Thursday, April 15, 2010
homemade play dough
so here is the recipe. i got the cheapest stuff i could find for it (generic everything possible):
4 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup cream of tartar
4 Tbs oil (i used canola because it was what i had)
4 cups hot water ( i heated it in the microwave before i poured it on)
you put this on med-low heat and stir - it is sticky and nasty and your arm will hurt from stirring. i used a large metal pot and a wooden spoon. i started with a plastic spoon but it was so hard to stir that the spoon kept bending. you let it "cook" until it isn't sticky anymore - i just left it there and stirred every couple of minutes from the bottom of the pan, maybe after 10 to 15 minutes it seemed like it was thicker. i turned off the heat and just let it sit. it was way too hard to stir.
i got out 7 little tupperware cups and put a handful in each one so that it would close. then i got them out one by one and kneaded it with a lot of food coloring, mixing to make the proper colors. the white, by the way, is just plain (no color). it took a lot of red (like maybe 15 drops) to make the red, orange was about 8 yellow and 4 red, yellow was about 10 yellow drops, green was about 15 green drops, blue was about 20 blue and 2 green drops, and the purple was maybe 8 red and 12 blue drops. you may have to adjust it because my blue was doing more squirting than dropping and i didn't really count when i was making it. i just know that orange and purple was not an even split for mixing the colors. red is a very strong color so you have to use less. and for the blue, i wanted it to be a little brighter thus the 2 green drops.
i kneaded it with my hands until it was smooth - which took quite a bit of work! i think they turned out pretty though!
so then while i was outside, i decided that maybe i made this playdough for me to take pictures of and not so much for my kids. they still haven't played with them... it was nap time - maybe tomorrow they can play with it.
i ended up playing with the settings on my camera while shooting the dough- mainly with the program settings, aperture, and the manual focus (not all at the same time). i came up with this series. i thought it was kinda neat (the focus moves from the white to the purple...) - and yes i know they are crooked. i wasn't paying attention to that, i was more paying attention to the settings. these photos are untouched.
and then this one has them all pretty much in focus (but very crooked - i was using the manual focus).
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