Sunday, 14 July 2013

Homemade Model Magic Recipe

As promised, here is the recipe for model magic that I used to create my swirled lollipops.  I originally saw this recipe at Southern as Biscuits.  I experimented with the resulting 'clay' for various projects and in turn had various levels of success and failure, which will be expanded on in an upcoming post.  To save your creations just leave the model magic out to air dry.


1 cup Cornstarch
2 cups Baking Soda
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups Cold Water
Food Colouring-optional


Put all the ingredients in a pot and whisk to break up any lumps.

Start cooking over medium heat.

After about 10 mins the mixture will start to bubble and thicken.  Keep whisking!

The mixture will start to look like mashed potatoes and pull away from the pot.  At this point take the pot right off the heat.

Use a spatula to scrape the mixture from the pot into a bowl to cool.

Next take a tea towel and thoroughly wet it so that it is damp, but you don't want it to be soaking wet.  Place the tea towel directly on top of the mixture and leave it to cool in the bowl (about 30 mins).

Once the mixture is cool knead it by hand to bring it to a smooth clay-like consistency.  If it is too wet and sticks to your counter top, just knead in a bit more cornstarch. You can also add in gel food colouring to part of your model magic at this stage, in order to create multiple colours from one batch.  Just make sure that the colours you add are dark, since they will become lighter once the clay has dried.

The recipe ended up making just under 2 pounds of model magic.

To store the clay wrap it in a damp paper towel and place in a plastic Ziploc bag.  You can leave the bag of clay on the counter or in the fridge if you want it to last longer.

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