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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. 

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