Saturday, 21 July 2012

Bear Witch Project ....... Crafty Arty!

Well, hello there... Arthur here ............. Have you made and despatched  your Despacho's yet?  No?? well no worries - maybe you'll want to join me on this crafty expedition!

It's coming up to Lug......Lugh.........Lun...... Lammas  *hangs head and shuffles paws* - Ok Raven for you ... Lughnasadh.....!!

Although in the heat of a  summer it might be difficult to discern, but the festival (Aug 1st) marks the end of
summer and the beginning of Autumn (Fall). The days will grow shorter and by the time we've reached Autumn's end (Oct 31st), we will have run  from the heat of August to the cold and (if we are lucky) snow of November. And in the midst of it, a perfect Autumn (hopefully not as soggy as Spring and Summer eh?!)

That's the 'blurb' out of the way - now, the KW team set a challenge on the forum - to celebrate this Sabbat to make a wreath :

For the base/shape:

Wicker circle
Foam base circle
Wire base circle
Salt dough wreath
Fimo wreath
Clay wreath
Wheat circle

Decorate with:

Flowers - fresh (although they won't last long!), dried or silk
Dried fruit
Nuts and seeds

It didn't have to be fancy ........... so as there was the promise of nuts and berries and all manner of goodies laying around ............ how could I resist

I started by rolling some salt dough out into three long strands .. Tansy made the salt dough earlier in the day and the recipe she used was:

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
4 Cups flour
1 Cup salt
1 ½ Cups hot water
1 tsp vegetable oil

Combine the salt and flour, then add the water until the dough becomes elastic. Add the oil at this time and knead the dough (if it's too sticky, add more flour). Once it's a good consistency, make your decorations with cookie cutters. Bake ornaments at 200* until hard (about 20 - 30 minutes). Once they've cooled, paint them with designs and symbols, and seal with clear varnish.

 After I had the three strands I (with help.... I've only got paws after all...) braided them together ..... the Ladies assure me that should  I in the future have a girl cub and she has long hair I'll get lots of practice at this!!!
 Next, I put the long braid into a ring shape and joined the ends together with water so it stayed together

Whaddya think.... looking good eh???

Now to decorate it......

How about a Triple Moon .....

A pentacle.......

A Goddess ....... 

And a broom ............... 

Now it goes into the oven to be baked - and made hard - time to clean up .... *hum, dee, da,* - yep I let the ladies do that ......... :)  Time for me to have a nice cup of herbal tea!

When it's all ready you can paint, varnish and add any finishing touches ..................... and Voila!!! 

So, whaddya think?????????????

Love and blessings to you

Arthur ............... and the KW Leadership team x 


  1. Love it, Great craft to do with my 4 year old. She love anything with playdough. I'm sure she'll love this.
    Thanks, Tabitha.

  2. Is this edible?

    1. Probably not this recipe, but I plan one that is edible. Simple bread isn't too hard to make and has about the same consistency before baking it.

  3. You could eat salt dough, but we would not advise it, it would taste pretty horrible and all that salt might give you a tummy ache! So I would say really..only for decoration!