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Have you ever wanted to make your own clay and not buy the expensive clay at the hobby store?
Well, heres the instructable, How to make clay!

This instructable will be explaining how to make a type of clay is made from not rocky stuff, but food. The clay is easy to make and you can easily get the ingredients from most food stores. You can keep this type of clay for a very long time if stored in a air-tight container in a cool dark place. It also has another advantage, instead of most types of clay that needs to be baked to solidify, it can be air-dried to solidified, so that clay is a bit 'green' too, you don't have to waste electric or gas just to solidify clay models.

And one more thing... This type of clay is great for all ages!

Step 1: Time to go shopping!

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It is time to go shopping or dig into your cupboard to get the ingredients! Get the things as listed...
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tarter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 cups of water,
Of course, you can divide or add more ingredients.

And the tools...
  • Anything that can boil water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cookie sheet

All of this stuff are optional, used to decorate your work pieces...
  • food coloring
  • Paint
  • Carving tools
  • Cookie cutter
  • Large needle
  • Or what ever you think it is the best!
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Gieann2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.. I made it !!

ho long does it take to dry

victorian24 months ago

Well, im making a cartouche, an egyptian artifact, and im just asking what clay do i use to make kind of little sculptures that are slightly bigger than our hand? by the way, if you can, how do i make a cartouche that is astonishing?

thank you

SamidhaK4 months ago

havent made it yet but is it possible to make it without cream of tartar? i cant find it in any shop! from the latest malls to the oldest shops

WARNING - this method is for 'clay like' material. Not ACTUAL clay.

If you want actual clay you'll have to do a little more work than mixing together flour and oil- Clay is formed of trillions of small rock particles that all interlock perfectly to form strong bonds.

For more information and a better way to make your own clay. Research clay on wikipedia and other sites and learn more about it.

You must understand clay before you can create clay.

AwaisRabbani5 months ago
SymphoniS7 months ago

Also, it hasn't dried at all :/ If anything, it feels like the oil is seeping out of it.

SymphoniS7 months ago

I'm having problems with it :/ It turned out crumbly and not at all firm. It falls apart when I try to do anything with it and still feels a bit sticky.

how long do you bake it in the oven?

dperkins61 year ago
made a model of a mushroom but it was dried with a,bunch of cracks and the inside wasnt dry wasnt solid feeling any tips to stop that
Did it very easy and fun!

Does this mold? It's basically bread right?

abby51 year ago
Plasama what kind of paint do you paint it with?
borsaci061 year ago

saw this instructable and want to make tiny garden ornaments with it... like mini pots... is this substance durable outdoors?

D: I'm sad because I made this because I wanted to bake it and make keychains, but now I can't!!! :( But thank you
Lkymama2 years ago
I am praying this dries in time for my son's due date for his school project! Thank you!!!!!
ccuello2 years ago
Thanks it really worked I had a great presentation at school for my Rosetta Stone project and I got an A+
agoh33 years ago
i was wondering if the clay can be harden and used to make jewelry or accessories. izit possible?
Hi there !! yes you can use it for jewelry making. Dust your board with cornflour or baby powder to prevent sticking, roll out and form into flowers or other shapes and it should dry overnight. I do non edible floral arrangements/ bouquets, ( for keepsakes ) on cakes .No-one likes to eat the flowers, so it works well, and they have a lasting reminder of their happy day. Hope this helps you :-).
mouldclay agoh33 years ago
i don't think so try to
jennybotha2 years ago
Hi DanCo----you could use a little less water to start with next time---- or you could just need in a bit of extra flour a little at a time till you get the right consistency.Either way it would work fine.
DanCQ2 years ago
I had trouble with this recipe. My resulting dough was too sticky to work with, even after three days of waiting for it to become more manageable. :(
mouldclay3 years ago
it it true what they both said i tried it
What does the cream of tartar add to the mixture?
It makes it more elastic. You can get it easily in the baking isle of any food store. It's a white powder that's sold with the spices.
thanks i needed that i could not figure it what cream tarter is
pmon23 years ago
after making clay with use this ingridence and made something with that clay will it be hard ? or it will be a soft creation? i made a barger with clay that was different recipe buy my barger was noy getting hard after a whole night that was soft . so if i use this recipe to make clay and made barger with that will that get hard.
mouldclay pmon23 years ago
what recipe did you use
ALogan974 years ago
Isn't that basically play-doh? It's at least similar. Cool project!
yep it is
Kerushii3 years ago
but...so does it dry?
yes of cause it is a drying process as amahmudy said
amahmudy3 years ago
would it get little cracked after the drying process?
canadian nh6 years ago
hi, Cream of tartar or oil of tarta, isn't available can we use another kind of oil? and can we do from this clay flowers or dolls? Thanks
levure+bicarbonate de soude
friedhand5 years ago
Hey you said that we needed cream of tartar, but when you are showing how to make it ,it doesn't include it . Why do we need it?
Cream of Tartar isn't a cream, it's a bright white powder. As others have said, it helps add elasticity to the clay, making it a bit more stretchy and pliable.
AustralLord4 years ago
I'm thinking of making a clay tobacco pipe, could I use this effectively and safely?
Sorry, but I don't think so.
kroach24 years ago
do you need a kilm thing to use this clay or is it just an air dry clay???
because i dont have any access to a kilm :)
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