- Glass Jam Jar
- Masking Tape
- 4 Old Sheets of 8.5”x11” Printer Paper
- 1 Dish of Water
- Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Cloth
- Activa Celluclay
- Acrylic Paint (colors of your choice)
- 1 Old Business Card / Credit Card
STEP 1 Start with your empty, re-used glass jam jar. Make sure it is clean! Wrap the glass jar with a couple strips of masking tape so that the Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Cloth has something more than the glass surface to adhere to.
STEP 2 Take your 4 sheets of 8.5”x11” printer paper, and make 4 separate, tight paper balls (they should end up about 1.5” wide). Use some masking tape to tape the balls and hold them tight and then tape each one to the lower portion of the jar. These will end up forming the fingers of the creature’s claw! TIP: You can align each finger where you want it, but for a more realistic claw it is best to have 3 together at the front, and 1 separate around the side. This will make for 3 fingers, and 1 thumb.
STEP 3 The next step is to begin applying the Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Cloth layer. Follow the detailed instructions on the Rappit label for use. This is where your dish of water comes in – dip each strip in the water, and begin to wrap each strip around your jar and fingers. Be sure to cover the entire visible outside of the sculpture (the only spots that you don’t need to worry about covering are the bottom and inside of the jar). TIP: The Rappit plaster strips are very easy to use if you cut them into strips that are roughly 1 inch
STEP 4 Time to take a break, let the Rappit Plaster Cloth layer dry. You may want to give it up to a full day to dry so that it is completely solid. This layer acts as a skeletal core for the sculpture so you want to make sure it is strong.
STEP 5 Once the Rappit Plaster Cloth is completely dry, mix the celluclay according to the directions on the Celluclay package. Apply the wet Celluclay to every visible side/part of the “creature’s claw”. You want to cover all of the visible parts of the sculpture with about ⅜” of Celluclay.
STEP 6 Once the outside of the jar and the fingers are covered with Celluclay and while it is still damp, add detail to the sculpture. TIP: For the effect of the creature’s fur we used the edge of an old credit card (an old business card could work for this too). You just want to push the edge of the card into the soft Celluclay to create lines all over the creature’s claw. On each finger we also carved out finger nails.
STEP 7 Let the Celluclay completely dry. This can be a slow process because it is important that it is entirely dry. You may want to leave it for 2-3 days. You can somewhat speed up the process by blowing hot air with a cosmetic hand-held hair dryer.
STEP 8 Once the Celluclay is completely dry, paint the sculpture with Acrylic paint. Be creative and make the creature colorful!! TIP: Paint the entire sculpture with a coat of white first, this will act as a primer layer. The colors that you paint on over the white will then be brighter, and take less coats to cover the sculpture.
STEP 9 Your pencil holder is ready to use!