Wednesday, December 14, 2011
(happy crow. Monthly Theme Challenge: White)
Today's recipe isn't edible, but your results will last longer than any batch of dough you've ever made! With three ingrediants and a little paint you can create whimsical characters by sculpting figurines, playing with cookie cutters and baking your results until they dry. Anything you can do with cookie dough or play dough, you can do with salt dough-but this time you get to keep your favorites forever!
One of the funnest parts of working with salt dough is painting your figurines. I get caught up in the sculpting and wondering what will come out of the oven, and painting feels like a bonus. I use cheap acrylic paint and a teeny tiny brush for the details. Sometimes when I'm making a gift or something I want to finish beautifully, I'll spray the whole thing with several coats of matte varnish after the acrylic paint has dried.
2 cups flour
1 cup cheap salt
3/4 cups water
Mix by hand until fully combined. The dough may seem dry, grainy or crumbly. Sprinkle a little water in if needed but avoid adding too much water. It will moisten as it sits and will smooth out as you work.
Create anything you like, keeping your thickness to less than 1/2 inch. Bulk out the center of figurines with balled up tin foil.
To make a hole for hanging, use a straw. Apply wire to the wet dough for effects such as whiskers or the snowman's arms. It will bake into the dried dough permanently. I also use a rolling pin, toothpicks and other various implements to get the thickness or texture I'm looking for in the dough.
Bake on a sheet pan on foil or parchment paper at 250F until it's dry (1.5 to 2.5 hours).
Cool completely, then paint.
For a more finished look, sand the dried dough with sandpaper to create smooth edges before painting.
You won't believe how easy this project is-try it and have fun!