How To

I have been fortunate to have a lot of people help and encourage me on my path of making. This is for anyone that is looking for an easy way to start sculpting.  

Cornstarch Clay Recipe for Sculpting

Here is the recipe for the clay I used to make at home when I was in grade school. It is from the Argo corn starch  box and may still be on current containers. It is easy, inexpensive and nice to work with. 
It is very durable as I still have some little figures I sculpted when I was about 10 years old.  
 I would be remiss in not putting a "if you are a kid please be sure you are allowed to use the stove" warning here as it does involve cooking and I don't want to be responsible for any kitchen fires!

Here it is:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 1/4 cups water

Mix the corn starch and baking soda in a sauce pan.  Add the water and mix.  Bring to a boil over medium heat STIRRING CONSTANTLY! (it has a tendency to burn on the bottom --I speak from experience having soaked and scraped the bottoms of too many sauce pans.)
Thicken to a consistency of mashed potatoes.
Let cool enough to handle then sculpt away.  The instructions say to let it dry for 36 hours but that is dependent on the size and thickness of your piece.  You can also (again, if you are a kid, having checked with a grown up first!) put it in the oven on very low (225 degrees or lower) heat until it is dry. 
Happy sculpting! 
(You can paint the dried sculpture with any kind of paint...)

My first sculpture-age 5

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