Sunday, April 06, 2008

Baked Beads

Baked Beads. What you need!
4 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1.5 cups of cold water
Food colourings
Oven Tray & Baking paper
Time.....this is not one to be rushed

What to do!

Mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl, if your cooking salt is lumpy like mine make sure you break up all the lumps. Anna did a good job of this for me.

Add the water and mix together before transfering to a floured board or bench. Knead untill the dough is smooth and not falling apart, about 5 mins. You will be kneading more once the food colourings are added so don't be too fussy, you don't want the dough to dry out.

Divide the dough into equal amounts depending on how many colours you would like, Anna decided to make 8 different colours (however not all of them made it to the oven LOL). Add the food colouring, I found the best and most fun way to do this was to flatten the dough, make a little well and just add a little puddle., Then squish it all together over the sink, work it in a bit then transfer it to your bench and knead untill the colour is even and the dough is smooth. Little arms are tried by now so it's time for adult hands to get dirty (the dye will have worn off the following day).

Roll the dough into different shapes....or just round beads if you prefer. Use a skewer to poke holes through the beads.

Place the beads onto an oven tray lined with baking paper so as they are not touching.

Place the tray into a preheated "slow oven" now I have had conflicting on what "slow" means. After ruining our first batch Anna and I found that turning the fan off and having the oven set at 110-120deg was PERFECT. Too hot and the beads will dry out too quick, expland and split. (This batch pictured above ended up in the bin.) Bake for about 2-3 hours, keep checking them. You want them to be completely dried out and hard. I turned ours over at some stage.

That's it....once they have cooled they are ready to be threaded onto some elasic or fishing line to make a spunky new necklace (more pics coming soon).


Nic said...

Excellent work you two!!

Guess what we are going to try this week??? Your beads look amazing, and capturing the process like you have has me all inspired!!

Thank you Karina!!

Stu said...

You love your camera....even as a guy with all boys I found myself strangely interested in how you did 6 year old reckons we can do that....the 9 year old reckons he will punch me if we do!! Gotta love boys!

very colourful photos

Kathi said...

WOW! that's fantastic Karina!! that's something I could do with my kids! thanks for that!
and your photography is brilliant!!!

Luv Angel Musik Babee said...

they look great Karina!

Alicia said...

WOW! How great does that sound. Love the pics to go along with it.... i still wish you could take my wedding pics LOL

Naomi V said...

WELL DONE. This is sooooooo great. Love all the pics and I am even going to try it. You rock xx

Emma said...

We are so going to do this! I've bookmarked the page and will get the supplies this week. I just hope my photos of it turn out half as good as yours!

Anonymous said...

wowowowowow! karina you are, as always, an inspiration :) thank you for sharing... do you reckon it would work with gluten free flour? lol ;)


T. Fink Photo's said...

Thanks Peahen for the instructions. My kids will enjoy making the beads. I'll have to show you some pics when we're done.

Thanks again

Amanda said...

should i ever have another bub i so know who i am hassling to take some pics :P HAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

i love the one of the pink and blue beads, very pretty i must try this at some stage!!

Jaykay said...

Hello stranger. Where have you been? Can't understand why you're not on my Google Reader list. Did you change your blog address?

Anyway I love your photography, it's just amazing.

Will now go back through your archives and see what you've been up to.

Are you doing the Mothers Day Run? I still remember sitting around the table afterwards drinking champers and having a good old laugh!!