I mixed the baking soda, corn starch, and water (2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch, 1-1/4 cup cool water). And plopped it on the stove where it quickly went from liquid to mash potato consistency.
|Finished when it's balled up in a clump|
|Chillin' for about 20 mins|
It was fun, but a lot of my pieces wouldn't come out of the molds nicely. They were dusted with cornstarch and releasing from the mold: sticking was not the issue. It was just my fat clumsy fingers were smushing the still soft clay while trying to pop it out of the mold. I needed to practice patience and give the clay 30 minutes to a few hours to set up before trying to pop them out.
Given the amount of time between filling the molds, I needed to store my clay to keep it from drying out. Into a baggie and the fridge for safe keeping! Over the next 3 days I'd pinch pieces off the clay ball in the fridge and fill my molds, let them set, pop the mold pieces, and repeat. Now I had an army of breads and a few other goodies!
|My tray is looking full|
|My chalk sticks|
|Shaved some chalk off|
Never having done this before I was annoyed by the q-tip falling apart after one chalk application.
|Not working very well|
I can't even get one loaf done and my "tool" is toast (no pun intended). So I started to use my fingers to rub the chalk onto the breads...
And they're turning out rather well, in my opinion! Got to wait for them all to dry (these don't get baked) so I can color them all. And now to order a few baker's racks to put all these breads on!