I am always intrigued by new kinds of eco-friendly play dough. I was especially interested in this baking soda clay, as I was told it can air dry, one can paint it, sand it, etc. One afternoon almost months ago now we took it upon ourselves to make some. We always have oodles of baking soda around the house because we use it to clean just about everything. A little known fact is that baking soda is also helpful in a bath if you have a rash, bug bites, or just want to mix things up next bath time.
To make clay:
- 1 cup corn starch
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 - 1 1/4 cup cold water
- sauce pan
- wooden spoon
To make with clay:
- cutting board
- kitchen utensils
- cookie cutters
- sand paper
- paint of choice with painting supplies
Mix in the sauce pan until it begins to break away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat. Let cool. Then Play.
We pretty much went straight to our cookie cutters to make some ornaments we might hang up.
This was a test run to see how long it would take to dry. How thick is too thick, or thin being too thin? In any case it took a few days to dry, which surprised me because this clay does have a dry touch to it and leaves your hands feeling a little chalky.
What we didn't use we put in a glass jar to use at another time. It is still there and seems just as pliable as the day we made it.
Once your creations are dry, they are really pleasing to work with. I did not sand any of these pieces, but I did wipe it and make sure it was clean.
Out of curiosity I wanted to know how it would take paint. I used gouache. The clay took the paint beautifully. I think this clay has a lot of potential. I know little hands enjoy manipulating and cutting just about any kind of clay. It's nice to know if you end up diving into some kind of creation that you want to stand the test of time this clay can do that. Next time I have some varnishing going on I am going to test that on this as well.