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How to Make Foam Clay

Foam clay is a product that is fun to play with. The properties of foam clay allow an individual to stretch, bounce, throw and make objects from the clay. It does not dry out while playing with it but it needs to be kept in an air tight container when stored. This will prolong the life of the foam clay. Common household items are used to make foam clay including white glue, liquid starch and salt.

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  1. Pour 1/2 cup white glue into a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup liquid starch and 5 teaspoons salt.

  2. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Vigorously stir the mixture for 12 minutes.

  3. Remove the mixture from the bowl and kneed with your hands for approximately 5 minutes to remove any excess liquid.

  4. Place the mixture in an airtight container for storage.

  5. Tip

    Add two to three drops of food colouring to the glue and starch mixture prior to mixing to create coloured foam clay.

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Things You'll Need

  • White glue
  • Measuring cups
  • Liquid starch
  • Salt
  • Measuring spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal whisk or spoon
  • Timer
  • Airtight container with lid

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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