Homemade Modeling Clay That Hardens

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Any modeling clay that hardens provides a sculpting artist with the opportunity to save his or her creations in a permanent form when they're finished. Since most hardening clays are water based, creating your own is as simple as combining a a fibrous, organic material with water in the right configuration and ratio. Use this basic formula to create your own air-hardening clays made from either flour or recycled paper, and create long-lasting works of art with minimal cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Food coloring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Old newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Blender

Flour Dough Clay

  • With a fork, mix together 2 parts flour and 1 part salt. Break up or remove any lumps.

  • Add a couple drops of food coloring to 1 part water. Stir with a spoon until the food coloring is evenly distributed.

  • Stir the water into the clay gradually, mixing it in with a fork as you pour. Finish mixing the clay with your hands until it is a dough.

  • Store clay in an airtight container or wrap unfinished works with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When you want the clay to harden, let it air-dry for up to 24 hours.

Paper Clay

  • Add 4 tablespoons of wheat paste and a pinch of salt to 2 cups of water, whisking and adding gradually. Stir until the mixture starts to look more glutinous than pasty. Remove from heat and let cool.

  • Tear paper into the smallest pieces you can.

  • Soak the paper pieces in water for one hour.

  • Pull the soaked paper from the water, shaking off as much excess liquid as you can. Place the paper in a blender and process on high speed until the paper is blended into a dough.

  • Place the paper solution in a bowl. Combine with two tablespoons of the wheat paste solution. Mix with your hands into a moldable clay dough; this clay will air-dry in 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paper can be hard on blender blades and contribute to dulling them. If possible, use an old blender or avoid making this recipe too many times in a good blender.

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