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Cast your own mini masterpieces with sand clay.

You don't need to live by the ocean to sculpt with sand whenever you like.
All it takes is a few supplies and this easy how to below.
Regular play or hobby sand cooks up great into an effective casting material that handles like clay and dries hard as a rock.
Start with some sand sculptures of your own.
It's the next best thing to your own sand castles!

Pottery with sand clay

Sand Clay Recipe Materials:

4 cups sand
2 cups cornstarch
1 1/2 Tbs. cream of tartar
3 cups water
food coloring or paint
large pot
molds for casting dough

Heat 3 cups of water in a large pot.

While the water is heating, mix the sand, cornstarch and cream of tartar thoroughly in a large bowl.
You can use colored sand from the hobby store for this project if you want to.

Slowly mix the dry ingredients and coloring with the water, stirring constantly.
Continue to stir the mixture over medium heat until the water is almost gone.

When the dough starts to form and is too stiff to stir any more, remove it from the pot.
Set the dough aside to cool.

The dough will stay workable for a few days as long as you keep in an airtight container or plastic bag.

There are all sorts of options when it comes to molding your dough.
Try pushing a variety of small containers, shells or anything with an interesting shape into your dough.
I like to put rocks or other objects in small containers before adding dough to embed them in the final product.

You can also put the dough in a pie pan or other flat container and use it to make handprint sculptures.
Hand print with sand clay

When your creation is complete, let it air dry for a couple of days.
It should be hard as a rock and you will have your very own masterpiece!

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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