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December 8, 2021
Polymer Clay For Beginners Few

Homemade Clay Polymer Clay IdeasWhen the days are long and cold, I find projects to work on inside the house. I bake, make soap (of course!), crochet, read, or work on other craft projects. For the past few weeks I’ve been making jewelry from polymer clay.

While working with the clay, I started thinking about all the chemicals that must be in it and that could be released during baking. Of course I started thinking about how to make my own homemade clay. You’ll find my recipe below along with a few polymer clay ideas to try.

Homemade Clay: An Easy Clay Recipe

I remember making clay ornaments at Christmas when I was a kid. It was a simple recipe – nothing more than salt, flour, and water. It would get very hard just by air drying and then we would paint it. Here’s the exact recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1½ cups salt
  • 1 cup water (give or take a bit)

Mix the salt and flour in a bowl. Add water ¼ cup at a time, mixing well. You may not need all of the water or you may need a bit more depending on the humidity and temperature in the work area. Mix until a ball forms, then take it out of the bowl and knead it a bit. It should be firm but pliable. You can pinch off pieces and use food coloring to color them, or you can leave it and paint over it later. Form it into desired shapes. It will shrink some, but no more than about 10%. You can let it air dry, but baking it at 250°F will make it harder. Bake time will be dependent on the thickness of the pieces. For something the size of a ping pong ball, bake for about 20 minutes.

When it’s hard, let it cool completely. Then pieces can be painted, varnished, and even waxed for a high shine. They should keep for years.

Natural Polymer Clay Substitute

This recipe is a bit more involved, uses no salt, and produces a finer finish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1¼ cups cold water
  • food coloring if desired
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