In this two-part tutorial in making realistic looking miniature cake, you will first learn to create polymer clay paint and then use this to bake the cake. There is also a little bonus, creating a 1/12 scale stainless steel knife from steel floppy disc shutter.

I have pushed the boundaries of Polymer clay in creating polymer clay paint, or what I call POLYCLAYLIC paint. The basic principle behind this is simply dissolving any brand of PC or any PC color mixtures. There are endless possibilities with using clay paint as it allows the clay artist to glue parts of similar color, to paint over or touch up, to combine with transparent and translucent liquid polymer clay to create effects for jewelry creation, to create polymer clay paintings combined with 2D with 3D PC clay relief, miniature glass painting, stained glass, miniature foods ( e.g. realistic looking miniature cake, bread, gravy, soup, etc), to combine with natural elements, wood, sands, mix with mica, metallic powder, glow powder for interesting effects, to clay glaze miniature vases, bowls and sculptures, to hand paint glass stickers, to create water ponds, etc.

Paint Thinner is a good solvent which can be used to dissolve all kinds of polymer clay. The resulting residue is what I call POLYMER CLAY PAINT.

Solvents and thinners are used for many things such as thinning paints to a working consistency, diluting oil painting mediums, dissolving varnish resin crystals and waxes, cleaning paintings for the purpose of restoration, and general studio clean-up. They are called solvents when used to dissolve solids such as a varnish resin crystals, and a thinner when used to dilute liquids such as painting mediums. Solvents such as turpentine and mineral spirits are natural based products, whereas paint thinners are most often synthetic variations. All solvents and thinners should be used in a well-ventilated area, even when classified as "odorless". Paint solvents are used to clean brushes, just like mineral spirits and turpentine. But mineral spirits and turpentine cannot be used or combined with polymer clay in the same process to create Polyclaylic paint. The natural based solvents and mediums with oil paints, are more economical than synthetic thinners and are best for general studio clean-up.

Perforating the polymer clay with a bamboo skewer Soak the clay in the thinner solution for about 2 to 6 hours depending on the mass of the clay Illustration on method of making polymer clay paint (Polyclaylic paint). "Click above image to expand the illustration" Soaking it will dissolve the polymer clay. You can make polyclaylic paint from all polymer clay colors. Add liquid clay, Sculpey or Fimo. If you do not want to change the color of the clay paint, then I would recommend transparent Fimo Liquid Gel. Testing it with a paint brush. Looks like acrylic paint A closer inspection of the Polymer clay paint Example Of Using The Polyclaylic Paint Painting a Dolphin Draw an outline on paper, glass, tile and other, paint it with the Polymer Clay Paint Bake it in the oven with the paper for 20 minutes at 130ºC Temperature Cool it and peel it out from the paper after baking, flexible translucent flexible stickers. REALISTIC MINIATURE CAKE Creating a Miniature Aluminum Foil Cake Tray

Styrofoam Technique

Shape a small piece of Styrofoam and wrap it with aluminum foils, exposing the top Fold and wrap according to above Trim the excess foils with a scissor Bake the wrapped Styrofoam in the oven at 130ºC temperature for about 20 minute. The Styrofoam will have shrunk to about twenty percent of the original size Comparison of the foil and the pencil in relation to the scale of the tray Using The Type Of Styrofoam Closed up View Updated On 31/01/10 More On Styroform The Shrinking Styrofoam Technique Of Creating Clay Boxes Testing The Combination Of Styrofoam and Polymer Clay Process of Creating A Realistic Miniature Cake

Preparing the Cake Mixture

Using a coffee stirrer add the baking powder into the polymer clay paint. Stir it and mix it well, just like making a real cake Pour the mixtures into the miniature aluminum cake tray Fill it to the top Put it into the convection oven to bake for 20 minute at 130º C temperature Fresh from the oven We're ready to cut the cake Slices of cake display one Slices of cake display two A closer inspection of the cake textures Illustration on the technique of making polymer clay flour mixture for creating miniature cake. Click above image to expand the illustration.


More Test

More test for consistency in textures of the miniature cake Further slice samples shows the realistic looks of the miniature cakes

Making A Miniature Stainless Steel Knife

Using Floppy Disc Shutter And Polymer Clay

Cutting the thin quality stainless steel floppy disc shutters combine with polymer clay, creates realistic 1/12 scale kitchen knife Close up view of the stainless steel kitchen knife 1/3/4 inches length.

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[CITY-o-Clay] Re:Garie's baking soda cake ...Re:Robin - cake tutorial
12 Aug 2010 AM 09:38:52

Hi Colleen, here are two photos... a sneak-preview for you before I post them on the Internet LOL

Robin :)

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