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2 cups Bentonite (powdered can be purchased at most ceramic supply stores)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup Soap powder
Gradually add water to bentonite and mix well with beater. (A blender is preferred. If it is used start by filling the container half-full of water and add bentonite gradually. Turn blender off for a few seconds to check the consistency. Let mixture stand in a crock or plastic container for two to three days- stirring well each day. DO NOT use a METAL container.
1. An extender, like bentonite reduces paint cost and gives the desired consistency. Also can be added to tempera to make finger-paint.
2. Soap makes paint easier to wash out and helps it adhere to slick surfaces like glass and cellophane.
3. Detergent keeps paint from cracking when the paint dries.
4. Alum is a preservative. Glycerin and oil of wintergreen (or clove) keep paint mixtures fresh.
5. Condensed milk gives paint a glossy finish.
For large quantity needs.
6-8 tbsp. Extender (above or other)
1 One- pound can of powdered paint
3 cups Liquid starch
2 Tbsp. Soap flakes
Put the extender in a large container, such as a one-quart plastic juice container. Gradually stir in the powdered paint and liquid starch, mixing well. Add soap powder. Add water until mixture reaches desired consistency. This recipe makes a large enough quantity so that it can be stored and poured out into small juice cans each day as needed. The paint will thicken and will need stirring and possibly more water.