1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup warm water
Paring knife or similar blade
Bowl, pan, or other mold
Imagine buying something, and another one, and another, and then finding out later that you could have made those things yourself. In addition to saving money you could have had your own design and style incorporated into the item. You won’t make that mistake if you’re a mask collector and you know about bread dough masks. Mix up salt and flour and you can create something really spectacular, such as an Aztec mask. It’s easier to do than you might think.
Lots of things are made from a simple salt dough recipe, such as bowls, and plates. Why not take the recipe down a different road, and make a mask that can be hung on a wall, or displayed on a rod. You might be thinking that salt dough can’t make a very convincing mask but you’ll change that opinion when you finish crafting it.
Mix up ordinary salt dough. Put a cup of salt and two cups of flour in a bowl. Slowly stir in a cup of warm water until you create a dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll it to be about a quarter-inch thick.
You can create the basic shape of the face by using a bowl – round, oval, or other shape – and set it upside-down on the bread dough. Draw around it with a paring knife and then remove the bowl. Cut out eyes and a mouth; the wonderful thing about the Aztec mask is that it doesn’t have to look perfect. You can later take steps to decorate the mask in the manner that you wish. Shape a nose from another piece of the dough and place it on the face. One basic nose shape can be done by cutting a triangle of dough, bending it at an imaginary line that goes from the tip of the triangle to the middle of the base, and then shaping it more when it’s on the mask face.
Give the mask a convex shape by laying it over the bowl that you used to cut the original shape. Turn the bowl upside-down, cover it with plastic wrap, lay the mask over it, and allow to dry. You can put it in an oven, set it on low, and dry it that way; it’ll take about three hours or so. A quicker way is to put the bowl and mask in the microwave. Cook on high for three minutes and then see if it is still damp. If so, cook for 20 seconds and check again. When the mask is dry you can paint it to your liking.