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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.