I like mobiles. There is something about things that move with the breeze that it’s mesmerizing and entertaining for my inner child. I also love playing with clay, it’s so tactile and relaxing.
I spoil my inner child a lot.
This is how to make a cold porcelain clay dove mobile.
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For this little mobile you’ll need a string (sturdy enough, but not too thick, a fishing wire is good if you want the string not to be too noticeable). You’ll also need some modeling material. It can be polymer clay, if you have it. I didn’t, so I made my own. It’s called “cold porcelain clay” and you can find plenty recipes and instructions online.
The recipe I used called for 1 cup of corn starch, 2 teaspoons of baby oil, 1 teaspoon of glycerine (which I use for food photography and have a lot of), and 1 cup of Elmer’s Glue (or similar). I mixed everything very well and “cooked” it in the microwave at the lowest power setting for 1.5 mins. I separated it from the recipient and then let it cool. After it cooled down I kneaded until it was smooth and no longer sticky. It’s better to use it right away, I didn’t have a good result when I tried to use the leftover later.
This is an investment of no money, and a less than an hour. It is also a great project to work with your child, if they can be trusted not to swallow the clay.