I hesitate to use the word “tutorial” for my “how-I-did-it” blog posts, since I am certainly not an expert, and only guessing and bumbling as I go!
That being said, here is how I ended up doing my peaches for the Campi scene…..
I mixed up a batch of yellowish clay. I ought to have photographed, or at least written down my recipe. From what I remember, it was about:
- 1/2 translucent
- 1/2 ecru
- smidge of bright yellow
I rolled the clay into a log and sliced up into (fairly) regular pieces. Then I rolled each log chunk into a ball.
The next few steps were a trial-and error process. What I ended up doing was using a small ball-pointed tool to make the ‘stem divot’ (is there a name for that thing?)
Then, I rolled the ball of clay down the tool, starting the line down the middle of the peach.
The ball point tool was a bit too thick to create the entire line, so I used a needle tool to continue the line to the antipodes of the peach.
And this picture isn’t part of the tutorial, I’m just proud of the way my little peaches look!
I used a mix of bright and dull red, and a peachy-pink for shading. One thing I need to learn is how the baked product differs from the raw clay!
Here are my pretty, blushy peaches, pre-baking, looking juicy and ready to bite into!
And here are the baked peaches. While still quite pretty, are not what I was going for. I liked the shading on the raw clay better. The colors are more muted, and there isn’t quite the stark shading differences I was going for. But, it’s all a learning experience, and all in all, I’m still quite happy with them, even if they turned out much more orange-tinged than I was aiming for.
I was going to do a couple of close up shots (or as close as I can get with my camera……it absolutely refuses to focus on things properly!), but I left my whole tub of miniatures over at my sisters’ house! Ah well, next time!