Thursday, 16 February 2012

Tutorial : Salt dough keychain

Hey people! How are you guys doing? Are you loving your life as much as I'm loving mine?
Anyways, on Valentines Day, Ling Wai and I gave out salt dough ornaments. We made a round base with the word CIMP stamped onto the front.

Want to make one too? It can be any shape/size/pattern. Here's how to do it :
 Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup salt in a bowl. Mix till dough forms. Add more flour if it's too watery, and add more water if it's too tough.
Oh! And also prepare wires and pliers (if you have, you can go without if your wire is easy to bend by hand)

 For the CIMP keychains, we used a cookie cutter to cut a nice round base. Then, we made the smaller hole with a straw.
 Take out your pliers and start bending the wires into any shape or word that you want.
This is what we did for ours.
 Once you got it, start stamping away! Since it's wires, it may not be flat. What we did, was we cut out a piece of unwanted cardboard or thick paper and place it on top of the 'stamp' and press it down. Make sure you don't focus only on one point, but press it all down together. Try to apply the same pressure throughout. If you don't have a thick paper or cardboard, you can use rulers too, just try not to damage the other dough ornaments around the one you're stamping on.
 We stamped it, and added a line beneath by pressing the side of the cardboard just below the words.
Tadaa! Doesn't it look pretty cool? I thought so. Well, now, you can either place it in the oven, or leave it to harden by itself. I suggest you try to leave it for a few days to harden. Ling Wai and I tried to bake it but it didn't get very hard. It was baked for about 2 hours in total. We then decided to leave it out to cool. (I'm not sure if air con helps, but I suppose so as it may take up water from the dough). We baked at 120 degree Celsius for 2hrs. We tied ribbons on top and gave it out on Valentines.
Well, that is all for today's post! Thanks for dropping by!