DIY Oven Bake Clay: Let’s Go Out (To the Kitchen) and Clay!
Hey all, I am going to be doing something a little different…a little bit out of the ordinary. I am going to show you how to make your own clay that you can bake after you’ve made it into something adorable or fun and then paint or varnish (or gift – that’s up to you!)
It’s hard to believe…I’ve always had clay ready to go out of the bag….I remember as a kid I heard about people actually making homemade dough out of a few simple household ingredients like white flour, but I must not have gotten the memo. So now I am going to get caught up on that little activity I missed out on.
I got inspired the other day when I was trying to clear the pantry or all these “baddie” foods like white flour and cornstarch. Yep, I’ve jumped on the gluten free bandwagon and now cook with coconut and rice flour instead – but I digress.
I put the above two ingredients in the freezer just for a time like this…. to turn them into something. That something is homemade clay. Win – win, huh?
OK, disclosure….I need to give credit to Wikihow for the ingredients and method (I needed a reference for how much of each ingredient to use and the oven baking times) Here ya go! Let’s make some clay!
You will need to get “cooking” with this one….Don’t worry, it’s like making pudding or something. Cornstarch is used to thicken food-related items like gravy, pudding, etc., so you will see how it will work its magic into a homemade clay.
2 cups of cornstarch
2 cups baking soda (Tip: A small, 16 – oz box will equal exactly this amount)
1 and 1/4 cups cold water
Optional – food coloring
This approach is different – you have to heat the ingredients on the stovetop. Place all of the above list (except the food color) into a saucepan on medium heat and stir until it reaches the boiling point and gets thicker. At that point remove from heat and let cool before you start working with it.
My spoon kept braking at first, but when the heat kicked in….the mixture became as smooth as silk. You can add a few drops of glycerin or baby oil while working with it so it will be more pliable. This would be a good time to add the food color if you don’t want to add it to the whole batch if you’re making different things.
If you want you can get even more imaginative and add some loose glitter or mica powder (it will stick) into the mixture before you knead it fully.Here’s what it looks like after about 4-5 drops of food dye – not very intense color give or take.
OK, I’ve done a fleur-de-lis, an owl, a heart…..what design am I doing this time? Thinking about doing a clover leaf since St Patrick’s Day is coming up. I’m going to make it a four leafer so I will feel lucky 😁
Also why I made the mixture green. I sprinkled in a little loose white glitter, because, well, fun ❤️️ Now I did have to re-moisten it a little bit later …and added some glycerin helped too. Here’s my design so far…
I did have to use a few of my sculpting tools…the mixture was a little softer than I anticipated (or maybe I put a little too much water in…😫) I also made a little dimensional embellishment by pushing in beads and pulling them out (I didn’t know how they’d hold up in the oven)
If you’re making something you plan on hanging up later, best approach would be to pierce it with a thumbtack or straight pin or take a gem clip and insert it into the back at a 45-degree angle (you can see how I did that up close here)
Bake your art projects at 250 degrees for 10-20 minutes. (That’s pretty close to how long you bake Sculpey in the oven right?)
You can also paint your finished work later on…it can also be lightly sanded, anywhere there may be rough edges (an emery board works well for this)
==>First time painting on finished clay? Find out more about the kind of paint I use on clay right here!
Did you enjoy this? Step it up a notch and try out my other homemade clay recipe right here…this is what I ended up doing with all that white flour I had earlier!
If the dough is sticky at any point(this is normal) , add a little flour and work it into the ball of dough.
Avoid the potential of cracking by making your objects thicker than a fourth of an inch.
To store any unused clay, use Ziplock bags….(separate by color if you dyed them) It will keep for several months at most, in the refrigerator.
Hope this was fun….Let me know how it goes for you!