Posts Tagged ‘clay’

Changing Gears

It is a challenge to work in two different fields. I am having a tough time changing gears between deco alley and my jewelry shop. I am finishing up a few more minis this week and then moving back to jewelry designing.

Miniature Bread-Trial

Lately I have been obsessed with 2 things. PMC clay and miniature clay bread! Today I spent some time in the morning trying some new techniques to improve my miniature clay bread techniques. I already have a secret blend that I use but I want to really create very realistic looking bread. Here is the trial shape I have created so far…

Miniature Tips-My Top Five Products

I thought instead of a tutorial (since it takes way too long to set up) I would share my top five products I use on a daily basis to create some of my miniature foods!

1. Japanese Resix clay (starch and resin clay) is great for creating fruits, veggies and breads.

2.  Pando clay (usually used to make flowers) is excellent for making breads when mixed with a super light weight air dry clay (can be found at Micheal’s stores).

3. Delta acrylic paints are awesome to paint foods and to mix in with the 2 air dry clays above. They have a smooth texture and a great selection of colors! Good idea to stock up when on sale.

4. Basic tools: toothpicks, toothbrush, tweezers and embroidery scissors. Basic items used to create many foods and miniature breads. Use the toothbrush to texture the surface and fine point scissors to cut the shapes on top of the breads. Toothpicks are great for creating textures or holding tools. Tweezers are great to move stuff around if your  hands are covered in paint!

5.  Sculpey white clay is excellent to create a prototype of the miniature food you want to build. You can then bake and take a mold of it if you want to make several copies of an item such as berries!

Hope these are useful to someone! You can find the 2 Japanese air clays fairly easily on etsy now…or try to find a nice seller on eBay/etsy that lives in Japan that does custom purchases 🙂

Miniature Singles

Back to writing after a short break. The MET show in Toronto was not as I expected….the turn out of people was fairly low and sales were slow but it was an excellent learning experience and everyone at the show was very nice!

Since the whole world seems to be in economic turmoil I am going to be concentrating on making small dollhouse food miniatures to sell on etsy as an experiment. I learned from the show that people prefer buying singles rather than a set as they may be adding to an existing dollhouse or scene.

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Final Miniature Project-nearing completion

I got alot of work done the last 2 days. I am about 98% done with this final project before the show. I am getting very nervous as it’s my first show but hopefully all will go well.

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Final Miniature Project

I have decided to stop working on dollhouse miniatures after the MET show in Toronto this weekend. After the show I plan on concentrating on adding lots of new deco items I have been designing to my store including some simple jewelry pieces in PMC clay.

The final project is going to be a simple homey type of display with lots of cute mini’s like books, magazines, paint brushes etc.

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Food Sets-Completed

I rushed through these food sets but they turned out OK. Everything was handmade so there is room for improvement. I would like to re-visit these projects in the future to improve the designs.

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Miniature Breakfast Plate

I want to complete 3 more food related projects this week and spend the following week on a larger project (room box) before the MET show on Sat and Sun. I am fairly happy with how the breakfast plate turned out.

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