Dough Art

These Salt Dough Art beads are easy and cheap to make, you will find most of the ingredients needed in your kitchen cupboard. We will show you how to make beads that you can use in your own jewelry designs.

Salt dough is a great medium to work with, it is pliable like clay but can be baked solid in your oven.

Do you want to make affordable handmade jewelry that's unique and unusual? 

Due to the way dough art beads are made every one is different and unique. The mixing of the colored dough gives beautiful patterns which can never be duplicated even if you tried. Every piece of jewelry made from these beads will be original, one of a kind, works of art.

Preparation ~ Recipe for Salt Dough

If you haven't yet made your dough click on the link for Mia's recipe for salt dough.

You will find easy to follow instructions and photo's to show you how to make the basic salt dough.

You will also find lots of tips and techniques to help you create your own salt dough craft ideas.

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Coloring Salt Dough Recipe

Once you have made your dough you can color it, click on the link for Mia's colored salt dough recipes.

There are two different options using either acrylic or powdered paints.

You will want at least 2 different colors for the dough art bead project.

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Mia's Top Tip

If you are mixing several colors try to make all the beads for any project in one batch.

You will find it very difficult to replicate the mix of colors if you run out of beads halfway through your project.

Materials and Equipment

  • Salt dough in 2 different colors
  • Water
  • Paint brush or pastry brush for water
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Cocktail sticks or toothpicks
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Access to an oven
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes if painting
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • Mineral spirits for cleaning varnish brush

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Go to dough art supplies to find all you need for this craft.
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Dough Art Beads Tutorial

Make two small balls of different colored salt dough.

Squash the balls into each other.

Twist the colored dough carefully to blend the colors.

Roll into a ball.

If you mix the dough too much you will end up with a ball of just one color.

Use a cocktail stick to make a hole in the bead.

You will need to round the bead again once it is on the stick.

Bake in the oven following the instructions below.

Once fully baked you can paint if you wish.

Finish with two coats of varnish to make sure the dough is sealed and moisture can't get in.

Baking Your Salt Dough

Bake in the oven at 100oC for around 3 - 4 hours depending on the thickness of the dough.

The dough should be completely solid when baked properly. You can test a piece by trying to insert the tip of a safety pin into the bead, if the pin pushes into the dough easily then continue baking. Another test is to tap the bead on the top of the cooker, it should sound hollow if baked thoroughly.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

Make a pendant to match your beads, smaller versions of the same pendant could be used for earrings too.

The easiest shapes for beads are spheres or discs, but you could try cubes or pyramids as well.

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