I have not made this recipe in ages, so I checked it on the internet and found it hasn’t changed.
This seems like a good project for a family when everyone is stuck indoors.
Cooked Salt ClayRecipe
2 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of water
1 Cup of salt
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil — The oil will make the dough a little easier to knead and work with but some recipes omit it.
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar — The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist omitting it. But if you are making ornaments that you are going to dry right away, the cream of tartar isn’t needed.
In a large saucepan mix the flour, cream of tartar, and salt; add oil and water.
Cook over medium heat five minutes, stirring constantly. Your arm may tire as mixture thickens—having a helper is nice.
It is finished when the dough clings to the spoon and refuses to be moved. Take care not to scorch.
Remove from heat and cool a bit. Divide into fourths and add food coloring. Knead.
After play period, roll dough in a large ball, or in four balls if you have colored them, place them in plastic bags, and store them in the refrigerator. If sticky when removed, add a little flour.
If you made cookie cutter ornaments, let them air dry for 1 to 3 days then they can be painted.
This 2017 video starts with a library in Anchorage Alaska where you can really check out bones, mounted animals, and other preserved bits and pieces from wildlife.
I can see a teacher checking out native animals to display for his/her students, bringing nature into the classroom.
I can also see writers checking out the same conserved beasts and setting one up in his/her office as inspiration.
In this short video, you’ll see a snowy owl. I imagine that J K Rowling could have had that sitting in her office as she wrote about Hedwig.
I know libraries are more than books. Years ago, I checked out artwork to put on my walls before I filled my walls with my paintings and family photos. I have been in a library that offers patrons large cooking pots and tools for canning. They also had games and jigsaw puzzles to check out, too.
If I lived close to that Anchorage, Alaska library, I know I would be checking out interesting animal artifacts. If not for inspiration, I’d love having them around just to look and wonder at.