Thursday, November 29, 2012

Salt Dough Cornucopia ( a great mapon craft)



With just a few simple ingredients you can create this fun Salt Dough
Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving day celebration.

Materials:
Salt dough recipe (below)
Craft Bond gloss finish decoupage
Paintbrush
Glue gun
Acrylic paints: brown, yellow, orange, green, red and purple

Salt dough:
2 cups all-purpose white flour
1 cup salt
1 cup boiling water

Combine boiling water and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Slowly mix in 2
cups of flour. Place dough on work surface and wearing plastic
gloves, knead it until smooth. If dough is sticky, continue adding
small amounts of flour.

Instructions:
Make dough recipe (above). To color the dough, work small amounts of
paint into the dough until desired color is achieved. You may have to
work in a little flour when adding paint to keep the dough from being
too sticky. The dough should be slightly sticky but easy to shape.

Cornucopia:
Using brown clay, mold a cone shape about 4 1/2-inches long and 2 1/4-
inches in diameter at wide end. Mark lines 1/2-inch apart along
sides from wide end to narrow end. Press in the wide end so the cone
is slightly caved (see fig. 1) Roll 2 - 1/4 x 8 inch snakes. Twist
snakes together and attach around wide edge. Cut off excess. Bend
slightly so the cone is C-shaped.

Pumpkin:
Using orange clay, form a 1 1/4-inch ball. Mark 8 lines with a butter
knife
from center top to center bottom of ball. Using the bottom end
of the knife, press a dent in the center top of the ball. Make a ½-
inch cone shape with green clay. Stick the point of cone in the
indent at the top of the pumpkin (stem). Roll a small snake with
brown clay. Twist the snake slightly and stick one end into the
indent with the stem

Crookneck squash:
Using yellow clay, roll out a 1 1/4-inch oval making one end narrow
and one end fat. Bend the narrow end slightly.

Grapes:
Using green clay, roll a 1-inch narrow snake. Twist into a spiral.
Using purple clay roll approximately 20 3/16-inch balls. Shape balls
into a triangle and stick the green spiral into the fat end of
triangle.

Apple:
Using red clay, roll a ¾-inch ball. Using bottom end of butter knife,
press a dent in the top of apple. Using brown roll a 5/16-inch
triangle and stick the point into the dent in the apple. Using green
form a small leaf and stick one end of the leaf into the dent in the
apple.

Corn:
Using yellow clay, roll a 1 1/2 x 3/8-inch oval. Using a butter
knife, mark lines lengthwise and widthwise in checkerboard fashion.
Using green clay, shape 5-6 leaves of various lengths. Layer leaves
around one end of the corn. Press bottom of leaves together to form a
point.

Carrot:
Using orange clay, roll a 1 1/4-inch snake. Make one end into a
point. Poke the other end with the tong of a fork to create a dent.
Using green clay, create 3-4 very small snakes. Pinch these snakes at
one end and poke the pinched end into the dent in the carrot.

Bread:
Using tan clay, roll a 2 1/2-inch oval. Make slanted slits across the
top of the bread.

Finishing:
Bake figures in a 200 ° oven for 1/2-hour for every 1/4-inch
thickness. Bake pieces until they are completely hard. Let cool.

Paint decoupage finish on each piece. Let dry.
Arrange pieces and glue together with a glue gun.

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