Sunday, April 7, 2013
Salt Dough Ornaments
Based on their condition and a few with dates on the back, they all were made in the late 1980s. I can see my current style hasn't changed much, although my proportions and detailing have improved a lot over the years. Teddy bears and pandas are always a fallback for me. One of my very first batches of salt dough ornaments was a set of teddies like the one in the lower right corner. The white horse is actually a unicorn - but the horn never survived long on any of the dozen or so I made. The rocking sheep were popular at craft fairs; I think people were fascinated with the garlic-pressed fleece. Sadly, the lion on the candy cane has snapped and is in the process of disintegrating. That's the big drawback of salt-dough ornaments - if there is any crack in the varnish, they start absorbing moisture until they fall apart. I think these all have survived as well as they have being stored in the low-humidity office.
I'm not sure what I'll do with these now that they're home. I have a friend who I'm sure would be more than happy to give the penguins a home. I may need to put up a tree next year, just to have an excuse to display them (and scads of other ornaments I own).