How To Make A Cornstarch Brick
Playing with clay or dough is a popular activity loved by people of all ages. If you’re looking for a new unique crafting experience why not try making your own cornstarch brick? Cornstarch bricks are easy to make eco-friendly provide hours of creative fun. In this article we’ll guide you through the process of making a cornstarch brick step by step.
Before you start gather the following materials:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup water
- A medium-sized saucepan
- A mixing spoon
- Food coloring (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Mixture
In a medium-sized saucepan combine the cornstarch baking soda water. Stir with a mixing spoon until the mixture is well combined free of any lumps.
Step 2: Heat the Mixture
Place the saucepan on a stovetop over medium heat. Continuously stir the mixture until it starts to thicken. This step will take approximately 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to overcook as the mixture can burn easily.
Step 3: Add Food Coloring (Optional)
If you wish to add color to your cornstarch brick this is the time to do it. Once the mixture has thickened remove it from the heat let it cool for a minute or two. Then add a few drops of food coloring mix it thoroughly until the color is evenly distributed.
Step 4: Molding the Brick
While the mixture is still warm pliable transfer it to a flat clean surface. You can use a cutting board or a silicone mat for this purpose. Use your hands to shape the mixture into a brick-like form. You can also use molds or cookie cutters to create unique shapes designs.
Step 5: Drying Hardening
Allow the cornstarch brick to air-dry for at least 24 hours. Placing it in direct sunlight or near a source of heat can expedite the drying process. Once completely dry your cornstarch brick will harden making it the ideal material for building playing.
- If you want your cornstarch brick to have a smoother texture you can sift the cornstarch before using it.
- Experiment with different food coloring combinations to create vibrant eye-catching cornstarch bricks.
- Consider adding essential oils or scented extracts to the mixture for an enticing aroma while playing.
- Store your cornstarch brick in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out or becoming brittle.
Making your own cornstarch brick is a fantastic way to engage in a fun hands-on craft activity. With just a few simple ingredients easy-to-follow steps you’ll have your very own cornstarch brick ready for creative playtime. Enjoy the process of molding building exploring the possibilities these eco-friendly bricks offer!