Introduction: Making Clay

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Ever wanted to do something that involved clay, but didn't have any? Well, there's lots of instructions on here on how to make it, but most of them call for lots of ingredients, or have lots of steps. This recipe will teach you how to make clay easily with just 3 ingredients and 2 simple steps.

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

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1. 1 cup of water
2. 1 cup of cornstarch
3. 1.5 cups of baking soda
4. 1 saucepan to mix ingredients

You can add food coloring and/or vanilla extract to this if you want a colored or scented clay, if you want.

Step 2: Making the Clay

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To actually make it, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat, mixing occasionally so it doesn't stick to the bottom. It should go from a watery, somewhat sticky glue-type substance to clay after a couple minutes. If it's crumbly or brittle, put more water on it and heat it again. It should get to a point where it's an easily pliable, somewhat stiff paste that holds its shape. The second picture in this step is a batch of clay that was a little bit overcooked.

Step 3: Using the Clay

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Now that you made the clay, you can use it to make cool stuff like pots, jewelry, silverware (or would it be clayware?), or little sculptures. This will air dry, but it gets sort of cracked if it does. I suggest baking on 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30-60 minutes, or until it is hard. Also, a commenter pointed out that poking small holes in the clay helps to prevent cracking. I made a cool little Deathly Hallows sculpture out of it.


sciman1 (author)2014-07-25

Time to add some Portland cement!

deathnotx101 (author)2013-08-01

To prevent cracking I added small pinholes in the back of my project for ventilation. By pinholes I mean I literally took a pin and punctured holes in the back of my poor little owl.

Holes are necessary to let the water vapor escape. For the small cracks I did get, sanded them with a fine grit sandpaper, larger ones I just filled them with more of the homemade clay and re-baked.

Owl looks great, and material is solid but light.

Wolf Link (author)2013-05-13

Thank you! I am making some Clay Claws for my quadsuit- it's in progress. AMAZING! My clay had no cracks whatsoever!

gunman15 (author)2013-01-17

thank you, i wanna make a pendant out of some clay from readily avaliable materials so thanks again.

TicTac101 (author)2012-11-25

thank you! I have been looking for this!

Kerushii (author)2012-02-16

so even if i bake it for the suggested time, it might be slightly cracked?

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