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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
I make Christmas ornaments out of Argo clay. I then fix a gift basket or bag with the ornament and paints. I also, include the ornament hangers.
Kids love painting them. They can give them as gift or keep themselves. They last for years.
Need: 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of Argo cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups water, saucepan.
Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes. If the mixture cooks too long, the finished ornaments may crack. Cover with a damp cloth until cool enough to handle. Then form clay into shapes (example snowmen, etc.) I also roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out ornaments. I place them on a cookie sheet for a couple of days. When they are dry, I package them.
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Years ago (10-15) I found a Noxzema and cornstarch recipe that mimicked clay and dried to a porcelain finish. I can't find it anywhere. If you know of the recipe please share it again. I have grandchildren and would love to make some ornaments for different holiday decorations.
By Janicelynn from Eugene, OR