it dries harder than the original and a little more difficult to sand.
This guy confirms my thought about paperclay recipe.
ps. Peter, I've received the tools! Thank you very much. I've also tried them out this long weekend with my paperclay. And it was amazing! In fact I enjoy sculpting so much I didn't get anything else done this weekend.
I've left your positive feedback on Ebay. :)
Thank you again for writing such a fantastic sculpting tutorials. I managed to get my figurines how I've wanted thanks to your lessons. I truly appreciate it.