Yesterday I whipped up a batch of polymer clay cherries. Then I mixed up some cherry sauce from fimo, clay from my cherry batch, and soft pastels.
It was my best cherries yet, so I went all out and made a bunch of desserts with it!
Two of my favourite cakes; Cherry Cheesecake and …….
And I still had more cherries left. “Waste not want not” my mother always says, so I made another cherry cheesecake and cut it into individual slices.
To make a batch of cherries, mix an equal amount of red and translucent polymer clay. Then mix in just a speck each of black clay and purple clay (this creates a black cherry effect). Once it’s fully integrated, roll into a thin log and slice fairly equal segments to roll into small balls. Take a small chunk of that clay and mix in approximately twice the amount of liquid sculpey or fimo to make the syrup/sauce. Scrape in a bit of red soft pastel and mix well until you have the colour and consistency you desire. Remember it will bake up a bit darker. When you add the cherries to the dessert, for realism, smoosh them with a ball tool.
Now I really really really want a slice of the real thing!
This weekend, I continued working on my dollhouse. After finishing the lower level floor from millions of skinny sticks, I turned my attention to the upper level. After I regained feeling in my fingertips!
Once finished, the dollhouse is going to be a confectioner’s shop! The sweet lady who owns it will work out of the upper level, which will be a sprawling kitchen and a small sitting area for her to put her feet up. It will be open-spaced so I want a floor that doesn’t look too busy. Something classic and warm. To keep it from being busy, I chose to do it in larger tiles. The tiles would be represented as 12 inch tiles in real life.
I’ve been looking online for miniature flooring tiles but the ones I can afford are made from cheap vinyl sheets. Not the aesthetic that I wanted. I wanted a ceramic look. That got me wondering if I had the patience to make the tiles myself.
…So, I looked to my own kitchen tiles for inspiration.
I chose Craft Smart polymer clay in light brown (which is actually a great caramel colour). I put it through my pasta machine to make sheets that are roughly 1/16th of an inch thick. I trimmed these into individual tiles at 1 inch square.
Sienna and burnt umbre soft pastels were applied with a soft brush for colour.
Next, I textured the tiles by stippling with an old toothbrush, and created a tumbled edge with my ball tool.
After curing and cooling, I protected the tiles with matte varnish.
I will glue the tiles to the dollhouse floor. Beige acrylic paint – mixed with a bit of gesso- will serve as the ‘grout’.
These are some other tiles I have custom made for clients who visited my etsy shop…
This past week I focused more on dollhouse scale miniatures, as I am starting my first dollhouse build. I’m very excited to complete it (and share it with you all)… but I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and focus on all the tiny details!
Tiny details are the best parts after all.
I thought I would share some bread and scones I made to go with a tea set I had in my collection of supplies. Breads are always fun to do as they evoke such a homey, warm feeling.
I am also sharing the work of some of my favourite miniature artists. These are some of the best miniaturists I have come across!
The following photos are from the uber talented Satoshi Tanaka from Nunu’s House miniatures. Absolutely my favourite artist!
Pei Li also makes gorgeous flowers and other non-food items. Cindy Teh’s sushi and fruits are beyond compare in my opinion. If you love miniatures and are looking for inspiration, check out these two ladies!