Friday, November 9, 2012

Pinterest Friday: Salt Dough Fail

On a whim yesterday, I decided to try making Salt Dough.  I had been inspired by this pin:

1/2 is your fingerprint 1/2 is his (salt clay paint) Salt Dough - 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, cold water. Mix until has consistency of play dough. bake at 250 for 2 hours, then cool and paint….good recipe for thumbprint pendants

And wanted to make some Christmas ornaments. So I grabbed some flour, some water and salt and started. Unfortunately, I didn't even think about the flour I was using. We eat gluten-free, so I used a mix of brown rice flour and tapioca flour. Most of the time, that mix of flours mimics wheat flour. However, as I mixed it, it was super crumbly.  I found some ancient wheat flour in the cupboard and added it.  I pulled out the dough and tried to roll it out.

This is what happened:

Making salt dough ornaments

The ornaments fell apart because the dough didn't retain the elasticity they need to hold their shape.

I was so upset (how could I think rice flour would work??), but my daughter was happy and promptly made the world's ugliest ornaments.

Making salt dough ornaments

I promised her that when I went to the store today, I'd buy some wheat flour and try again.  So while it was an ugly Pinterest fail, at least my daughter had a blast!


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