Decorated jar – versierd potje

Using etching paste again / Weer eens aan de slag met etspasta (armour etch)

I’ve noticed my blot gets some traffic regularly from people who search in Dutch for glassetching with etching paste, so I write this post in English and Dutch again.
Het is mij opgevallen dat ik regelmatig bezoek krijg naar aanleiding van zoekopdrachten in het nederlands over glas-ets pasta / glas-etspasta of etscrème. Vandaar dat ik dit bericht weer tweetalig maak.

I’ve been creative the past few months, but didn’t have the time (energy) to blog about it. One of the things I made in december were decorated jars, as gifts. In two of those jars I put a mix for salt dough, including foodcloring powder. In the big jar I put a little present. Only the big jar received a but decoration on the lid eventually, because I had glued the recipe for salt dough on the lid of the two smaller jars. They received only small decorations. This will be a post with mainly pictures, but if you have any questions, found the post usefull, or anything else, just leave a comment.

Ik ben wel creatief geweest de afgelopen maanden maar had geen tijd (energie) om erover te bloggen. Een van de dingen die ik gemaakt heb waren versierde glazen jam/groentepotjes. In 2 potjes kwam een mix voor zout deeg, inclusief voedingsmiddelen kleurstof poeder, en in de grote pot heb ik een cadeautje gedaan. Alleen de grote pot heeft uiteindelijk een grote zoutdeeg versiering bovenop gekregen, omdat ik bij de twee kleine potjes anders het recept, dat ik op het deksel had geplakt, zou bedekken. Daar dus alleen wat kleins. Dit is een bericht met voornamelijk foto’s, maar als je vragen hebt of als deze post nuttig voor je was (of als je juist iets mist) laat dan een reactie achter, ik help je graag verder op weg.

The end result of the big jar, without content:
Het eindresultaat van de grote pot, zonder inhoud:

DSC_6865I didn’t have time to spray the lid again, but luckily the text wasn’t that obvious on the photo’s.
Ik had niet genoeg tijd om het deksel opnieuw te verven, maar gelukkig viel het niet zo erg op zoals hier op de foto’s.

Saltdough / Zoutdeeg

More about the saltdough in a previous post of January: Orange ornaments and salt dough ornaments.

Meer over het zoutdeeg in een eerdere post in januari: Orange ornaments and salt dough ornaments.

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Workspace

A rose and some round christmas ornaments

A rose and some round christmas ornaments

2nd batch of oranges above, and salt dough below. A 2ns baking plate in between to catch the moist of the oranges.

2nd batch of oranges above, and salt dough below. A 2nd baking plate in between to catch the moist of the oranges.

Punching out the shapes in a ribbon of static window foil / Vormen uitponsen uit statische raamfolie.

The annoying thing was that the foil kept sticking in my punches. I don’t think this is very healthy for them. The most annoying was the butterfly punch from Fiskars, as it is a detailed print and the foil (due to it’s elasticity and flexibility) got stuck a lot. It just came to mind that I could have tried punching with the foil between 2 sheets of very thin paper, like printer paper. I hope the stack fits in the punch, Ill try it next time.

Het vervelende hier was dat de folie bleef plakken in mijn ponsen. (ja, statische folie he…). Ik denk niet dat dit erg goed was voor mijn ponsen. Het meest vervelende was het uitponsen van de vlinderrand, met de fiskars pons. Deze pons is erg gedetailleerd en daar bleeft de folie vaak in hangen, voornamelijk omdat de folie zo flexibel is en uitrekt ipv breekt of scheurt. Ik bedenk me net pas dat het misschien had geholpen als ik het tussen 2 blaadjes papier had geponst. Dun papier natuurlijk, printpapier ofzo. Volgende keer proberen.

This was tricky, the foil kept sticking in my punches. Had to peel it out between punching.

This was tricky, the foil kept sticking in my punches. Had to peel it out between punching.

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Tricky part: spraying with spray-glue and not blowing the little pieces off the sheet.
Lastig, spuiten met spuitlijm en daarbij niet de kleine uiteponste figuurtjes van het blad af blazen!

