Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits is all about having fun with dough and circuits. Through some witchcraft the dough conducts electricity through the salt in the dough. It is also possible to make resister dough replacing the salt for sugar.

Mixing the Ingredients
The Ingredients include:
1 Cup of Water
1 Cup of Flour (+1/2 Cup for dusting)
1/4 Cup of Salt
3 tbsp. Cream of Tartar (or 9tbsp of lemon juice – more flour required if using lemon juice recipe)
1 tbsp. of Vegetable Oil
Food Colouring (the more you add, the stronger the colour!)

Making the dough itself is so easy, simply mixing all of these ingredients into a
pan on a medium heat and stirring until the consistency is at a recognizable dough consistency and comes away from the edges of the pan. Using the lemon juice will most likely need a little more than a cup of flour, so just stir and if it is not hardening then add a sprinkle more flour.
Next remove the dough from the pan onto a flour dusted covered surface. Be careful the dough will be hot! Need the dough until it starts to cool more and more and turns into a play-dough texture.

Needing the dough
To Make Squishy Circuits;
9 Volt Batteries
This is an example of a simple parallel circuit.

Parallel Circuit
Taking these simple notions of a circuit and getting creative!

‘Disco Brain’

This next piece would have looked more complete if I had some of that dough mixed with sugar instead of salt to fill in these gaps.

‘Fish Eye’
Keep the dough stored in an air tight container.
Friday afternoon Future materials workshops are a great way to wind down after the week!

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