Friday, November 4, 2016


This was found at www.southernasbiscuits.com .   I've bought the sculpy clay and it's not very cheap.  Nothings better than making it yourself and saving a few buck at the same time.  Good luck!   There are many things during the holidays when this stuff will come in handy.

Homemade Model Magic
My second-grader recently had a school assignment to make a model of an African animal. Two pounds of model magic costs around $20. I thought perhaps those nifty DIYers would have a recipe or tutorial online and I wasn't disappointed. We whipped up a batch at home, using only two ingredients and water! Since I had these on hand, it didn't cost me, but I'd estimate it at around almost $3, especially if buy generic.

We had fun making the modeling clay and the model! I added food coloring to tint. It worked, but know that for strong color, you'll need stronger coloring gels. We painted our model with craft paint.

DIY Model Magic


2 cups baking soda

1 cup corn starch
1 1/2 cups cold water


Combine 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of cold water in a pan. Stir the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency.

Place the pan over your stove on medium heat. Stir the mixture until it boils.

Continue stirring to remove any lumps. Set a pan cover slightly askew and cook the mixture until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Keep a close watch on the pan and stir every few minutes to avoid burning the mixture.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Saturate a kitchen towel in cold water and wring out so it is damp rather than dripping. Place the towel over the mixture and allow it to cool.

Note: Do not be tempted to eat the dough! It looks just like frosting! My kids were begging to try a taste. I'm sure this is what is piped onto those great-looking demo cakes in the Dewey's Bakery window.

Sprinkle cornstarch on a clean kitchen surface and knead the mixture once it has cooled. Knead the mixture until pliable, then use as desired. Knead in more corn starch, a little at a time, as needed if the dough is too "wet". Keeping a damp kitchen towel over the extra dough, it will keep for some time. It has kept two weeks so far for us, and counting. We've been making Christmas ornaments with the rest.

Our finished cheetah model using the DIY modeling clay.

1 comment:

  1. The looks cute I'll say. This diy project looks really fun to try especially with kids when on vacations and such. I have a little cousin who really loves molding clay and whatnot. He likes making dinosaurs and such. I'm sure he'll love this. Doesn't need a specific set of scuplture supply. Thanks for sharing.