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Sunday, January 6, 2013

1/48th Scale Chocolate and Caramel Apples

If you have watched my videos and read this blog you probably know that I much prefer to stick with 1/12th scale in my miniatures. This week I am making one of my few treks into the world of 1/48th scale miniatures. You might know this scale as ¼” scale. This simply means that 1 inch equals 4 feet (or 48 inches) in real life.

I decided that it would be a fun challenge to make some chocolate covered (and a few caramel covered) apples in this tiny scale. I hope you have some fun with this project, be sure to let me know how you did with them.

Now to a few cautions, remember this scale is really tiny. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. On the plus side you don't need quite as much detail as in my more comfortable 1/12th scale. On the other side of this these items are really small and our fingers seem huge so using a pair of tweezers and needle nose pliers is really helpful as are some magnifying glasses of some kind.

To glue the beads (apples) the wire (sticks) I found that a new glue I am working with was fantastic. It is “G-S Hypo Cement” I found it at a local craft store. This glue had two real advantages for me one being the precision applicator that is part of the tube. That was great for getting the glue exactly where I needed it. Secondly it doesn't stick fingers together, I had first tried some super glue and had to have my son get my fingers apart earlier. Now while the gluing of the fingers is good for some comic relief it is also painful, annoying, wastes time and it somewhat embarrassing also. So if you work on tiny things often I highly recommend trying to find this glue.

Another problem I had was the apples bouncing away when I cut the stems down to size. I ended up cutting them inside a plastic tub to keep them together, I would think doing the cutting inside a large zip lock bag might also work, I spent way too much time on my knees under my table looking for apples that had run off before I got the tub to hold them. 


1 comment:

  1. So cute! I love caramel apples... both regular AND mini sized! :)

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