Cookies in Clay (a recipe)

 

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Chocolate chip cookies have to be one of my favourite foods to shrink down. They aren’t exactly easy, as there are several stages of texturing and shading, but call me crazy, it’s almost therapeutic.

To achieve realism -if that is the look you are going for- it’s all about the texturing and shading. I start with a big lump of conditioned beige polymer clay with a bit of translucent clay mixed in. About 1 part translucent to 3 parts beige.

I begin rolling out a bunch of balls, close to the same size. I flatten them all with my thumbs, pulling down on the edges, to leave the center slightly higher. Cookies have lots of divots and valleys, so I create those with an xacto knife and needle tool. Next, I use a tooth brush and small ball tool to finely roughen and dimple the surface.

Next I poke in tiny chocolate chips, which I make and prebake ahead of time. Then I shade with soft pastels – mainly an all over yellow ochre, followed by a reddish brown on the edges and raised bits.  I bake and then I used gloss sealer dabbed on the chips. I use matte sealer on the cookie because that is crucial for achieving realism.

These cookies are the perfect size for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, and I will be adding them to my shop. Hopefully they will find a place at a little girl’s doll table one day. They would be perfect for a tea party!

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