Thursday, August 17, 2006

Salt Dough

Uncolored Salt Dough

Bronzed Salt Dough

People eat with their eyes first. Hence, the use of show pieces in Culinary Arts. I’m sure a lot of us are familiar with Ice Sculptures. Salt Dough is another one of the many attractive eye catchers in food service. The art of salt dough making is an ancient one, dating as far back as Egyptian times.

In many past cultures, dough modeling was tied up with religious beliefs and ceremonies when sculptures would be offered as gifts to the gods, or presents to people on important occasions. Examples of these would be weddings, christenings, funerals etc. In Europe the craft was much favored, especially in Germany where the art was used widely in home decoration, especially at festive times.

This particular work was made of corn starch cooked in water and mixed with heated popcorn salt. The pictures show the before and after progress. The coloring I've used is actually a mixture of vodka and fine coffee powder that was painted gently onto the sculpture.

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