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How To Make Cornstarch Clay (Porcelain Style)

Updated on January 22, 2017
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


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      5 years ago

      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

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      6 years ago from South Florida

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

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      eva stosic 

      6 years ago

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

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      7 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Great Hub I will definitely have to try this :)

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      Alison Graham 

      8 years ago from UK

      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!

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      8 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you, I love crafting!!

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      Joseph Attard 

      8 years ago from Gozo, Malta, EU.

      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.

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      8 years ago from California, US

      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.

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      8 years ago from California, US

      Carolina Muscle- Thanks!

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      Joseph Attard 

      8 years ago from Gozo, Malta, EU.

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

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      very cool!


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