Air Dry Clay

This is similar to play dough but silky smooth and wonderful to work with! It dries pearly white with a shimmer and can then be painted. A really lovely way to spend an afternoon with your children. Therapeutic!

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
  • Stir the soda and cornstarch together in a saucepan then add water and mix well.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes then cook another 2-5 minutes while stirring constantly until it looks like mashed potatoes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, set aside and let cool before kneading.
  • When cool, put onto your work surface and knead it, adding more cornstarch if needed until you have a smooth workable clay. Silky to touch and pure white!
  • We usually leave it white and create our masterpieces that way. If you prefer it coloured, knead in a few drops of food colouring.
Using cookie cutter or just your hands – create your bits – our favourite things include hearts, stars, dice, a racing car and beads. If you like, press small beads into the clay when it is still wet. This has a lovely effect once dry.
When you are done, leave them on baking parchment and let dry. Depending on what you have created, the drying process will vary. For thin, small items, overnight will do. For larger items, several days. You can tell by the colour when it is dry – it will have a shimmer to it and be very white rather than slightly off white.

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