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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Making Doll Food Polymer Clay 101 pt 1




Ever since I posted the very first polymer clay tutorial on this channel people have been asking me to create a series of tutorials on the basics of working with polymer clay. I finally got around to it, so welcome to week 1 of Polymer Clay 101.

First I feel like I should say that I bought my first block of polymer clay around 30 years ago so I have been playing with this clay for a while. The things I am going share in this series, just like my other tutorials is based on my experiences from working with the product.



If you have questions on what I covered in the video be sure to ask. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Doll Size Cinnamon Rolls





This week I thought it would be fun to make some cinnamon rolls for the dolls to enjoy. These are really easy but a bit on the messy side because of the liquid polymer clay.

For the bread part we are just using an off white color clay. Mix any white polymer clay with a little bit of beige polymer clay, just enough to “warm up” the color. The idea is you don't want a bright white color, slightly off-white looks more realistic.

For the “cinnamon” mixture I just mixed some Transparent Liquid Sculpy with some of the two darker colors of chalk we always use for our baked goods. (the brown and the reddish brown) You will have to play around to get the right color.

Then assemble the cinnamon roll like I did on the video. These are super easy to make.

I used a bit of the liquid clay to adhere the roll to the craft stick to make it easier to handle. That way my fingers stay a lot cleaner and the roll doesn't get smashed by my holding it.

Since the rolls are rather thick you do want bake them long enough to get all that liquid clay baked. I recommend 275 degrees for about 15 minutes.

For the frosting use a 3-D type fabric paint in a white. This stuff takes while to dry so be prepared and don't touch it for several hours.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Doll Size Garlic Bread




This week I decided to show you how to make the dolls some garlic bread to go with that spaghetti we made last week. This is a really easy and quick project and really fun to do.

If you want specific clay recommendations for the bread check out my Basic Bread video on my channel.

Basically you need an off-white color polymer clay for the bread and you get that by mixing white and beige. Add something for texture this time I used white sand because it was already on my table but for the basic bread tutorial I used cornmeal.

Form a loaf that is about 1 ½” wide and ¾” tall in a basic oval shape. We don't need to freeze this one because we actually want this bread to be slightly flattened. So we are using that tendency of the clay to help us.

Use your chalk to add the crust color and slice in kind of thick slices.

Texture your slices and bake according to the clay directions.

For the “garlic butter” I am using a yellow transparent glass paint. Just lightly brush it onto one cut/textured surface of your bread slices and allow to dry.


That really is all there is to it. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Doll Size Spaghetti





This week I decided to get out one of my favorite clay tools, the extruder and show you how to make some spaghetti for the dolls.


A clay extruder is a great investment if you are going to make doll food from clay, but if you are patient you could roll the snakes of clay by hand and get a similar effect.


For the clay I just used a very soft off white clay with a touch of a very soft yellow clay to warm up the color.


After baking the clay to make sauce I just mixed some Tomato Spice color craft paint with some satin Mod Podge and some sand to create some tomato sauce for the top. A sprinkle of finely grated baked white clay adds the final touch of Parmesan Cheese. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Doll Size Gardening Supplies




The last few weeks (since I finished up the fireplace) I have been trying to get a project to work for a tutorial. I wanted to make a fireplace screen to sit in front of the fireplace. I have lost count of the number of times I have made the project and ended up throwing the results in the trash. It just won't work out the way I want it to. I am hoping to be able to figure it out at a later date.

Now it is time to move on to other projects.

This week I decided to get out a kit I got from Ann over at Paper Minis a long time ago. I think I purchased this when she first came out with it. I have been meaning to make a tutorial of it for well over a year. I just never got to it. So this is the time, we are finally getting some weather that is trying to act like spring is on the way. The local garden centers are filling up with stuff so I figured the dolls should get into a spring mood too.

Like all of Ann's kits for the 18” dolls this comes on a CD so you can print it out as many times as you need to.

I used just some regular weight high quality bright white printer paper for everything except the cover of the catalog. That page I printed on a “photo project” paper. It is slightly heavier than regular paper and prints really well.


This (like all of Ann's kits) is a super fun project and it turns out so darn cute. I am looking forward to doing some photo shoots with the dolls using the pieces I created today

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Doll Size Grilled Cheese Sandwich




This week I thought it might be nice to do another food tutorial since it has been a while since we have done one. And since the weather here where I live has definitely been winter I thought it should be some kind of comfort food. Grilled cheese sandwiches always fit that definition so here we are.

I am using the bread from a past tutorial which you can find here. Since it has been sitting for a couple of months since I last used it and it has been cold here I didn't need to chill or freeze it in order to slice it. If that isn't the case for your bread cane go ahead and chill it.

We are basically doing the same texturing we did for the toast a while back and a similar coloring too. I think this is just a bit more on the golden side.

For the solid layer of cheese I used a blend of orange and yellow to give a good cheese color. It doesn't have to be perfect though the coat of liquid clay will make the color correct.

For the liquid clay I decided to use my Kato liquid rather than TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) I wanted the more translucent nature of the Kato product as well as the shine that it has. Any liquid clay would be fine for this.

To color the liquid clay use oil paint, I just have a really cheap set (under $10) from the craft store. I used Vermillion Red and Lemon Yellow with a touch of Yellow Ocher. If I was doing it again I would leave out the yellow orcher, it was too brown and I had to add a lot more of the lemon yellow to get back to a good color.

Since I am using liquid clay I am baking on a ceramic tile. It is just too hard to get the drips of liquid clay off the paper plate without having paper fibers stuck to the drips. I want to leave the drips since they really add to the sandwich. The tile I am using is just one from Home Depot, the kind you would use on a kitchen counter. It is around 6” square.



I hope you enjoyed the tutorial today. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to having you stop by again.




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Doll Size Fireplace pt 5


This week we are adding a fake fire to our doll's fireplace. I love how this turned out and the best part was I made it from stuff I had on hand.



For the fire grate I made a structure out of craft sticks, skinny sticks and a couple of wooden shapes that I had from the craft store.

The craft sticks were marked at ½” from each end for the “feet” to be glued on. Then on the reverse side of the sticks I marked every ½” for the spacing of the skinny sticks.

The skinny sticks were cut to 2 ¾” long with a mark at ½” from one end for placement on the craft sticks.


The Beacon 3-in-1 glue, I know one of my favorite Youtube crafters raves about it. I was thinking it was Lindsay from the The Frugal Crafter but I am not sure. It could have been her or someone else. Whoever it was they were correct. This is a fantastic glue for this project. I need to play with it some more soon.

The sticks I used for the “firewood” were just cut from some of the branches on the trees along my driveway. I did cut them down to about the size I was going to use and then I baked them in my oven at a low temperature for about 30 minutes. I wanted to try to kill any bugs that might have been making a home in them for the winter. Also it was really wet (raining really hard) the day I gathered them so they were pretty wet. I wanted to get at least the surface dry enough that the glue would stick to them.



I love how this entire project turned out. The fireplace with the little tea light lit for the fire is just sooooo cute. I wish the camera could pick up the glow from it better.