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1  As promised: a cookie tutorial in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by SupernovaDesigns on: June 20, 2007 09:44:23 PM
Okay now this is my first tutorial, so if there's any vagueness, please just ask and I'll do my best to clarify. My camera's batteries were dying so I tried to get the pics quickly, and some of them came out a little blurry =( I think, though, that they are clear enough to get the point across.

Step 1: Get your mise en place. In this case, you'll need some baked cookie colored clay (a golden tannish color), some semisweet chocolate color (a rich brown mixed with a hint of black), and some kind of a pin. I make my own out of wire and give it a sort of corkscrew, so that it stays in well.


Step 2: Make the cookie shape (a domed disc), imbed the pin, make the chocolate chips. Bake the chips first so they don't get all messed up later when you texture the cookie.


Step 3: I use my exacto knife for the next few parts. You could probably use a needle. Anything sharp, really, I suppose. Make a little incision in the clay. This will be a pocket for your chip.


Step 4: When you put the chip in, push it down into the cookie, and bring the cookie clay up around it, like in this picture.


Another picture of a pocket. Try to make them kind of irregular in shape, and randomly placed.


After several chips, you should start to see a fairly realistic cookie emerging from your lump of brown clay. I think what's really key to making it look real, is the little pieces of "dough" that slightly cover the chips. When you bake cookies, you don't start out with a hunk of plain cookie dough, then lay some chocolate chips on top. You don't want your clay cookie to look like that either.


I didn't use 2 of my chocolate chips, but I feel pretty happy with how it looks. I think trying to squeeze in 2 more would have been a bit much.


Step 5: Texturing! this is where your cookie will really get wow factor. As said before, my weapon of choice here is a stiff bristled nylon paintbrush. I've got a veritable arsenal of these. Sorry for the terrible pic, I was struggling to hold my camera with one hand lol. You just want to tap the bristles against the cookie.


So this is what it should look like when you're done using the paintbrush...


Step 6: More texture. Cookies usually have deep pocks and such in the surface. I have a broken toothpick that I use for this part. I wouldn't suggest using anything like a needle with a well defined point. Something jagged and irregular is going to be your best bet. Go at it at different angles, with varying force. If every little irregularity in the cookie is exactly the same shape, they aren't so irregular.


And, uh, bake and yeah that's it =) Hope that helps some.
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2  Zebra Heart Pendant (new pic update) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by SupernovaDesigns on: June 14, 2007 02:09:32 AM
Okay it isn't quite done, I need to round the lobes of the heart and buff the surface a little because some cornstarch embedded itself along the edges of the stripes, and I might give it a couple coats of varnish, but I am so excited that I had to share!



It's hard to tell in the picture I guess, without any reference, but it's an impressive 2.25" x 2".

Update: The heart has been cleaned up, sanded, and varnished. I wanted to put it on Etsy but a friend of mine came to visit this weekend and bought it from me on the spot.
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3  Not reinventing the wheel or anything... in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by SupernovaDesigns on: May 29, 2007 10:38:46 PM
I know desserts have been done, redone, and done again, but I can't help it. I love making miniatures, and few things are cuter than sweets on small scale. Some of the pictures aren't that great, but the camera isn't mine so I can't retake them. It really sucks because I would have liked to have gotten better detail on the poptart, but the camera thought the part furthest away was the best place to focus on =/



this pictures is absolutely terrible, sorry about that






any suggestions for what to do with them? the cupcake is part of a pair of earrings, but the rest are all singles.
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4  Owl Charm ~ My first posting in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by SupernovaDesigns on: November 27, 2006 06:52:13 PM
I was so excited to finally get a picture of this guy that I wanted to post it here so... here he is. He's made of Premo, a flat glass marble (sort of an irridescent peach color), gold spacer beads, gold eyeshadow, and a little TLS here and there. oh and wire ^_^



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