Homemade Clay Recipes

March 8, 2011

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.


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October 28, 2005

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

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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.

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

Granny Gnome from Oregon


By B Eikleberry (Guest Post)
June 4, 20081 found this helpful

2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
3/4 - 1 Cup Water
Mix together flour and salt. Add the oil and then slowly add the water and stir until you get a nice clay consistency.


Once completely mixed, make into the desired shapes. Bake in a 250 degree oven for approximately 1 hour. This will vary depending on how thick you creations are. One hint, do not make shapes too thick or they will crack with baking.

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June 4, 20081 found this helpful

Here are a few sites that might have what your looking for..




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

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January 10, 2016

I am new here. I am looking for a good pottery clay recipe for making a bowl. My niece is engaged to be married and I want to make a plate/flat bowl for her. I saw one on Pinterest, it was used in the wedding for the ring barrer to carry the rings in. It had a doily pressed into it and the couples initials and some birds perched on the side.


I want to make something similar that will last as a keepsake. I would like to paint it and be able to seal it with shellac. Any recipes that would be good for this kind of project and can be made from home cheaply? I don't have much money.


January 17, 20161 found this helpful

The best home made clay recipe I have used is called "cold porcelain". There are a variety of recipes available online and you would be able to find one that suits what you have on hand. It air dries, can be painted and sealed and I have unpainted pieces that are over ten years old and are solid. The clay is smooth and light colored. Not for food but very nice for decorative.

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June 14, 2012

I want a recipe for making polymer clay.



June 16, 20120 found this helpful

This is a great recipe to use:

Enjoy, Gem

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February 29, 2016

This is a page about making homemade polymer clay. You can make an inexpensive version of polymer clay from everyday household ingredients.

A photo of hands molding multi-colored polymer clay.

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January 16, 2020

Salt clay is inexpensive and easy to make. It is often used for kid crafts and Christmas ornaments. Mix salt, flour, and water, knead, and it is ready to shape and bake.


Adding alum makes the dough harden when left out to dry.

ball of clay with smiley face

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