Salt Dough Portrait
|Create a funny portrait sculpture using salt dough in this shapes-learning craft.||
|1.||Make salt dough. Divide it into four batches - one uncolored and three colored. For convenience, you can use commercial self-hardening clay or air dry clay instead of salt dough.|
|2.||Mold the uncolored salt dough into basic geometric and fun shapes such as circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, stars, hearts and diamonds. Use shape molds such as cookie cutters, play dough molds or shapes from a shape sorter toy.
If no shape molds are available, shape the dough with your hands.
|3.||Make a minimum of 6 shapes. Set the shapes aside to air dry. Typically small salt dough pieces will dry in 1 to 2 days.
Meanwhile, wrap, label and keep the colored salt dough in the fridge.
|4.||Once the shapes are dry, choose 6 of them to use for your salt dough portrait's facial features: 2 similar shapes for the eyes, 2 for the ears, and one each for the nose and mouth.|
|5.||Paint the shapes and set aside to dry.|
|6.||Cut Styrofoam board or any sturdy board into the portrait's background (more or less around 10 in. x 7 in.).
Take out the colored salt dough out of the fridge. To make the portrait's face and arms, divide the first color of dough into 1 big piece and 2 smaller pieces.
|7.||Roll the big piece into a ball. Position it on the upper portion of your background and gently flatten it by pressing down with your palm so that you come up with a flat round shape (like a small pancake).|
|8.||Take the second color of salt dough and mold it into your portrait's shirt.|
|9.||Roll the 2 smaller pieces of the first colored salt dough into long shapes and add them to your portrait to make the arms.|
|10.||Place the painted geometric shapes on your portrait's face to make two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth. Gently press each piece into the dough.
Glue on sequins or small craft foam/paper shapes for the irises.
|11.||Use the third colored salt dough to make the hair. Make an interesting hairstyle for your portrait. You may use a spoon's handle to pat and mold the details on the dough.|
|12.||Embellish the shirt and hair with small craft foam shapes, sequins, beads or buttons. Gently press each one into the dough.|
|13.||Allow your salt dough portrait to air dry. It will typically take 2 to 3 days for the dough to dry completely. Don't be surprised if the sculpture comes off from the background. You may glue it back on with white glue or keep the sculpture as is. Either way, it looks pretty cool!
Another thing you'll notice is that after a few days the colored salt dough tends to look dull. Once the dough has completely dried, you can apply a coat or two of clear acrylic sealer to keep out moisture.