Do It Yourself: How To Make Clay

Here you'll find two excellent recipes for making homemade clay. Included are instructions for a varitey of unique craft projects using this exceptional homemade dough.

There are many recipes for homemade clay, but none quite as good as the following two recipes. They have a consistency like that of store-bought products. They're great for making all sorts of cool craft projects including sculptures, refrigerator magnets, and so much more. Anything you can dream up and design can be made into a hardened sculpture that will last forever.

The first type of clay can be baked to dry. It is a great material for making beautiful beaded jewelry, Christmas ornaments, trinkets, or any other projects in which you'd use clay.

To make this clay recipe you will need 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 ½ cups of water, a large heavy bowl, a wooden spoon, and a nonstick baking sheet.

Combine all ingredients, and work with the clay until it develops a desirable consistency. It can be stored in airtight containers until you are ready to use it. When you are ready to bake finished pieces, place them on a nonstick baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for approximately one hour, depending on their size. When they begin to develop a light brown tint, they are ready to come out of the oven. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack before painting or decorating.

You can make beads for jewelry by rolling small pieces of clay into balls and inserting a needle. Insert the needle into the hole from both sides to make sure it's completely open. Make the hole larger than necessary because it will expand and could possibly close up during the baking process. If it does, while the dough is still warm, insert the needle to reopen it.

After the beads have cooled, paint them with acrylic craft paint of your choice. Allow the paint to dry completely, and give the finished pieces a coat of acrylic sealer. It will provide a glossy finish and a layer of protection for your finished beads.



When the acrylic sealer has dried, string the beads using clear thread and a beading needle. Beading needles are thinner than ordinary needles and will make the process easier. Include other beads or interesting charms to your necklace or bracelet. Alternate them with the clay beads to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

Create beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments by rolling out the clay and cutting it with cookie cutters. Remember to make a hole for hanging in the top of each ornament, and bake them as directed above. While the clay is still warm, you can insert beads or faux gemstones if desired. After they have cooled, paint the shapes with acrylic craft paint of your choice. Allow the paint to dry and seal it with clear acrylic sealer.

Hang your finished ornaments using gold or silver elastic, 1/8-inch wide satin ribbon, or clear thread. They will look like professionally designed ornaments hanging on your Christmas tree. They're suitable to give as gifts to friends and loved ones, and they will look wonderful adorning your holiday tree year after year.

This next recipe comes very close to duplicating store-bought clay intended for use by children. It has a smooth consistency that's perfect for little hands, but it's great for adult projects as well. To make this clay you will need 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ cup of salt, 1 tablespoon of cream of tarter, 2 ½ tablespoons of oil, 2 cups of water, food coloring, a large mixing bowl, and a wooden spoon.

Begin making this clay by boiling the water along with several drops of food coloring. Remove the water from the heat, and mix in the oil. Place the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and slowly add the colored water and oil. Mix it together thoroughly using the wooden spoon. When the mixture has cooled, kneed it until it reaches a pliable consistency like that of store-bought clay.

This product can be stored in airtight containers indefinitely. It can be used for making all of the same craft items as listed above, but this product must be air-dried. After it has dried you can decorate it in the same manner.

This clay is also wonderful for entertaining children. Add a little vanilla extract to the mixture to make aromatic dough. The clay can be used again and again if stored in airtight containers in a cool, dry location.

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