Sunday, July 20, 2008

Play dough etc

Here is a collection of our group recipes.

Lucy's Long lasting Play dough recipe
I use this playdough recipe and it keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for ever.
2 c flour
2 c water
1 c salt
1 tbs oil
4 tsp tartaric acid/cream of tartar
food colouring

Put all in pot on low heat and cook till it forms into a ball and becomes very very hard to stir.

My variation: use veg water [beetroot, onion skins, tea]

Janets Hardening Salt Clay
2 c. salt
1 c. + 2 tbsp. water
1 c. cornstarch
Mix salt and 1/2 cup water in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until salt dissolves. Remove from heat. Combine cornstarch and remaining water and add it to the salt water. Cook over low heat until mix is thick and smooth. This happens quickly. Spoon the clay onto table or board to cool. Store air tight. It will harden in the sun and can be painted.

Modeling Beeswax
Approx 1 cup of beeswax
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp lanolin [do not use if you are allergic to lanolin]

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, [add grated crayon for colour]
Mix the lanolin and the olive oil together and add to the beeswax.
Once all is melted - remove from heat and keep stirring and pour into a walled [and lined] cookie tray. Cut into pieces and leave to cool
To check consistency, warm a piece in your hand and check its pliability. If it is to hard, add lanolin or oil. If to soft add beeswax.

Natural Plasticine.
1 cup of modelling wax [recipe above]
2 cups vegetable oil
2 tsp essential oil [do not add if pregnant]
3 cups powdered DRY clay

Heat wax, once melted add the oil, and slowly add the clay to the mix, stir well.
Once all is mixed,take it off the heat and allow to set.
Then knead it until the perfect consistency is reached [add more dry powdered clay if necessary]


Anonymous said...

Thankyou for some great play recipes, I'm off to find some ingredients

ginamurphey said...

Thanks, these are wonderful!