Creating Ventriloquist Figures With Wood Dough

Wood Dough or Plastic Wood has been around for years. The type that was sold long ago did have some contents that in today’s heath standards can no longer be used such as lead. That being said you can still make a wood dough on your own and it does work really well. I have tried this myself. Once hardened it is able to be carved and sanded smooth. I have given you the formula below.

What you will need to make wood dough:
1 cup of clean sawdust (you can get it at the craft store)
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon liquid starch (it’s in the laundry section)
1 cup of water

Step 1: Combine the sawdust and the flour in a bowl and mix well.

Step 2: Add the liquid starch and the water to the dry ingredients and mix until a stiff dough is formed. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a bit more water. If it is too sticky, you can add a bit more flour.

Step 3: Create your sculptures. Let your imagination go wild! You can make figures, boxes, beads, dolls, pendants, or whatever your creative mind can dream up.

Step 3: Let your sculptures dry for a couple days. Thin pieces will dry more quickly. Thicker pieces may take three days to dry. If your sculptures should start to crack while drying, you can mix a bit of sawdust and/or flour with a bit of white glue like Elmer’s glue and use the glue putty to fill any cracks.


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3 Responses to Creating Ventriloquist Figures With Wood Dough

  1. LeeDean says:

    A coarse sawdust in Elmer’s wood glue mix final application for rough complexion, and corn starch in or on the paint for a flat finish, helps to get close to Marshall look.

  2. james Manalli says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    It sounds as if it may be brittle once dried.

  3. Mike Horner says:

    I’ve used a variation of this for making puppets. I use white glue, sawdust, powdered wallpaper paste (wheat-based) and then torn up pieces of toilet paper. Another version of the recipe uses dryer lint in place of the toilet paper.

    Sounds crazy, but once dry it’s really durable!

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