Saturday, May 28, 2011

homemade playdoughs and clays

Homemade Playdough
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of table salt
1 cup of tap water
1 Tablespoon of oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food Coloring

Mix together all of the ingredients. Cook the mixture of medium heat until it forms a ball. Cool and knead the playdough to give it a smooth texture. Store homemade playdough in a plastic bag or a tightly covered plastic container.

Baker's Clay
4 cups of flour
1 cup of table salt
1 1/2 cups of cold water

Mix together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water slowly and stir for a few minutes until a firm ball is formed in the bowl. Knead the dough on a wooden surface for five minutes. Shape the dough into any shape that you like and then put it onto a cookie sheet. Bake your masterpiece at 250 degress for 15-30 minutes until it has hardened.  Let the clay cool completely before painting it with acrylic paints. Varnish to seal; use polyurethane or shellac.

Cornstarch Playdough
1 cup of table salt
1 cup of cornstarch
1/2 cup of water
powdered tempera paint

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the water to form a clay body.

Cornstarch Clay
1 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup flour

Combine vegetable oil and cornstarch to make a syrupy mixture. Gradually add the flour until the clay is thick and doughy. Knead well and store the clay in an air tight container.

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