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How To Make Cornstarch Clay (Porcelain Style)

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Handprint in the clay we made

Handprint in the clay we made

Elzie working with his clay

Elzie working with his clay

Porcelain Type

This clay is for cutting out shapes to harden for ornaments, etc.

2 Cups Cornstarch

2 Cups Baking Soda

1 1/4 Cups Cold Water

Food Coloring (Optional)

In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and baking soda. Gradually add the water until the mixture is smooth. Heat at a low temperature, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches a moist smooth consistency.

Turn into a container and cover with a damp towel. Knead the clay when cool enough to handle. Now your ready to make your crafts!

Roll out the dough to under 1/2" (anything thicker may crack)

Cut out into shapes, or have your child make a handprint plaque.

For some color just add a few drops of food coloring.

You can air dry or dry in a warm oven (200 degrees). If dried in the oven it may brown a bit, so if you want you can dry in the oven halfway and then air dry.

Cornstarch clay with red and blue food color

Cornstarch clay with red and blue food color


Tracie Rivers on October 13, 2019:

How do you keep the clay from cracking i have tried so many things and it always seems to crack!! I fill the cracks in with glue as it dries but there has to be a way to stop it from cracking !!! Any advice!!!

Jen on May 25, 2013:

What an adorable work of art! Thank you for sharing this. It will be perfect in nourishing the skill of a child. We also did a Foam Dough out of the same materials you used. You should check this out! EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.comFoam Dough = Shaving Cream + Corn Starch

Joy Campbell from South Florida on January 01, 2013:

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Wow how cool. I bet you can paint it too.

Adorabletothetouch on October 01, 2012:


eva stosic on May 07, 2012:

No cook recipe mix corn starch with wite glue add tylose powder and mix until very thick wrap in plastic and wait 24hrs done

butterflystar on July 26, 2011:

Great Hub I will definitely have to try this :)

Alison Graham from UK on May 11, 2010:

This is brilliant, I am bookmarking it to share with my daughter who teaches 5 year olds at primary school - they will love it for craft work. Thanks so much!

sherrylou57 from Riverside on April 26, 2010:

Thank you, I love crafting!!

Joseph Attard from Gozo, Malta, EU. on April 14, 2010:

Ok. thanks for the new info on cornstarch clay. I like to sculpt in earth clay. I've just done a clay bas-relief of St. George and the Dragon. It came out quite nice. I will try out the cornstarch clay one of these days. My clay-bas-relief Hub might interest you. So long.

SUNSHYNE (author) from California, US on April 13, 2010:

NewHorizons-Thanks for reading my hubs and for following me. No, you don't eat them afterwards. They are just for decoration, but very fun to do.

SUNSHYNE (author) from California, US on April 13, 2010:

Carolina Muscle- Thanks!

Joseph Attard from Gozo, Malta, EU. on April 13, 2010:

Do you eat them afterwards? This is new to me.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on April 07, 2010:

very cool!

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