The following is a recipe to prepare us all for the coming fair. You can have fun perfecting your recipe and your skill in creating farm animals etc. to prepare for some of the great hobby and craft entries and more.
I have made this with our kids and grandkids and other peoples kids. Great fun.
Mix well in a large bowl:
1 cup salt, 4 cups flour, 1 tsp. alum, 1 1/2 cups water. Mix with your hands until nice and supple. If too dry work in one tablespoon of water at a time.
Dough can be coloured by dividing into several parts and kneading in different food colors or leave it plain to paint. You can roll the dough and cut out animals or mold them like clay in your hands.
When happy with your product, place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven at a low heat, 150 overnight or for 8 hours. You may have to turn them so the bottom dries if they are larger and they may need to be dried longer.
When dry and cool, take out some acrylic paint and paint your art. When the paint is dry you can paint or spray varathane as a finish. This also works great for Christmas decorations. Practice up and we look forward to your entries in the fair.
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