I'd been hankering to try out this idea for months, but only found the time the weekend before last. I've seen lots of similar ideas online and found a simple recipe for salt dough (1 cup o' flour, 1 cup o' salt, 1/2 cup o' water). In no time at all I had a lovely smooth, flat circle of dough ready to be squished.
See? Perfectly flawless. Ooooh so tempting to poke!
So we did. But with our whole hands - Rachel's bigger hand, then my smaller hand inside.
When Baby R woke up from his nap, he added his own weeny little hand in the palm of mine. Cute!
I have to say, it took a LOT of baking. I'd read that you should bake your dough for 1-2 hours at 100oC. So I gave it a full two hours. The next day I gave it another two hours the wrong way up, since it definitely had a "soggy bottom". The NEXT day it got another hour or so. Even then, it still had a bit of give, but I got bored waiting, so I got out my paint!
I started with a coat of white (it was ceiling paint, since it was what I found in the garage!). At the same time, I gave our 365 box a lick of white paint.
The next step was trickier. We'd decided it'd look good to have Baby R's hand in a dark shade, then our hands getting progressively lighter. Since we plan to put it in the lounge, I chose the deep pinky-red of the feature wall in the lounge.
We don't have any really thin paintbrushes, which I why I found myself balancing a baby on one knee while I tried to paint fingers with an earwigger (a cotton bud to all you people).
It was fiddly, fiddly work, but I managed it. For Rachel's hand, I ended up enlisting the help of a toothpick, as there were tiny weeny lines to be painted!
But I think it was worth all the fiddling and faddling. A moment in the history of our family, captured in time (well, in salt and flour and a bit of wall paint).
And it matches well with the lounge wall, where it may eventually be hung (albeit in a display box, since I totally forgot to poke a hole in the dough - oops!).
It's a bit rough and ready, but it's full of memories. Our little family, as of November 2013.