Introduction: How to Make Clay

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Ever wondered how to make clay? You can learn now!!

Step 1: Ingredients

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First, to make clay you need:

    1 cup of salt
    2 cups of flour (You might want to add more so the mixture won’t turn out gooey)
    2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    ¾ or 1 cup of water
    A bowl
    An oven
    A tray where you can put your clay on

Step 2: Step One

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Mix the flour and the salt together.

Step 3: Step Two

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Mix the flour and the salt along with the oil and the water. You are supposed to get a clay-like mixture so you have to mix well.

Step 4: Step Three

Now you can design! Make the mixture into whichever shape you want it to turn out like. Tip: Do not make your clay too thick, it will break and turn out bad.

Step 5: Step Four

Put your clay creations onto a tray and place it inside the oven. Cook it at 250 degrees for about an hour.

Step 6: Last Step

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Take the clay out of the oven and wait for it to cool. Afterwards, you may decorate it however you want. I wanted it to be a cup, so I put the mixture around a plastic cup and put it in the oven. If you want to do this too, BE CAREFUL when you take it out for it might break.


josh1324 (author)2012-02-13

Or, yano.. You could dig up some real clay.. But very good instructable! I always used to play with this kind of clay in preschool.

Kryptonite (author)josh13242012-02-13

The majority of soils aren't very clay rich, and if you're in a place similar to where I am, its certainly very hard to dig up clay anywhere less than two hours away!

Pfarmkid (author)Kryptonite2012-08-26

At least here in Tennessee we have a lot of clay. When I was younger I would dig up clay and make things out of it then "fire" it on my dads truck dash.

douglas423 (author)Pfarmkid2015-06-21

don't mean to be grave diging but i live in TN too and out by a river theres a hill and there is tons of red clay!

andyoaryoga (author)2012-10-24

in case i want to make a car modelling . will it worked bro ?

Dream Dragon (author)2012-02-15

it's certainly not "clay", it's a type of salt dough. Very nicely documented though.

printmakerb (author)Dream Dragon2012-03-03

Agreed. This is not a clay, but a nice dough. Perhaps consider clarifying that to avoid misconceptions. Thanks for sharing! :)

Kryptonite (author)2012-02-11

About how strong is this clay? It looks infinitely useful, thanks for sharing!

rickharris (author)Kryptonite2012-02-12

Not water proof. Fairly strong in thick section. Good for modelling.

think Play dough.

Needs varnishing when finished to prevent the salt absorbing atmospheric water. keep in a dry place.

Kryptonite (author)rickharris2012-02-12

Is it particularly strong under compression?

rickharris (author)Kryptonite2012-02-13

No it will retain it's own shape under moderate force buy isn't in any way what you could call strong.

You can try this easily - Salt, flour and a little time.

IF you bake this totally hard you may find it meets whatever requirements you have BUT the material absorbs water and WILL get weaker over time.

Kryptonite (author)rickharris2012-02-13

I'll give it a shot, thanks heaps.

Bongmaster (author)2012-02-11

more a dough than clay really, like play dough.

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