Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bread Dough Jewelry

I've been sitting on the couch, kneading Aleene's® Tacky Glue and white bread together so I can make bread dough jewelry today. Tomorrow morning I am going to be on the KMPH Fox 26 Morning Show here in Fresno, along with Cheryl Ball and Allee Marderosian. We will be on from 6 til 10 a.m. and be demonstrating 10 fun summer crafts.

So, I thought it would be a great time to remind everyone about the easy dough that you can make with glue and bread. The necklace and bracelet in these pics are from my book, The Crafter's Guide to Glue. I made the classic roses and pressed them into fancy shaped paper clips. Then I assembled them with jump rings. The colors came from little drops of acrylic paint. Today I experimented with puffy paint and food coloring. Fun!

Here's the scoop on how to make your...

Aleene's® Tacky Glue & Bread Dough
  1. The basic bread dough formula is one slice of bread to one tablespoon of glue.
  2. Remove all of the crusts from the number of slices you'll need for your project and tear into small pieces.
  3. Put the bread in a plastic bag and pour the appropriate number of tablespoons of glue into the bag (1 piece bread to 1 tablespoon glue). Knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it becomes smooth and workable.
  4. At first it will be sticky, but keep kneading. Due to differences in climate and moisture in the area, you may need to adjust the ratio of bread to glue.
  5. If after 10 minutes the mixture is still too sticky, add more small pieces of bread. If it is too dry or stiff add a few more drops of glue.
  6. You can color the dough by adding a few drops of paint to the dough.
  7. Roll the dough out on a smooth and clean surface as you would with cookie dough. Use your fingers or cookies cutters to mold and cut shapes.
  8. Small projects will take hours to dry, while larger ones could take days.
  9. You can store the dough in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for several months.


EE said...

Is there a product that you suggest to seal your bread dough jewelry?

this is a great craft. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I also am curious how you seal your creations once they are dried.

Andrea said...

I am also wondering how you seal your bread dough jewelry! I love this method though. An Italian friend of mine just told me about this and sent me a link to your page.

Pattie Donham Wilkinson said...

Oh, it's easy to seal the bread dough jewelry. You can use any spray sealer. Just decide whether or not you want it to be shiny. Then choose gloss or matte.
Happy Crafting!