Whenever I try a new material I like to test it on microwave. And guess what, ... almost all the water based doughs tend to increase in size and the other doughs also have a strange reaction. The idea is to test the materials to their limits, know where they fail and try to use it to your own advantage.
On my last how to make an ear v.3 I've talked briefly about water based microwave baked dough. So, I'll explain it clearly this time and make an instructable only about it..
Please do try with different doughs and post them out for all of us to learn.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Flocky is basically paper fibres, so you can make your own dough with toilet paper or other paper with those kind of big fibres.
Read the instructions on the package to learn the recipe. I tend to use half the water they say and use white glue to fill the other 50%.
Generally I mix a lot of this Flocky bags and store them in 1Kg plastic buckets. This one that you can see in the picture has something around 1 year old and still looks and smells great. That's the difference when using distilled water instead of regular tap one.
There's so many tools you can use for modelling your dough but a pencil and your own hands keeps to be the best ever. Here are a few other that I use with nylon and metal tips.
Step 2: Preparing Cilinders
Step 3: Shaping Your Fingers
Next comes to fun part.
Step 4: Microwave Action
You should do some tests before trying to do the real thing. On my microwave I ended up with the following numbers.
Cook it for 60 seconds on high mode and as you can see the finger swells a lot and it may even present some cracks. While the outside is cooked the inner dough is still wet so you must be quick (that's why I only cook around 2 or 3 fingers at a time).
While it's hot, try to squeeze it to the original shape. The outer 'skin' is bigger now and wend compressed, to the original shape, it will create those wrinkles.
When happy with this random result, let it cool and cook it again for 120 seconds more.
Step 5: Close-up and Thin Details
Step 6: Putting the Fingers Together
Step 7: Finalizing
Try it on and have fun!