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Baker's Clay
Homemade GAK
Jewelry Clay For Kids
Modeling Dough
Peanut Butter Clay (edible)
Play Dough



Baker's Clay

4 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
1 1/2 cups Water

Mix flour salt and water together into a stiff dough.
Knead dough for 5 minutes. Roll out the dough to 1/4"
thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
Place on cookie sheets. If making hanging ornaments,
poke holes in top of the ornaments with a toothpick
before baking. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or
until hard when tapped with a fork. Can be decorated
with water color or poster paint and coat with varnish
or spray lacquer. This will prevent the ornaments from
getting soft over time. Do Not double this mixture and
mixture must be used within four hours of making.



Homemade GAK

Solution A: 2 cups White Glue 1 1/2 cups water Solution B: 1/3 cup warm water 1 teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax

Mix the water and glue in bowl (solution A). Add food
coloring if desired. Dissolve borax in warm water
(solution B). Add slowly to the glue mixture, stirring
constantly. Remove the lump that will form and knead
until soft and pliable. Continue adding 1/3 cup of warm
water and 1 teaspoon borax (solution B) to the glue
mixture until all the glue is gone. May take 4 or 5
additions. Store in airtight plastic container.



Jewelry Clay For Kids

3/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1/2 cup Cornstarch
Warm Water

Mix flour, salt and cornstarch together.
Gradually add warm water until the mixture can be
kneaded into shapes. Make beads by rolling the
dough into little balls, Make holes by piercing
the balls with toothpicks. Allow these to air dry.
Paint and string the beads as desired.



Modeling Dough

1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1 Tablespoon Oil
1/2 cup Salt
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Optional: Food coloring

Mix ingredients in a pan. Cook over medium heat
until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and
becomes doughy in consistency. Knead until cool.
Add food coloring to desired color. Make different
colors of clay into any shape you can imagine.
Not edible. May be used over and over again.
Keeps for approximately three months.



Peanut Butter Clay (edible)

1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cups Instant powdered milk
3 Tablespoons Honey
Peanuts, raisins, chocolate and coconut (optional)

Stir the peanut butter, powdered milk and honey
together in a medium-size bowl until dough is smooth.
If it's dry add a little more honey; if it's too moist
add more powdered milk to desired consistency. Kids
can form the dough into shapes of their choice, then
decorate their artwork with peanuts, raisins,
chocolate chips or flaked coconut
Store any unused dough in the refrigerator.



Play Dough

1 cup Vegetable Oil
6 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Water
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients together. This recipe is a
little more elastic than the salt / flour blends.


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Last modified: 15 April 2000
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