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Make your own "polymer clay' that is self-hardening over night. Take 1 tablespoon of white glue, add a few drops of acrylic paint or India ink for color, if desired. Mix in a tablespoon of corn starch and 3-5 drops of vegetable or mineral oil. Mix well. If it is not thick enough to model, add more corn starch until it is of the right consistency. Add a few drops of water if it's too crumbly.
If you do not add a colorant, it dries to a lovely translucent white, which can be painted later or left as is.
To speed setting and to prevent drooping, blow dry your modeled object for a few seconds to set the surface. Store leftover clay in an airtight container.
By Penny from Morris, NY
For no-bake craft clay, mix 1 cup cornstarch, 1 1/4 cup cold water, 2 cups baking soda, and food coloring (optional). Combine cornstarch, water, and baking soda in a saucepan and stir over medium heat 3-4 minutes. The mixture should look like mashed potatoes. Add food coloring if desired. Remove from heat, turn onto a flat dish, cover with a towel, and let cool. When cool, knead like bread and store in an airtight container.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
Mix and add color as desired. Can be molded, dried, and painted with water colors.
By Robin from Washington, IA
I've developed an algebraic system for creating a variety of colors for polymer and modeling clay. It's similar to the technique for mixing food coloring. What I do after conditioning the clay (I use the colors red, blue, yellow, black, and white) is form balls about 1 cm. in diameter for each color, making sure to put the unused balls in an air-tight container. I then combine the colored balls using my system. For example 4B+4R means combining 4 blue balls with 4 red balls, 2Y+6R means combining 2 yellow and 6 red balls and so forth. It's much cheaper than buying pre-mixed colors and a lot more fun.
By Angela from Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada
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Here are questions related to Homemade Clay Recipes.
I want a recipe for making polymer clay.
This is a great recipe to use:
http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.c ... 4/diy-hybrid-art-clay-crafty-recipe/
Anyone have a recipe for salt based play clay or porcelain cornstarch clay?
Granny Gnome from Oregon
Here are a few sites that might have what your looking for..
http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-an ... ?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10777
Hope you can find what you need/want at one of them :0)
Maggie O in Bloomington, MN