Plain flour, 1 cup
Salt, ½ a cup (the weights don't matter as long as the proportions are the same)
Water, 1 cup (but you might not need it all)
Food colouring or paints (optional)
Varnish or PVA glue (very optional)
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. If you’re using food colouring, add it.
Add the water, a little at a time, mixing in constantly, until it's a soft, pliable
If the dough is too sticky, you may need to add a little extra flour. If it’s too dry,
some more water may be needed.
Knead the dough out well with your hands, until it’s nice and smooth.
Model away! Household items like cookie-cutters, a butterknife, or old
toothbrush can be used as tools to help shape and texture your pieces.
Dough can be stored in an airtight container. It keeps longest in the fridge.
Bake your creations at a low temperature for 2-3 hours. For most ovens, this
will be between 120°C (about 250°F) and 180°C (about 356°F), and the exact
time will depend on size. They should be hard but just barely browning when
ready. Leave to cool overnight before painting.
If you want to maximise the lifetime of your pieces, you can seal them by
painting their surfaces with varnish or
PVA glue after they have fully dried.
A simple alternative to clay or Plasticene for making models at home.
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