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|How to make miniature food using polymer clay for jewelry or 1:12 scale dollhouse decorations.
A foot long sub or baguette would be recreated as one inch. Use that as a general guide for making other types of bread loafs in comparison.
|Making miniature food and other artwork with polymer clay can be very easy and gratifying for beginners. I recommend starting with bread (baguettes, loaves, muffins, toast,
waffles etc.) as it is quick and simple to create realistic results. If you are making jewelry you can just estimate a good size, if you are making miniatures for dolls then be
sure to keep a ruler handy.
Here is what you need to get started:
1) Polymer clay. I use Premo in white, translucent and yellow for this bread.
2) A needle tool, sewing needle or toothpick.
3) Soft pastel chalks or charcoal. For bread you will need white, yellow, reddish brown and dark brown. You can use a piece of paper to scribble onto.
4) A paint brush preferably a small detail brush that is very soft to pick up chalk powder.
5) Sculpey super slicer, razor blade or xacto knife to cut through clay and scrape off powder from your chalk pastels.
The following items can be found at your local hardware store, such as Home Depot:
6) A ceramic tile - plain white and dirt cheap (Home Depot sells them for about 30 cents), a great surface for working on and baking clay on in your oven. It helps distribute
heat more evenly during baking. Be sure to get an oven thermometer if you're unsure about your oven's accuracy.
7) Varathane polyurethane water-based sealer - available in gloss or matte (we're using matte for bread, but gloss is good to have for everything shiny) it comes in spray
or brush on form (you pick) in the hardware store's wood painting/floor sealing section.
8) Texture tools: A hard/firm toothbrush for adding texture OR Coarse grit sandpaper (50 to 100 grit, the lower the better.) Also, for the grid pattern on the bottom of the
bread I used the textured side of a tool - look for this type of pattern on things you own, stuff at the hardware store, nut cracker/kitchen utensils or a nail file.
|Step 1 in making miniature baguette bread: Mix your clay to the desired color. Here I used 1 part white, 1 part translucent and just a tiny bit of
yellow Premo polymer clay. Knead the clay in your hands until soft, and form into a long oval shape about 1" long.
Step 2 Roll your textured handle or a nail file along one side of your clay.
Step 3 Use your sandpaper or toothbrush to create all over texture by tapping it on your clay surface.
Step 4 Use the sides of the needle too make impressions on the top of your bread. You could make 3 to 6 diagonal impressions like I did here, or
one large one long ways in the middle, or random cracks. Bread is not perfect, experiment and make it uneven.
|Step 5 Use the sharp pointy end of the needle and make small circle motions inside the impressions to create a rough texture.
Step 6 Applying color: Scribble your dark yellow, reddish brown and dark brown chalks onto paper. Use the paintbrush to pick up the powder and
dust it onto the clay. Start with yellow all over, try to not get too much in the cracks. Move on to reddish brown applying it randomly. Lastly apply the
dark brown sparingly to recreate more toasted areas on the edges and raised spots.
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|Step 7 Once you are happy with your coloring all over, and are now familiar with the process, it's time to make more bread pieces before we head on to baking. Try
making bread in a variety of shapes, such as round, muffin, twists etc.. Here i made a 1/2" round ball in my hand and followed the same process as before.
Step 8 Bake according to your clay package directions. I use Premo and I bake on my ceramic tile in a toaster oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. It is common for the
dial to be wrong, so an oven thermometer is highly recommended so you can avoid spikes that burn clay.
Step 9 Once your clay has baked, let it cool down in the oven. Once it is cool enough to be handled again, set it down on your work space. Take your razor blade and
shave off a tiny pile of white powder from your chalk/charcoal stick onto the tile or piece of paper. Have it ready.
Step 10 Spray or paint on a layer of varathane sealer. While the sealer is still wet/tacky, pick up some of the white chalk powder with your finger tip and dab it sparingly
onto a few areas of your bread. You can also make more sparse white sprinkles by scraping the chalk off with your blade directly over the bread. When you are happy
with your application, apply another light coating of varathane to your project to seal everything in place.
|Use your miniature food for jewelry, or in doll house settings such as market stalls, bakeries and the dining room. I used my miniature bread to feed my Calico Critters
cat family :) They are not quite 1:12 scale, but their cartoon proportions allow objects made in that scale to be 'close enough' when used with them. If you have your own
favorite dolls or toy sets, you could make your items to fit them. This is also a fun, inexpensive way to personalize toy accessories for your child's favorite dolls.
|More tutorials coming in the future! Until then I hope that you found this cute and entertaining :)
|How to make a snow cone miniature food charm with polymer clay, clear drying glue and clear glitter:
|Polymer Clay Miniature Bread Tutorial:
|Some project ideas for miniature gardens or 1:12 scale doll house decorations.
What is 1:12 scale? This is the most common size of doll house items, where 1" (inch) equals 1' (foot) of a real life item. For example, a foot long sub or baguette would
be recreated as one inch. You can figure out how big to create your doll house item by measuring the real life item in inches, and dividing it by 12. Such as my 48" wide
dining table divided by 12 is 4, so I would make a 4" wide miniature table.
|Potted plants and flowers for miniature gardens or doll house scenery:
This tutorial used "Flower Soft" brand colored foam particles, floral wires, wooden flower pot shape, acrylic paint, x-acto knife/blade, paper, optional paper punches (or
you can use a die cutter or small detail scissors to create leaf shapes) and any tacky pva thick white glue that dries clear such as Elmer's.
|Flower Soft also makes a great center for your paper punched flowers. The bottom left
flower bunch uses the regular size, and the poppies in the upper right use the ultra fine
flower soft in a variety of colors.
|1) Paint your flower pot with your choice of
acrylic paint. Cut wire pieces to desired
length, leaving room for inserting them
into your flower pot shape.
|2) Add a generous layer of high-tack
PVA glue to your wire wherever you
want the flower-soft to stick.
|3) Sprinkle the flower soft onto the
glue. You could also create a fluffy pile
of flower soft on your work surface &
roll the wire over it to pick it up. You
have to be very gentle to not push the
glue off the wire when doing it that way.
|4) Use a piece of syrofoam or floral
craft foam to place your wires to dry
upright. While you have them this way,
if you have used the flower soft wires
that have a white paper coating, you
can color your stems with a marker.
|5) Cut a small block of the foam with a
blade/x-acto knife to fit inside your
flower pot. Use paper punches or
scissors to cut leaf shapes out of
|6) Place foam in pot, insert wires, coat
with glue and place paper leaves. Let dry.
|7) Add glue all around the base of the
flowers and leaves. Sprinkle with
ultra-fine "earth" flower soft to simulate
dirt. Allow to dry and tap off excess.
|Looks great on a doll house
table or in with miniature
I put mine on a cherry wood
dining table using scrap book
paper as the wallpaper (as
shown in the image below.)