Introduction to Making Dolls House Scale Peaches from Polymer Clay

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Introduction to Making Dolls House Scale Peaches from Polymer Clay

    Introduction to Making 1:12 Dolls House Scale Peaches from Polymer Clay

Realistic 1:12 scale peaches

    Photo ?2007 Lesley Shepherd

    A lot of miniaturists like making things as real as possible. This beginners project for dolls house scale peaches in polymer clay covers a few techniques that will add fine detail to an easy project good for several dollhouse or scale model scenes.

    Assemble Your Materials for Miniature Dolls House Scale Peaches

Polymer clay colors needes to make 1:12 scale peaches

    Lesley Shepherd

    For this project to make miniature peaches in dolls house scale you will need: ; Polymer Clay, your choice of brands in golden yellow and red.

    ; Acrylic Matte Finish, or thin PVA (white) glue

    ; Baking tile or tray for Polymer Clay

    ; White flocking (usually sold in the scale plastic model section of a hobby store for model car


    ; Chalk or artist’s pastels in peach and red, you may also want pale yellow and green depending on

    the peach variety you want to mimic.(colored chalks are available in the scrapbook section of

    hobby stores.)

    ; Straight pin for detailing


    Before you Begin If you have never worked with polymer clay, read Polymer Clay Basics for

    information on safe handling of polymer clay. Do not allow polymer clay in contact with any

    surface or utensil you will use for food preparation. Condition the Clay for

    Making Doll House Miniature Peaches

Rolls of Polymer Clay Prepared for Blending

    Lesley Shepherd

    To create miniature peaches in doll house scale break off a one inch square of golden yellow clay and begin to condition it by rolling it out on a surface or between your hands. When the clay is flexible, do the same with a small pea sized piece of red polymer clay.

    Roll each of the colors out into a three inch roll as shown in the photo. Do not use very much red clay, you can always add more if you need to. This amount of clay will make a basket of 1:12 or dollhouse scale peaches. You will need less clay if you work in a smaller scale.

    Blending the Colors of Polymer Clay to make 1:12 Scale

    Miniature Peaches

Combining Clay Colors for Miniature Peaches

    Lesley Shepherd

    Place the two colors together and blend them into one roll. Roll the blended clays out to double their original length, then gather them up and mix them until they are not quite fully mixed and there are streaks or splotches of peach coloured clay mixed with redder colorations.

    The peach colour should be slightly darker than you want the finished peach to be. Think of the color of preserved peach slices, with bits of rose/red blush in places. If these peaches are for a miniature display, remember that lighter colors look better when viewed from a distance. If your dollhouse scene is dark, you will want lighter peaches than if your scene is well lit.

Forming 1:12 Dolls House Scale Miniature Peaches from

    Polymer Clay

Forming the Peach Shapes From a Roll of Polymer Clay

    Lesley Shepherd

    Use the pin to cut off a section of your blended clay roll which will form a small pea-sized peach. If you want accuracy for a 1:12 scale dollhouse or other miniature scale scene, measure the ball of clay against a scale rule. It should be equivalent to a real peach 3 4 inches across.

    Insert the straight pin into the top of your peach and roll it around to make a slightly conical

    depression. Drawn the pin down the side of the peach to make the join found in every peach. The bottom of the peach isn’t usually completely round but is slightly pointed. You may need to look at photos of peaches or a real peach sample to get the shape correct. Peaches are not usually round balls. Set your peaches on a tile or baking tray used only for polymer clay and bake in the oven according to the directions for your brand of polymer clay. Do not overbake!

    Adding Fuzz to 1:12 Dolls House Scale Miniature Peaches

Flocked and UnFlocked Miniature Peaches

    Lesley Shepherd

    ; Place a small amount of flocking on a flat surface. Gently use your finger to press down on the

    flocking and separate out the clumps. (if you do a lot of this you may want to keep your flocking in

    a small shaker, a small spice jar will do).

    ; Dip your miniature baked peaches from step four into a small quantity of matte acrylic finish. Set

    them aside until the finish is tacky. Do not do this next step while the finish is wet! ; Apply the flocking to the peaches You have a choice of three methods here, use whichever works

    best for you. You can:

    ; Press your finger in the flocking then press your finger to the surface of the peach to transfer

    the flocking over to the peach surface.

    ; Roll the slightly tacky peach in the flocking

    ; shake small amounts of flocking over the slightly tacky peaches.

    The photo above shows peaches still wet with acrylic finish next to peaches which have been flocked.

    The flocking will be fairly obvious and the peaches will look a bit blotchy. The next step takes them to the final finish for a miniature or dollhouse display.

    Add Final Color to 1:12 Dolls House Scale Miniature Peaches

Study Real Peaches to Copy Colors

    Lesley Shepherd

    To finish your miniature peaches for a scale or dollhouse scene, add small amounts of chalk to the outer surface using a small foam applicator or tiny ball of cotton. You can see an alternate view of the peaches which shows a bit more chalk in the instructions for the berry box. Colors depend on the

    variety of peaches you are modeling. Try to look at a picture or a sample of actual fruit when you are working on this step.

    The flocking you applied in step 5 will help hold the chalk in place on the peach surface. If these peaches are going to be handled a great deal, you may want to spray them with a matte artist’s fixative to hold the chalk in place.

    Enjoy your crop. Just for the record, peaches, unlike apples, don’t have leaves attached to the fruit stem. They come in a wide variety of colors with varying amounts of red blushing depending on the variety, so experiment with chalk/pastel finishes until you have something resembling your model peach.

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