Modeling Dough

Bread Dough

What you need:
• Bread slices
• Diluted white glue
What to do:
• Cut the crusts off slices of bread and mix with diluted white glue.
• Form into shapes, animals, etc.
• When dry, paint and/or shellac.

Dryer Lint Modeling Material

What you need:
• 3 cups lint (from laundry dryer)
• 2 cups water
• 2/3 cups non-self-rising wheat flour
• 3 drops oil of wintergreen
• Old newspaper
What to do:
• Put lint and water in a large saucepan.
• Stir to dampen all parts of the lint.
• Add flour and stir thoroughly to prevent lumps. • Add oil of wintergreen.
• Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture holds together and forms peaks.
• Pour out onto several thicknesses of newspaper to cool.

Use as you would papier-mâché pulp or shaped over armatures (boxes, bottles, balloons and so forth) or press into a mold. This material will dry in three to five days to a very hard, durable surface. When wet it has a felt-like consistency. It dries to smooth or rough, depending on how it is used. When pressed into a mold, a hard, smooth finish is obtained. Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for several days.

Coffee Dough

What you need:
• 4 cups unsifted all-purpose four
• 1 cup salt
• 1/4 cup instant coffee
• 1 1/2 cups warm water
What to do:
• Dissolve the coffee in the warm water.
• In another bowl, mix the flour and the salt.

• Make a hole in this and add 1 cup of the coffee water.
• Mix with a fork or hands until smooth.
• Add more coffee water if needed. Dough should be smooth and satiny, not sticky or crumbly.

Store in a plastic bag to prevent drying of the dough. Bake finished designs in a 300 degree oven for one hour or more (until hard). Add two coats of shellac to preserve.


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