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How to Make Cornstarch Dough Clay using Tacky Glue

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Did you know you can make a great crafting clay using Aleene's Tacky Glue and cornstarch from your kitchen cabinet?  Yep!  Two ingredients are all you need to make an easy-to-make air-dry clay that will save you time and money!  And who doesn't like that? Watch my video below or simply follow the easy steps!  I've included some beautiful eye candy examples at the end too! There are so many possibilities with this clay!!


What you need:
– Cornstarch
– Gallon-sized plastic zipper bag
– Measuring cups

Measure out two parts cornstarch to one part Tacky Glue and place inside the plastic bag.
Knead the mixture in a plastic bag until it's smooth and pliable. It will take 5-10 minutes.
If the mixture is too sticky, add more glue. If it's too stiff, add more cornstarch.

Once you are finished mixing, roll part of the dough into a ball...
...then use a roller to roll out the dough and flatten it.
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
You can also form shapes with your fingers like I did with this rose.
Add color to the dough by kneading the dough and acrylic paint inside a plastic bag - or - by applying the paint directly to the piece with a paintbrush.
You can use household objects like this plastic doily to emboss your design.
Rubber stamps also work great as you can see.
If you plan to hang the piece, be sure to use a sharp-pointed object to poke a hole in the clay before it is air dry.

Let the finished piece sit for 24-48 hours to dry. Spray it with Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer to finish off the look and seal your project!
Add the charms to pretty jewelry projects.
They are a perfect addition to tassels or hang charms to give a finished look to décor or fashion accessories.
Here's a couple more examples of how pretty they look with rubber stamps.  We rubbed on some gold leaf and embedded some charms for a mixed-media effect.
The finished designs can also be glued on ring blanks or earring backs for custom accessories that make great gifts!

This clay is so easy & fun!  I'd love to know what you'd make using it!

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Published Date

January 15, 2015