This is a non-toxic air-dry clay that is great for ornaments. See above for some photos of ornaments and art made with Paperclay.
If you've ever used Playdough (tm) you can do this. Channel your childhood!
- Roll the Paperclay about 8 mm thick with our Dough Thickness Guides for molds that are 2-4 inches in diameter. Make the Paperclay thicker for larger or deeper molds.
- Dust the mold and the surface of the Paperclay with cornstarch to prevent sticking.
- Cut out a piece of the rolled Paperclay about an inch larger than the perimeter of your mold.
- Lay this piece of Paperclay over your mold. Press the Paperclay into the mold with your fingers. This is the opposite of the way you make cookies! Why? Paperclay is stiffer than dough. You need to use your fingers to press the Paperclay into the carving to show the Paperclay who's boss!
- Once you're done pushing in the Paperclay, flip the Paperclay and mold over onto a counter or other flat surface. and press the mold into the Paperclay to flatten the back of the ornament.
- Remove the mold from the Paperclay and cut out the impression as you would a cookie.
- Use a coffee stirrer straw to make a small hole in the ornament for hanging.
- Clean up your molds with a soft brush, soap and water. Rinse well. Dry. Because Paperclay is non-toxic, you can then use your clean molds for cookies again.
- Air dry your impressions for about two days, turning the impressions over every 4-8 hours to dry evenly and prevent warping.
- Use acrylic paints to decorate. We recommend high gloss or metallic acrylic paints to make your ornaments very showy.
- Seal with Krylon spray after the painted ornaments are dry to keep out moisture.
See our video Crafting with Springerle Molds for more information.
- Plan ahead to make your ornaments. They're very simple to mold but the air-drying process takes about 2 days. Mold a bunch at once so you have a stash to paint later.
- You can speed up drying a little by putting the images in the sun for an hour, or in a 200 degree oven with the door slightly ajar for an hour. Using these techniques, you'll dry out the surface, but the inside will still be damp and the moisture in the center will migrate to the surface after you remove the paper clay image from the oven or the sun.
- Do not overdo the oven or the sun, because if you do, you'll warp the impressions. Natural drying is better, turning them frequently.
- Kids can paint these. Try simpler molds with the young ones and work up from there to more complicated images.