Inspired by this bead necklace post at Little Girl Designs, I got to playing around with the dough. I thought these little happy faces were cute, and a nice surprise for Rowan when he came home from school. You can convert them into pins making them a fun alternative to a gold star for good behavior.
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Clay Happy Face Pins
Pull of small sections of the dough, and form into little pancakes the size of a nickel or quarter. Lay out the circles onto parchment paper, and let dry overnight.
When fully dry, paint colored circles and let fully dry, about an hour.
Draw a happy face, and coat with a sealer. Set out to dry.
Glue a brooch pin on the back, or they are cute keepsakes for smaller children as is.
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Air Drying Clay
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1.5 cups cold water
Add all of the ingredients to a pan and stir over medium heat. Mixture will be liquid, but will change consistency as you stir and it heats up. Continue stirring until dough has a dough consistency.
Remove from heat and spoon out onto a plate. Set it to cool all the way through. You can stick it in the refrigerator to speed things up.
When dough is cool lay out on a work surface that has been dusted with cornstarch. Cover hands in cornstarch, and knead dough and it will turn into a pliable dough. Keep dusting with cornstarch to keep it from sticking.