I've been creating art and crafting crafts for a long time, and have a wide variety of tools and materials in the studio. Sometimes I'll see a tool that I haven't used for a while and think...."What new thing can I use this for?" or "I wonder if I can use this with clay?"
So....want to know if you can use a wood burning tool on Creative Paperclay® modeling material? The answer is "Yes!". Here is an example using only one tip on a flat dry sheet of clay. I am already imaging more possibilities for using this on curved surfaces, etc. I love the way this turned out, all sort of muted, kind of sepia color with rich texture in the clay, nice to look at and nice to feel! I'm also thinking it might make some lovely pieces with watercolor washes added over the design.
My tip is (no surprise here) go ahead and try it! Of course you will want to use every safety precaution - for example, even though this clay is non-toxic, I do not know if the fumes from burning it are. And even though I think the risk is probably minimal since there is so little smoke or fumes created while wood burning, I created this in a well ventilated area with a fan blowing any smoke away from the piece.
What crafts did you do growing up? Dig out those old tools and see what you can come up with for more fun with clay!