I’ve seen salt dough creations several times across the internet and I thought I’d give it a go! I originally thought they were just for decorations that kids make at Christmas but I actually really enjoyed it and I think you could probably create some really cool things with it.
One cool thing I’ve seen is fingerprint jewellery made with salt dough. It’s supposed to be like a cheaper version of the silver clay fingerprint jewellery and I thought it’d be a great gift for Mother’s Day especially as children can easily make it themselves so it’s super special.
However, I tried to make fingerprint jewellery with salt dough and it completely failed. Maybe the recipe should be slightly different to bring the print out a bit more or maybe I baked it wrong (it went all puffy because the heat was too high). Either way, the dough puffed up and you could barely see the print. The other salt dough creations looked great – See how to make salt dough here.
I experimented with air dry clay and polymer clay (Fimo) with differing results. The air dry clay cracked a bit but should be fine with a bit of water to soften it. It also took the paint better than the Fimo, however the Fimo was my favourite out of the three as you could clearly see the print!
Super simple to do! Roll out the Fimo, press your finger down firmly on to the rolled out Fimo so it picks up your fingerprint, then use a cookie cutter to stamp out the shape. Pierce a hole at the top so that you can hang the pendant then bake as per the instructions. Once baked, paint the pendant with silver acrylic paint. You might want to do a couple of coats and perhaps brush the fingerprint lightly with a dry brush and darker colour to bring it out a bit more. Attach a jump ring and then hang on a chain or suede necklace.
Instead of a necklace, you could make this into a hanging decoration. Or you could skip piercing the hole and stick a magnet on the back. You could even use letter stamps to include a message! Oh, the endless possibilities of Fimo!