Salt dough

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A wreath made from salt dough

Salt dough is a modelling material made from a mixture of flour, salt and water. It can be used to make ornaments and sculptures, and can be dried in the oven[1] or microwave.[2] It can be sealed using varnish[3] or polyurethane, and can be painted with acrylic paint, or coloured using food colouring, natural colouring, or paint mixed in with the flour or water.[1]

Properly mixed dough does not crumble or crack. It is a dense, and hence heavy, material, which can cause issues with large designs. It can be moulded by hand, without using special tools or fixtures, and it does not stain hands. More complex sculptures can be made using basic tools.[4]

It is commonly used to make simple sculptures such as apples, leaves, or mushrooms, or more complex shapes such as trees, birds and animals.[4] It is often used to make Christmas decorations[2] or birthday gifts, souvenirs, or in spring rituals in Eastern Europe, and sometimes for weddings and winter rituals.[4]

The high level of salt in salt dough can be poisonous for dogs through salt toxicosis.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "Salt Dough Recipe". Busy Bee Kids Crafts. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Quickest Ever Salt Dough Recipe". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Dough Ornament Recipe". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Crafts made from salt dough". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Popular Salt Christmas Ornaments Can Be Deadly For Dogs". American Kennel Club. 22 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Could Homemade Dough Ornaments Harm Your Dog?". Dogtipper. 4 December 2014.