Molding Clay
Traditional Clay
1 1/2 cup baking soda
2/3 cups cornstarch
2 cup warm water

Mix the ingredients together in a pan. Heat over a low heat until it is thick. Stir constantly. Place mixture on a pastry board or bread board to cool. As soon as it is cool enough to handle knead well. At this time you can add in tempera paint or food coloring if you choose. Roll out flat. Use cookie cutters, or cut shapes freehand. Place unused dough in a plastic bag. It dries fast. Paint your finished projects and brush with shellac or clear nail polish to preserve.

Quickie Molding Clay
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 1/2 teaspoon alum powder
1 1/2 teaspoon oil
1/2 cup boiling water

Mix dry ingredients together add water and oil. Mix well. You can add food coloring or tempera paint if you wish. Mold into anything you wish and leave to dry overnight. Store in jar or plastic bag. It will keep for months.

Sawdust Clay
2 cups fine sawdust
1 cup wall paper paste

Mix sawdust and wall paper paste together. Slowly add water. Blend until you have a mixture the consistency of clay. Turn it out on a couple sheets of newspaper and knead until all ingredients are very well blended. Use like any other molding clay. Let it dry for 3 days or bake in an oven at 200 degrees for about 2 hours. Sand to a smooth finish. Paint. Use shellac, spray finish or varnish to top your masterpiece off.

Coffee Clay
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1/8 cup instant coffee
3/4 cup warm water

Dissolve coffee in warm water. In a separate bowl mix salt and flour. Form a indentation in the dough ball and pour in about half of the coffee. Mix until creamy smooth. Add more coffee water as needed and work until it is a clay-like consistency (not sticky). Design away. Bake finished goods in a 250 degree oven for an hour or until dry. Paint and finish with shellac, varnish or plastic spray finish. Store remaining dough in a covered jar or plastic bag.

Please use these recipes responsibly. Many of them require using the stove. Some require using ingredients that might be dangerous if ingested in quantity. Parents or Caretakers supervise your children. Thanks for being responsible.


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