Salt Dough

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      Pam wrote:
      < them most interesting. I always worry about Christmas gifts but am
      not very creative. However, the salt dough dolls sound so cute (I
      love dolls) I might just try it.

      My question is this – about how big (tall)
      do you make these dolls? Also the wall trees? I think I’d like to try
      the dolls and trees for myself (not for gifts, my family would think I’ve
      gone nuts .

      But maybe gift baskets for them).TIA, Pam
      Good night for now. Looking forward to more interesting ideas

      Hi Pam!

      I think when you see how easy these salt dough creations are,
      you just might change your mind about trying them as gifts as
      well. 🙂 One of the first experiments we did was in making an
      adorable rusty brown rabbit we ended up calling Harvey. He
      wasn’t very big–perhaps 3 inches long and 1.5 to 2 inches
      high, a freestanding creation–but he held a place of honor in
      our hearts and on a shelf for several years before he finally
      vanished either from moves or some other mishap.

      One day,
      he simply was no longer there.

      On the other hand, I’m not going to dissuade you from doing
      gift baskets if that piques your fancy! lol

      The salt dough holds up well for the most part in whatever
      size you choose, although I’d urge that the larger you make
      these, the thicker you might want to make them, just for
      general principles of giving them more strength.

      Mathilda, the charming Bavarian lady with three skirts, usually
      comes out between 7 and 9 inches tall and about 4 inches
      wide at her widest spot. The schoolmarm usually ends up
      around 10 to 12 inches and perhaps 3 inches across, and the
      old tennis player stands about as tall as Mathilda and about as
      skinny as the schoolmarm. But don’t let what my hands create
      guide yours necessarily.

      Play with it. You’ll know when the
      size is right for your imagination.

      The trees, btw, are usually about 8 inches tall and probably
      as wide when finished. You just keep adding the leaves to
      the upper branches, overlapping many to give a wonderful
      amount of depth.

      We’ve done ornaments beyond the snow angels as well, btw.
      Oh, and the snow angels are generally about 8 inches by 3
      inches. Someone with more artistic ability might be able to
      do far more with these salt dough creations than I, but there’s
      much charm in the primitive and singular look of these that
      come from one’s own hand and the missing ingredient we
      add to the mix–one that no other can do when we have just
      purchased it rather than having made it as a gift–has *got*
      to be the love we’ve added.

      For what it’s worth, Pam, when I first started making these,
      I too didn’t think they’d be as lovely as my friend Heidi in
      Germany had shown hers to be. But while I couldn’t make
      the same things she was able to make, mine took on
      personalities of their own that no one else could have had
      in theirs. Like I said, that’s the charm.


      Michelle (Y. in upstate New York)

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