Recipe For Homemade Clay

A recipe for homemade clay is great for creating some fun and funky projects. Both of these are easy to make and air drying, it’s mainly a case of which ingredients you have to hand.

colored homemade clay

Colored Homemade Clay

You can make your creations come to life by giving them some color, add them during or after the clay has finished or you can leave the dough in its natural form and paint or varnish it at a later date.

You can also use flavor oils for scent – peppermint, vanilla, almond, lemon, orange, cherry.

It’s important to pick oils with no alcohol, and choose flavor oils meant for eating, not essential oils. You can find these in your supermarket along the baking aisle.

Basic Recipe For Homemade Clay

Ingredients For Homemade Clay Recipe

Ingredients For Homemade Clay Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2½ tablespoons cooking oil
  • Optional extra food coloring or flavouring (see notes bellow)

Method

  1. In a good sized bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients and set aside.
    Recipe for homemade clay Step1
  2. Place the water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and add the oil. Any food coloring or flavouring (if using) can be added now.
    Recipe for homemade clay Step2
  3. Pour the oily liquid into the dry ingredients and begin to stir. Continue to stir until the clay has come away from the sides and has begun to stick together.
    Recipe for homemade clay Step3
  4. As soon as the clay has cool enough to handle tip it out onto the work top and knead until smooth.
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  5. Your homemade clay can be used immediately or stored in an air tight container once it has cooled.
    Storing homemade clay

Homemade Cornstarch Clay Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C. Salt
  • 2/3 C. Water
  • 1 C. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 C. Cold Water
  • Optional extra food coloring or flavouring (see notes bellow)

Instructions

  1. In the saucepan mix the salt with the correct amount of water (2/3 cup).
  2. Stir and boil until the salt dissolves completely.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add cornstarch and 1/2 C cold water and stir. (Mixture should thicken right away. If not, then heat on low and stir constantly to help it along)
  4. As soon as the clay has cool enough to handle tip it out onto the work top and knead until smooth.
  5. Your clay can be used immediately or stored in an air tight container once it has cooled.

Adding Color To Homemade Clay

Coloring homemade clay
If you would like to have more than just the one color in your recipe for homemade clay, divide the finished clay into the correct amount of colors you wish to use. Roll each piece into ball then poke an indent into each ball.

Place a few drops of coloring into the indent, close it back up and leave for a couple of minutes to let it settle. Then knead the balls until the color has come though and is constant.

colored homemade clay

Colored Homemade Clay




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