HOW TO MAKE AIR DRY CLAY

INGREDIENTS FOR AIR DRY CLAY

- One cup of cornstarch   - Two cups baking soda  - One and a half cups of water, or you can use one cup of white craft glue  - One tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar as a preservative  - One tablespoon of mineral oil to improve texture (optional)

Mix ingredients

In a bowl, mix the cornstarch and baking soda, where you can add the water until the mixture is completely blended. Then you can put this in an oven pot and cook over medium heat while stirring continuously for around 10-15 minutes.

Stir it

Once the clay has begun to form, you can remove it from the heat and continue stirring until the mixture becomes sticky but soft. Then you can let it cool to the touch and place the dough on a surface covered with cornstarch.

Knead the clay

Here, you can knead the clay and add more cornstarch until it becomes smooth and the tacky feeling has gone, and here you can add mineral oil to make the texture softer and easier to work with. You can store it by wrapping it in plastic wrap inside an airtight container.

Let it dry

Now, you’re free to use it however you like, so when you finish making your shapes, you can place them on a drying rack and flip them over to ensure even drying. It can take up to 3 days to completely dry, depending on what you make and the thickness.

KEYCHAINS

For something to go with your keys or as a decoration, you can use cookie cutters with some rolled-out clay which you can emboss, paint, or pattern press for the best results. You can wait up to 2 days to dry.

STAMPED BOWLS

If you want to make something practical, you can make bowls that don’t need any baking or firing, and you can use these for jewelry, keys, or decoration, and all you need is a bowl of your choice as a mold.

HOW TO MAKE AIR DRY CLAY