Statuary can be really expensive. But salt dough is very cheap. I made this set today for myself. They’re still drying, hence the cereal box, but once they dry, I think they will be a lovely addition to my alter space. The top picture is with candle light the other is with flash.
An added bonus is that by making them yourself you can infuse them with herbs, oils, or simply intent. You begin with water, flour, and salt, which are highly symbolic elements. Then you air dry them for awhile. Last you bake them in the fire. At each step you can invoke your elements according to our own tradition.
The recipe is 1 cup flour, 1 cup salt, ¾ cup water. If it’s too runny add flour, it it’s too dry add water. Air dry until they hold their shape. Then bake on warm (200 F) until they are hard. The bigger the piece the longer this will take. After that you may paint them (or not) however you wish.