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Take your time to put the foil on straight, it is quite difficult to do. A little bit off and the start and end are at different heights.
Neem de tijd om de folie er recht op te krijgen, dat is lastig. Als je in het begin ook maar een klein beetje scheef rolt heb je daarna een duidelijk hoogteverschil tussen het begin en eind.

Small jars / kleine potjes

One for a girl, one for a boy. The boy’s jar did receive a salt dough lego block on top, and the girls jar some beads. I only have one picture of the boys jar, as I made that one later. I didn’t use etching cream on that one, I used pictures and mod podge.
Een voor een meisje, de ander voor een jongen. Het deksel voor de jongen kreeg een lego blokje van zout deeg, het meisje kreeg wat zout deeg kraaltjes. Van het jongenspotje heb ik maar 1 foto trouwens, deze had ik namelijk pas later gemaakt. Daar is ook geen glas ets /ets crème bij gebruikt maar afbeeldingen en decoupage lijm.

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Oh, het lego blokje staat hier nog net op de foto. De bloem op het kleine potje was nog niet vastgeplakt, dit was om even te kijken wat het leukste was.

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I think I chose the beads in the end, without the cupcake. Ik denk dat ik de kraaltjes erop heb gedaan, zonder het cakeje dus.

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Star wars en lego op een groene strook papier, vernisd met mod podge (decoupage laklijm).

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Big Jar / grote pot

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Ingredients used: Etching cream, punches, spray glue , static foil, spray paint, salt dough, food color powder and decoupage glue (mod podge).

Ingredients used: Etching cream, punches, spray glue , static foil, spray paint, salt dough, food color powder and decoupage glue (mod podge).

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Questions? Ask away!

Vragen? Stel ze gerust!

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Orange Ornaments and Salt dough ornaments.

Orange Ornaments

Cheap and toddler safe winter ornaments! Not just for your christmastree, they could also be used for other decorations, like in wreaths or in front of the window.
The first batch went well. They were a bit moist still so I turned the heat up, and then they kind of burned. The next batch was much better.

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Philosophical intermezzo

A little bit of history I got from somewhere (I can’t remember…)
In the old days, Christmas wasn’t called christmas. It wasn’t a Christian feast then, it was a heathen feast to celebrate the end of winter. It was around the darkest time of the year, it was a celebration of light and harvest. Trees were decorated with (dried) fruit. Then somewhere, the Church added the Christian touch to it, adopting the feast (because that is easier then banishing it), like they did with so many feasts.
I only know a bit of the story, haven’t researched it a lot, but I think the 6th of January (arrival of the three kings) also was a heathen feast originally. The 3 kings were Christian marketing: See, for our holy king, kings from all over the world come! Asian, black, white, they all come to worship our king! Nations could identify with a king, and could be converted easier.
I am baptized and raised as a Catholic, but I have mixed feeling about religion. About the church, mostly. The witchhunt, surpression of women, the changes in the religion,  (God was not a loving god all the time, he was feared a lot, only in the latter ages he has become a loving and forgiving God.) I do believe in helping other people, in doing good, but that should also be a goal for a person without a religious motivation. Be good because you want to, from your soul, not because God tells you or because you fear God. Be good because you know that is the right thing to do.

Every religion has it’s extremists and it’s time of holy war. I just get sad by all the wrongs that are done because of religion. I feel that, in the Western world, Christianity is the standard. Islam is viewed as different, not the standard. It’s ok to build churches, but it’s not ok to build Mosques. We celebrate all these Christian holidays, they’re national holidays, but we don’t have national holidays on other religions important days. I am in favour of separating politics and religion. And I’d like to go back to the root of things, like the root of Christmas.

I do not like the commercial Christmas. I like the thought of Christian Christmas. I understand the heathen Christmas. My Christmas is a mix of these. I try to withstand the commercial Christmas, try to withstand the “Consume!” message from companies. Commercial Christmas tags: Consume, posess, waste.. Consume lots of food, drink. Posess: it’s important to receive gifts. What you posess / get is important. Material. Not the thought. Waste: wrapping, left over food, decoration… just more and more to add to the waste pile. People are starving, we are wasting food by having extravagant dinners. We decorate and throw away the decorations after the holiday, as they’re out of fashion. Next year we need to have new ones.

