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How to Make Salt Dough Magnets

Salt dough is such a versatile medium to work with.  It is really inexpensive and can be made at home and frankly, your creations will only be limited by your imagination. 

   

Our member TaraDesigns gives you not only the recipe but also shows you how to make a simple star magnet.  You can obviously choose your own designs and let your imagination run wild.

Salt Dough Recipe:

  1. 2 cups flour (plain)
  2. 1 cup table salt
  3. 1 cup water

Optional ingredients: about a tablespoon of oil (vegetable) and you can also use a tablespoon  of lemon juice. The oil makes the kneading a little easier and the lemon juice creates a harder dough in the end.

Tools/Utensils you will need:

  1. cookie cutters
  2. rolling pin
  3. baking sheet/pan
  4. wax paper
  5. craft paints and paintbrushes
  6. something to hold the paint
  7. craft glue
  8. magnets

You can use just about anything you want to decorate these: glitter is pretty and even swatches of fabric (like a patchwork effect) Go crazy!

 

 

Put the flour and salt in a bowl along with any of the optional ingredients and gradually start adding water.  The mixture should not be sticky or too dry. You have to use a little bit of judgement on whether to add more flour (if it’s too sticky) or add more water (if it’s too crumbly and dry).

I like to let the mixture sit for about 20 – 30 minutes in a container before using. You can also make this mixture in advance and leave it in the frig for up to a week and then use.

 

Get your wax paper out and cut a sheet large enough for you to roll out your dough. Now your going to use your rolling pin and roll out the dough until it is the thickness you need to make a good sized magnet. Half an inch is too thick so go less than that maybe a quarter.

Once you have the thickness you need, get your cookie cutters or whatever you are using and start cutting your shapes.

 

Leave your pieces on the wax paper and glide the wax paper onto the cookie sheet. This way you don’t have to move all the pieces individually. Now you have two choices: the oven or air dry your pieces. I prefer the oven because it is much faster. Air drying can take up to 24 hours and the pieces do not “plump” or rise when you air dry them. If you want them fairly flat then air dry is best.

The oven can be set from Warm to 200°F. (100°C) It all depends on the size of your pieces. For mine I set it at 200°F and watched it  for about 20 minutes. That’s pretty fast and you have to keep your eye on it so you don’t burn them. Warm to 100°F (40°C) is probably the optimum for the average size (2″ x 2″) for about 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Test the pieces using a pin or toothpick to make sure they are not soft in the middle. You have to test them because sometimes the edges can get brown and you think they are done and the middle is still soft. Once they are done let them cool for about an hour.

Once the pieces are fully hardened, you are ready to paint. A little note here: you can sand these once they are dry. You can use  sandpaper or even an emery board to get rid of the rough edges. These things get hard as rock once they are fully dried so it is strong enough to handle the sanding.

    

Get creative and use different techniques of painting on these. This is the best part – you can do whatever you want!

  

Once your masterpiece painting is dry you can glue your magnet parts to the back.  And voila! You have a Salt Dough Magnet Creation!

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Featured Artist - Kocharacha60 aka Cindy

I had to feature Cindy's work for the simple reason that it just makes me happy every time I see it.  Looking at her portfolio it's reminiscent of an explosion in a paint factory!  There's color everywhere and her paintings are just joyous. 

Cindy is from California and is a Human Resources Manager. A little over a year ago Cindy rediscovered her love of art.  One of her major inspirations is an artist called Robin Maria Pedrero.  She loves the work so much that she has in fact started to collect it and now owns several of her works. 

Garden of Love by Robin Maria Pedrero

When she wants to be inspired to paint, she goes to what she refers to as my "Robin Maria Pedrero Wall" and receives energy and inspiration to begin her works. You will see her influence in her art.


 
 

Cindy would be glad to hear from you so feel free to send her a message here.

(Active members on the site get featured)

 

Me, Myself and Ideas

Article courtesy of gringrimaceandsqueak

 

I am writing this because I am up. I didn't want to be up, was in fact quite definite on the subject, but I was outvoted. I never considered myself to be a democracy, but apparently, if my 'self' and my brain are at odds, the body gets the deciding vote. The process went something like this...

me 'it's nice here in bed, warm, cosy...there's a duvet, and everything'

brain 'Ahem'

me 'I didn't hear that'

brain 'I have an idea :)'

me 'Am not in, come back later'

body 'What was that?'

me 'Nothing, now will you lot quieten down, some of us are trying to sleep here'

brain reaching for funfair 'on' switch 'Ta-Dah!'

body 'that's exciting :)'

me 'sigh. I'll put the kettle on, then, shall I?'


Whilst the other two were amusing themselves, I got to thinking about inspiration. Turns out the word means, literally, 'breathed upon'. Does this mean it's catching? Would certainly explain artists' colonies...

It used to be thought that inspiration came directly from the gods. In which case, the fact it only happens to me at two in the morning proves they do indeed have a sense of humour.  Stephen King said that artists and writers are the only truly accepted mediums of our time, summing up for me the distinct feeling when I'm working on something really good, that I'm merely translating something that is already there- the idea comes not from me, but through me.



But the whole thing is infinitely more complex than that, isn't it? How many times have you sat down to do something, having got out everything you needed, only to find yourself ending up with something completely different? You think you've got the idea fixed, only to watch it turn into something else in your hands. I often open my sketchbook with the intention of working on a particular creature only to discover that they are out, or that I can't see them for the other thing jumping up and down in front yelling 'me, me ,me!'



Or, better yet, you get a partial idea – a tantalising glimpse of something. Just enough to have you set off barking after it, but not nearly enough to do something with. That leaves you with the painstaking job of reconstructing the idea from the bits you have, a process more akin to archaeology than art.

Which is why, when I used to do fairs, every time someone would come up to watch me draw and announce 'You're so lucky being able to do that, it must be lovely', I would give them such a look.....:)

Karen,
the beardless one.

 

gringrimaceandsqueaks art work can be found here to purchase. Cards are only $2/€1.50 and they are stunning.


 

 

A very creative individual.

I came across this highly creative individual. She makes the most lovely jewelry out of old zippers! What amazes me is the quality of the pieces and the fact that they look like small pieces of art. Not at all what you'd expect from something made of an old zip! Londi believes all jewelry should tell a story, and reflect your style. She loves to mix the old with the new.
Whatever your stlye, Romantic, Visionary, Adventures, Contemporary, or just fun Art Jewelry, you will find it with Londi!

Londi Creations can be found here.

 
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