CONGRATS TO @saraprieur WHO FOUND THESE KILLER MINIATURE FOOD PICS AND WON A GRAPHIC SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER FROM DRPD LONDON.
Kim strives to make each miniature of the highest quality possible with the most realistic details. Her inspiration largely comes from scouring cook books and local pastry shops for ideas. Desserts and gourmet food are her favorite to create!
WANT TO MORE? READ THIS INTERVIEW:
1. How long have you been making miniatures?
I started out in July of 2008 with a book by Sue Heaser called Making Doll’s House Miniatures with Polymer Clay. It’s a fantastic book with very easy to follow tutorials on everything from miniature potatoes to Tiffany style lamps. I was amazed at how such simple clay techniques could produce incredibly realistic results. From there I started using pictures of real food as a reference and it’s spiraled into an obsession ever since!
2. Where do you purchase your plates and other miniature accessories?
Luckily there’s a local miniatures shop called Little Enchantments that has anything doll sized you could possibly ask for. I’ve also bought dishes and all sorts of cutlery from Ebay.
3) Do you make the plates or just the food?
I only make the food. The only non-food miniature I’ve made is an itty bitty Makar (from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
4. How do you make realistic frosting?
I combine Translucent Liquid Sculpey with solid clay (just eyeballing the proportions since I’ve done it so many times) and mix like crazy. Everything I’ve learned about frosting and dollhouse cake making I’ve learned from Betsy Niederer.
5. What do you use to color the food?
Colored FIMO clay (my favorite brand) and colored chalk pastels. The pastels I use are from the Stampin’ Up collection.
6. How do you make the food so realistic?
A good dose of artistic masochism and being a stickler for details – every time I make something new I always try to add something extra to make it even look more real.
7. Is the food clay or do you use real food?
I assure you it’s all clay and entirely inedible
8. Do you sell your miniatures?
I do! All the miniatures I have for sale are at my Etsy shop.
9. How long does it take to make these?
Usually from 1-3 hours depending on how complex the miniature is – cookies are the easiest, something like the lamb roast I fiddle with quite a bit until I’m happy with the shape, coloring and texture.
10. What kind of tools do you use?
My staples are a needle, favorite rock for texture, chalk pastels, and a sharp razor blade.