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Esperanza’s World – Marble Center – Clay Marbles Recipe

Esperanza’s World – Marble Center – Clay Marbles Recipe

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Clay Marbles Recipe

Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Plate or tray
Vegetable OilOptional:
Food coloring or paint
Add to saucepan:
1 and ½ Cups
of flour    

       (not self-rising flour)

1 and ½ Cups
of salt

4 teaspoons
                           of alum
Slowly add 1 and ½ Cups of water

Stir and break up any lumps
Place saucepan over low heat and stir constantly.  Mixture will become rubbery.  Stop stirring when it becomes difficult. 

Add ¼ Cupof vegetable oil and stir

until well-blended

Place the clay on a plate, tray or aluminum foil to cool.  If it is sticky to the touch after cooling, add a small amount of flourand knead it.If you want to color your marbles, add a few drops of food coloring to the clay; use plastic bags to cover your hands.  You can also paint the clay marbles after they have dried. Roll clay into marbles.  Try to make them all the same size except for shooters.  Shooters should be a 5/8th inch diameter.  Allow the marbles to air dry for two days before painting or handling.   Do not bake.