Some of my favorite things to sculpt are snack foods...a few posts ago I showed you the chocolate chips cookies I made. Yesterday's post was starting to get kind of long so I decided to hold off on the other snacks I made until today.
For a while now I've been making potato chips in 1:6th scale for Barbie and Monster High dolls, but I wanted to make them in 1:4 scale as well. I sat done one day and made a bowl full. AND I finally found a good use for the huge amount of supposedly Barbie sized bowls I have. They make perfect snack sized bowls for the 16" crowd!
Lena and the rest of the girls are thrilled to have some salty crispy snacks to munch on. Hmmm I seem to be hearing a lot of clamoring for a TV... Demanding little things these dolls are! LOL
Potato chips are one of those polymer clay projects where fingerprints are actually a GOOD thing! I use a blend of translucent clay and white and punch small circles, which I then flatten into VERY thin chips. I then toss them in a small jar with several colors of chalk to get their color. I carefully remove them with my tweezers and gently shape them. Some I leave flat but more often than not they get some kind of a curl in them. I think they look MUCH more realistic that way. After they are baked I brush off the extra chalk.
In this bowl all of the chips are glued down, but when I list them in my shop I will add a couple extra chips loose, that way my customers can use them in various scenes.
Now I love chips, but I KNOW that they aren't exactly the healthiest option for a crunchy snack, so I decided to sculpt up another favorite treat in my house: CARROTS!!! My children LOVE them and I do too! I started off by making a cane from polymer clay with a pale-ish orange in the center surrounded by a darker orange. that way I could use the same cane for making not only whole carrots but sticks and slices too!
I cut and shaped each carrot before dusting them with a little bit of several orange/yellow chalks. Each carrot is around 1.25 inches long (without the greenery). I then baked them, once that was done I took the back of my craft knife and little scored various places on the carrot in short horizontal stroke to just add a bit more dimension to them.
My next job was coming up with a way to make the green tops as I had someone specifically ask for farm fresh produce. I did quite a bit of research online and thought about sculpting the leaves from clay, but I was concerned about the fragility of doing that. I found some tutorials that used string; that just didn't look right to me. I even say some that used dried florals: but those either didn't look right or again I was worried about them being fragile.
Then I stumbled upon a website that talked about glycerin preserving for flowers and leaves. Curing the floral material in a glycerin solution preserves the color AND the flexibility!!!
After 3 different shops I finally found a bottle and came home to scout for the perfect foliage. I found it in the weed you see in the above picture. Sadly at this point I cannot seem to find any more of it, but I WILL be looking. I ended up with enough to do about 15 carrots. I am ridiculously happy with the way they turned out!