Major Craft Fail: Dough
I thought of several titles for this post including, Doughn’t Do It, Uh-Dough, and Major No-Dough. Sorry, I had to get that out.
Anyway, I embarked on a craft dough adventure with high hopes. Inspired by the recipe in this book, I decided to try my hand at a-dough-able dough and salt dough – and this was going to be a post about which dough was better. As it turns out, I failed at BOTH. I’m blaming it on my lack of baking skills (?).
Here’s a table full of tools and a heart full of optimism: stamps, cookie cutters, knives, bowls, a small doily, vintage stir-sticks, and my coveted Barbie Fashion Plates.
Both doughs, and especially the a-dough-able dough, were SO sticky that they were impossible to work with – even with the addition of much extra flour. The ADA dough didn’t even have flour in the recipe, but I had to use some just to roll it out. All in all, I think salt dough won by a hair: I was able to stamp into it better, and although it bubbled a bit, it didn’t crack.
The ADA dough was a nice cream color and it dried much harder. That’s about the only plus side. Minuses: it was impossible to cut cleanly with a knife, impossibly sticky, and worst of all . . .
About half of the items I did ended up cracking as they were drying, even the flat things. That un-cracked dish down there is salt dough.
I tried several little plates and bowls – I had high hopes for my Barbie Fashion Plate plates – but none of them turned out.
Live and learn, I guess. I don’t know how it is that I can throw a clay pot, but I can’t succeed at some flour and water. I thought about skipping this post all together, but decided I should expose myself for the sake of transparency. And, maybe some of these things can be cleaned up with some paint and used for gift tags . . . Now fess up: what has been your latest craft fail? Spill it!