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Salt Dough Question
December 4, 2012
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I have 25 snowflakes in the dehydrator.  I did switch to the cornstarch recipe.  It seems to be a smoother and easier dough to work with.

A couple of tips that helped me.

1. i rolled the dough between two sheet of plastic wrap on the back side of a tray/cookie sheet.  It worked the best for making them smooth on both sides.  

2.  Rolling in one direction starting at one end. I used depth bands on my rolling pin to help make the dough uniform.

3.  I placed the tray/cookie sheet in the freezer for a couple of minutes that helped when I went to place them on the parchment lined dehydrator trays.  

4.  Watch them carefully because they want to curl a little.  Probably would be a good idea to turn them over about half way through.

 

  

December 10, 2012
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mamajhk said
I have 25 snowflakes in the dehydrator.  I did switch to the cornstarch recipe.  It seems to be a smoother and easier dough to work with.

A couple of tips that helped me.

1. i rolled the dough between two sheet of plastic wrap on the back side of a tray/cookie sheet.  It worked the best for making them smooth on both sides.  

2.  Rolling in one direction starting at one end. I used depth bands on my rolling pin to help make the dough uniform.

3.  I placed the tray/cookie sheet in the freezer for a couple of minutes that helped when I went to place them on the parchment lined dehydrator trays.  

4.  Watch them carefully because they want to curl a little.  Probably would be a good idea to turn them over about half way through.

 

  happy-flowerHello mamajhk, I had forgotten about that dough, I have several very old cookie cutters and would love to make cutouts to use for ornaments, I gave my dehydrator away a few years ago, how can I best cure the cutouts?

                                          Thank you

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December 10, 2012
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They can be baked in a cool (175-200 degrees) oven for about an hour to hour and a half depending on the thickness of the piece. I would flip them over about half way through.  They can also be air dried but will take a couple of days.

 

The kids had a good time decorating the snowflakes and got quite creative.  That reminds me I need to get the stars done for this weekend's party (another birthday).

December 11, 2012
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happy-flowerThank you mamajhk, I am looking forward to making some ornaments, is your post your dough recipe somewhere?

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December 11, 2012
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Joell, I used Ruthmarie's recipe that she posted earlier on here (had issued coping it).  I like it a lot better than the original salt dough that I was using.

December 11, 2012
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I am new to this forum and had wondered about using my dehydrator to dry salt dough ornaments. two questions how do I get to Ruthmaries recipe and what do you use to seal the ornaments?  Thank you so much.chef

December 12, 2012
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the Morton Salt web site has a down loadable recipe for salt dough: http://www.mortonsalt.com/salt-facts/fun-and-games

2 cups (all purpose) flour 1 cup Morton® Salt 1 cup water

The pdf book has lots of other suggestions.

I coat my salt dough with clear acrylic coating (goes on milky, dries clear.)

((Not to be too pushy, I have an intimate knowledge of many of the 4/c dough pieces in the dough book))

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December 12, 2012
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Katz7483 said
I am new to this forum and had wondered about using my dehydrator to dry salt dough ornaments. two questions how do I get to Ruthmaries recipe and what do you use to seal the ornaments?  Thank you so much.chef

 

 I based coated the piece (both sides) using white spray paint.  Then after the piece was painted I sprayed it (again both sides) with a clear finish (varnish).

Just keep a really close eye on them while in the dehydrator as they want to curl.  I have a tendency to leave mine longer than I should.  I would say probably about an hour to hour and half is all.

Here's the link http://peacelovewaterbeds.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/homemade-cornstarch-ornaments-great-for-painting-better-than-salt-dough/

December 12, 2012
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@Katz: watch out two different dough recipes here, salt dough and cornstarch dough.

Some of us are quite opinionated about which is better, longer lasting, better for three-dimensional pieces...etc. I'm biased toward salt dough.

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December 12, 2012
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I am quite new to making these ornaments so am not as experienced as some of the others here.  The salt dough is uncooked and the cornstarch is cooked and the textures are quite different.

December 12, 2012
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mmmmm I always baked my salt dough...but then my pieces were usually thicker, even much thicker, than 1/8 inch

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December 13, 2012
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Having done quite a few sculptural pieces in salt dough years back in a slow oven ... feels like an eon ... I also think salt dough works better for high relief pieces.  Like chubby Santas, little girl angels, etc.  The cornstarch dough has my attention as that looks smoothly bisque-like (without needing a kiln) and capable of taking clean, pretty stamp work ... better rolled & cut is my thought.  If I want to build layers of elements I'd likely stack 'n glue rather than try to adhere them before drying.

I might finally have a chance to play with this idea this weekend! Too much stuff to do, too tired to play at the end of the day ......and I gotta find my snowflake cutters.    <img class="spSmiley" title="yes" onclick="spjEdInsertSmiley('icon_yes.gif', 'yes', 'http://chickensintheroad.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/', 'yes');" src="/wp-content/forum-smileys/icon_yes.gif" alt="yes" />

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