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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Celery for the Dollhouse


So this week I decided to challenge myself and you as you follow along with this produce series. I chose to make some celery. This is a project that will require a lot more patience from you as you work on it because of the details. My best advise is to bake often, I think most of my bunches of celery saw the inside of the oven at least 4 times. Be sure you are baking at the correct temperature, usually 230 degrees Fahrenheit because of the translucent clay. I only baked for about 3 minutes each baking until the final one then I gave a final 5 minutes to make sure everything was baked through.

Speaking of clay, I used Fimo in this project. The first time I tried this project I was out of Translucent Fimo so I tried it with some Premo translucent that I had on hand. It was way, way too soft for this project so I really recommend using Fimo on this one. Fimo soft is just a bit more firm than the Premo so I was able to get the celery to hold its texture, the Premo was so soft that the texture just disappeared on me.

The clay blends used:
The white- Fimo White 1 part
Fimo Translucent 3 parts

Green- Leaf Green 1 part
White mixture (above) 1 part
Yellow 2 parts


It will really help to have some celery on hand to match the color to, you may need to tweak your color mixture a bit to match your celery.

This project also really needs to bake on a surface like a paper plate to avoid ruining the bottom side that rests on the baking surface.

As I mentioned in the video, this project really surprised me in the amount of clay it actually took to make. I am usually pretty good at judging how much clay I will need and can almost always mix up really close to the right amount. Sometimes I will mix in two batches so I can show you on the video how to mix it but I do that on purpose and know how much to mix. This time I ran out of clay twice and mix a third batch. So either mix more than you think you will need or at least have extra of the colors so you can mix more.

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2 comments:

  1. Dear Joanne,
    Thanks for sharing and maybe one day I'll try to make vegetables. I've made oranges once.
    At the moment I'm working with paper.
    Greetings Dorien

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  2. Dear Joanne,
    This was some challenge and I loved every minute of it...got my juices flowing. After lots of tries I finally got it down pat. The celery came out great. I totally enjoyed this challenge thank you for sharing with all of us. Have a great day.

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