Saturday, November 17, 2007

Clay recipe for Christmas Ornaments( oven drying method)

Mix well in a large bowl:

4 Cups flour
1 Cup salt
1 Teaspoon powdered alum
1 1/2 Cups water

If the dough is too dry, work another tablespoon of water in with your hands.

Dough can be colored by dividing it into several parts and kneading a drip or two of food coloring into each part. Roll or mold as desired.

To Roll: Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured board, cut with cookie cutters dipped in flour. Make a hole in the top for hanging by using a plastic straw.(about 1/4 th inch down)
You can save the dots from the straw and use as decorations .

To Mold: Shape dough no more than 1/2 inch thick into figures or shapes. Insert a fine wire in each for hanging.

Bake ornaments on ungreased cookie sheet for about 30 minutes in a 250 degree oven. Turn and bake another 1 1/2 hours til hard and dry. Remove and cool. When done lightly sand with fine sandpaper till smooth. Paint with acrylic craft paints.( both sides) Allow to dry and seal with a clear acrylic craft varnish. Sold at craft store along with the paints.

This is a great project for the kids around this time of year. And it's so fun to look at these works of art years later when you are decorating the tree with these treasures of the past.

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