Modeling Clay Recipes
Basic Modeling Clay
1 box baking soda -- (16 oz.)
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups cold water
Food coloring as desired
In a large mixing bowl, combine soda and cornstarch. In a two-cup measure, combine water and food coloring. Pour colored water over soda mixture. Stir until smooth. Microwave at high for 4-8 minutes, stirring after every minute until mixture is firm. Cover with a damp towel until cool. Knead until smooth. Store in airtight containers or plastic bags.
Sand Modeling Clay
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. Alum
3/4 cup hot water food coloring (optional)
Mix sand, cornstarch, and alum in bowl. Add hot water, stirring vigorously then add food coloring if desired. Cook over medium heat until it's thick. Let cool. Store in airtight container.
Mold or model as desired, and let it dry in the sun for several days. Once dry, it doesn't need varnish for protection.
Yield: 2 cups. This is a grainy, stone-like clay.
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup warm water
food coloring or poster paints
shellac or clear nail polish
Mix baking soda and cornstarch in saucepan. Add water and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, boil and stir until the consistency is like mashed potatoes. Next, pour it onto a board to cool. Once cool, knead. For color, knead it in until blended. Store in airtight container- keeps several weeks.
Mold or model as desired, then brush shellac or nailpolish on.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups. This recipe doubles well, and the clay will harden quickly.
Fun Clay- 1
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups salt
1 1/3 cups cold water
Put salt and 2/3 cup water in a pan and boil. Mix cornstarch with remaining water in bowl and stir well. Add salt mixture to cornstarch mixture in bowl. Knead. Store in airtight container, and it may last longer if you store it in the fridge.
Mold or model as desired, and let it dry for several hours. If desired, paint when dry.
Yield: 3 cups.
Fun Clay- 2
1/2 c salt
1/2 c hot water
1/4 c cold water
1/2 c cornstarch
Mix salt & hot water together and bring to boil in saucepan. Stir together cold water and cornstarch in a bowl, then add this to the salted water. Reduce heat to low and cook until mixture has thickened, with a consistency of pie dough Remove dough from the pan and place onto a board or tray to cool. Knead dough until it is smooth. Store in airtight container.
Shape dough as desired. Allow to air dry for 1 or 2 days, or dry in a 200° oven for 1 hour.
1-1/3 cups salt
1-1/3 cups flour
1 tablespoon oil water
Mix the salt, flour and oil together. Add a little water at a time until you have a big ball of dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until very smooth and elastic. If too dry, add water; if too moist, put more flour on the surface.
When making snowman sculptures, flour working surfaces so it won't stick. To join 2 pieces of dough, just moisten both edges withwater and press together.
When you're ready to harden the dough, either let them air dry for at least 48 hours, or bake them in the oven. Set oven to 325 - 350 degrees F (not higher), and bake on foil covered sheets. Allow for approx. 1/2 hour for each 1/2 inch of thickness or until surfaces turnlight golden brown. If the sculptures puff up, turn down your oven and poke a pinhole in the dough to release the air.
After drying, they can be painted with water colours, acrylics, enamels or spray paints.
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