At the Glittering Muffins we’re trying to find and give you alternatives to the store bought products out there, so when we heard that Play-Doh had come out with metallic play dough, we were listening and figured to see, if we could find a way to make an affordable and safe homemade version of it for you to enjoy.
Late at night we put on our lab coats, gathered our trusted ingredients of our Kool-Aid coloured play dough (minus the Kool-Aid powder, obviously) as well as a bottle of metallic acrylic craft paint to see, if we could not give that dough a sparkle. The first steps were the same as for the original play dough we had made, just this time we a) separated the batch into four instead of two in order to get a stronger colour and b) added metallic paint to it.
To make sure that we could keep things reproducible, we measured the amount of paint we put in, which at first was one tablespoon. I carefully started to knead it into the dough (remember to ALWAYS do this over a bowl or a plate, even with Kool-Aid powder, because you are bound to spring a leak one place or the other) and the first thing that I noticed was that the whole mix started to stink very chemically from the paint, which was a big first negative. While kneading the color started to spread throughout the dough ball fairly ok, but there was not much metallic effect to be found, so we added a second teaspoon, which saturated the dough ball more in terms of colour, but for one did not add much metallic shine to it and for the other started to dry out the dough, making it begin to separate and losing its smooth consistency.
We probably could have tried to add more paint and also more water, but the very limited success in getting the desired effect and the obnoxious smell made us abandon this experiment and is bringing us back to the drawing table to see, if we can find a different option. We will keep you updated on our progress, even if we get another fail you will at least know what not to try, haha!