|Have you ever used salt dough to make things? It's great for making sculptures. Try this one...|
You will need:
|Choose something to draw, like a fish. Make it bold, simple and cartoon-like, but don't be too detailed.|
|Once you've done this, you're ready to make your salt-dough.|
The recipe is simple. The picture shows you the size of cup required.
|Tip two cups of flour into a large bowl.|
|Add a cup of salt and one cup of water.|
|Start mixing and kneading it with your hands. Keep going until you have a nice smooth dough.|
If it's not sticking together, add a bit more water.
|When you've finished kneading, it should be nice and smooth.|
Now break off a handful of dough.
|Take your board, and put your dough on it.|
Use your rolling pin to roll it out about a centimetre deep.
|Carefully cut out your fish's body using your knife. Be very careful with the knife. Ask an adult to help.|
Use the design you made earlier to help you, perhaps as a template to draw around. Remove the excess dough around your shape carefully.
|Place your fish onto a lightly greased baking tray like this one.|
Just neaten up the edges.
|Now add the detail, like an eye.|
Stick the extra bits on with a small bit of water, as this acts like glue.
|Add some lips, fins, and tail. Brush on some water so that they stick together.|
If you keep adding shapes to build up your sculpture, you'll have something that looks like this.
|Add on fine detail with a pencil, by pressing it into the dough.|
|When you've finished, carefully push a large paper clip into the dough at the top like this, so that you can hang it up.|
Use two paper clips if you have a bigger sculpture.
|Next you need to cook your sculpture.|
Place it in an oven at a low heat - gas mark 1 or 2, or 120°C. The baking time depends on the thickness of the dough. As a general rule, bake half an hour for every half centimetre.
An adult should help you here.
|When it is cooked, you'll have something that looks like this.|
Wait until it's cooled down, then press underneath at the thickest point. If it's hard, it's cooked. If it's still soft, bake it a little longer.
|Once hard, you can leave your salt dough sculpture as is, varnish it, or paint it using poster or acrylic paint. All you have to do is hang it up now.|
Try it yourself!