05 December 2012

A Variation on Salt Clay

I made a big batch of this clay recipe (found on pinterest of course) and I have to tell you, it was absolutely THE STRANGEST thing I've ever made (not including the 3 monkeys that live with me)

Recipe is as follows -
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water

Very simple, with cheap ingredients, seemed like a winner.  

This mixture needs to be cooked on the stove to form a clay but working with it before it was cooked was where the fun was.

            ------->If you placed your hand on the surface of the mixture, your hand sank down into it like melted ice cream.

            ------->If you punched the surface with your fist as hard as you could (and why would you NOT), your hand BOUNCED off the surface as if it was a solid piece of wood!

That was 30 minutes of entertainment for the monkeys and I.

Put it in a pot and on the stove over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it resembles thin mashed potatoes.

Dump it out onto a cookie sheet dusted with a little cornstarch until it cools enough to kneed with your hands until smooth.

I brought it into school with a bin of cookie cutters to make some little ornaments with one of my classes.

Let dry, then bake at 175 F for 15 minutes.

We may decide to paint these after the kids come back next week. 

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