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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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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
So much talent and generosity around :faint:!!
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SimplyCharming4Ever Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
HAHA thanx sweetie!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome ^^
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SimplyCharming4Ever Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanx again
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:huggle:
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SimplyCharming4Ever Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Aww
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Cayca Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Featured in :iconartisancraft: latest blog [link]
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:huggle:
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amateurartist97 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
omgg one of my fav kinds of art cuz its just so adorable <3!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I'm glad you liked it!
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KPcharms Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haces un gran trabajo con tus post, muchas gracias por toda la información! Espero que algún día podamos hacer un swap ^^ de nuevo gracias!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
En serio muchas gracias, me alegra que te haya parecido interesante :D y si cuando quieras hacemos un swap! ;)
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LeadHeart787 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THE FOOD...

:iconheavyisastonished: IT IS SO TINY
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I loooooooove tiny :love:
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LeadHeart787 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
humans must be naturally attracted to small things. hahaha <3
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012   Artisan Crafter
hehe at least I am! :la: I go crazy the tinier things are :D
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
So tiny!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
It's concentrated awesomeness! :dummy:
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Lol! And thanks for the llama!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome ^^
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C4tt4nn4 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gonna keep an eye on this... Thanks for putting all of these tutorials in one place!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, I'm glad you found it useful! :D
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ChocolateDecadence Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly for the feature <3
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :huggle:
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apple-kitty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
nom nom nomn nom nom nom *chokes on clay* X.x
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
lol that sounds painful :noes:
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golem18 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exelente y muy util gracias
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
de nada, gracias a ti por leerlo :D
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p0lka-d0ts Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And just when I thought I'd seen all the tutorials! You rock for for this journal! :hug:
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
hehehe I'm glad I could still help you find something interesting, the community is amazing, there's always new journals :D
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Eternay Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a great journal! :D
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! :love:
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random-lil-azn Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I love these articles! The only thing stopping going out and and making armies and armies of mini sculptures is the fact that sculpey is sooo expensive >__<;; But I love seeing all the cool things you can do with clay so keep 'em coming Talty!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you, let me know if there's any special article you want to see :D I've read that polymer clay is super expensive in Australia/NZ and that area, I don't know if you've seen it yet but this tutorial [link] by ~CraftCandies shows you how to make sculptures using the less amount of clay possible ^^
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random-lil-azn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Yeah it is. It's something like $4/5 for the little coloured packs and freaking $24 for the 450g block >_<;;; And thanks for the tutorial!
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ginajaja Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you could try working with homemade cold porcelain, it air dries, ist easy to make and not that expensive.
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random-lil-azn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thanks for the suggestion! Might give that a try instead of Sculpey.
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v--an Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it helps you, I found 1.97 oz blocks, 24 of them for very cheap! I bought 48 of them for only $5 USD.
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random-lil-azn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Seriously?! That sounds a bit too good to be true haha
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
That's crazy expensive :noes: you're welcome!
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