Sunday, August 2, 2009

How To Make Air-Dry Clay

It's been a while since I've posted a tutorial. Sorry! It's been a busy past few days. But things have calmed down and I'm back with another fun tutorial!

I whipped up some simple air-drying clay the other day and made these cute little charms. (Yes that IS a flying pig.)

Here's what you need to make the clay:

1/4 cup of white glue (I used Elmer's School Glue)

1/2 cup of flour

1/2 cup of cornstarch

1/4 cup of water

Food coloring

2 bowls for mixing

Wax paper

Jewelry jump rings/hooks, etc. (optional)


First, decide what color you want your clay to be. Combine a few drops of food coloring (2-3 drops for light colors like mine, 4-6 for darker colors) with your glue and water in a bowl. Mix until everything is blended together.

Then, combine your flour and cornstarch in another bowl.

Add your dry ingredients (flour and cornstarch) to your wet ingredients (glue, water and food coloring) and mix until it forms a stiff dough. This may take a few minutes, as the mixture is very sticky.

Lightly flour your working space. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it on your floured surface for a couple minutes.

It should look something like this. (Don't worry if yours isn't as "floury" looking. I accidentally put too much flour on my work space.)

Spread your wax paper out and mold your dough into whatever shapes you want and let it dry. Mine were thick pieces and took a couple days to dry completely. (I didn't have mine in direct sunlight, though, which helps the drying process.)
If you're making jewelry, like I did, I would suggest dabbing some hot glue around the jewelry hooks, as air-dry clay doesn't hold the hooks as well as baked clay.
You can glaze yours like I did with my heart charm, or leave them plain. I put my leftover clay in the fridge, and it held up fine.
Enjoy and, as always, feel free to leave any questions, comments or suggestions below!
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Anonymous said...

what kind of glaze?

Impish said...

To be quite honest, I'm too broke to buy glaze, so I just use clear nail polish. (It stinks a bit, but works great!) But you should be able to use any type of clear pottery/clay/craft glaze that doesn't need to be baked. Just read the label to make sure.

Jaclyn JK said...

Is the food coloring required? Cus I got everything but that an I'm broke so I can buy any >.>

Impish said...

Hey Jaclyn,
I haven't tried it without food coloring, but I don't see why you can't leave it out! Your clay will probably just be a white color. Plus, I'm sure you could always paint it with acrylics once it's dry (if you have them).
Let me know how it comes out!

Jaclyn said...

Cool :D and yeah, I'm pretty sure my mom has some acrylics hanging around her sewing room somewhere (more like a craft room XD)
I'll be sure to :D I'll most like put up a thread in ThreadBangers

Impish said...

Sounds awesome! I'll keep a look out for it!
And yeah, I steal a lot of my DIY supplies from my dad's "work" room when I'm home. hahah

Diana said...

Oh, I can't wait to give this a try!

Ashley said...

Do you think this would work with, instead of food coloring say...Italian Soda syrup? I have a lot at my house, and food coloring is expensive >.<

Impish said...

Hey Ashley,

Hmmmmm, I'm honestly not sure. Because the syrup most likely has sugar in it, I'm not sure how well it would hold up. Then again, if you sealed it well, it might do just fine. Sorry I'm not more of a bigger help. If you try it, be sure to let me know how it goes, OK?

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