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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Tomato Slices

I do want to preface this blog post by telling you that if you also follow my 18” doll channel/blog I am doing the same project over there this week. In fact some of the video will be the exact same footage, but then will cut to scale specific to finish the project.

This week I decided to tackle a cane that I have wanted to do for a couple of years. I have just been to chicken to try it. I have looked at several of my resource books at directions and the tomato cane just looked so complicated that I was a bit scared to try it. But I really wanted to make this so I made the decision that this was a good time to just jump in and do it already! So here you are, tomato canes.

I am really happy to tell you that it really wasn't as hard as I feared it would be. Just go step by step and take it slow, it really isn't any harder than some of the other canes I have demonstrated on this channel in the past.

I did manage to make this entirely out of Sculpey III and Premo clays this time too. I know that some of you have a lot of trouble both getting Fimo and using it once you do find it.

Here are the colors I used today:

Sculpey III Lemonade (a light yellow)
Premo Spanish Olive (a dark green)
Premo Translucent
Sculpey III Beige (a pinky flesh color)
Premo Pomegranate (an orange red)

I have put a description of sorts after the colors to help you find other colors in your collection that might work. The only ones I didn't do this for is the translucent because other than Cernit I don't think any of the other translucent clays will be translucent enough for this project.

When you reduce your cane you want to go down to around ¼” in diameter. I say around because tomatoes come in a lot of different sizes in real life so you can make yours the size you are comfortable with.

After making your cane and reducing it to size be sure to freeze it for about 10 minutes so it will be firm enough to cut.

Slice the cane as thinly as you can without distorting the cane shape. I like to use a pointy tool to give some texture to the area around the seeds but that is optional. I do like how it turned out though.

Since I am using Sculpey and Premo clays I am baking at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. For this scale they only need about 10 minutes.

Then after cooling you make the area around those seeds look more like liquid by adding some kind of a gloss coat to just that part.

There you now have tomato slices that your dolls can enjoy! I hope you enjoyed the process and be sure to share photos with me if you make these or any of my projects.  

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