Making sandcastles and sculptures at the beach is an activity enjoyed by young and old alike. Unfortunately, making it to the beach is not always an option. Moon sand offers a creative option to those who cannot make a trip to the beach. Moon sand has the consistency of wet beach sand and comes in a variety of colours. The sand never dries out and can be used again and again. Unlike sculpting a sandcastle at the beach, moon sand can be moulded and baked in the oven so your sandcastles and other creations are permanent.
Mould the moon sand into a sculpture or a block. Pre-moulded tins can also be filled with moon sand. Smaller projects are ideal for baking. Larger projects may not fully bake or become hard in the middle.
Pre heat oven to 121 degrees C (250 degrees F). Baking moon sand at a low temperature will ensure that your sculpture or block of sand will not crack.
Put the moon sand sculpture, block or pre-moulded tins filled with moon sand on a baking tray. Slide the baking tray into the oven. Baking times will vary depending on how much moon sand you are baking. For 454 g (1 lb) of moon sand, bake for an hour. For 227 g (1/2 lb) of moon sand, bake for 30 minutes.
Turn the oven off once the moon sand is finished baking. Allow the moon sand to cool in the oven until it is back to room temperature.
Take the moon sand out of the oven once cooled. The moon sand will have a slightly harder consistency than sandstone.
Moon sand can be baked and reused. To reuse baked moon sand, rub two sculptures or blocks of baked moon sand together. The sculpture or block will grate down to regular moon sand. Warm baked moon sand up and it will crumble down to regular moon sand consistency, as well. Moon sand blocks can be carved to create sculptures or other works of art. Water based paints are ideal for painting moon sand once it is baked.
Larger moon sand projects do not bake as well as smaller projects. Larger moon sand projects can crack or not fully bake all the way through. Hot moon sand is not only fragile but can cause burns.
Things you need
- Premoulded tins (optional)
- Baking tray