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Sawdust Clay

Updated on July 2, 2017

It's easy to make but not so easy to work with. My first attempt was a DISASTER!!

Use some sawdust, some liquid starch, some flour and some glue. Supposedly, the proportions are 2 cups dust, 1 cup flour, 2 T. Starch and 2 T. glue. I don't know if those proportions are correct, as I ended up using more starch and then more glue and then more sawdust. I wasn't real successful at first. It seems okay now. My ice cream pail ended up half full of clay mixture.

My first attempt at sawdust clay was mixing a large quantity in an ice cream pail. Note to others: I stored mine in the pail for a week or so and it got mold on the top and it smells fermented.

I am still using it after I sprayed the mold with Lysol and took the chunk of mold off. It seems fine. I was going to use a cookie press or a jerky shooter to form some horses with it. It's not firm enough to use for that. I finally just plopped a teaspoon full on a sheet of aluminum foil and I used my cookie shape to form the horse. Then, I took a plastic knife and formed the horse.

I also took a large amount and rolled it up in a tube shape and laid a board across it. Still trying for a horse shape.

Patience apparently is a virtue when working with this clay. Perhaps I will mix another batch and try to be more careful with the quantities. I am not certain that it will matter, however.

My second attempt went a LOT better!!!

I started again. Mix the 2 cups of sawdust and the flour together.

Mix. Mix. Mix.

Then, add the glue. Mix it in.

Then, add the starch. Stir. Stir. Stir.

Then, if it seems a little dry - which it will - add a little water. Stir. Still dry? Add a little water again.

BY a little water, I mean about 2 tablespoons at a time. It may take four or five tries before the glue and starch and flour and sawdust start to mix, but it will eventually happen.

Then, it will start to be shapeable, like a ball.

My first attempt was very sloppy. It never formed well, and the second attempt was much, much, better!

It seemed easy enough

Apparently, I need to develop a little more talent.

Unfortunately, this is what I got

Not my horse of choice, but I am working on it.

This is what I wanted my horse to look like

You know, graceful steed in flowing motion.

Idea, idea, idea - I have been struck by inspiration....

To make a cookie cutter, custom shaped. I will start with the horse I caved above and tape nails around it.

THEN, I will take some paper and go around the outside of the nails.

THEN, I will take some glue and put it on the paper.

I will do this again....

if all goes as planned, I will have a cookie cutter in the shape of a horse.


I'm gaining on this horse thing

Put a spoonful on the tin foil, shape with a plastic knife. Helps to have the horse shape drawn on the tin foil to follow.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Awesome, I don't have access to sawdust! I'm going to have to find some... this sounds like a great thing to play with, I love sculpting with everything from paper pulp to polymer clay. Nice hub.


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