Whether a beginner or advanced clay artists needs it’s tools. To start of with, you might not want to invest a lot in buying the tools yet. Most of the tools are not expensive but they add up very quickly. To make it easier for your budget, you can find existing tools around your house.
Below are the easy tools in household that’s useful for claying.
Plastic Place Mat
To start claying, you will need a smooth work surface. To protect your desk and any surface you care about, it is advisable to find a piece of ceramic tile, glass piece, or you can use an old plastic place mat from the kitchen. Or you can simply get one from Daiso for RM5.
Before I start a project I always cut and slice the clay of slabs to the portion I need. This way I keep the remaining clay wrap in clear cling film so the clays don’t dry out fast.
Save 1 of the old toothbrush and you’ll be able to create some realistic texture out of the clay. Stones, landscape, bread texture, food texture and etc.
One of the cheapest tool you can get in the kitchen. Always use toothpick to make textures, tiny holes on clay for finishing.
A bobby pin makes a nice rounded shape in the clay. It is good to make holes, ears, and nose.
Clean Ice cream container
Wrap the un-use clay in clear cling film and keep them in a used ice cream container. This way not only the clay will slow down it’s drying process, but to keep your clay work station clean and tidy!