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How to Make Clay Toys

Updated February 21, 2017

Clay toys have existed for thousands of years. Today, the process of making them requires no experience or special equipment, thanks to polymer clay. Polymer clay is a material that does not air-dry, allowing you to take as much time as you need in making the toy. Once you are finished, you bake the clay in your home oven to harden it. With polymer clay you can create toy animals, cars, dolls and more.

Create a rough shape for the toy with aluminium foil. The foil will form the base for the clay, so it must be slightly smaller than the final toy.

Open a package of polymer clay and knead it with your fingers until the clay is soft and malleable.

Build up a quarter-inch layer of clay over the aluminium foil. You can do this by hand, smoothing on a small amount of clay at a time, or use a pasta roller to create sheets of clay to lay in place.

Poke a toothpick into the toy at various places to ensure that the clay is an even thickness. Smooth the toothpick holes out with your fingers to remove them.

Use sculpting tools to add detail to the toy.

Place the toy on a baking tray and bake it in your oven, following the times and temperatures recommended on the packaging. Typically, this will be between 93.3 and 148 degrees Cor 15-45 minutes depending on the type of polymer clay that you are using.

Allow the toy to harden.

Paint the toy with acrylic paints.

Tip

If the toy is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand, you do not need an aluminium foil understructure.

Warning

Do not make large toys out of solid polymer clay. They may explode while baking.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Polymer clay
  • Pasta roller (optional)
  • Toothpick
  • Sculpting tools
  • Oven
  • Baking tray
  • Paint
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Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.