Saturday, December 29, 2012

Homemade Polymer Clay

This is a pretty cool way to make your own durable polymer clay.  I found the recipe here.

Other projects done with this awesome Homemade Polymer Clay:
-Monogram & Word Decor Plaques

-3/4 cup white glue
-1 cup cornstarch
-2 tbsp mineral oil or Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
-1 tbsp lemon juice
1. Stir together cornstarch and glue in a non-stick pan.
2. Add mineral oil/petroleum jelly.
3. Add lemon juice.
4. Over low heat, blend well with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, stirring constantly!
5. Keep mixing until the mixture begins to look like mashed potatoes.
6. Remove from heat.
7. Coat the palms of your hands with mineral oil/petroleum jelly; very carefully remove the "mashed potato" mixture from the pot... IT WILL BE HOT, but its best to knead the clay while it is still hot.
8. Knead by hand until smooth, adding more mineral oil/petroleum jelly if needed.
9. Once smooth, use as desired.

The clay won't stick to your hands but it did stick to my unpainted fingernails, but it comes off easy!
You can insert little screw-in eyelets if you want to be able to hang these for jewelry or for key chains.
We used normal rubber stamps to press the designs into the clay.
The clay takes 2-3 days for something thin to dry thoroughly and for something thicker, up to a week.
Once these are dry you can paint them using acrylic paint.  {I haven't painted mine yet.}
The small two are for a pair of earrings!
 Here is a shallow little bowl I made...

These ones below are going to be earrings...

I still have to paint them; I'll stick the earring posts into a piece of Styrofoam to hold them while I paint; pictures to come later.
I like E-6000 glue; it holds super well and I've never had it come loose.

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1 comment:

  1. I followed the directions to a tee and it stuck TERRIBLE to my hands. I had a hard time getting it off my hands. Any ideas how to prevent this?


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