Thursday, August 7, 2014

DIY Baking Soda Dough Starfish Decor

This summer inspired art project is shared by My Pinterventures.
The baking soda dough possibilities are not limited to beach art, you could make gift package embellishments or holiday tree ornaments, too.

  • Baking soda dough (recipe below)
  • Silpat mat or parchment paper
  • cookie cutters
  • round tip needle
  • paint brushes
  • white acrylic paint
  • tropical blue paint or paint color of your choice
  • thick art paper to fit inside picture frame
  • silver nail polish
  • clear acrylic spray
  • E6000 glue
  • newspaper or something to cover your table surface

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water

1. Cook baking soda, cornstarch, and water in a pot over medium heat. Stir continuously until it thickens to a mashed potato consistency and stick together.
2. Put dough onto parchment paper or Silpat and cover with a damp cloth until it is cool enough to handle. *Keep a damp cloth on unused dough to keep it moist while sculpting*
3. Roll out dough into 1/4″ thick sheet and use cookie cutters to cut shapes or free hand design your shapes.
4. To make the starfish, take the 5 balls and use your thumb and pointer finger to shape and flatten into triangles. Take the triangles and combine them together, pinching the edges on both the front and back into the shape of a starfish. *Very important to smooth out the edges where the pieces connect or you will get seams and lots of cracks* The circles were used to make sand dollars.
5. Start to decorate your starfish. I used the round end of a pin and the end of my paint brushes to make decorations on my starfish.
6. Use a circle cutter to make sand dollars and decorate using the pin head and a butter knife. You can shape the coral by hand to create the look you want.
7. Bake on a low heat, around 175F degrees on Silpat mat or parchment paper for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool. Or, you can air dry the dough for 2-4 days.
8. After the shapes are cooled, you can begin decorating. Seal with an acrylic spray when finished.

Click here for dough ornaments on Urban Bliss!  This post the recipe and some cute Christmas ornaments.

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