Christian Christmas: The story of baby Jesus is beautifull, and I intend to share it with my kids ofcourse. There are lots of messages in the story. It’s a time to stand still and reflect on things.

Heathen Christmas: Celebrate that the dark is receding, that light is returning. Hope for a good harvest, for the spring to come. Celebrate the light, hope.

I am not sure where the family and friends part fits in (is that Christian, Consuming or Heathen, or all of it?)

My Christmas: I like decorations, but don’t buy lots of new things. I think it will be wonderfull to make decorations together with my kids. The family part, being creative, having activities together. Making it pretty with few resources. It’s about the thought. We did give gifts with Christmas, allthough I think our kids get a lot allready. They don’t need it. But we like is a lot to buy them presents. The excitement! Oh and we like Lego too, so it’s an excuse for us to buy more Lego “for the kids”.
I like to try to make home made gifts, but unfortunately, store bought is the standard. Store bought is better, is more appreciated. It’s easier too. Just check the list, pick one item and get exactly that item. But it’s not creative. The focus is on the gift, instead of on the giving. It’s on the size/value, instead of on the thought.
Anyway. Very idealistic thoughts of me, aren’t they? And I wished I could hold on to them more, but I am weak. (And a bit lazy / not much backbone, as saying “I am weak” is just a poor excuse for not caring enough/not wanting to put too much energy in it.) So, in thought I might be idealistic and all “holy” about environment and family and friends etc, when it comes to real day-to-day life I’m just a consumer who doesn’t have time to do the right thing or think about the right thing all the time. Enough philosophy and ideaology. Back to the crafting!

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Orange Ornaments – How do you make it?

Get oranges (not oranges for juice, as you need to dry them so less juice is better). Slice them up, and dry them. You can dry them on the heater, but in the oven is faster. Put the slices in on a bout 100 degrees Celsius, and leave it in for a few hours / untill you think it’s ready. Mine were still a bit sticky when I got them out. I also sprinkled some casting sugar on it while drying as was suggested for a more glazier look somewhere. I didn’t mind the stickyness that much. The slices continued to dry (and shrink) more while hanging in the tree, but no rot or mould or bugs in sight. Next year I’ll probably make them again!

Burnt batch of oranges,  and old apple and an old kaki-fruit which I used because it was too old to eat.

Burnt batch of oranges, and old apple and an old kaki-fruit which I used because it was too old to eat.

Kaki-fruit shrinks a lot.

Kaki-fruit shrinks a lot.

2nd batch of oranges above, and salt dough below. A 2ns baking plate in between to catch the moist of the oranges.

2nd batch of oranges above, and salt dough below. A 2ns baking plate in between to catch the moist of the oranges.

Dried orange slices! Could have been prettier with jarn and a ribbon, but as it was close to christmas allready I just put the hooks in straight away.

Dried orange slices! Could have been prettier with jarn and a ribbon, but as it was close to christmas allready I just put the hooks in straight away.

Salt dough ornaments (and homemade play-dough)

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First side

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The other side.

Soooo easy to make! I intended to use this as ornaments in the tree, but they became quite heavy and weren’t finished yet. In fact, they are still lying on a cupboard for further treatment. The idea was to add pictures into the big turqoise one and in the heart one. I still plan to do that and hang it on my copper painted wall. (I love the combination of copper and that peacock/turqoise color!)

I wanted to make an impression of Tobias his hand in the salt dough, and though he’d enjoy making and playing with the dough as he did like it when we made muffins the other day. But he was only half interested and kept squeezing the dough instead of keeping his hand flat, so I gave up and continued on my own. I only have 2 cookieshapes: the handfigures (3 sizes) and the heartshape (1 size). The round shape was made with the bowl that was standing near.

A basic recipe:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of  flour
  • optional: Add potatostarch for more elasticity (aardappelzetmeel)
  • optional: add some vegetable oil
  • Add food coloring for pre-coloured dough (or for colored play-dough)
  • Varnish the end result after drying/baking

I found that the dough is very suitable to use as play-dough as well. Might not be able to store it as long as playdough from the recipe below, but it’s almost the same.

