Make modeling clay yourself: instructions and ideas


Make modeling clay yourself
This is how you make cold porcelain

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Making modeling clay yourself is child's play and you can use the malleable mass to make chic decorative pieces in pure white. You can find out how to do this here!

Make your own modeling clay: ingredients & instructions

You can make your own modeling clay from just three ingredients – and the best thing about it: You are sure to have the ingredients at home!

You need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups of baking soda (baking soda is required for this, baking powder is not an alternative)
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • As required: food coloring or color pigments

Note: Always use the same cup for the measurement


  • pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Bowl
  • Tea towel
  • As required: clothing lint z. B. the lint from the dryer

That's how it's done:

  1. Put cornstarch and baking soda in a saucepan and mix them well together.
  2. Give the water with constant stirring (preferably with a whisk) and heat the mixture while stirring until it simmered gently. Now reduce the heat.
  3. Gradually the mass becomes stickier and stickier. Tip: If you want colored modeling clay, you can use a splash Food coloring or color pigments stir in. If you don't color the mass, it will stay bright white!
  4. As soon as the modeling clay has reached the consistency of mashed potatoes, pull the pot off the stove.
  5. Then pour the contents into a bowl. Cover the bowl with one damp tea towel and let the modeling clay cool to room temperature.
  6. As soon as the modeling clay has cooled down, knead it well with your hands. If the mass still feels too sticky, just knead in some cornstarch.
  7. To the surface later a light structure You can knead in lint: This will later create a surface structure on the objects that is reminiscent of stone.
  8. Then small figures, pendants, candlesticks or bowls can be shaped individually.
  9. Let the mass air dry: The drying time is at least 1 to 2 days. Thicker objects should dry for up to 7 days. It's best to turn flat motifs every now and then. Finished!

Note: The do-it-yourself modeling clay is also available under the name Cold porcelain and fake china (Fake porcelain) known.

Modeling clay: tips & tricks for modeling

  • Use as little water as possible for modeling, otherwise cracks could appear in the object.
  • Do not roll out the modeling clay too thinly.
  • Do you want arched decoration make, let the object dry in a bowl. Another possibility: Place small branches under your cut out, flat motif, so that the finished piece will have a wave shape after drying.
  • Three-dimensional objects work best with the Bead technology: For this, a number of equally strong rolls are rolled by hand and placed on top of each other. At the end, the joints are smoothed out and repaired with additional modeling clay.
  • You can use the bumps on the object slightly damp fingers balance.
  • If you let your creations air dry, you can touch up little things for a relatively long time.
  • If you want to attach filigree parts to your self-made decoration, it is better to use it after it has dried All Purpose Adhesive back. You can also connect parts with water, but too much water could deform the piece and cause it to crack!
  • The figures can also be dried in the oven. Dry small pieces at 80 ° C for about 2 hours. Remember, however, that the color of the modeling clay will then change from white to slightly brown. The fired version is a little more stable than the air-dried one.
  • Modeling clay is not waterproof when dry. In order to seal decorative pieces afterwards, the artist and craft supplies "SoundproofThis is a mass that penetrates the pores, closes them and thus makes them waterproof. Sealed modeling clay is also suitable for outdoors.
  • You will still fall after drying small bumps, rough spots or fingerprints can be removed with a sanded with fine sandpaper become.
  • Your self-designed pieces can after drying painted with any color become.

Tip: You haven't used up all of the modeling clay? Sealed airtight in a storage jar or wrapped in cling film, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Tinkering with modeling clay: tools and aids

A wide variety of tools are suitable for handicrafts and modeling with modeling clay:

  • Wooden board: You can turn your sculpture on a wooden board and work on it from all sides. Tip: Spread a little starch on the board so that the modeling clay comes off better later.
  • Rolling pin (alternatively a round bottle): To roll out the mass
  • knife: To cut
  • spatula: For molding
  • Toothpicks or kebab skewers: To draw in filigree patterns or to drill holes
  • Bowls or plates: To form bulges
  • Lace, branches, leaves: Suitable for impressing patterns and structures. To do this, gently press in the tip, leaves, etc. If necessary, you can gently roll over it with a rolling pin.
  • Cookie cutter: Can be used as a cookie cutter B. be used for trailers

The advantages of modeling clay

Is your best friend's birthday coming up and you still haven't got a present? With homemade modeling clay you can whole individual favorite pieces make, which also come from the heart! In most cases you will certainly already have the ingredients for the modeling clay at home, and they are also very cheap to buy and absolutely harmless. In addition, the mass is bright white compared to salt dough and looks very noble!

When designing, you can let your imagination run wild and try out various techniques. It's definitely fun! Homemade decoration clearly scores points with regard to the ecological footprint. Decorative objects from the trade are only made from sustainable raw materials in very few cases and they also have to travel a long way before they end up in the store. If you simply make the modeling clay yourself, you don't have to worry about dangerous chemicals and the CO2 emissions of long transport routes.

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