Using Materials Tips   This area has tips on using different modelling materials for making miniatures - clays, woods, papers etc

Modelling Material Tips


  • If making any item that has substance of size, scrunch up kitchen aluminum foil tightly and use that as the armature. Then finely rolled Dukit can be gently smoothed onto it and shaped. The finished project will be light and easily baked.Hand roll clay after it's been through a pasta machine and make it even thinner for delicate work. Never be afraid to experiment with ideas...... because it's rewarding to make one of a kind.  12:53PM on 23 June 2010
  • When using polymer clay save wearing out your wrists rolling it by  putting it through a pasta machine - you also get consistency of thickness of your clay if you do this!   10:30AM on 22 March 2010

  • Before using polymer clay put it down your neck for 15 minutes to warm it to body temperature. Wrap it first or it will stain your bra.   11:12AM on 21 March 2010


  1. Working Surface - Place plastic wrap (pieces cut from trash bags work well) over your work surface to prevent sticking. If you're working on a waterproof surface, moisten the area beneath the plastic to anchor it to the table.

  2. Rolling it out - Fold the plastic wrap over the Clay so that it is underneah and on top. Then use a rolling pin to roll out to the desired thickness.

  3. Imprinting - After rolling out the clay, remove the top layer of the plastic and lay lace or any other textured fabric directly on top of the clay and roll again to get the unique textures and patterns.

  4. Covering Objects - When covering anything with the clay be sure and use a white glue to ensure its adhesion.  Paper Clay will naturally adhere anyway, but best be sure.

  5. Drying - Small items will generally dry in a day or so depending on room temperature and humidity. Larger projects may take a few days to completely dry.

  6. Sanding, carving, etc. - After clay dries, it can be sanded and carved like wood. You can also build on to a completely dry clay by just applying more fresh clay.

  7. Painting - Once dried, it can be painted with any type of paint.  May also be colored by kneading water base paint into it before shaping.

  8. Storage - Keep in an air tight container in the dark - also try and enusre.  If it does dry out slightly then add a few drops of water to make it pliable again.  4:07AM on 14 June 2010

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