4 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1.5 cups of cold water
Oven Tray & Baking paper
Time.....this is not one to be rushed
What to do!
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).