Cloud Clay – White

Last night I had a little play  with some Cloud Clay and I thought you ought to know that itdoes not just come in Black, it comes in lots of colours actually, but I now have in stock some white Cloud Clay.  I originally chose black because it is a gret colour for acting as a core to Friendly Plastic focal beads, but the only option for colouring it is to paint it.  However, white Cloud Clay can be coloured with all sorts of things. (that is why I have not got all the other colours because I like to make my own colours)

I have only just begun to play, but here are a few examples of white Cloud Clay coloured with various things

Little balls of Cloud Clay coloured with increasing amounts of Colourful Thoughts multi surface paints, the more paint you add, the softer and slightly stickier the air dry clay becomes, but it still stays very malleable and workable.  The paints are really vibrant and highly pigmented so it takes only a tiny amount to add colour to the Cloud Clay.

Petals cut out of Cloud Clay with (from the top left) mica powders mixed with fine glitter,  mica powders and metallic flake, metal bronzing powders, Polished Pigments and metallic flake, alcohol inks and flake, just metallic flake.

My conclusion is that the Polished Pigments give the most vibrant colour, Mica Powders are very controllable and can be used subtly. Colourful Thoughts multi surface paints add vibrant clear colours with only a small amount of paint, and they do make the clay a tad softer.  Alcohol inks give a lovely clear colour but also tend to make the clay softer.  Metallic flake breaks up when worked into the clay and give a delightful speckled effect.  Metal bronzing powders provide the best lustrous metallic effect, but a mask is advisable when using the stuff.  Fine glitters add subtle sparkle.  you could make up beads using scraps and then cover them in the coloured Cloud clay, similar to the polymer clay method.

All these little flowers were coloured with Mica Powders (one has some accent beads pushed in as well).  Cloud Clay sticks to itself before it gets to the dry stage and can be rolled quite thinly.  It is perfect for kids (suitable for 3 years and up).  It can also be painted with acrylic paints and it feels really soft and marshmallowy in your hands.  No nasty smells, it has more of a hand cream fragrance than anything.

So if you are looking for something that you can do with the kids over the summer, Cloud Clay might be just the thing.  It does not take long to dry – a few hours.  No baking or heating up is necessary, it can be painted or coloured and is perfect for small hands to squish and mould.

But if you don’t want to share it with any smalls of your acquaintance then use if for your own purposes for funky jewellery, book covers, cores for large focal beads (see previous posts), decorative tiles as seen below in Hilda Gales lovely little box, or embellishments for stitched textiles (it is very easy to stitch into).

Hilda made the tiles for this box using black Cloud Clay (but she did not know about the white at that point I suspect!).   So you can see it can be fun and funky or quite sophisticated, plain and simple or textured and tactile.

Almost forgot to show you the images of the black Cloud Clay pieces I had on the Create and Craft show last week.  here is the little heart book textured with stamps, painted with acrylic paint and brushed with Mica Powders and Gleam metallic wax.

Black Cloud Clay forms the core of this bead which has been roughly covered in Stormy Blue Friendly Plastic, lightly foiled and then textured on a texture mat.  The texture is enhanced with a spot of dark paint and Gleam metallic wax.

Finally, here is the grotesque (in the true sense of the word) gargoyle book (approx 8cm tall) that I made with boys in mind.  The colour tints have been achieved using Colourful Thoughts paints and Mica Powders.