Cast your Grasp with Salt Dough:
Hi there, and thanks for your support and solidarity towards Ireland's creative Industries and its workers. This simple campaign has been created to show in a visual and virtual manner the breadth of cultural workers within our industries. Like so many industries we have been badly affected by the Covid crisis and this simple project is to give people and policy makers a “grasp” on what that reality looks like in terms of individuals.
This instructional is to help you on your way to participation.
Without readily available air dry clay in most homes, here is an easy kitchen make, a basic yet reliable Salt Dough recipe. Please note this is worked as a set of ratios rather than quantities so is easy to scale up or down, according to your requirements.
½ Cup of flour (any type)
¼ Cup of Salt (table salt is good but equally any fine grain salt will do)
¼ Cup Water
Mixing Bowl, Fork, Parchment or baking paper, Baking Tray, Skewer or toothpick
Using your mixing bowl, mix flour and salt together, slowly add the water, mixing all the time until a dough is formed…Thats IT!!! Simple, effective and easily done.
Now to cast your grasp:
Remove your dough from the mixing bowl and hand form into a basic sausage shape, protect your surface whilst doing this with a piece of parchment paper. Depending on the amount of mixture you may indeed cast more than a single hand grasp, but feel free to make as many as you wish! Now placing the sausage of dough in your lightly floured hand, gently squeeze the dough until it resembles something similar to the images provided…
Using a skewer or toothpick pierce a hole all the way through the dough at both ends.
Place your hand cast with piercings on a parchment paper covered baking tray and place in your oven on the lowest setting for 1.5 hours… it is VITAL that this piece is fully dried out and again this is a suggested cooking time for the above amount of dough, if you halved the recipe, you can cut this time down a little. Equally if you enlarge the recipe, increase the cook time accordingly. Your hand grasp piece should feel hard and thoroughly dried through.
Next, clean up, have a cuppa, ring your Mam, she worries! ...then bask in the great sense of achievement akin to being “bake off” professional !
Lastly, and most importantly, when your unique ‘cast grasp’ is dried and cooled, add a paper tag to your piece, include the information set out in the "participants check list" (shown here to the left) and then take a well lit and clear photograph, Post this image to your favourite social media platform using the following TAGs
#graspthearts #showofhandsIRE #cultureworks #weareirishculture #mycontributinghand
When posting your photograph on social media do include your name, profession and county location and any comment of support for creative industry, including the importance of the industry to you, additionally remember to share this campaign with your other creative peers, co-workers and friends - let's give the world a “grasp” on how many of us contribute to our famous Cultural Capital - Thanks.
P.S. It is our intention to make a physical showing of this work post pandemic in one form or another so keep your “grasp cast” in a safe dry place and stay tuned for updates and developments, click the link HERE to subscribe for our news and updates as this campaign develops.
THANK YOU...stay creative, stay sane and if no-ones told you today - You rock!
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