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How to make deco clay at home ? Answered

Japanese craft clay for flower making



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),
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,
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:


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.
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.

and thanks again for the info about natural clay. Would definitely make use of it someday !

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 :)