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Paper Clay Bricks, Quick and Easy.

I thought I'd share a fast and easy way to make rustic bricks.        Ah, the mysteries of paper clay......I was very intimidated by all the lovely paper clay stone, bricks, and roofing I have seen.  I saw Rik Pierce at the Seattle mini show and thought about asking for his autograph.....I bought his book Techniques by Rik Piercelong before I attempted any paper clay work.

     I bought this kit, which really is just a shell, not a complete kit, off of eBay some time ago. I decided to use it for a project we were doing for the Mini-Doll list. The project is a virtual town named Rose Creek based in the late 1890's. You get to make up your own character, and his/her backstory.....My Character, Sage Brush Sally, lives in a home in need of some repair...Here is the link for the project's information.

     First, tear off a hunk of the clay and then put the rest back in the package. Try to keep the unused clay sealed, as…
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Dior Couture, 1950's Glam, group project .
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