For many years I have dabbled in making miniature food for my doll’s houses, dioramas and dolls. One of the best products I have found for this is polymer clay. It comes in a wonderful range of colours, is clean and easy to use and can give very realistic results.
For particularly realistic results I recommend Miniature Food Masterclass by Angie Scarr.
Title – Miniature Food Masterclass
Author – Angie Scarr
Publisher – Craftsman Publications
ISBN – 978-1-86108-525-2
The book is 9.5″ x 7.5″ and has 160 pages. It is illustrated throughout in full colour and has a comprehensive index.
The book begins with a chapter on the various tools and equipment you will need to create polymer clay masterpieces. Some of the tools are standard clay ones, and you will definitely need these. Others are more specialized and required for some of the more advanced techniques in the book.
There is a lot of information on baking your creations which I found particularly useful.
Materials and Techniques
The rest of the book covers materials and the various techniques used to create the miniature food stuff.
There is detailed information on the various brands of polymer clay, and their suitability for this type of modelling. Next comes a chapter on Colour Mixing basics, which is handy for any polymer clay work.
The rest of the book covers all sorts of projects to make different types of foods, introducing new techniques as one goes along. The projects are divided up by technique types.
- Caning technique – eggs, olives and more
- Moderate Caning – celery, bananas, strawberries and more
- Complex Caning – cabbage, leeks, mushrooms and more
- Liquid Polymer – icing, mince pies, toffee apples, tarts and more
- Gel materials – Victorian aspics and jellies
- Moulds – using moulds to create cakes and more
- Cold Porcelain – techniques to create wedding cakes and more
The book finishes with details of helpful supplies (UK based), a detailed glossary, info on scale, about the author and a good index.
Realistic Food Made Easy
The projects in this book are very realistic looking. Many will require the reader to have a bit of experience with polymer clay to get the same level of detail. Having said that, the book does go from the very basics so there is no reason a beginner couldn’t be making beautiful mini food quickly too.
There are lots of very clear pictures showing different techniques. It is a very pleasant book to browse through even if you never make anything from it!
Summary of Miniature Food Masterclass
If you are looking to make miniature food for dolls’ houses, or to use in other projects then this is probably one of the best books you will ever find to do just that. Even if you are not particularly interested in making food, the book covers many techniques that could be applied to other polymer clay projects. I would, therefore, recommend it for all polymer clay artists.
Miniature Food Masterclass on Amazon
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If you would like to learn to make simpler food from polymer clay, more cartoony, then checkout my review of Polymer Clay Cookbook by Jessica and Susan Partain.