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Dough Figures

the family teddy bear

family teddy bear

  • For every big bear body you take a big handful dough en knead it into two little balls. Roll them out into a thick, oblong shape. Put them next to each other on the foilor paper en press them gently together.
  • Use two small hands of dough for the smaller bears and repeat the first step. Press them alongside the bigger bears en be sure that the four bodies are in a straight line at the bottom. The have to be joined together.
  • Carve 1,5cm from the bottom with a kitchen knife.
  • Make the trenches for the legs of the father and the son with a small knife.
  • Roll a small hand of dough between your hands into a small ball, for the bear heads. Put them on top of the body and press them gently until they stick. Mould small pieces of dough as big as a bean for the ears and push them onto the head with a moulding stick. Use an even smaller bit of dough for the snout en a very tiny piece for the nose. Make the eyes with help of a toothpick.
  • For the father's sweater, make a small sausage of dough en press is flat between your palms. Cut one strip of about 1cm width for the bottom of the sweater and one for the neck. Use a moulding-stick to put the ribs in the dough.
  • For the arms of the big bears, roll a small hand of dough and cut it on the bias. Put the cutting edge on the outside of the bodies.
  • For the small bear heads, roll two pieces of dough between your palms. Press a small hole at the elbow of the big bears with your thumb, where the smaller heads go. Put them in place end press them together until they stick. Make the face as you did with the bigger bears.
  • Make the small bear arms from a piece of dough the size of a walnut en roll it out into a small sausage of about 6cm. Cut them on the bias and put the cutting edges onto the sides of the smaller bears.
  • Roll out a piece of dough till its 1cm thick, for the hat. Cut out a round shape with a biscuit mould. With a knife, cut a halve moon for the brim and put this on the forehead. For the crown of the hat, use a stretched piece of dough and push it up in the middle with your thumbs. Put this behind the brim. Cut a flower for the dough of about 5mm thick. Put it on the hat en put a small pellet in the middle.
  • Roll out a piece of dough till its 5mm thick, for the bow-tie. Cut out a strip of 1cm width and 4cm long. Push in the middle with a moulding-stick to make the knot and put folds on both sides. Cut two thin strips of dough for the ribbons and put them underneath the bow-tie.
  • Make the two arms from a little piece of dough. Roll it into a little sausage of about 7cm long and cut it at 5cm a bias. Put the longest piece over the breast of the father and after that the other one over it.
  • For the feet, roll little pellets of dough and press them against the bodies.
  • Make the flowers on the dress from small slices of dough, put them in place en press them on with the top of a ballpoint.
  • Bake the dough 15 hours in the oven, or until its rock hard.
  • Let it cool down. Paint the clothes and faces en varnish the family.