Here's the way I made them...through trial & ERROR!
Make Salt Dough
Roll out and cut
find and OLD pan or metal can
find some coffee grounds
chop up ANY old candle
you can pre-dye your dough...or make a mistake and figure it out later and PAINT them instead!
BAKE 325 until hard
Mix melted wax on low heat on stove and add coffee grounds
DIP and dry! (I dipped more than once after wax set)
**Nicole informed me that the original grubby wax men were not made from salt dough, but rather real gingerbread. I have seen some salt dough for ornaments made with spices and cloves that would naturally darken the dough? Then there would be no painting involved.**
(If you want ornaments...I suggest using a straw to poke a hole into them BEFORE you cook them :))