Polymer Clay Miniature Food

I have always loved dolls, and making clothes and accessories for dolls was one of my entrées into crafting.  Unfortunately for me, my daughter does not share my love.  She only loves Monkey, the first stuffed animal she made for herself at Build A Bear Workshop, when she was only 14 months old.  Fortunately for me, Monkey and my 18″ doll share the same scale, and I can entice my daughter into crafts for him.  He definitely needed some food, so we started with the following ingredients:

Minature Food Ingredients

 

  • Freezer Paper
  • Sculpey polymer clay
  • shaping tool (see the purple tool above) – optional but very nice
  • Cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil
  • oven

As an aside, the book above, Miniature Food Masterclass, is an amazing visual feast.  The author, Angie Scarr, takes miniature sculpting to the ultimate heights.  I have had it, and another of Angie’s book, Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls, for quite some time.  So we decided to give it a whirl.

First, cover your work area with either wax or freezer paper.  I use freezer paper all of the time, and highly recommend that you keep it around for all kinds of crafting projects.  I had to go to Wal-Mart to get mine.

There are two basic shapes, balls and snakes.  You make balls in your hand, and snakes by rolling the clay on the table with two fingers.

Graham Crackers for the S'mores

After softening the clay in my hand, I made a small ball and rolled it out with our Play-Doh rolling pin.  I then cut off the excess clay to make a square and the back edge of a butter knife to make the cross-hatch.  I then used a clay tool (but look around, there are plenty of household objects with a sharp point  – a seam ripper would do) to make the indentations for the graham crackers.

Wash your hands between colors.  I wish I had just kept a package of baby wipes at our table to do this job.

The chocolate was made similarly, but find something rounded to make your edges.

The marshmallow came next – it was made by making a cylinder and then flattening it.  Here is the resulting s’more for Monkey:

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Isn’t it precious?

Next we made several lollipops by making snakes of two colors, wrapping them around one another, then curling them in a circle.

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Finally, we cut one sharp end of a toothpick, and inserted the remaining sharp end into the lollipop.

Inserting toothpick

Next, we made a batch of chocolate chip cookies:

Chocolate chip cookies

I made a fat snake, and then sliced each cookie.  I had to reshape them manually.  Then, I made a tiny snake of darker brown for the chips.

With the chips

We made a cinnamon roll, an ice cream cone, and a cream sickle treat, too!  I had to mix clay colors for the cream sickle to get the right color.  After covering my counter-top convection oven (you could use the regular oven or a toaster oven) sheet with aluminum foil, we baked our treats at 260° F for about 20 minutes.

Finished results!

Isn’t Monkey lucky?

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I think some of these miniatures, made on a much smaller scale, would be adorable as wine glass charms.  That will be our next project!  What will you make?

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