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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Peanut Butter Cookies

This week we are going to make a really simple polymer clay project. I get a lot of requests for simple projects and thought this one would be a fun one for both beginners and those that have worked with clay before.

One of the beauties of this project is that you only need one color of clay, a light beige. I used Premo Ecru this time but I have also used Fimo Sahara in the past. The Ecru is just a tad bight darker in color and I prefer it for cookies but either one is great. If you can't get either of these colors just pick a light beige color, I am sure every brand of polymer clay has a color (or multiple colors) that will work.

You will need a few tools and supplies but if you put your mind to it you can probably round up most of them around the house.

You will need a work surface. I most often work on a ceramic tile from Home Depot but you don't have to use one if you don't have one. Use any smooth clean surface. You can even work on a sheet of clean white paper. Don't work directly on a wood table though because polymer clay can mar the finish on many woods and don't use a plastic surface for the same reason.

Next you will need a pointy tool of some kind. I love to use a dental pick from the dollar store but you can use a sewing pin, a safety pin, a thin toothpick, a piece of wire, really whatever you have. This is a simple beginner project so I want you to use the things you have so you don't feel you have to spend a ton of money on tools and supplies.

To texture your cookies you will need either some sandpaper or an emery board. Both of these items are probably going to be somewhere around the house already.

To bake on I prefer to use a paper plate which I have talked about many times. They are perfectly safe to place on the rack in your oven remember the clay will actually burn at a lower temperature than the paper will.

To give your cookies a baked look I use some inexpensive chalk (soft) pastels. These are easy to find almost every where that sells craft supplies. You can also use matte finish eye shadow as a fine replacement. The three colors you will need are a golden yellow (ochre) a medium reddish brown and a dark brown.

To apply this color I use an eyeshadow brush from the dollar store. If you don't have one of these feel free to use a paint brush or a cotton swab. I have even used my fingers to apply the chalk on some projects but that would be difficult on these cookies because they are sooooo tiny.

And that is really all there is to it. After you bake the cookies, following the directions on your clay simply place them on the serving plate of your choice. Gluing them is a good idea if you want them to stay put. I like Beacon's 527 glue for this job.

See how easy that was! You just made your first polymer clay project and it was really easy.

If you would like to see more beginner level polymer clay projects let me know and I can do more of them.

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