White Clay Ornament Recipe (Cornstarch)

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This is a great clay recipe. It turns out a bright white. One of the only downfalls to this recipe that I’ve rarely seen published is that if your finished project is too thick, it will develop cracks as it hardens and dries (see picture below, bottom right hand disc hand print is approximately 1/2 inch thick and very badly cracked). It does however make fantastic cookie cutter ornaments if the thickness is kept between 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. The texture is fantastic. Some can even be left unpainted because they are bright white and have a little sparkle.

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Single Batch

2 Cups of Salt
2/3rds Cup of Water

1 Cup of Cornstarch
1/2 Cup of Cold Water

Double Batch

4 Cups of Salt
1 1/3rd Cups of Water

2 Cups of Cornstarch
1 Cup of Water

Heat your water (first water) and salt for about 4 minutes in a very clean pan (no burned on residue on the bottom of your pan).

Remove from heat and add your remaining ingredients of Cornstrach and water (second water) and stir together quickly.This will begin to look like a batch of instant mashed potatoes. (If its too soupy, you can return it to the burner and heat it a little more, but do it slowly so your mixture doesn’t burn to the bottom of your pan). Once its cooled enough where you can handle it, Knead your mixture on the counter until it begins to resemble clay. It will get denser in texture.

You can roll your clay out about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out ornaments, foot prints or make Hand Prints of your children or pets.

Allow to air dry. I dried mine on a mesh screen that allowed air to pass thru the underside.

I have used low heat (170°) to help speed drying up, but only in short burst.  I did 5 minutes in the oven, 5 minutes out, etc 2 or 3 rounds. I’ve also layed cookie cutter ornaments on the drying racks of my dehydrator to help speed up dry time. If you over heat them in the oven, they will brown when burned.

These ornaments seem to be more fragile than the Standard Salt Dough or Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe.

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