Discard Sourdough Salt Dough!!
I have quietly been working on this for a couple of days now, not-so-patiently waiting to share this idea! In all my searching for what to do with discard SD starter, I have never come across this before…
Why not use up unfed or ‘discard’ sourdough starter to make salt dough? Incorporating my love of baking with my love of crafting (and a very strong discomfort with wasting perfectly good flour…).
The usual (non sourdough) salt dough recipe is:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 – 1 cup water (enough to make a workable dough)
Roll out, etc. then bake at 200F for 2 hours or until dry. This can also be air dried, but it will take a few days.
My sourdough starter is currently 1:1 flour and water, so it was just a matter of adjusting quantities. I am getting low on all purpose, so I used whole wheat LOL. Um, it’s decoration – yeah, that’s it.
I’m going to guess that this salt dough, if left to ‘rise’ might be capable of making interesting puffy shapes. But I didn’t wait to find out.
It’s a pretty simple recipe, so I just eyeballed it. I rolled a ball and started rolling it out to about 1/4″ thickness. You can roll this stuff thinner or thicker if you like.
It is pretty easy to work with and stays workable a very long time.
I used stamps to make a few designs, I didn’t use ink, but it would work if you wanted to ink your stamp first. Then I cut them into shapes with a knife and arranged them on a baking sheet.
I then used a chopstick to make holes through them so I could hang them later.
I also inserted wire in the edge of one.
After baking at 200F for 2.5 hours, they were dried through.
I sanded the edges and then used my lace kemper tool to clean up the edges of the hole on the backs of all of them.
I painted them using nail polish. I experimented with a few things and watercolor worked pretty nicely as well, but I really like the coverage and bold color I got with the polish. It also adds a nice lacquered look.
They could be coated with polyurethane at this point to waterproof them, but I wasn’t interested in that for this project.
I used hot glue to attach felt on the back side of a few pieces and used jump rings in others.
I wired a bunch together as a wall hanger, and added a keyring with a latch on a felted heart. (The heart is going to be clipped on my purse.)
I still have quite a few to paint and use somewhere!
I decided to curl the wires by wrapping them around a chop stick.
What do you think?
posted by Petra on June 24, 2015
I really like the wall decor and the key ring! Great ideas!
posted by YogurtHydro on June 27, 2015
posted by Linda Manns Linneman on July 13, 2015
This is so neat. What a fun project. Your work turned out great. Thank you so much for sharing
posted by YogurtHydro on July 24, 2015
I loved this stuff when I was a kid, I hadn’t used salt dough in years – it is still fun.:)