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Location : Texas
Registration date : 2008-10-24

PostSubject: Baker's Clay   Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:38 pm

Baker's Clay

4 cups unsifted all purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons nontoxic powdered tempera paint
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups water, approximately

Mix the flour, salt, and tempera thoroughly. If you wish your ornaments to have several colors, make a different batch of dough for each color

Add the water gradually, mixing thoroughly with both hands to make a stiff but not sticky dough. I the dough feels too stiff to work add a bit more water

Turn the dough out onto the table and knead it for 3 to 5 minutes. If the dough seems too soft, sprinkle a little flour on the table and knead it in. Knead colored dough on a nonstaining surface and make ornaments on paper towels

Let participants make whatever ornaments they wish

The dough does not store well, and is best used within 4 hours

To bake, place ornaments on nonstick of foil-lined baking sheets.
Bake colored items at 275 to 300, plain ones at 300 to 325, for approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Oven temperatures vary, so check frequently during the last half hour to be sure the ornaments don't get too brown

Remove ornaments from baking sheets while still hot to prevent sticking
Cool completely on a rack

Spray the surface with clear-finish varnish, or paint varnish on with a 1 inch brush. filling all cracks and grooves and covering both sides

Allow to dry completely
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