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Fine Crafty Clay

Author/Submitted by: Cheaper and Better, Shared by Sherilyn Schamber
Servings: 20
Categories: Household / Information / Play Dough

Ingredients:
2  C  Baking soda
1  C  Cornstarch
1 1/2  C  Water

-----OPTIONAL-----
    Food coloring
    Oil of cloves OR peppermint, extract

-----FOR FINISHING-----
    Matte acrylic varnish

Directions:
1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, stir together baking soda and cornstarch and add water, stirring constantly. Mixture will become thin and smooth at first. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is too thick to stir. Turn out onto a cookie sheet to cool, covering with a damp cloth. When cool, knead until smooth. Store in a tightly closed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

2. To Use: Items can be molded by shaping with your hands, rolling out and cutting with a cookie cutter, or pushing through a cookie or garlic press. Clay will harden at room temperature depending on the size of the object. Most items are dry after 24 hours and if necessary you can preheat the oven 350F, turn it off, and put the clay in to dry, turning the pieces occasionally.

3. Ideas: Consider tinting with different spices for a simple, earthy look. Try using dry mustard for a creamy color. Cinnamon and allspice for darker tones.

4. Hints: Smooth off any rough edges after drying with an emery board. Because this clay is especially absorbent, more than one coat of varnish or shellac will be necessary. Experiment with a trial piece to see how many coats you will need. As many as 5 coats for a thick figure. 20 oz.

This mixture creates the finest texture of all the doughs. It also hardens by air drying rather than baking, so features created will not puff up in the oven. Interesting effects can be created by coloring this clay before working with it.


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