Friday, May 04, 2007

A mini feast (for the eyes) ;o)

I'm definitely in a "mini phase"-- meaning, not a phase of short duration, but a phase in which I'm obsessed with miniatures. (g) I'm sure I'll eventually move on-- or back-- to something else, but for now, I'm revelling in the minis!

So-- some of what I've been doing lately:
I've made two types of "sunny-side-up" fried eggs--
One more fragile type for post-back earrings:
And one sturdier type for "dangly" earrings:
I made some non-jewelry mini biscotti (dipped in chocolate) for the same great lady who suggested that I make Pop-Tarts:

Then I finally got around to making the ice cream sandwiches I've been thinking about for a while. (I haven't had an ice cream sandwich in a long time, but making these made me hungry for one!)

I think I made the waffle before I made the ice cream sandwiches, actually... So far, I've only made one. Next time, I think I'll make the pat of butter a bit less translucent-- but in some ways, I like it like this... I want to make pancakes, too, but when I played around with it the first time, I wasn't happy with the results. I think I have a better idea, now. Who would think that a pancake would be harder to do than a waffle?! (Well, in clay, I mean.)

My last "big" experiment was a mini hamburger. It took me a while to make-- partially because I was figuring it out as I went along, but also because there are so many components to a burger, compared to most of the other minis I've made.

There are things I can do to improve the realism of this piece-- with the lettuce and tomato, in particular-- but if you're making things to sell, you can only put so much time and work into something before you have to charge more than anyone's willing to pay for a "cute little pendant".

Anyway, for a first try, I was pretty pleased with my mini burger, if I do say so myself! ;o) Now I'm looking forward to trying it again-- maybe a double cheese burger next time-- and I also have some ideas for hot dogs... :o)

And of course I'm still making a cupcake now and then:

I've been working on "glittery" cupcakes, with glittered icing. I like the looks of glitter, but it's such a pain to work with-- especially at the clay table. If you don't clean up every little speck of it (which is, let's face it, nearly impossible to do), you'll be finding glitter in your clay where you didn't want it. (You can do the glitter work away from the table, but if you aren't careful, you'll still end up bringing it back to the clay, on your hands.) The other thing I hate about glitter is how hard it is to get it stick well enough to the clay that it won't just brush off later-- and getting it thick enough. You almost have to seal it (meanwhile being very careful not to contaminate your sealant bottle with glitter, in the process) and apply it in multiple layers.

Ugh! Glitter!! I'll be happy when the glitter cupcakes are done! (g)

Fortunately, not many mini foods require glitter. ;o)


violettelafleur said...

I've just discovered your blog. Your cupcakes and food are wonderful, funny and so realistic ! Love it :-)

Michael said...

I'm so glad you've enjoyed looking at them. :o)

Melle Cookie said...

Wahou! Wonderfull!!

Michael said...

Thank you! :o)

violettelafleur said...


I really like to come and visit your blog. I've tried to make a cupcake tonight, nothing compared to yours ;-) I'll show you later, you're going to laugh. By the way, thanks for putting me in your links ;-)))

Wish u a good night

milo said...

OMG! they are so cute they make me laugh - and that's a very good thing in my opinion :o) Have been thinking for ages about turning some of my mini foods into charms, and your work is a great inspiration! thanks a million.

Michael said...

Thanks so much, Violette and Milo! :o)