Forming Clay

(Flower made with this clay recipe.)

What You Will Need

2 1/3 cup flour

1 1/3 cup salt
4 teaspoons powdered alum
2 cups boiling water
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
mixing bowl and spoon


1. Combine the flour, salt and alum in a mixing bowl. Mix well.

2. Very carefully add the boiling water and vegetable oil.

3. Blend well.

4. Knead until smooth.

Additional Details

The wet-clay should have a consistency similar to bread dough.

Alum can be found in the spice isle of better stocked grocers. It is a pickling spice and not always readily available. (Kid Buckaroo Craft Tip:You may substitute alum with cream of tartar, if necessary.)

This clay will last for weeks in the refrigerator, if stored in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Projects will take 48 hours to dry well.

An unpainted sample project made with this clay recipe and air dried: