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Tip: Polymer Clay Recipe

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

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Tip: No Bake Craft Clay

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

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Tip: Make Your Own Clay


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp. salad oil


Mix and add color as desired. Can be molded, dried, and painted with water colors.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Tip: Algebraic System For Coloring Clay

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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Question: Looking For Homemade Clay Recipes

Anyone have a recipe for salt based play clay or porcelain cornstarch clay?

Granny Gnome from Oregon

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By Maggie 13 53 06/04/2008

Here are a few sites that might have what your looking for.. ... ?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10777

Hope you can find what you need/want at one of them :0)
Maggie O in Bloomington, MN

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Question: Homemade Polymer Clay

I want a recipe for making polymer clay.


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By gem 154 261 06/16/2012

This is a great recipe to use:
http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.c ... 4/diy-hybrid-art-clay-crafty-recipe/

Enjoy, Gem

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