How to make homemade clay
There are many materials with which to make crafts with children or for those who enjoy a while of creativity. One of them are clays, such as polymer clay or Fimo, similar to clay, and natural clay or without polymers, which allow many figures, jewelry objects and even key rings to be made. Thanks to the fact that it is a very moldable material, whoever wants can develop creativity and plastic art, practicing alone or by the hand of teachers or monitors of plastic workshops.
How to make homemade clay with flour
Modeling clay has a main drawback: the high cost price. It is a material that, although it is available to most people, it is also true that it is considered expensive for those who do not have a clear idea of its use or simply do not know how to use it correctly yet and, therefore, might think that they waste the investment. Therefore, you can start learning with another material similar to clay used by artists and it is also convenient to know several methods to make homemade moldable clay in order to dispose of it without acquiring it, because although it is not exactly the same as the one used by artists it can serve us to practice or entertain children for a good while and get them to learn having fun.
Many people, when thinking of making homemade clay for children may also be thinking of a material such as clay or polymer clay (also called Fimo). However, although they are moldable materials that can have similarities, several aspects must be taken into account. In the case of polymer clay and putty, we can indicate some important aspects:
- Unlike clay, this clay hardens when heated in the oven.
- Polymer clay has the ability to combine different colors. It gives the option of kneading two shades, thus creating an original marble effect. If you prolong the kneading a lot, you will end up obtaining a homogeneous mixture, that is, a polymer clay of another color.
- Polymeric clays are made of plasticized PVC. If you want to harden once the figures are created, these clays have to be baked between 110 °C and 130 °C.
- If you were wondering how to make polymer clay, we are sorry to tell you that it is not possible to make Fimo clay, because the plastic ingredients of which it is composed are only available to companies and professionals in the market, not to individuals. So if you want exactly this type of clay you can only buy it.
After knowing all this, in a info-grinik we help you discover how to make homemade clay with different materials that are easy to find. We started by teaching you how to make clay with cornstarch or cornstarch.
- Corn or cornstarch flour (always use twice as much flour as salt).
- Acrylic paint or food coloring.
Steps to make homemade clay with cornmeal
- Mix in a bowl the flour with the salt. Use the amount you consider appropriate depending on the project you have planned to work with the clay, but you should always add twice as much flour with respect to the salt.
- Progressively add water to the mixture. Do it with small tablespoons to stir it with the flour and salt until you get the ideal texture.
- If you detect that the mixture is becoming especially sticky, choose to add more flour. Thus, the material will have a greater consistency.
- Add the coloring to add color to the clay if you want.
- Finally, knead the mixture and you can start creating figures with this homemade material.
How to make homemade clay without baking soda
There are those who think that to make homemade clay it is totally necessary to use baking soda, but the truth is that there are many different mixtures with which to achieve clay-type materials to mold and it is not essential to use baking soda. Here we tell you how to make homemade clay without baking soda step by step:
- A pot of Teflon.
- 1 cup of white school glue.
- 1 cup of corn or wheat flour.
- 1 tablespoon of lemon.
- 2 tablespoons of mineral oil.
- Powder tempera with diversity of colors.
Steps to make homemade clay without baking soda
- Heat the Teflon pot and mix inside all the ingredients exposed above. If you want the material to acquire color, add the powder tempera with the preferred tone, if you do not add it it will be a white tone.
- Mix the ingredients in the pot over low heat and for 10 minutes. In this time, it will have become a homogeneous mass.
- Remove the pot from the heat and wait for it to cool.
- When it no longer burns, remove the dough from the pot and knead it for several minutes until it reaches a well-mouldable texture.
- Finally, store the dough in an airtight container so that it is preserved until the moment you want to use it, because although lemon will help preserve it better it will always last longer if it is stored properly.
How to make clay with earth
Making clay with earth is another alternative to make this material. In a info-grinik we recommend that you put these ingredients together and follow these steps to achieve it:
- Metal sieve.
- 2 cups of earth for crafts or to make clay (you will find it in craft stores). Another option is to collect from some field near your house some clay-rich land. In the latter case, you will have a clay mass rich in clays.
- Container to mix.
- Hermetic container to store the clay.
Steps to make clay with earth
- Place a metal sieve over a container and pour the two cups full of soil to make clay.
- By carefully moving the sieve, you will get the fine soil to fall into the container. Coarse particles of soil will be trapped in the sieve. Shake several times to make sure that all the fine soil falls into the container.
- Add two tablespoons of water in the soil that is left in the container.
- Mix with your hands the water with the earth, starting to form a kind of ball.
- Add more water, tablespoon by tablespoon, until you see that you get a good consistency using all the soil you had prepared or until you see that you have enough to make the figure or figures you want.
- If you see that you have overdone the water, add some fine soil (snit with the sieve) and mix all the ingredients again.
- Knead a few more minutes so that the clay is well moldable and store it in an airtight container.
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