Homemade Clay Recipe (Air Dry)
Hi, do you want to make your own clay, but the kind that you can let dry naturally after you’ve finished molding it into something amazing? I wanted to try out this recipe too…..biggest difference in this one and the other is no baking necessary!
I got delayed a little in carrying it out, after I tried the cornstarch and baking soda method, because I was out of vegetable oil, one of the ingredients needed (I do have olive oil…..but I COOK with that! 😁)
Correction…My bad; I was able to locate the vegetable oil the other day in my pantry. So I’m going to get started.
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This one is oh so simple, your kids could make it too, as these are all natural household ingredients!
Ingredients for this homemade air dry clay recipe:
2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 3/4 cup water
Optional: Food coloring or mica powder (which is a coloring agent; you can use it in all kinds of craft projects), loose glitter
You’ll probably need a small assortment of tools that you would normally use with your preferred store brand of clay to help you out.
Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the water incrementally….the mixture will be kind of crumbly until you add the oil, and then it’ll become more pliable. It should be a doughy consistency, but pliable. Keep adding water until you can feel it reaching a stage where it can be kneaded easily.
You can add color dye if you want; I decided not to for this one….if you don’t want to add one color to the whole batch for multiple projects, add a few drops to the piece you pinch off before working it. Be prepared to use a fair amount of color to bring out a more robust shade.
Now comes the fun part….you can go from mixing it to kneading it. I felt like a chef in a pizzeria as I rolled it up into a ball and then flattened it down. If it feels a tad sticky, sprinkle a little extra flour on it and you should be fine.
Shaping Your Air Dry Clay
Now for the part of shaping it into whatever you want….I’m going with non-elaborate until I know what this stuff can do. I ended up making some ornaments….I took a rolling pin and flatten it down to about a fourth of an inch. (I did have to dust it a little bit with some flour to make it roll without sticking)
If you have something like cookie cutters lying around, you can use them to cut shapes into the rolled out clay slab. These are some playing card shaped cutters that are probably vintage. Wall hangings or Christmas ornaments are one good idea for this clay.
Other ideas include making snake coils (pretty easy for when you’re first working with it), pinch pots (another timeless classic) or rolling out a slab and letting your child make a hand imprint (that’d be a great idea -and make a special keepsake.) if you need some simple ideas to get started.
If you plan on hanging up your object, pierce the top with a wood skewer, paper clip end, etc. I pierced all of my ornaments before setting it aside to dry. (I put them in the cold oven for now so the cats won’t try to mess with them 😁)
Letting It Dry
I hope to keep you updated with how long it takes to dry and how well it turns out. I’m going to paint them later some pretty colors. I wanted to test it out this evening but I was afraid I’d push a dent in the ornaments that would remain.
All you have to do is let it alone in a safe place, but if you want to expedite it a little – Baking temp/time 250 degrees for an hour or until you see browning of the edges.. The approximate time will depend on how thick the edges are.
Painting Your Clay Creations
I actually let my work do some oven time; as it was still semi-moist a day later…so I baked my clay shapes to expedite matters. I did have to mend a few hairline cracks (nothing major) before baking; in which I took a few pinches of the remaining clay and moistened it with water, and used this to spackle them.
Here is what my clay shapes look like after painting them. I mixed some glitter into the paint (does it show up well?) They were starting to make me think of sugar cookies LOL! so I had to get on with the painting. I stuck to the major color scheme of playing cards.
Now as far as what do I want to do with them next; I will probably string them together and turn them into wall art…(I think)