Whilst dolls cannot actually eat,
there is nevertheless a huge range of wonderful looking food,
which can grace the kitchens and tables of your dolls house. Whilst
our suppliers have had years of practice to perfect their skills
some items are not too difficult to make. With the aid of Rose
- one of our long-standing suppliers - we are going to show you
how to make a few of these goodies.
For this article we have used Fimo modelling clay but other modelling
clays can be used such as Premo Sculpey. The primary colours may
vary between the different brands but by mixing colours together
you can create any shade that is required. Baking times vary (usually
about 30 minutes) but it is always best to follow the manufacturers
Rose's Tip: Don't forget colours will change during baking so
try experimenting with mixing colours and then baking the clay
to find out what the finished shade looks like.
Roast Beef Platter
piece will consist of a roast beef joint, roast potatoes, Brussels
sprouts, carrots, and Yorkshire puddings.
Rose's Tip: First of all, select your
platter. This is important as the platter will not only guide
you as to the space you have available for the various items but
also will give you a guide to scale.
Firstly make a sausage shape (about 10mm diameter) out of light
brown clay. Into the brown you should mix in a small amount of
crumbled white (by rubbing between your fingers). This creates
the fat within the beef joint.
Next roll out a piece of white clay large enough to wrap around
your joint and then fold around the brown.
Rose's Tip: A pencil makes a very good
Now score lines in the meat using a sharp craft knife. For added
texture press the surface with a file or a foil ball (see below)
to create small dimples.
Rose's Tip: If you screw up a piece
of tin foil into a ball this can be used to press in a great texture
to your creations
Your roast beef joint is now ready for cooking.
Make small balls with white clay - cut in half and put with the
beef ready for cooking.
Make small balls with green clay and use a file or foil ball
to press on a textured pattern.
Firstly you need to make a long roll shape (approx 5mm thick)
using yellow and orange clay in layers. Start with yellow and
finish with the orange - only using small amounts of the
yellow. Leave in a long roll ready for baking.
Make a small ball of champagne (very light yellow) coloured clay.
Then take a biro pen or a small piece of doweling and press into
your ball to create the hole in the pudding.
Rose's Tip: Cover the pen or doweling
with talcum powder - this stops the clay sticking to it. This
tip applies to any implements or tools, which you use with the
All your food can now be baked - following the manufacturers
instructions for the material you are using.
Leave everything to cool properly apart from your "carrot
roll". This should be sliced while still warm (because it
is easier to work with than when it is cold and set hard) to create
the slices of carrot for your platter.
Rose's Tip: It is always best to cut,
shape and trim your creations whilst still warm (not hot). At
this point the clay will still be pliable whereas when it has
cooled totally it is quite hard and brittle to cut.
Once the clay has cooled down totally the potatoes and beef can
now be painted to give them the "browned" cooked look.
For this we recommend using a brown Humbrol paint (No. 6) mixed
with turpentine to make a fairly weak "wash". Apply
with a brush but making sure the brush is quite dry, as you only
want a fairly light colouring.
Finally arrange your joint surrounded by the vegetables and puddings
and glue to the platter - we recommend Tacky Glue or Tacky wax
for a less permanent solution - add a piece of lichen (for your
parsley dressing), which nicely rounds it off and your platter
is now ready to be served.
Select your plate (remember this helps you with the scale). If
you want a doily a good tip is to use a normal sized doily and
cut out one of the shapes from within it and this makes a great,
1/12th scale version for your plate.
Mix together half white and half champagne clay to get a beige
colour. Roll it into a cake shape and use the plate to help get
the correct size. Now take three pieces of clay - black, dark
brown and red. Roll them flat and using a cocktail stick pick
up tiny pieces from each and push them randomly into the cake.
This is your fruit.
Use a silver foil ball to press a dimpled pattern onto the top
of the cake and the cake is now ready to be baked.
Once the cake has cooled down completely it can be painted with
a brown Humbrol paint (No. 6) mixed with turpentine to make a
fairly weak "wash". Apply with a brush but making sure
the brush is quite dry, as you only want a fairly light colouring.
Put more colour on the top - as this is the part that browns more
on a real cake.
Firstly select or make the board itself. This should be about
40mm x 30mm in size.
It is best to create a variety of colours and shapes for your
cheese board to make it look interesting. So here are a few suggestions.
a small piece of golden yellow clay and roll into a ball. Roll
out a piece of red into a long thin strip and wrap this around
the ball to create the rind of the cheese.
Take a piece of white clay and then roll out a very thin string
of blue. Mould the blue into the white with your fingers to create
the veins. Now roll out the clay into the desired shape and rough
the outside using either some course sandpaper or your ball of
Mix half white and half yellow clay and shape into a wedge
Create a round shape out of orange clay
Use a dark yellow clay and shape into a round cake shape. Then
push holes into it using a matchstick.
Of course there are thousands of different cheeses and they come
in a great variety of colours and shapes - so why not
experiment to include your own favourite selection or choose those
which will brighten up your cheese board the best.
All good cheese boards have a bunch of grapes and they are easy
to make. Create small round balls in green clay mixed with a very
small amount of white or transparent. Next roll out a tiny strip
of green and simply attach your grapes to this "stem"
These can all now be baked. When they come out of the oven allow
to cool a little but while still warm cut out wedges or other
shapes to represent the individual portions. Your cheese does
not need painting but you can apply a varnish coat
Rose's Tip: All your food creations
can be varnished. This creates a gloss or a glaze, which on some
items will give a cooked look. More importantly it will also protect
the colour - by sealing it in. It is always easier to
use a water based varnish as this will not require lengthy brush
Arrange on the board and glue in position as required - we recommend
Tacky Glue or Tacky wax for a less permanent solution.
small orange balls. Use a file to get the dimpled texture and
make a small indent with a cocktail stick for the stalk point.
If you want a stalk insert it now (i.e. a small piece of dried
flower stem) or if not just add a dab of black or brown paint
Rose's Tip: Select your plate first
to help you with the scale
Mould some small green balls and leave with a smooth 'surface.
Follow the instructions above for the stalk.
Use a light green clay or a white / green mix. Then mix in a
tiny part of yellow to get the right shade. Mould into a cone
shape and the stalk (see above) should be inserted in the thinner
Use yellow or golden yellow clay and roll out into a long thin
shape. Cut 4 pieces (about 15mm long). Squeeze them into a point
at each end and then pinch all 4 together at the top to create
the bunch. Now bend into a slight curved shape.
Use red and black clay to make tiny balls and add a stalk if
required (see above). Then make the shapes slightly oblong.
Use red clay and mould into tiny cone shapes then use a file
to create the textured look.
Create small round balls in green clay mixed with a very small
amount of white or transparent. Next roll out a tiny strip of
green and simply attach your grapes to this "stem"
Your fruit can now be baked remembering to allow them to cool
fully before applying varnish. Also don't forget to make your
stalk marks if required. You can also put a dark brown mark on
the tops of the bananas for a touch of added realism.
I hope this feature has been interesting and maybe revealed some
useful tips. The important thing with making food is to experiment
with the clays, i.e. with mixing colours and the different effects,
which can be achieved from paint and varnish. Always remember
- experimentation is cheap and will lead to better results as
you become more practised. All you require is a little patience.
If you have any queries that have not been answered by this feature
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