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How to make deco clay at home ?

Japanese craft clay for flower making

rickharris1 year ago
This seems like an answer - although I don't know the product.
Art for life (author)  rickharris1 year ago
Thanks rickharris :)
I do not know the recipe for Deco(r) brand Claycraft(r) (http://www.decoclay.com/clay.htm ) soft clay.  It might be a trade secret.

I found a MSDS for a competing brand, Amaco Cloud Clay(r),
http://www.amaco.com/files/MSDS-Cloud-Clay-AP.pdf
but unfortunately that document tells us nothing about what's in it, because apparently it contains no material they are required to mention in a MSDS.

This page,
http://newclaynews.blogspot.com/p/about-air-dry-clay.html
says that Deco(r) brand clay is a "air-dry clay" and also a "polymer-based resin clay".

The 4 groups of air-dry clays are (1) wood pulp and paper-based clays such as Creative Paperclay and the instant papier mache products; (2) stone-based (pumice) clays such as LaDoll; and (3) polymer-based resin clays such as Deco Clay, Hearty, Model Magic, Lumina, Luna and many other brands of "soft" clays usually used in crafting clay flowers.  The 4th group is the homemade and commercial cold porcelain clays, which are made with cornstarch, glue and other ingredients.

Those clays from group (1) might be possible to make at home, assuming the only ingredients are

I mean that sounds pretty easy, right?  You can get natural clay from dirt by mixing dirt with water and letting it settle.  You can make cellulose pulp by grinding up old newspapers and water in a blender.

In fact that's probably too easy.  But it might be something fun to try, if you don't mind getting your hands dirty.
;-)

The Wikipedia articles on "Paper Clay" and  "Modeling Clay" might also have some clues for you, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_clay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modelling_clay#Paperclay

Final link, is a page mentioning a whole bunch of products in the class of "air-dry clays", from that same site I linked to earlier.
http://newclaynews.blogspot.com/p/adc-brands.html
Also this page sort of explains why I was thinking "Cloud Clay(r)" brand and "Deco(r)"  brand might be similar, in case you were wondering about that.
I thought I should elaborate on what I was saying about mixing dirt with water.  Clay particles are the smallest component of dirt, and when dirt is mixed with water and allowed to settle, the clay deposits in the topmost layer.

Previously I uploaded some words and pictures on this subject, here:
http://www.instructables.com/answers/How-or-where-do-i-make-or-find-terra-cotta-clay/

Art for life (author)  Jack A Lopez1 year ago
and thanks again for the info about natural clay. Would definitely make use of it someday !
Art for life (author)  Jack A Lopez1 year ago
Thanks so much for the information! I was looking for as much information about clay as possible and the links are very useful! Your effort is much appreciated :)
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