How to Make Your Own Modeling Clay

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How to Make Your Own Modeling Clay
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Making your own modelling clay is almost as fun as creating things out of it. Whether you are a kid, have kids, or just a kid-at-heart, this great non-toxic modelling clay recipe uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Get your flour, water and get ready to make the dough.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Mixing spoon
  • Large bowl
  • Clean cutting board
  • Food colouring

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  1. 1

    Measure out the salt using the measuring cup and pour into a large bowl.

  2. 2

    Measure out 1 cup of warm water and add to the salt in the bowl. Mix well using the mixing spoon.

  3. 3

    Measure out the flour. Begin adding the flour into the bowl. Add small amounts at a time and mix it well.

  4. 4

    Dump the now-thick mixture onto the clean cutting board. Knead the clay well, making sure all ingredients are well-mixed. If the mixture is sticky, add some extra flour. If it feels too concentrated, you can thin it with some more water.

  5. 5

    Divide dough into sections for colouring. Add food colouring to achieve desired colouring, knead the colouring well to blend it into the clay. Repeat for all desired colours.

  6. 6

    Use your new modelling clay to create anything you can imagine. This clay will air-dry if left out overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • If refrigerate and stored in an airtight container, this clay should last about 2 – 3 weeks.
  • If you are making a large or thick model from the clay, it may not completely dry overnight. Putting it in the oven, on very low heat, 93.3 degrees C or less, for a few minutes should help it dry quickly
  • If using oven method, stand by oven and check model every 2 – 3 minutes.
  • If cracks appear in your model as it dries, you can smooth them out with a bit of water.
  • For the brightest colours, paint the model with acrylic paints after it has completely dried.
  • Even though this recipe is made of kitchen ingredients and is non-toxic in small amounts, it’s not intended to be eaten. Supervise children playing with it and keep away from pets.
  • Food colouring and paint can permanent stain clothing or furniture. Be sure and wear old clothes and cover all surfaces with newspaper or plastic.

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