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Handicrafts with modeling clay – 3 ideas to do it yourself

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Crafting with modeling clay is really fun for children, especially when they are allowed to play around with it and get dirty from time to time. The whole thing becomes even more exciting when you can make the modeling dough yourself. There are numerous types and colors of modeling clay available from specialist retailers. However, they are often available in small quantities and are more suitable for making smaller pieces of jewelry. There is the possibility that you make modeling clay yourself. This is suitable for children and is later air-dried. The works become durable and can be painted later. Here are three simple recipes for modeling clay made from ingredients that can be found in the grocery or hardware store and some ideas.

Tinkering with modeling clay – idea made of salt, sawdust and corn starch

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Modeling clay salt dough is the easiest modeling clay to do it yourself. The works have to air dry for a few days or, after the first drying phase, can be baked on a low temperature in the kitchen oven. Then you can paint and varnish them. The classic recipe is:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water

To ensure that the dough holds together better, is supple and easy to work with, add a little more water and:

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1-3 tablespoons of oil

Handicrafts with modeling clay – make clay yourself

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In the past, the heads and faces of the dolls were made from modeling clay from wood flour. To do this, you need to get some things from the hardware store – wallpaper paste and sawdust. The dough obtained can be stored in airtight packaging for up to three days. Here is the exact recipe:

  • 1 packet of wallpaper adhesive with methylane noted on the packaging)
  •  Mix with 3-4 liters of water and let it soak for about 20 minutes so that it becomes slippery, similar to pudding
  • add the same amount of sawdust
  • stir until everything crumbles, then knead hard

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Another type of modeling clay is the so-called cold porcelain and can be made at home with corn starch. This results in finer work than with the salt or sawdust dough. This dough is supposed to harden in the air. The necessary materials:

  • 4 cups of cornstarch
  • 4 cups of wood glue
  • 4 teaspoons of glycerine (available in the pharmacy)
  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of hand cream (without silicone)

Mix the cornstarch, wood glue, vinegar and glycerin together and heat the resulting mixture in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir regularly. Add the hand cream last.

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Make buttons out of modeling clay

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