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DIY Air Dry Clay

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July 17, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Air Dry Clay DIY Air Dry Clay
Air dry clay is one of those staples that every crafter should have in their arsenal. Handy for a variety of projects, it’s also easy to make with supplies you already have in your kitchen. As with any stove related project, children should only make this with adult supervision.

Things you’ll need
3 parts salt
1 part cornstarch
1 part water
Pot
Foil
Wooden spoon

Things to do:
1. Add your water to your pan and bring to a boil. Slowly add your salt to the boiling water until all has been dissolved.
2. Little by little add the cornstarch, stirring as you go, until the a solid lump of clay forms.
3. Dump the clay onto a sheet of foil and allow it to rest until it’s cool enough to handle. Once cool, knead until smooth and then use in your projects.
DIY Air Dry Clay2 DIY Air Dry Clay
4. This clay will dry to a smooth finish overnight.

Comments

22 Responses to “DIY Air Dry Clay”
  1. crafty mom says:

    Can this be stored in any way? Or does it have to used right away?

    • Jessica Christman says:

      You can store the clay in an air tight container or in a ziplock baggy for a couple of days with no issues. After a while, it will dry out though.

  2. caro says:

    is it absoutely necessary to use a wooden spoon?

    • Jessica Christman says:

      No I dont think it would be absolutely necessary to use a wooden spoon for this project.

  3. miriam says:

    errm i cant get mine to work it ended up a gritty salty ball that didnt harden not sure where i went wrong but i definatly had the right quantities….?

    • Jessica Christman says:

      Did you dissolve your salt in the water first? If your texture is too thin, try heating it up a little longer until it is thicker. Let me know if if this helps and please let me know if you have any other problems!

  4. Nancy says:

    Do you dissolve the salt in the water first? Mine had a bit of a grainy texture.

    • Jessica Christman says:

      Yes, dissolve the salt in the water first. This should help with your grainy texture issue! Please let me know if you have any other issues.

  5. Eliza says:

    didnt know you could make this stuff until last night, i now have 18 mini masterpeices drying in the kitchen, my son made me snowmen and snails. honestly the quietest afternoon weve had in months! thank you.

  6. TRISH Y says:

    can clay be coloured and at what stage .Cooking stage or Kneading stage.Also can dough/clay be kneaded in electric mixer with dough hook?

    • Jessica Christman says:

      Great questions Trish! You can color the clay with food coloring. Do this in the kneading stage. Add a little bit at a time until you get the color you want. Im not sure about the electric mixer though. I have not tried this myself but I dont know if it would work that great since it will become very dense. You could try it though and see if it works. I would love to know how it turned out!

  7. Doris Brown says:

    Never seen this site before, picked it up from my nieces face book page. i make cards, not very well but every one says they are nice, this is something i will definately try, it sounds good, thank you

  8. Roxanne says:

    Im trying this for the 2nd time, i just cant get the salt to dissolve. Im using 3cups of salt. Do you think this is why? X

    • Jessica Christman says:

      The 3 cups salt shouldnt be a problem, assuming that you are using 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup water with your mixture. If you arent, this may be the issue. Are you letting your salt dissolve in hot boiling water before adding your cornstarch? This may also be another reason why your salt isnt dissolving.

  9. Tamara says:

    I tried this too – but also could not get that much salt to actually dissolve in so little water, even with boiling water and trying to simmer and stir it on the stove – i just made rock salt out of it all… i added more water to make it loose again, then the cornstarch…. and i got a gritty mass that wasnt smooth nor the same colour as the photo. I just needed enough to make a tiny starfish for a wall hanging Im making, so i went ahead to try that but it was drying out faster than i could work with it so i kept wetting it as I went (like you do playdough) and hopefully Ill get my starfish to work…. just hope it can be painted once its dry.

  10. Michele F says:

    I am preparing crafts for a large group of Girl Scouts. I have done a test run on several different types of air dry clay. Some are expensive to make and some never really dry. I need one that will dry in about 36 hours and wont crack as it drys. Have you had any issues with this dough cracking?I love the low cost ingredients!

    • Jessica Christman says:

      Hi Michele! This airy dry clay recipe is just what you have been looking for it sounds like! We have used this recipe for several different projects {factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/index.php?s=air+dry+clay} and you can see there is usually minimal cracking. It’s more likely to happen if you have a ball of clay and you press your fingers onto it but you can easily smooth the edges out before the clay dries. This recipe usually dries overnight but of course this also depends on the thickness and type of project.

  11. Diane Essex says:

    Some people add a tbs of oil or cold cream to prevent cracking. Also, I have really good results coloring mine (I make flowers) with chalk pastels and a medium soft dry paint brush. The effect is translucent and blending colors is very easy. Hope it helps!

  12. Lucy says:

    This idea is so neat! I have to try it! The only problem is that I have a few broken fingers on my right hand. So I was wondering, is this easy to work with? I can shape things well with my left hand, but I dont have enough strength to work with it if its hard. Please Help! -Lucy

    • I dont think you would have too many problems manipulating the clay. It’s a little stiffer than playdough, so you shouldn’t have any issues only using your left hand to shape things. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns! Happy crafting Lucy!

  13. Jessica Saxton says:

    when making things that have more than one piece stuck together (ex an animal with a body, head, legs etc. all stuck together) do the pieces stay together once dried? or is it like regular clay that you have to score each piece and add water between the pieces?

    • It is like regular clay. You must score each piece and add a little water between the pieces for them to stick together. I would also recommended adding a little glue after it is all dry to ensure that it stays together. Happy crafting Jessica!

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