Making Decorative Victorian Pies

I enjoyed making these little pies and I hope you will too. They are perfect for your 12th scale dollhouse kitchen or prehaps in your Victorian shop. Before you start here are some handy tips.

I enjoyed making these little pies and I hope you will too. They are perfect for your 12th scale dollhouse kitchen or prehaps in your Victorian shop. Before you start here are some handy tips.

  1. Wash your hands - Even if they look clean you will be amazed how much dirt the clay, especially the light colours will pick up.
  2. Wipe all your equipment before you start and then as you work with lighter clays - The times I have had to throw away white clay as red clay from the sculpel got mixed in.
  3. Check what temperature to bake your clay at  - different clays have different baking temperatures.
  4. Bake items on a paper plate to avoid a shiny side where clay is in contact with clay tile.
  5. Be careful that sculpel is sharp - I have the scars to prove it
  6. Oven gloves when baking the clay.

Equipment



  • 25mm (1”) circle cutter Soft paint brush
  • Soft paint brush
  • Kempel cutters leaf and circle
  • Soft pastel raw sienna
  • Toothpick
  • Curved scalpel
  • Humbrol clear colour orange (optional)
  • Oval platter (optional)
  • Crinkled edged item
  • Ceramic tile
  • Polymer clay ochre, translucent and white





  1. Blend the polymer clays together in the ratio of 1: 3 white: translucent with a small quantity of ochre.





  1. Once the clay is thoroughly blended flatten in a rough circle and use circle cutter to cut out 25mm in diameter circle and squeeze into an oval. If you are using the oval platter ease clay into the shape of the plate.





  1. Roll out the remaining clay to a width of 1-2mm. Then with your kempel cutter cut out leaves using the tip of your curved scalpel to make the veins in the leaves. Carefully arrange the leaves on the pie as shown in the picture. Finish the pattern.





  1. Roll the sides of the pie along the crinkled edge of your chosen item to produce the grooved sides of the pie.





  1. Flake a small amount of the soft pastel raw sienna and using the soft paint brush apply a light layer of pastel to the whole pie. Now bake the pie according to your clay instructions.





  1. The pie on the left is the finished item as it comes out of the oven. The pie on the right  has had a coat of Humbrol’s clear colour orange applied once it had cooled.
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