Delicious Food Miniature By Kim Burke
I love miniature, that’s why I’ll write again about amazing miniature in tiny scale. Actually, I had written several hubs related with miniature. You can check my work beneath this hub. Talking about food is very interesting. Looking at real food and getting hungry is something usual for us. We can easily found delicious recipe with the pictures here, on HubPages. But now, I’ll write something different related with food. I believe that most of us getting hungry just looking at the pictures. I am so sorry, if you don’t find the real food here. Because, all the foods created by polymer clay. It’s amazingly well done miniature by Kim Burke is something completely different. Most of people who watch the miniature don’t just get hungry, but Kim’s miniatures are simply scrumptious. It’s one comment among many comments about her works, “Your gallery is making me so hungry! They're so amazing I have to convince myself they aren't real!”. Another comment say, “Your creations are really amazing, the textures and the detail you add to it is lovely, and I always leave your gallery hungry for a snack.” She masterfully mixes two of my favorite things in my life: food and design. Her works are absolutely incredible. The best part is, the miniatures look completely realistic. Personally, I would be hard to distinguish from real food if it weren't for the giant fingers in the pictures. Before I continue to write about her profile, I’ll write about polymer clay. Please continue to read……………
What is polymer clay?
Polymer clay is a synthetic modeling material based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC), pigment and solvents. I hear that it was first developed in Germany in 1930. It is available in many colors, which even include translucent, granite textures or even fun neon colors. The material that remains maleable until it is cured by baking at a low temperature (260-275° F) in a conventional oven. We can use a small toaster oven. The length of time for baking depends on size and the thickness of the polymer clay we have created. After baking, it can then be polished, sanded, painted and drilled. Polymer clay can be used to mimic other substances, creating faux wood, metal, stone, and glass. The best thing is it can be molded, textured, stamped, buffed, sanded, sculpted, carved, or colored with acrylic paints and mediums. Colors can be mixed and worked together to create marbling effects.
Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items. We can make jewelry, sculpt figures, little intricate dolls and figurines, pens, picture frames, boxes, vases and tiny pieces of furniture. When making large items, you may need cardboard, or an armature- foil. We can also use a pasta machine to create sheets with the polymer clay. The sheets can be used for wrapping, layering or creating cutouts. The sheet of polymer clay can be applied on picture frames or boxes that have been created. Polymer clay can also be used with other materials such wood, metal, plastics and fabrics. To create interesting effects we can mix with glitter, metallic and powders. The tools commonly used, include: rolling tools, cutting tools, clay blades, a ripple blade, cookie cutters, texturing tools, commercial rubber stamps, plastic/elastic texturing sheets, sand paper. The special tool, include: push molds, clay extruder (clay gun), bead rollers, craft heat gun. But, we can use tools that may be borrowed from the kitchen or throughout the house, like: knives, roller, grater, and many more.
We can find at least a few different types of polymer clay in a craft store and on the Internet. There are many brands out there. Each country has different brands. In USA we can find Premo brand. In German we can find Fimo and Pardo brand. Each brand has different characteristic, like: Premo is very comfortable to start with and easy to soften. The conclusion is the possibilities of our creativity are endless when using polymer clay.
Polymer clay brand
Up close and personal with Kim Burke
She is an American sculptor. She realistically created everything from apple pie, to sushi, to cheese wedges from polymer clay and measuring 1/12th scale. Her works look amazingly realistic and almost edible. She started out in July of 2008. Her inspiration came from a book by Sue Heaser called Making Doll's House Miniatures with Polymer Clay. She said that it's a fantastic book with very easy to follow tutorials. From this book we can create everything from miniature potatoes to Tiffany style lamps. And then she started using pictures of real food as a reference as her career until now. How does she make realistic frosting? She combines Translucent Liquid Sculpey with solid clay. She learned it from Betsy Niederer. All her miniature food creations are handcrafted from polymer clay to one inch scale.
The detail of her creation can bee seen from two scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and a cherry on the top. It served in a hand blown glass.
Cheeseburger and Fries
Hunger Games Feast
Miniature on ice
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
Fimo is her favorite clay brand, and colored with chalk pastels. She usually took about 1-3 hours to make beautiful art creation depending on how complex the miniature is. She explained that cookies are the easiest. She really love with the shape, coloring and texture of the lamb roast. She often uses needle, sharp razor blade, chalk pastels, and favorite rock for texture. Her nickname on the online world is fairchildart. Her official site is http://www.fairchildartminiatures.com
Which one is your favorite?
Black Forest Cake
Fruit in the basket
New Sushi Ring
Breakfast in Bed
Steak and Fries
Ice cream Sundae
Delicious (group photo)
A video by fairchildart (Kim Burke)
Simple clay recipe from bread
You can also make simple clay from unused bread.
- 1 slice of breads, let it dry
- Wood glue
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- Slightly natruim benzoate / food preservative
- Acrylic / watercolor
How to make:
- Cut the bread into small pieces
- Add a little glue and knead until smooth.
- Add vegetable oil and preservatives, knead until smooth