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!

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!
<p>Kroach2 it is air drying polymer clay</p>
<p>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 </p>
<p>Spice or baking section of the grocery store.</p>
<p>Thank you for sharing.. I made it !!</p>
<p>ho long does it take to dry</p>
<p>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?</p><p>thank you</p>
<p>WARNING - this method is for 'clay like' material. Not ACTUAL clay. <br><br>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. <br><br>For more information and a better way to make your own clay. Research clay on wikipedia and other sites and learn more about it. <br><br>You must understand clay before you can create clay. </p>
<p>Also, it hasn't dried at all :/ If anything, it feels like the oil is seeping out of it.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>how long do you bake it in the oven?</p>
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!
<p>Does this mold? It's basically bread right?</p>
Plasama what kind of paint do you paint it with?
<p>saw this instructable and want to make tiny garden ornaments with it... like mini pots... is this substance durable outdoors?</p>
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
I am praying this dries in time for my son's due date for his school project! Thank you!!!!!
Thanks it really worked I had a great presentation at school for my Rosetta Stone project and I got an A+
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 :-).
i don't think so try to
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.
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. :(
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<br>
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.
what recipe did you use
Isn't that basically play-doh? It's at least similar. Cool project!
yep it is
but...so does it dry?
yes of cause it is a drying process as amahmudy said
would it get little cracked after the drying process?
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
<strong>Hey you said that we needed cream of tartar, but when you are showing how to make it ,it doesn't include it .</strong> <strong>Why do we need it?</strong><br />
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.
I'm thinking of making a clay tobacco pipe, could I use this effectively and safely?
Sorry, but I don't think so.
do you need a kilm thing to use this clay or is it just an air dry clay???<br>because i dont have any access to a kilm :)
um, its a kiln and it says that it is air dry ;)
This is nothing like Chavant? :(
whats chavant <br>is it a brand name clay???<br>
Chavant is a oil-based modelling clay, making it easy and able to do small tiny details. Movie prop builders use chavant clay. It's not that expensive ^^
Is there any substitute for the cream of tartar??
i have no oil ,is there any subsitute that i could use?
for cream of tartar substitute can use bakeing powder<br><br>http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/CreamTartar.htm
What the hell is cream of tarter <br>Well any ways I will be making this for my project

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