1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1.Mix the ingredients. Pour the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients well.
In a variation of this recipe, you can cook the dough in a saucepan. To do this, instead of pouring the the ingredients into a mixing bowl, put them in a saucepan.
2.Add a little warm water. Pour a small amount of the warm water into the bowl and start stirring the mixture with a spoon. It should start clumping together as you mix.
For the cooked variation, add the water and the oil into the saucepan. Turn the stove on low, and continue cooking and stirring until the dough has thickened. This may take a few minutes.
3.Slowly pour a stream of water. Continue pouring the water in as you mix the clay. Soon the ingredients will form a sticky dough.
Many factors affect the consistency of the clay, like humidity in the air and the type and brand of flour being used. If your clay is too watery, add a little more flour. If the clay is too sticky, add a little more flour. If the clay is dry and flaky, add a little water. Add it in very small measures and knead the dough a little. Repeat the process until you think your clay has the right consistency.
4.Add the oil. If the clay gets too tough to mix, add cooking oil to make it softer. Don't add too much, or it will affect the consistency of the dough and make it harder to mold.
Add a few drops of food coloring to give the clay color. You can also divide the clay into several pieces and color each one separately. Knead the color in with your hands. It may appear marbled at first, but will soon evenly distribute.
Knead the dough. After the dough has formed a ball, sprinkle flour on the counter. Knead the dough until it is a smooth, stretchy consistency.
You can also use a rolling pin to flatten the dough.
You can knead the dough and add food coloring to the dough made in the saucepan variation. Just make sure the dough is cool before you start kneading so you don't burn your hands.