Sometimes I wonder how brilliant – or how bored – a person must be to create certain things in life. I once read about how you can mix applesauce and glue together to make a dough that you could shape and mold like play dough. Ingenious! But, where do people come up with these ideas? Who thinks of squirting glue into their applesauce to begin with? Well, I don’t know the answer to that but I’m glad that those souls are so creative. After they share their little inventions with us we can all benefit!
I don’t know who discovered that you can use dryer lint to make all sorts of other things. Put dryer lint in cardboard egg carton sections, for example, and pour wax over it to make fire starters for camping. Another great dryer lint creation is a clay you can make in minutes. No more purchasing clay to do molding projects; make your own from things you already have.
Begin saving the lint for a period of time so you’ll have enough to make a nice batch of the clay. When you have about two cups of lint, lightly packed, you can mix up a batch. Place a third-cup of white glue, a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and a quarter-cup of warm water in a medium bowl. Mix these together well. Use ordinary dish detergent rather than types that say they are ultra-concentrated.
Begin tearing the dryer lint into small pieces and placing it into the mixture. Add several small pieces, stir, then add several more. Continue stirring until you’ve added all the lint. Knead the concoction to make sure it’s well mixed. If the clay seems to dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky to the touch add a little more dryer lint.
When the clay is finished you can then mold and shape it as if it were any other type of clay. Use cookie cutters, soap molds, candle molds – even jar lids – to make the shapes you want. Allow the finished creations to air-dry completely. You can paint the creations and even embellish them. Glue on wiggly eyes, fake jewels, sequin, buttons – most anything you can embed into clay. If you don’t use up all the clay place the leftovers in a zipper-lock bag and use it again in the near future. As long as the clay stays damp you can use it again. It’s an ingenious way to make clay from something you would normally throw away!