Besides being foolproof, it is by far the strongest & most durable air dry clay to DIY and work with. Do try this WhyNotDIY idea at home!
I was a little girl when my aunt introduced me to this air-dry clay recipe. I remember I used to sit next to her when she used to prepare, knead and create designs with this air-dry clay to fulfill her customers’ requests. As I grew older, I learned how to prepare this air-dry clay and started helping her in creating new designs, and mixing different elements to create new ornaments to add to her collection.
Lately, I tried to create air-dry clay using different recipes. Some with salt base and others with baking soda base. However, I must admit that none of those recipes impressed me enough to adopt them moving forward. The Cornstarch & glue base recipe has always been my best option. Besides being foolproof, it is by far the strongest and most durable air-dry clay to prepare and work with.
So, if you haven’t yet tried creating this clay, I strongly advise to start today.
This recipe is simple and easy to make. It requires a couple of minutes to be ready. 3 out of the 4 ingredients are found in your kitchen.
The clay can be used in multiple decorative projects and dries in a couple of days.
Lastly, if you want to end with high-quality work and avoid any cracks, then this recipe is by far your option to go.
Projects including the use of air-dry clays are fun, easy, and productive. My kids always try to play to convince me into giving them a portion to play with. And I end up every time preparing edible playdough for them to imitate their mama and play calmly while I work on my clay. There are many items that you can create using air-dry clay. I will list below some projects but I strongly recommend reading my article focusing on the best 10 air-dry clay projects that you can enjoy.
To create beautiful and attractive items from air-dry clay, then you must learn how to color an air-dry clay. After all, this is a basic technique that you should master,
Let’s start clarifying that coloring can happen at one of these below 2 stages:
This means that this must be done during the cooking process. Therefore, if you are coloring at this stage, you may end up with one color for each batch of clays. If your project consists of a unified color, then you can easily opt for this option. You can cook as well two batches if your time is flexible and you need only two colors.
However, if your project is multi-color, then maybe you should consider opting for the after modeling option.
It is worth noting, that with Acrylic paint, you can divide your clay after kneading to different portions, add the color to each portion separately and mix/knead again.
This process calls for coloring the clay after finishing the clay model.
Many people opt for this option as it is more flexible, and they can easily control the color of the clay.
During this stage, the clay must be fully dried before starting the coloring process. Acrylic or watercolor paints are the best two options for modeling coloring.
Let the first layer of paint dry before moving to the next paint layer.
Finally, protect your painted clay model with a thin layer of clear nail polish for small items, spray varnish or mod-podge.
If you are not planning to use your clay immediately, you need to ensure that the clay will remain soft and undried. Therefore, you will need to wrap the clay tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container, this way the clay can last for 2 weeks or more.
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