Friday, August 14, 2015

Saber-Tooth Salt Dough Recipe

I was testing out a salt dough recipe for a saber-tooth necklace project
when the recipe I'd found online began to puff up and expand in the oven.

Uh Oh!
Things looked like they were about to explode. 
So, back to the lab...

I finally unearthed a recipe that will not rise or expand when baked.

This was essential so the holes poked in the top of each tooth
would remain open to be strung into necklaces for art camp.

Otherwise tears could have been shed.
Instead, these saber-tooth necklaces were a huge success!

{Foolproof} Saber-Tooth Salt Dough Recipe:


4 cups all purpose bleached flour
2 cups salt
1 1/2 cups water 

*add a little more water if your dough is dry and not sticking together. 


• Combine all ingredients and knead together until the powder at the bottom of the bowl is mixed into the dough. 

• Break off a handful of dough and press into a slab about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick

• Cut into shapes with cookie cutters or mold into any freeform shape desired. (If making an ornament, or necklace charm, be sure to poke a hole through the top of each piece using the end of a paint brush.) 

• Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lay the items flat on a cookie sheet and bake for a minimum of 20 minutesTurn over once and continue to bake until the dough is firm and dry. Time will vary depending on the thickness of the objects. Check every ten minutes to prevent browning.

• Let the pieces cool before painting with acrylics.
(TIP: Watering down the paint so it is semi-translucent will prevent clogging of any fine lines or details in the dough.) 

• Optional: Seal with Mod Podge to preserve.

Serves about ten. 

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