Hello! I have a tutorial for you today!
I had never made air-dry clay before, but after seeing polymer clay charm videos I wanted some! I found a tutorial over on Full of Great Ideas, where Stephanie had found the recipe from cooks.com. I tried searching it up, but I couldn't find the exact recipe for proper-proper credits. Ha ha. Oh well.
I made only 1/4 of the full recipe since I was trying it out, so I used:
~1/2 cup baking soda
~1/4 cup cornstarch
~1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. cool water
I apologize in advance for the crappy photos, lol. Now let's get started!
Mix the cornstarch and baking soda in pan. Add water and mix very well. Place over stove on medium heat, stirring constantly until it becomes thick. (You'll know when--it'll become a ball and look like clay ;)
Spoon out the clay into a bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. You need to let it cool, because trust me, the clay will be hot.
Once the clay has cooled down enough for you to handle it, knead it.
- - Yes that's a soup bowl. Yes I love Campbell's. :D - -
Now...Enter cute cookie cutters! My mom bought these some time ago but never used them. I'm pretty sure they're Noah's Ark themed. There's even a little boat ^_^
Roll out your clay and start cutting out your shapes!
Soon you should have a whole army of clay bears. Give the remaining clay to someone so they can do..whatever. ;)
My mom then came into the kitchen and had the idea of sticking wire in the top of each bear. We couldn't find pliers, so she basically started sawing paper clips with a knife while I watched like o_o
Let the clay dry overnight, This is how they looked the next morning ^^
I painted them to make them look like pandas! Yay!
A few tips:
Be careful and wait for the clay to cool before using it. Yes, I said this before, but impatient little kids and an impatient you will cause "ow's!"
Store remaining clay.. I'm not sure how long the clay lasts, but I guess a few days don't hurt. Store it in a plastic baggie or an airtight container.
If clay is sticky.. If your clay is sticky, you can add a little cornstarch to it OR to the inside of the cookie cutter.
Drying methods. This is air-dry clay, so leaving it for a night should do the trick. But if you want to oven-bake it, Stephanie has instructions for it. However, it browns the backs of your clay shapes, which is why I didn't try it.
Try different things! Use paint, glitter, stamps, whatever. Even washi tape! Then coat with a varnish or glaze if you want. I didn't have any on hand, but I may have to get some!
I would love to see if you made this! Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me at pandagirl_xoxo and hashtag with #littlepandacrafts so I can have a look! :)
love love love! MJ