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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Doll Size Fried Eggs

This week I decided to expand on the breakfast theme for the dolls and make some fried eggs. This is another really fun and easy project to make with clay.

For the clay you will need-

a yellow “yolk” color, I am using Premo in Cadmium Yellow, Fimo Golden Yellow is also a good choice and I am certain that Sculpey has a similar color.

a white mixture of equal parts white and translucent clay The brand of these clays really doesn't matter just pick a good white white. (this is a clay combination I use so much that I often will purchase blocks of the two colors on sale and premix them together so I can get right to work on making clay foods)

Again this week we are working on a ceramic tile because we are going to coat our eggs with Gallery Glass paint in the end.

For the white portion of the eggs you will need balls of clay that are about 5/8” in diameter. You will them smoosh these balls out to irregular shapes. Remember eggs that you cook in a skillet aren't perfectly round, they are usually far from it in fact. So have fun and smash that clay down until it is about 1 ¼” across. Do this right on the tile you are going to bake on and don't put them too close together.

Now using the yellow clay form small balls about 3/8' in diameter then gently flatten until they are about ½” in diameter. Place one of these on each egg white.

Now bake the eggs at 230° F for about 10-15 minutes and allow to cool.

Once the clay and the tile have all cooled down you can add the coat of clear Gallery Glass. I also added just a bit of Amber in small areas at the very edge of the pool of clear. This will look like those crispy bits at the edges of the eggs.

Allow this to dry thoroughly!! it takes a while and it will be best to let these set at least overnight.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Doll Size Cooked Bacon

This week we are continuing with the bacon cane we made last week to create some cooked bacon for the dolls. This does mean that you will need the bacon cane we created last week. If you haven't made that yet the tutorial can be found here.

Since bacon shrinks when cooked we will first need to make our cane thinner in width. Just a bit, stretch and push on it until it is about 1 ¼” to 1 ½” wide. Anywhere in that range should be fine. Next cut some slices of bacon and lay them on your baking surface. Since I am sure the bottom side of mine will never show I am baking on a ceramic tile (this will make later steps easier) if you are going to have your slices loose you might want to bake on a paper plate. If you do that be sure to chalk and paint both sides of you bacon.

Once your bacon is laid out the first step is to give it a curve. When bacon is cooked the “meaty” edge always seems to shrink more than the fat edge so curve the slices with the meaty edge on the inside of the curve. Next use your fingers and any tools you are comfortable with to give the bacon slices some ripples like cooked bacon has.

The next step is to brush some reddish brown (brick red) chalk over the entire surface of the bacon. Remember if you are going to have your bacon loose do this on both the top and bottom. After this chalk is rubbed in sprinkle with a bit of dark brown chalk and rub that in. (again on both sides if you are going to leave yours loose)

It is now baking time, bake for our normal of 10 minutes at 230° F. Remember if you are baking on a tile it will hold the heat longer than a paper plate so it will take you clay longer to cool to room temperature.

Once the clay has cooled to room temperature paint on a coat of Gallery Glass (glass paint) in the color Amber. This will go on kind of milky looking but will dry a nice transparent amber color. Be sure to have your clay on a smooth non-porous surface for this step not a paper plate (you want to be able to peel your bacon off the surface and not have bits of paper stuck to it) If you are making loose bacon be sure to paint the backside too.

So that is all there is to making the cooked bacon. I love this easy project because once again it looks difficult but it really isn't. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Doll Size Bacon

This week I decided it was time for all you to start making some clay food for the dolls. We have learned so much in the Clay 101 series and now we can make some foods.

I love making bacon for the dolls from clay because it is one of those projects that looks complicated but it isn't. I mean look at the finished bacon in the photo, that looks really hard to do, doesn't it? But, if you watched the video you saw how easy it really is. One thing that is in our favor is that every slice of bacon looks a bit different. All you have to do is get the clay colors correct and the basic shape/size right and you have it!

So for clay colors:

First we need a bacon fat color. This is basically a slightly translucent off white color. This time I used some Original Sculpey and Translucent Sculpey III in equal amounts.

Next we need the “meat color” I used Fimo Indian Red and Sculpey III in Hazelnut again in equal amounts. A bit of a warning when you first start mixing these two colors it is going to look awful, just keep mixing and it will turn into the color we want.

But we need 3 meat colors, so we need to mix them from the two colors we just mixed.

Take some of the bacon fat color and an equal amount of the bacon meat color and mix those. This will give you bacon meat #2.

No take a small amount of bacon meat #2 and mix it with an equal amount of the bacon fat color.

Those are the colors we need to make our bacon.

So for that basic shape we want a finished slab that is about 3” wide and ½” thick. It needs to have 3 layers of meat with the darkest on at the bottom and the lightest at the top. Each of these meat layers is topped with a layer of the fat. Just don't make any of the layers even, you want them lumpy and bumpy. Only the top and bottom want to be relatively flat.

This slab should be a bit larger than the finished size (3” wide bye ½” thick) so that you can kind of smash and smoosh it to size.

Once you are happy with the size/ shape brush the top with a light yellow chalk, you want one that is close to the yellow ocher we use for baked goods just a bit lighter in color.

Now slice off some bacon slices and bake according at 235° F for about 10 minutes.

Allow to cool.

Be sure to hold onto the rest of the slab of bacon we will need it next week to make some cooked bacon.