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Homemade Polymer Clay

Homemade Polymer Clay
At different points over the last few years I've played around with different kinds of homemade "clay." My favorite is a polymer clay also known as cold porcelain. Its main ingredients are cornstarch and white PVA or Elmer's glue. I like it because it's smooth and a little bit elastic to work with and dries extremely hard. It's also relatively non-porous so it takes paint really well. And it doesn't degrade over time like baker's clay or salt clay does. But it took awhile to get the recipe right. Materials 3/4 cup white glue1 cup cornstarch2 tablespoons mineral oil (I used baby oil but reportedly even vaseline will work)1 tablespoon lemon juiceNon-stick potWooden spoon Steps Add cornstarch to glue in a nonstick pot. Cook over low flame stirring pretty much constantly (you can take a quick break or two if your arm gets tired, which it will) until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes. Remove from heat! Let dry about 2-3 days, then paint, or not. Until next time -- Enjoy! Linda

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