Last week, Toby’s teacher asked them to make some salt-dough pendants which in some way shape or form told the class a little bit about themselves.
I thought this was a great idea. And, I thought Toby’s idea of incorporating a “single word” on his pendant was fantastic, particularly when he told me that he wanted his word to be “electrons.”
How’d we get those words on the pendant? We used the plastic bits of typography from the Message-in-a-Cookie Cutter Set from Williams Sonoma. Unforunately, that set seems to have been discontinued. But, you can get the same effect by using a tootpick and writing a word right on the pendant. We used a smaller star-shaped cutter, pressing lightly, for the inset star. And we used a small straw to created the “electrons” or bubbles. Here’s a simple DIY:
makes 8 salt-dough pendants, but the recipe may be doubled, triped, quadrupled…
1/2 c+ flour
.25 c salt
.25 c water
a medium cookie cutter
tiny cookie cutters [optional]
toothpick or plastic bits of cookie typography [for words]
a drinking straw
twine or ribbon
Mix flour with the salt and food colouring.
Add the water slowly and knead until you get a dry, rollable dough.
If dough is sticky, add more flour.
Roll dough to about .25-inch thickness.
Choose a “shape” that represents you and cut a pendant with a medium cookie cutter in that shape.
Use a drinking straw to put a hole towards the top of the pendant so that it may be strung after it’s completed.
With a toothpick or plastic bits of cookie typography, write or “print” the word that best describes you or your passion.
Decorate pendant further with a toothpick, drinking straw, or a half-impression made with a small cookie cutter.
Bake at a very low temperature (250F) for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
OR Microwave for 2-3 minutes, and for additional 15 second increments until dry.
String the pendant on a long ribbon or piece of twine.
[Dry pendants might also be painted with tempera or acrylics.]