I’m planning on making my own clay, because to be honest the one on the market is kinda expensive. I rather save my money and experiment with my own clay, so I don’t feel the pressure of ruining the clay on things that don’t work out at first try. I searched and searched the internet for the best recipes, and found many and each swore their recipe was the best recipe. Reading them all, found out some common ingredients, and learned a lot about what each ingredient did, and I knew what I really needed and what I could live without. So I’m gonna share with you the one recipe that convinced me that I found what I was looking for.
1 cup Corn starch
1 cup White glue
2 tablespoons white vinegar OR lemon juice
2 tablespoons Baby oil
(1 teaspoon of glycerin if you want it to look like porcelain, BUT I would buy some varnish instead and put it on my finished ornaments AFTER they dried out completely, so I don’t see The point for glycerin)
No sticking pan
Air tight bags
Put everything in the pan on medium low heat, except the 1 cup of corn starch, and use the whisk to blend them really well until it’s smooth. Add the 1 cup of corn starch while you keep whisking until it resemblance thick instant mashed potatoes, and taking off the stove. If you let it too much, or not whisk enough, it will start breaking apart.
Put your gloves, because you’ll need to take that dough in your hands and knead it really well. Either put some Baby oil on the gloves or even corn starch, but not both, so it doesn’t stick to your gloves. If you can handle some heat you can let it cool down for a few minutes and use your bare hands. After 5 minutes or kneading you can pull apart what you need right then and the rest you should store it in air tight bags or containers. If the air reaches, the clay will dry. Some claim that wrapping it in cloth and keeping it in more bags will prolong its life, and if you freeze it, you can keep it forever.
The objects are going to be smooth and become lighter and even shrink a bit when completely dried. You can paint them with oil paint, but I’ll also try acrylic paint and tell you how it goes. I recommend you to varnish your objects after they dry, maybe even get them 2 layers of varnish so you will make them waterproof and make sure they don’t crack that easy.
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