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Salt Dough

Here is a craft idea from our Badge Manual CD (see page 14). This can be used for the Pottery Level 1 badge. 

Salt dough is great for making sculptures.

  1. Choose a simple, cartoon-like design - not too detailed. 
  2. Mix and knead together 2 cups Plain Flour, 1 cup Salt, 1 cup Water. 
  3. Roll out dough to 1cm thick and cut out your design (can use template). 
  4. Place design onto a lightly greased baking tray. 
  5. Add the detail (eg. eyes, lips) sticking them on with a small bit of water, which acts like glue. 
  6. Add on fine detail with a pencil, by pressing it into the dough. 
  7. If hanging your design, push a large paper clip into the dough at the top (use two paper clips if you have a big sculpture). 
  8. Bake in oven at 120°C – baking time depends on the dough’s thickness. General rule: Bake ½ hour for every ½ centimetre. When it’s cooled, press underneath at the thickest point – if still soft, bake a little longer. 
  9. Once hard you can paint (poster or acrylic ) and varnish your sculpture.


 

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