Baking in mini - my maiden voyage

by brae  

I used to make clay foods when I was young for my childhood dollhouse, but that was limited to mostly hamburgers and hot dogs.  :D  Since rediscovering minis as an adult, I've seen so many talented food artisans online and at the mini shows.

I recently discovered from Diane Paone that you can use paper punches for polymer clay.  She sells both supplies and finished cookies made in this manner.  I was amazed!  I had the paper punches already so I bought some suitable colors of clay and started experimenting.

Here is the first batch of cookies punched from Fimo sahara clay.  I started with bats and cats since punching them out was fairly straightforward.  Making festive cookies was part of the to-do list for my Halloween display that I didn't have time to finish before the holiday.

I used chalk pastels to give them some golden color.   After baking, they really do look like plump, warm-from-the-oven cookies!  :D

I found these glitter varieties at Hobby Lobby and thought they might work well for glittery baked goods.

The black didn't work so well on the bats and cats.  It looks like caviar on a cracker, though.  Haaaaaaa!  I think it's just too dark and hard to apply evenly, so it looks off.  But, if anyone loves them, just let me know.  I'd be happy to send them to you, because otherwise they're going bye-bye.

The Translucent Liquid Sculpey based icing worked much better on the second and larger batch of cookies.  I used clay mixed with the Translucent Liquid Sculpey as well as oil paint mixed with the Translucent Liquid Sculpey.  The oil paint was certainly easier to mix and work with, so I will pick up a starter set of colors next time I head to the store.

Here's a plate of skulls with white frosting.  I don't know why, but these are my favorite.  :D

The pumpkin cookies are rather fun, too.

The leaf cookies could be used for the general autumn season or for a Thanksgiving setting.

I left some of the leaves bare and decided to try a different method.  Michi bought some mini bottles of glitter awhile back, wanting only the the glitter found its way to me for some glittery baked goods.  Thanks, Michi!!!  I used three shades of glitter.

The frosted Christmas trees have added micro beads in gold and silver.

I spent all day on these lovelies and certainly had fun, but after all that work...there aren't any cookies I can actually eat!!!!  :O

Punches: cats, bats, pumpkins, skulls and trees by Studio G; leaves by Recollections and Fiskars.  Two designs of Halloween plates and Christmas plates from A Lavender Dilly.  Plate with doily from Stewart Dollhouse Creations.


Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
I see coooookies! NOM NOM NOM
11/03/12 @ 21:45
Comment from: Marion [Visitor]
Thanks so much for sharing, they look so great ! Oh I think I have a new thing to try to add to my mini to-do list ! <3
11/04/12 @ 00:48
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Your cookies look great! Thanks for sharing this great idea! &#58;&#68;
11/04/12 @ 01:48
Comment from: elly [Visitor]
LOVELY LOT OF COOKIES !!! ( yes that is not capslock, that is me hollering !) Well done Brae !
11/04/12 @ 05:50
Comment from: Betsy (Daydreamer) [Visitor]
You are Amazing!!! Right from the start your creations look like the works of a Pro!!! I am hungry now...! Thanks for sharing these tips!
11/04/12 @ 07:27
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Were the baking supplies printies or purchases? They're really good. I've heard of a few folks using the punch method, clearly it works well. How many good ones vs. tosses would you say came out? The plates are so cute, she makes so many nice designs. That is a lot of baking for nothing to munch ! &#59;&#41;
11/04/12 @ 07:56
Comment from: CJ [Visitor]
These are absolutely wonderful!!!
11/04/12 @ 08:05
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! &#58;&#68; The baking ingredients were purchased awhile ago - I think on eBay. For the first batch, it was tricky figuring out how to get the clay out without causing it to pull out of shape. I used powder for the second batch, a thin coating on both sides of the clay, and they slipped out fairly easily. For the second batch, maybe 2-3 cookies lost from 7-8 dozen.
11/04/12 @ 08:09
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]
They've come out really well. Inspired idea using punches to get the shapes =0)
11/04/12 @ 08:40
Comment from: Janice [Visitor]
This is one of the things on my to do list too after seeing Diane's Etsy shop a few weeks ago.....if I ever get back in my workshop. Home decorating seems like such a good idea at the beginning!!
11/04/12 @ 15:35
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! &#58;&#68; Janice, it was great fun and relatively easy once you fiddle with it for awhile. &#58;&#41;&#41;
11/04/12 @ 18:21
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Thank you so much for those links, Brae! Your cookies are perfect, so colourful! I love the idea of using punches to make them! One would never know this was your first try! It looks like you've been making them forever!
11/05/12 @ 09:15
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
Very good and very seasonal.
11/05/12 @ 11:21
Comment from: Blake [Visitor]
Love those cookies! Very festive!
11/05/12 @ 14:06
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! &#58;&#68;
11/05/12 @ 16:19
Comment from: Gail from [Visitor]
These cookies are beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job!!!
11/07/12 @ 08:51
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! &#58;&#68;
11/07/12 @ 09:01
Comment from: Jennifer | JS Miniatures [Visitor]
Love the cookies. They're fantastic. Really look good enough to eat!
11/12/12 @ 13:18

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