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OK so I decided for my blog post I would like to try something I have never made before so I have made some Salt Dough Ornaments. I have seen some lovely ideas in magazines and books over the years but still no tried it so here goes. I got the recipe and instructions from Katy's blog here. She clearly describes how to make the salt dough so I won't go into that part. Suffice to say if you a mixer it's easy, then you knead for all you're worth for 5-10 minutes and then go for the cutting out part. I decided to make a star shaped garland and then several Christmassy shapes including an angel, reindeer, bell etc. I made extras as I wasn't too sure how the shapes would turn out.
While they were cooking, I checked to make sure they weren't cremating in there and found that several of the holes I'd made had closed up. I tried re-making the holes but they still closed off so next time I will have to make them bigger I think. Also some of the shapes went puffy which I think gives them character but if you want them perfectly flat, making thinner shapes seemed to work best.
Anyway once they wer dried, I chose to try two finishes on the shapes: decopatch and paint.
Decopatch is brilliant as you use a special glue/sealer and that saves you having to use any varnish. I found a red Christmas design in my local shop and cut up the paper into tiny squares. Then you just glue and add shapes until the ornament is covered. And here are the five decorations which just need the hangers adding which will be gold ribbon. The material is from my fave fabric store Millie Moon.
The other shapes I firstly painted with white gesso. As the shapes are quite water absorbent I thought having a primed layer would help the paint adhere and also make the shapes more durable.Here they are all ready for the next stage...........................
And the next stage involves some of this..................
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