Monday, May 31, 2010

Some tips

I asked my deviantArt followers to help me with ideas for a tutorial. Most of them said that they wanted some basics and tips and a few had more particular questions. 

I need to say that I am a novice and not an experienced miniaturist so I cannot write about 'the basics of miniaturism'. But tips, yes, I can give you many tips ;D I learn from internet tutorials and my own experiments. I'll just try to systematize my humble experience and conclusions in a few sentences.  I know these things are clear for most of you but this is what I can help with.

If you want to achieve a realistic look in polymer clay food (and not only) you need to think of these four points:
  • shape/volume
  • precise color
  • texture
  • environment and size of the object.
Shape is what first speaks to a viewer. A cloud can resemble a rabbit, for example, and it only has its silhouette. For this purpose I use cookie cutters, caps, moulds... And for the volume - it is clearly an important quantity especially in sculptures.

Color is a crucial element, as for me. It can cover some flaws in a work if it's right and it can ruin a part of the final impression if it is wrong. I find it always hard to get the right color ;[
For polymer clay you can use pastel chalks, oils, and acrylics and the method of coloring depends on the project.
There is sometimes no need of additional painting (For example the miniature eggs in one of my posts). The right mixing of clay colors is enough. But in making bread, croissants, cookies it is necessary. I usually use clay with some whitish or creamy basic color and I gradually dust over it with pastels starting from the lightest to the darkest color.

Texture gives the lovely detail but also the realistic look of an object. Every material/object has some specific texture. Choosing the object you want to represent you need to think also how is the texture to be given. I texture mostly with a pin, brush and aluminium foil but I have made myself also some texture sheets, stamps and so on. 

Size and environment are important when the object will be incorporated in a scene, dollhouse, etc. You need to choose the scale and measure carefully in the beginning.

If one or two of these points is missing it won't radically change the viewer's perception of your work (If I make a cake slice with its texture and shape absolutely correct but I make it green allover you would still have no problem recognizing that this is a cake. You might even think that I used the green color intentionally)

And last but not least: Do not be afraid to use different materials and to try new techniques :))) I hope it was useful.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sweet Treats Pendants

Jewelry pendants made of polymer clay. I had made some cookies, donuts, croissants and pastries and as I had no idea what to do with them I decided just to combine them in a dish :) Later I made about ten more - I got really addicted. There are so many possibilities to combine!

Висулки от полимерна глина. Бях направила сладки, понички, кроасани и всевъзможни сладкишчета и тъй като не знаех какво друго да ги правя, реших просто да ги комбинирам в чинийка. По-късно направих още десетина, много се пристрастих! Има толкова много възможности да се подредят :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Green Grapes

Green Grapes - just to try it. Made a few days ago and since then I haven't touched polymer clay. I feel a little discouraged.. If I want to sell in Germany I need to have a registration, firm, accounancy, probably software... So I'm reading about book-keeping and taxes, visited a seminar, write e-mails with questions and still the matter is obscure to me. I can't believe that I need to go through this for a simple etsy shop. Clearly as I sell I have to pay taxes but it just seems 'a little' complicated.

My main goal at this point is to take the exams in german and to become a student. But I cannot imagine to stop working on minis, cards, to stop working with my hands.

And wihtout this final stage of selling/giving/presenting a piece to a customer/friend/viewer does not the whole process lose a part of its purpose?

However, I wanted to show you my workplace. My miniature bakery is in the living room on this table. I also have about 12 boxes spread around the room. I dream for a huge desk.. or an atelier! :}

Monday, May 24, 2010

Birdies, birdies

I truly adore birds. They are a symbol of freedom, dreams, love, singing, beauty.. I don't draw very often, and I'm not escpecially good at it, but when I do I like to draw birds...
From one of the first blocks of fimo that I bought appeared these pink birdies. They have a rather simple shape and are nothing really bothering to make but turned out very cute. (The nest is a ring)

Later I made smaller ones and used them as a topper of a miniature cake. The vertical layers I saw for the first time in Dimitrana's wonderful cakes.

And these studs are the latest from the collection. I made two pairs - one for me and one to sell. I hope you like them as much as I do :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Croissants preparation board

1:12 scale dollhouse miniature preparation board. This had stayed on my desk a long time with no progress but I finally finished it.

I had to remake and remake the butter many times, because of its color - too soapy, too chalky, too yellow, too white ;D In addition to that I messed up the yolk glaze a few times and had to make new unbaked croissants. This was a challenge as a whole. But I'm pleased with the result, really. :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cake Decorating Scene

This is also not a new miniature from mine but is one of my favourites so I just couldn't help myself not posting. And why not, it's my blog :D
It was really fun to make. I used white silicone for the whipped cream; the strawberries, cake and meringues are from polymer clay. The meringues were the hardest part because I was determined to make them from polymer clay (not silicone). However, I think it turned out well :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Poppy Field

I'll start with something I made a some time ago for my mother's birthday. She loves poppies. This inspired me to make this miniature 'sugarpaste' cake. I wanted to add something to it and after a few unsuccesful trials I managed to make a cake knife, a present, and a little card (which is not really visible on the picture).

When I make presents I (almost) never miss to add a greeting card. So one more poppy thing came out of my head :)

About Me

Hello! My name is Veselina. I have always loved to make jewelry and cards, to wrap gifts or just to decorate everyday objects. In November 2009 I found my love for polymer clay and miniatures and since then I can not spend a day without creating or trying anything new. I started this blog to show my work to people who are interested, to exchange experience with other artisans and to share what inspires me.