Pour 3/4C. Glue & 1C. Cornstarch into a non-stick pot. Stir well, until ingredients are combined. Then add 2TBSP Mineral Oil & 1TBSP Lemon Juice to the Glue and Cornstarch Mixture. Stir well until completely blended. *You can now add food coloring or acrylic paint to the mixture, BE CAREFUL not to add too much paint or you could change the texture. For viberant colors simply paint it once it is made. Now, transfer pot to stove. Simmer on low heat, stir constantly to keep the liquid moving. Do NOT let the mixture sit still, it will compromise the integrity of the clay's texture. Continue to stir until it's the consisitency of mashed potatoe's, then remove from heat. Add small squirt of mineral oil to mushy clay, this will coat your hands and prevent sticking while you knead the clay. Transfer to countertop and knead while clay is still hot (as hot as your hands can tolerate). Knead until it's smooth like pizza dough, then roll in ball when finished and seal in freezer bag and keep in refridgerator. * If clay is still warm, place in bag and leave small opening, once cooled completely, seal and put in refridgerator.
3/4 Cup Glue
1 Cup Cornstarch
2 TBSP Mineral Oil * Can substitute Petroleum Oil (NOT JELLY) or Baby Oil.
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
** PVA wood glue works best for this recipe although the normal while Elmer's Glue will work well also. Using Elmer's Glue will make clay a bit weaker than clay made with wood glue.
Homemade Polymer Clay Substitute
Mix ½ C. Water with 2 C. PVA Glue in a non-stick pot. Bring to a boil and let boil for two minutes while stirring constantly and then remove from the heat. Mix 1 C. Cornflour with ¼ C. of Water in a mixing bowl and then add to the pot of Water and PVA Glue, stir well (add 1-2 drops of food coloring if you wish). Cover with plastic until cool enough to knead. Then sprinkle countertop with Cornflour and remove clay and knead well. Continue to knead and add extra Cornflour until the clay becomes less sticky. Stop kneading when the clay is smooth and pliable. Store in Ziplock Bag to prevent it from drying out.
- Clay is stickier due to higher ratio of Glue.
- Glycerin helps reduce cracking in your final project.
- Dries much faster, takes about 30 minutes.
- You should wait overnight, but preferably a week before using clay. This will help make is less sticky.
- If using food coloring, add one to two drops and adjust as needed. Otherwise you can paint the clay after drying.
1/2 C. Water
2 C. PVA (Wood) Glue *Can use Elmer's Glue but it's not as strong.
1 C. Cornflour
1/4 C. Water
Homemade Clay With
Glue & Glycerin