I love furniture that is dressed up with appliques. They add so much detail to a piece of furniture and give it a romantic touch. I also enjoy redoing old furniture pieces and sometimes I want to add a bit of drama with some appliques. The only problem is that I tend to really like the fancy ones and they can really be expensive. If you need more than one then it can really push the price of that redo up. I have found a way to cut the cost and still get the beautiful fancy ones. It does require that you buy at least one applique (sorry, I haven't figured out how to get around that part). The next step is what my post is about today. We start out making some homemade playdough. I know you are wondering if that is what we will be making the applique out of and the answer is no. That is what we will make our mold out of. Yes you can go to the store and buy your playdough but it takes quite a bit and it is so much cheaper to make your own. I found an excellent site for playdough recipes here (there is even one for glow in the dark playdough). I used a recipe that came from a cookbook that I illustrated years ago. It has been a good reliable recipe for me over the years. I doubled this recipe because it takes quite a bit for our project.
1 c. water 1 T oil
1 c. flour 2 t cream of tartar
1/2 c. salt 1 t alum
Mix dry ingredients. Add liquids all at once and cook 3 minutes in a pan on medium heat.
Be sure to stir mix it well and do not let it cook longer than 3 minutes.
Dump it out on a cool surface and knead the dough until it is smooth.
Add several drops of food color. It takes quite a bit.
Fold the dough in half over itself.
Fold it in half again.
Put the dough into a zipper bag(this keeps your hands clean) and knead until the color is thoroughly mixed into the dough. You can then store your dough in the same bag. Stay tuned for my next post when we will learn how to make appliques with our playdough.
Until Next Time