Monday, August 2, 2010

Back to childhood: Salt dough

Actually I can't remember making things with salt dough when I was a child but I bet some of you can :D
It's a very cheap way to get soft clay.
To make this you'll need:
- 200 gr flour
- 200 gr salt
- 100 ml water
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Add the flour and salt into a bow, stir, add the water and oil. Knead, use your hands to make a smooth bowl of dough. If it's too sticky, add some flour. Add water if it's too crumbly.
And done!
My working place:
Tools I used:
- something to protect your workplace
- flour to keep your dough from sticking to your tools and hands
- paint (acrylic)
- a rolling pin
- everything you use with regular clay like wooden tools.
- a cutting tool
- You can also use stamps, toothpicks, wire, cookiecutters, ...

Here are some of the things I made before baking



When all your items are finished, preheat your oven to 180°, when on temperature bake them for 20 min..
If you have no hurry, you can also let them air dry.
I'd recommend air drying 'cause when I baked them they'll rise (something which I didn't think about...)
So you get these results:
This was a flat moon, now it looks more like a fortune cookie...

And this was a flat macaron half... you can see it rose below the indications.
I had this with all the more rounded items. Solution? Get out your sandpaper and sand it all away.


Colouring salt dough is very easy, add some drops of paint to your dough which will lead to this really cool marble effect

or knead some more and you'll get a really solid colored dough. Something that wouldn't work with my DAS clay. If you don't want to add paint now, you can always paint it afterwards or leave it as it is.

Here are all my baked items:

I made some cupcake bottoms, flowers, bows, icecream, ...
Close-ups:
I'm pretty proud of these flowers... Took some time to make but I love love LOVE the result ^^
Here you can see what kind of colour you can create with adding paint to the dough





If you have some left-over dough, don't worry, store it in a air-tight container and use it another time.
Don't forget to seal your items with a coat of varnish everywhere.

Made items using my tutorial? Let me know in the comments and I'll add a link :)

2 comments:

the fashionate traveller said...

These are so cute!!

Riechan said...

@fashionate traveller: thanks ^^
this is weird, where's my intense debate system to comment?? very weird, I did a test post and it posted just fine?!

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