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CORNSTARCH & BAKING SODA DECORATIONS

December 12, 2012

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Materials:

1 cup corn starch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water

Combine all the ingredients in a pot and stir well. Heat over a medium burner stirring constantly until it becomes the consistency of mashed potatoes(this does not take long, although when you start it looks like it should take forever!). Turn out of the pot onto a board and cover with plastic wrap until it has cooled enough to be handled. Knead it until it becomes smooth and elastic. Use cornstarch to flour the board if it starts to stick. Cover until ready to use.

Roll out to about 1/8 of an inch thick, and cut with cookie cutters. This dough is cheap, easy, and doesn’t crack when it dries, and it is very strong and very white.

Allow items to air dry. They can then be painted, or even colored with markers and crayons. If there are irregularities, the pieces can be sanded, although you should be careful to not get this stuff in your eyes, since baking soda would feel awful! You can also use this dough to model things with. If it becomes too dry to handle, simply knead in some more water. Use a little water to help stick on little extra bits like arms and legs and badge scarves.

One year I cut stars out of this stuff, then painted them with iridescent paint and put the girls’ names on them for Christmas presents – simple and really cheap!

Hints, Tips and Friendly Advice:

Items made with this substance need several hours to dry completely,depending on how thick they are.

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