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    Hi, I'm Di from York, just joined today!
    My friend has asked me to make her a GIANT salt dough hedgehog....but i'm thinking is something the size of a football too big to make of dough, considering the drying out??
    Also, I have made a few salt dough items and the paint has crackled or cracked once varnished...why is this????

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    Hi Di and welcome to the forums.
    Making a large object out of salt dough is possible but you would need to use a mold or armature made out of wire. If you used all dough you are right it would never dry out and would go mouldy in the middle. Once you have a basic shape you can cover it with dough up to an inch thick should be ok. Bake it on a low heat until it sounds hollow when tapped, you may have to bake it for up to 12 hours if the dough is really thick.
    As for the paint cracking it could be that your dough isn't completely dry but it would also depend on the paints you used. I usually use acrylic paints and acrylic varnish.
    You can colour the dough first before making your model which can help.
    Maria
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      Thank you for that Maria....do you think a ball of foil would be ok in the middle, then covered in dough??? Re the cracking.....I do use acrylic, so far it's just the white that seems to do this, the object was dry (only thin), so I'm a bit none plussed really!?

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      • #4
        Welcome to the forum Good look with the salt dough stuff. I have never had a go at it.
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        • #5
          Foil should work in the middle fine. I would do a couple of practice goes first which is fine with salt dough as the ingredients are cheap. Try baking a few practice ones, when you think it's baked break one open and see how well it's baked on the inside. I would let it cool before breaking open but make a note of the time you took it out of the oven. If it's not baked properly then leave the next one for longer, keep repeating until the inside is definitely baked through.
          As for why your paint cracked I've no idea if the paint and dough were dry and cool before varnishing.
          Maria
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