Homemade Clay for Handprints

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Homemade clay is a great tool to use for making your own handprint casts. Use homemade clay for handprints with help from a ceramic artist and instructor in this free video clip.

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I'm Beth from The Village Art Project Studio, and today we're going to make home made clay for hand prints. So you're going to need some flour, some salt and some water. I have 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt and I'm going to put that in a nice big bowl and I have 1 cup of water and I'm going to put that in there and then you're going to want to mix that up and the best way to do that really, is just use your hands and get that all mixed up. This is a great thing for the kids to do. And just go ahead and mix that. Now you just want to keep mixing it until you don't see and dry flour, you want to really incorporate it with the water. So we've got that all worked in together and just kind of, and I just kind of formed it into a loaf here, like a loaf of bread. Take a piece off and start to flatten it out and from here you can, this is where you can ether make it into hand prints by sticking your hand down into it, you can use cookie cutters, you can use stamps and just you want to get it really thin. And then you're going to bake this in the oven when you're finished at 300 degrees for about 20, 25 minutes. Sometimes it puffs up a little bit in the oven and if you just take a pin and just prick it, it'll kind of let the air out. So here are some finished ones, just out of the oven, the little footprints or ornaments. And if you want an easy way to put little holes in them is to take a straw before it goes into the oven and just poke it through and you'll get a nice even hole. You can also use food coloring to make different colors of clay. And that's how you'd make hand and footprints with home made clay. I'm Beth and thank you for watching.

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