Variations on this (check out the sites for the full instructions, including baking temp and times and other tips!) :

From Musings From a Stay at home Mom (I didn’t try this recipe yet, but looks good and clear instructions and looots of positive comments!)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar  (no idea what this is)
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • food coloring

The recipe involves heating the stuff, so go over to her blog for the tutorial.

From a dutch site for bakers, bakkerwereld, about salt dough decorations:

  • 1 kg of flour (1000 gram bloem)
  • 5 g baking powder (5 gram bakpoeder)
  • 200 g salt (200 gram zout)
  • 250 g real butter (250 gram roomboter)
  • 400 g water (400 gram water)

(Edited 21-09-2013:

Instructions:

  • Meng alle droge grondstoffen met de boter goed (Mix all dry ingredients very well with the butter)
  • Voeg water toe en kneed tot een glad deeg (add water and knead untill it’s a smooth dough)
  • Laat deeg minimaal twee uur rusten (Leave for a minimum of 2 hours)
  • Breng in model naar keuze, laat even rusten en bak af tussen 160-170ºC. (Shape as you wish, leave a while and bake it between 160-170ºC.)

For kids, easy recipe on a dutch site, njam:

  • 1 kg flour,
  • 600g water
  • 500g salt
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil

(Edited 21-09-2013:

Instructions /bereiden:

  • Maak een kuiltje in de bloem en giet het water erin. (make a dimple/pit (which one?) in the flower and pour water in)
  • Los het zout op in het water en kneed er beetje bij beetje de bloem onder. (dissolve the salt in the water and start kneading it, adding the flour bit by bit )
  • Blijf kneden tot het deeg niet meer aan je handen kleeft. (Keep kneading untill the dough doesn’t stick to your hands anymore)
  • Verdeel het deeg in worstjes en kneed in de gewenste vorm of steek er figuurtjes uit met een uitsteekvormpje. (divide the dough in sausages and knead in desired shape or punch out figures with a cookiecutter)
  • Vet de bakplaat in met een beetje olie. (grease the baking sheet (baking plate?) with a little oil)
  • Bak de kleine figuurtjes 20 minuten en de grote 40 minuten op 170°C. (Bake the little figuers 20 minutes and the big ones 40 minutes at 170°C)

Finish / werk af:

Borstel een beetje olie over de figuurtjes zodat ze een mooie glans krijgen.)

From a belgian blog, mijn hobbyblogje, someone who makes pretty things with salt-dough. (the categories/site doesn’t function well though). (edited 21-09-2013: The site seems to have gone, so unfortunately you can’t visit it anymore for the instructions about baking it. Wished I had written that down too! That is why I have added the instructions to the rest of the recipes)

  • 200 gr meel
  • 200 gr zout
  • water (no specific amounts, just add little bits as you go.
  • To be able to make thin stuff: add 100g of potatostarch.
  • For rough work: double the amount of salt.
  • For tiles and plaques: use a double amount of salt as well and add 2 tablespoons wallpaperglue.

Uit het boekje “Deegtafereeltjes” (Anne Karine Lemstra, 1998) uit de reeks “SuperHobby”, p.7 e.v.

Back to my salt dough products, not as nice as the ones above, but fun to make! I added green and red foodcoloring. I only had liquid food coloring at that point.

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A rose and some round christmas ornaments

A rose and some round christmas ornaments

Put the dough on a metal bbq/saté stick and make beads out of it.

Put the dough on a metal bbq/saté stick and make beads out of it.

A little bit more explanation on the last picture: I rolled the dough around the stick, and rolled the stick around with the curl of the stick off the table (so rolling on the edge). Then a few rolls on the table. Because the stick is now angled due to the curl, the inside hole of the dough is a bit bigger. Cut the beads with a sharp knife. You need some room between the beads, so you have to gently move the remaining dough aside so there is space between the beads. If you want to make pretty beads with pretty sides, move the dough much further then I did. The sides of the beads were very rough when it was finished. I did push them apart more before baking, but still some stuck together.

See my next post about Home Made Gifts – play dough ingredients in a glass-etched jar, decorated with salt-dough for the results after baking and varnishing!