Making Dollhouse Miniature Food From Polymer Clay
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Comfort Foods In The Dollhouse
Adding “comfort foods” to your dollhouse kitchen or dining room can give it a homey touch and make it seem “lived in”. Here are a few simple ideas for making meatballs, meatloaf, mashed potatoes. I chose these classic favorites because they are appropriate for several different eras. Whether your dollhouse is Victorian or modern, these food will fit right in.
For meatloaf, use 1 part brown polymer clay (I used Fimo chocolate), and 1 part translucent. Working on a clean tile, place the clays side by side. Using a sharp, straight-edged blade chop and finely mince the clay together with the blade. Move the blade up and down and chop in different directions. Make a pile by scraping the clay into a mound and chop repeatedly until you achieve a fine texture. Avoid touching the clay with your fingers and incorporate the colors as you go. Chop, scrape it into a pile, chop in a different direction, scrape into a pile, chop in another direction, scrape it into a pile and so on. Adding more translucent if you need it, until your “meat” takes on the appearance of ground beef. If your clay is too clumpy or soft to chop, add a little cornstarch as you chop until it separates.
*At this stage you can make meatballs by gently rolling tiny balls (5mm is about right). Use a light touch and don’t roll the clay too tight. You don’t want to lose the fabulous texture you achieved by all that chopping.
Repeat this step with 1/3 part orange and 1/3 part leaf green Fimo, making a mix of carrots and green pepper. When your “veggies” are minced into impossibly tiny pieces, add them to your meat mix and chop, chop, chop until the orange and green colors are thoroughly incorporated. You should have a pile of meatloaf mix that resembles the real thing. Gently shape the clay into a meatloaf, being careful not to press the meat into a solid mass. You want to maintain a realistic texture.
Place the meatloaf on a tiny baking pan or other suitable dollhouse cookware that you want to display it in. Put the tiny pan onto your work tile and bake in your home oven according to manufacturer’s directions on your package of clay. Because a dollhouse meatloaf is tiny, I would not bake it for more than 10-15 minutes. Once it’s been baked and cooled, remove it from the pan and reattach it with a dab of tacky glue.
For mashed potatoes, mix a realistic color! Potatoes are not white, they’re actually pale cream or yellow. A combination of white, translucent and a hint of golden yellow should do the trick. Each time I mix my potato color I use a different ratio. Experiment with it, you really can’t go wrong but don’t use beige! Fill a mini bowl with a pea size amount of raw clay mix and tease the clay with a stylus, toothpick or tapestry needle until it appears fluffy. To achieve a more realistic, whipped texture add a small amount of TLS to your clay mixture. Lightly press here and there with your fingertip to soften the appearance. (Soft, rounded mounds work better than sharp peaks which are more suitable for frosting).
Top the potatoes with a very tiny scrap of pale yellow mixed with translucent (ratio of ¼ part yellow to ¾ part translucent) to simulate butter, which is very opaque. If you want to simulate melted butter, add a tiny speck of yellow and white oil paint to TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) and mix well, making a very pale, buttery color. Using a toothpick, add a very tiny bead of butter colored TLS on top of the solid pat of butter and drag it down the side of the mounded potatoes. Add another tiny bead of butter colored TLS on the plate, to create the appearance of butter running down the side of the potatoes and pooling on the plate. Use the TLS sparingly- unless you want your mashed potatoes swimming in butter. (If you want gravy instead of butter, simply mix TLS with a tiny speck of brown oil paint and use a toothpick to apply it to the top of your mini mashed potatoes.) Bake according to manufacturer’s directions.
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