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« on: July 14, 2007 09:57:26 AM »

Hello! I am new here, so first off I apologize if this is posted on the wrong board. I am still trying to learn the ins and outs of this forum.  Smiley

A few years ago, I made some really neat Barbie food items from a (non-edible of course!) clay recipe that was online. (little pies, cookies, hotdogs, etc) They turned out fabulous, I colored them with markers, and they are still holding up to this day without crumbling apart.

Why oh why did I not save the recipe? Now I am trying to find a good one and having a hard time. One I tried was too dry, maybe too much salt in it? I remember the ingredients were flour, water, salt, and maybe a little oil? I just don't know how MUCH of anything to use.

Does anyone have a tried and trusted recipe they would care to share? THANK YOU!  Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2007 10:06:08 AM »

I love listening to craftypod and she recently did a podcast about making your own clay.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2007 01:07:32 PM »

There are loads of recipes online for making "salt dough" clay... the proportions can change a bit from recipe to recipe though.  Here are a bunch of them:

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLC,GGLC:1969-53,GGLC:en&q=%22salt+dough%22+recipes


I also like "bread clay" a lot.  It is a great clay, takes details really well, and is a little more refined than salt dough.  You can color and seal/glaze it, etc., similarly to any other air-dry clay:

Bread Clay
6 slices white bread
6 tbsps. white glue
1/2 tsp. detergent (liquid?, clothes or dishes?)... or 2 tsp. glycerine
food coloring
Remove crusts from bread, and knead with glue.
Add either detergent or glycerine.... knead until no longer sticky.
Separate into portions and add food coloring if desired.
Shape. 
Brush with equal parts of white glue and water if you want a glossy finish.
Allow to dry overnight to harden.
Paint with acrylic paint if you want as well, or if you didn't color the doughs.
Can also seal at this point with clear nail polish
.... or seal with white glue (or yellow wood glue)... starting out with a light coat... let dry... then use a heavier coat


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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2007 01:25:27 PM »

Salt dough is terrific & it's great if you're working with young kids, because it wont hurt them to eat it!  (It'll just taste bad. Tongue )
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2007 02:18:22 PM »

Thank you guys for replying to help me! Perhaps I didn't exactly describe what I was wanting though.

I would like TRIED and TRUE recipes that YOU members have tried before and had success with.  Smiley I have no problem googling recipes myself (I'm not that lazy! hehe), and there are SO many out there! But as I said, I've tried a few different ones after loosing the first recipe I had and none of them have been as nice. They all crack and dry up too easily.

If anyone has one they have USED and love, or one that has high ratings, I would be willing to try it, but not some random recipes I don't know if they will turn out or not!  Tongue  Cheesy

Again, thanks for all the help!
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2007 05:02:13 PM »

The saltdough recipe I use is:

1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Mix flour & salt
Mix in salt
Knead until smooth, elastic & non-sticky

After molding into shapes, cook 2 hrs at 100 degrees C
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2007 05:08:26 AM »

Thanks Haylie!  Grin Have you had any problems with that one cracking or crumbling?
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2007 07:05:21 AM »

Hm.  Well, depending on what you do with it, your pieces can be fragile.  I made a ton of christmas ornaments for my cousin and several of them have broken.  But I havent had a problem with them cracking/crumbling on their own.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2007 10:32:03 AM »

I don't work with salt dough, so don't know but it's also at least possible that it's not the exact recipe that's causing you problems ... could be things like how well you moosh the ingredients up, how humid or dry the air was when you made or dried your items, how long the clay sat not in an air-tight situation, how you make the joins, exactly how you dried it or how long it sat first, or how you baked it if you did (at what temp?, at what point?, cooled slowly in oven?, etc.) --or how/where used it, or especially how you stored it. . .

If you want more details from people who actually use salt dough, you might want to ask this question though on other boards... perhaps the Kids board here would be a good bet. 
Or ask in boards and groups at other places like HGTV, yahoogroups, Usenet (googlegroups), or at the many sites and boards for parents re things to do with kids.



P.S. There are some Craftsters who are pushing to have a wider-ranging set of "clay" boards, but that hasn't happened yet.  If it did though, there could be a whole board just for the various types of "air-dry" clay (salt dough, bread clay, CreativePaperclay, papier mache and paper mash, Makins, Crayola Model Magic, and loads of others).
Btw, my suggestion for a "clay themed set of boards" was:

Polymer Clays
Metal Clays
Air-dry Clays
Ceramic Clays
( + Resins)


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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007 04:09:33 AM »

my problem with the salt dough is that it cracks so badly when i put it into the oven!

also it happen,that both sides of the object have different colors!

> humpf ... but i love to work with it cause its so cheap.

any ideas about that?!
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