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How to make modelling clay  

 

Making Modelling Clay

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Things You'll Need

 

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Purchase fine dry powdered clay . This will give the body to your clay.

 

2

Collect your wax to use as a binding agent. You can choose either paraffin wax or beeswax. Paraffin wax emits toxic fumes when it is heated, so choosing beeswax will reduce the risk of bad reactions.

 

3

Buy baby oil and petroleum jelly from a local drugstore. Find coconut oil or linseed oil from a natural food store. These 2 oils contain 8 percent stearic acid, which will help the mixture to stay smooth.

 

4

Find some old heavy pots or saucepans and a wooden spoon. You will need to devote these to making clay.

 

5 Wear safety gear. Put on a long-sleeved shirt and gloves. Also, use a dust mask and safety goggles .

 

6

Line several baking trays with aluminum foil. Place them near the stove.

 

7

Create a double boiler. Place a large pot on your stove and fill it halfway with water. Bring the water to a boil.

 

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Place a smaller pot inside the water to heat the ingredients. Turn the burner down to medium heat.

 

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Melt your ingredients together in the smaller pot. Break off pieces of beeswax and place them in the pot. You should use 100g or 1 8 by 11 inch (20 by 28 cm) sheet of beeswax.

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Add 3/4 cup (112g) fine clay powder once the beeswax is melted. Stir it with a wooden spoon until it is no longer lumpy.

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Pour in 6 tsp. (30ml) of baby oil, 3 tbsp. (44ml) of petroleum jelly and 2 tbsp. (30ml) of coconut oil. Stir them together for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.

12

Pour the modeling clay out onto the aluminum foil. If you want to split the batch into different colors, pour them onto different trays.

13

Allow the clay to cool slightly. Test the texture with your fingers. Make adjustments to the texture as needed.

14

Pick up the cooled modeling clay and work it in your hands. If it is still warm, use your plastic gloves to handle the clay.

 

 

15

Pick up the cooled modeling clay and work it in your hands. If it is still warm, use your plastic gloves to handle the clay.

16

Allow the clay to cool slightly. Test the texture with your fingers. Make adjustments to the texture as needed.

17

Separate your modeling clay into different bowls.

18

Add powdered dyes or oil paints to the cream-colored clay. Stir with a popsicle stick until combined.

You can add turmeric as a natural dye to create a yellow hue.

 

19

Work the clay in your hands to warm it up. If your clay becomes too cold, wrap it in plastic wrap and wrap it with a hot water bottle filled with boiling water for 5 minutes.

 

 

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