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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dollhouse Miniature Mashed Potatoes

This week I thought it would be fun to continue filling the dollhouse table for the big holiday dinner.

Of course mashed potatoes are a year round favorite, at least at my house they are. I would bet if you asked my son to list his favorite foods mashed potatoes would be very high on his list. I think if I made them every week he would be a very happy boy.

So since we love them in real life I figure the dollhouse dolls probably want them too. And this is such an easy dish to create that I know you will be able to make a lot of them.

I used to make my mini mashed potatoes by simply putting a wad of white clay into whatever container I wanted to use and try to manipulate the top surface to make it look like the real thing. The problem was it never really looked realistic. It always looked heavy and flat and way tooo solid. Then about 10 or 15 years ago I was reading one of the British miniature magazines and found this method for making the mashed potato. I couldn't wait to get home and try it out. (I remember I was sitting at the ice rink at the time waiting for my daughter's lessons and classes to get over with) I have made mini mashed potatoes this way many times since and they look so much better that it is worth the extra couple of steps.

To prepare you will need to have a bake-able container for the potatoes to go into. I don't know if you noticed in the video but the finish on my container bubbled a bit in the oven. I was able to salvage it with an additional coat of clear finish.

You will also need to pre-bake a chunk of white polymer clay. The brand really doesn't matter for this, I used plain old Original Sculpey but any white clay will be fine.

You will need to use a nutmeg grater (or something similar) to make a pile of very fine clay shavings/dust.

Now you need to give some color to some liquid polymer clay. For this particular project I prefer TLS but any liquid clay should work just fine. You need to make the TLS a cream color. To do this I use oil paints, a bit of white that has been warmed up with a tiny speck of yellow ocher.

Mix a small amount of the tinted TLS into a portion of your grated white clay. I like to not use all of either part at first so I can add either more TLS to thin the mixture or more grated clay to thicken it. Work it together until you have a mixture that resembles real mashed potatoes. Once you are happy with the texture and you have enough to fill your container go ahead and put it into the container.

If you are going to want a serving spoon in the finished mashed potatoes it must be put in now before it is baked.

When you are happy with the way your potatoes look bake them according to the directions on the TLS (or other liquid polymer clay)

Once the container is baked and cooled it is ready to display.

I love how these look when they are finished.

Of course you can also make some small mounds of potatoes to put on your doll size dinner plates too.

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