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Welcome to a new polymer clay love article, specially written for projecteducate, find the program for the third Community Week here. If you missed the previous articles, please check out Introduction to Polymer Clay and Polymer Clay Secrets Revealed. This time I'm going to guide you through some of the best polymer clay food tutorials currently available in deviantART, enjoy and don't hesitate to leave a message if you have any question or suggestion for future articles.

Food. Polymer clay food. There's a strange fascination between polymer clay crafters to make food, if you ask many of us won't even be able to explain what's so addictive about making fake food. Some of it is crafted for doll houses and doll props, some people make beautiful jewelry with food, but some just make it because it's so incredibly fun.

Monochromatic by ChocolateDecadence
Miniature Rilakkuma Bento Box by Fimochu Eggs and Bacon by Eminentia
Brownie Sundae Earrings by LittleSweetDreams 
Miniature favorites by MiniatureChef strawberry stude earrings-Petite Creation by PetiteCreation
Veggie Necklace CU by lily-inabottle


Polymer clay is fantastic when it comes to creating food, it has three qualities that make it ideal for almost all kinds of food crafting: adjustable translucency, a liquid clay to manipulate its consistency and the ability to create virtually infinite textures.

Translucency


Polymer clay is unique in that the translucency can be adjusted, allowing you to achieve realistic rock candy, freshly cooked rice or wet looking slices of fruit. Almost all the brands sell translucent clay, some even provide translucent colors to facilitate the process. The following tutorials will give you a pretty good idea of how to use translucent clay, a staple of the fake food crafter.

Polymer Clay ROCK CANDY TUTORIAL by GrandmaThunderpantsSushi Rice Tutorial by lava-tomatoMini Spring Rolls Tutorial by kayanahPrawn Ebi Sushi Tutorial by SnowfernWatermelon Cane Tutorial by GrandmaThunderpants
TIP: You can use pastel chalks or colored clay to make translucent clay colors. Add little by little, too much clay or chalk will make the mix opaque.

Consistency


Most polymer clay brands make one of the most beloved and hated tools available: liquid clay. Liquid clay can be used alone with pigments to make sauces, syrups and jelly, or mixed with regular clay to different consistencies for frosting, whipped cream or marmalade. Liquid clay can be very challenging for the new clayer, luckily the DA community never fails to provide with a good amount of tutorials and even substitutes:

TLS Tutorial by KaciHPfanatic TLS Polymer Clay Tutorial by paperfaceparade Polymer Clay ICING TUTORIAL :D by GrandmaThunderpants Polymer Clay : Whipped Cream alternatives by CraftCandies Peanut Brittle PolyClay Tutori by Auffallend
TIP: monsterkookies generously shared her technique to make the Perfect Frosting and how to make everything from blood to peanut butter in her Liquid Clay 101.

Textures


Polymer clay can be manipulated to create a wide range of textures, it allows to create complicated or delicate textures without distorting or shrinking, so details are retained after baking. Most of the times it is texture what creates an hyper-realistic piece, but mastering textures requires patience and attention to details. The following tutorials demonstrate texturing techniques, useful tools and how important textures are in fake food.

Fun Tip Friday #4 by SmallCreationsByMel Miniature clay Cookies by thinkpastel A LOOONG Ice Cream Tutorial by Zhoira Petit Four tutorial -LONG by ilikeshiniesfakery Easter Bread Tutorial by abohemianbazaar Salmon sushi earrings tutorial by lava-tomato
TIP: Look around for things that can be useful for texturing! The most popular tools include old toothbrushes, toothpicks, stiff brushes, and tin foil. You don't even need to spend money, so keep your eyes open for things with interesting textures.

Practice!!


I say this a lot, but really all it takes is practice. There's no magic tool or secret technique, you will need to practice to achieve super realistic or incredibly cute food. This time I focused on the three things I believe are the most important in polymer clay food crafting, here's some easy/medium level tutorials that will help you practice them and that will show you how to make some more amazing food!

:thumb202322464: Tutorial- Fimo Donut by Sweety-Wanda New Cheesecake Tutorial by jen-kollic Minature Cupcake and Case Tutorial! by Llama-Lloon Miniature Baguette Tutorial by thinkpastel TUTORIAL: chicken sandwich by sparklingz-sugar Corn Dog Tutorial by UneGlaceRose Polymer Clay Cake Tutorial by Talty Tasty Cakes Tutorial by MissyMayhem


I hope you found this useful, feel free to leave any question you may have or suggest new polymer clay articles.
Talty


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misunderheard Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOVE this collection!!! There was a few tutorials and artists I had missed somehow :( Im SO glad you took the time to stick these together in one spot!
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Talty Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Wow how am I so late to answer ._. but I'm glad that you found new people and tutorials, I should make a new updated collection :D
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misunderheard Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
YA! Pleeeeaaassseee :) Id also love it if you would join me on Facebook Talty lol. We have an amazing mini community there. Ive met some AWESOME people and my business has grown like wild because of it. I got a BIG order and swapped minis with a "high-end" miniature maker :D Please? lol :heart:
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her-smalldreams Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I'm new to Polymer clay, so this is really helpful! :glomp: Thanks!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem, I'm glad that you found it useful :D
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chibibunny43 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
coolio.
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Talty Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Glad you liked it :)
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Fimochu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my GOSH I am freaking out that you featured my bento box :la: Thank you! I loved reading the article and checking out the tutorials you featured!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the article! :D And of course, your bento box needed to be featured for all the world to see and love!
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SimplyCharming4Ever Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I LOVE THIS
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