Saturday, August 27, 2011

Nerdy Crafting

Hubby wanted to get in on the Fimo action and suggested that we make tiny Angry Bird characters. We had a really fun time!

I made the green piggy, and he made the red bird..... There are plans to make the entire set, and potentially a whole Angry Bird scene!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Caning Project: Bananananananas!

I think I was a little bananas to try these for my first ever caning project!  Considering my extreme lack of experience, it could have turned out much much worse!

I used the instructions found in “Miniature Food Masterclass: Materials and Techniques for Model-Makers” by Angie Scarr.

I’ll start off with what I think I did right first (it’s a shorter list!)  I actually really like the color – it turned out really nice.  I am also happy with the scale, for the most part.

I didn’t make my initial ‘triangle’ fat enough, and what with all the squishing around and re-adjusting, one of my little sections got off-center.  Also, my little seeds have nearly disappeared into oblivion!  If you really, really look, you can see just a shadow of seed – next time (if I ever need a next time, considering how many I have now!) I will make the seeds 2-3x bigger.  However imperfect, I still think the finished product looks sufficiently banana-like!


One thing I didn’t quite anticipate was the enormous quantity of cane that it would produce!!!  I rolled out 1/4 of the initial cane, and I have SEVENTEEN, yes 1-7 uncut, soft cooked canes ready for slicing!  That doesn’t even include the 3/4 and 1/2 bananas!

I originally wasn’t planning on making full-fruit bananas, but realized as I was rolling out each of the smaller sections of canes, the ends were very easily manipulated into a convincing banana shape, and was no extra work to make them! 



One of my favorite YouTube "tutorialistas" did a wonderful cake video, and got me craving one of my own!

Using this tutorial, this is what I ended up with…..once again, I’m reminded I need to work on my texturing….hers is so much more delicate and realistic!  Next time, I’m going to try to make the fondant and the filling a little thinner and more delicate as well.  That being said, I’m still pretty proud of my first ‘complicated’ build!


I had a whole bunch of mixed up pink Premo ready to go and no project in mind….that is until I saw another one of GentlemanBunny’s tutorials on Macaron:

Once again, my inexperience shows, but I honestly think I’m improving – this is probably my favorite piece so far!  I tried to follow her instructions to the letter, but I think it’s just a matter of practice.

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I think I want to make a larger sized macaron jewelry set, as well as a full rainbow of 1:12 macarons!  I’m in love with them!

Chocolate Lover

Of course, I ended up mixing far too much chocolate color for the chocolate chip cookies, but I sort of meant to, since I had in mind to make a chocolate bar!  I used this tutorial as a starting place for my chocolate bars:

I used a metal roll-y texturizer for the ‘writing’ indents, but other than that, I pretty much used this tutorial word-for-word!


I ate a molten chocolate lava cake for dessert the other night, and having delicious chocolate on the brain, I decided I would try to make one!  I think they ended up a touch too small, and a touch on the under-textured side; and the liquid chocolate isn’t quite shiny enough for my taste; but all in all, I’m pretty proud of them!

I did pretty much the same thing as the doughnuts, only rolling them out slightly thicker before forming the hole, and making indents for the chocolate ‘lava’ overflow.


As I was making the little chocolate lava cakes, I decided on the spur of the moment to make a chocolate bundt cake, since I did have so much of the chocolate color!  I mostly just messed around with a ball of clay until it was sort of the right shape, then worked a hole using a ball tool.  I used a needle tool to score the bundt lines, and realized all too late that I should have made the impressions more dramatic, and the sections more rounded.  All well, live and learn, right?  (I think the moral of my last few posts is “Texture More”!)


Baked Goods: Cookies

I felt like I needed to continue to use up my dough color, and moved on to cookies.

This next experiment is semi-failed! I used a drinking straw as a cutter, and the dough from the original biscuit project.

I originally wanted to do a bright pink frosting. I (poorly) mixed clear Tacky Glue and red clay – it looked plenty smooth when applying it, but as the glue dried, it became evidently lumpy. I’m now calling these ‘jam cookies’, since they’re not quite tart-like, and the topping looks quite like strawberry jam. (I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I actually do need strawberry jam!


Continuing on the cookie theme, I really wanted to do some chocolate chip cookies, and had read in various places that Micro Beads are a perfect chocolate chip…..however after 5 craft store visits, I gave up and made my own ‘chips’ from a soft baked chocolate-colored snake.

I mixed the chips into a small lump of the dough color, and used a plastic drinking straw as a cutter. I slightly squished the circles and dusted them with pastels, and I once again, I over-did it a little bit. (But I am prone to over-cooking real cookies, I think this is only fair!)


Baked Goods: Biscuits & Doughnuts


After watching many tutorials on many different items and techniques, I decided that baked goods would be an easy way to start

My very first project was biscuits – just about the easiest thing I could think of doing, yet there are things I would change.  I didn’t quite have a handle on the pastels, and over-colored a few of the biscuits.  Next time I do them, I’m also going to make sure I put some more texture on them!
I used a mix of translucent and ecru (I think that’s the name!) Premo for the dough color, and found that the aluminum straw I purchased from Maverick some years ago seemed to be the perfect size!


I had a whole bunch of dough color left over, and delved into other types of baked goods.  The next easiest thing I could think of was doughnuts!

I used the same aluminum straw for the doughnuts and made the center hole out of one of my ball tools.

The glazed doughnuts were dusted with light brown pastels (much less, this time), and dipped in Triple Thick glaze.

For the chocolate frosted doughnuts, I didn’t do any pastels, and dipped them in brown water-based craft paint.

I’m happy with how both of these turned out, though I do wish the brown paint was a little bit less matte.


First Post!

I have kind of jumped head first into the world of miniatures. I have always had a love of small things, and recently have been looking into dollhouses. Because polymer clay is much cheaper than even the cheapest doll house kit on the market, I decided to start with polymer clay, specifically food.

I spent about a week reading tutorials on line and watching you tube tutorials, (I will add links to my favorites to the side bar!) and finally felt comfortable enough with basic theory and technique to try my hand at some simple food, and despite my hamfisted ameteur attempts, I am quite proud of myself!