Have you watched Katy Perry’s Chained to the Rhythm music video? Are you wondering if the tiny meals in video is real? The answer is YES, it is real. Jay Baron – the miniature artist puts so much effort on food processing and finding the raw tiny ingredients. It is certainly not easy to get tiny vegetables and meat from local grocery stores, but if you are interested to make tiny meals like in the video, I’ll show you my simplest way to do it. Instead of doing the real cooking with genuine minuscule ingredients, I use clay as it is easier to get and it will last longer. Before sculpting food clay miniatures, I would like to share you my secret tools and ingredients of making tiny meals.
My main Ingredient to create tiny meals
Ever since I started crafting clay miniatures, I used numbers of clay products to find out what kind of clay that enables me to create details, slice easily, mold flexibly, and dry naturally. Before figuring out that air-dry clay works well for making food miniatures, I used one of air-dry clay brands which is super elastic and squeezy. It is very sticky as unpackaged, but then it dries like a marshmallow. However, I think this kind of texture is more likely suitable for creating simple characters instead of making detailed and realistic food clay miniature. I have seen most people on internet use polymer clay for any purposes and the result is incredible. Since that time I could not easily find polymer clay in my area and I did not have a dedicated oven for clay, I was thinking to use air dry clay only. I found a brand called Das Color at the stationary store nearby and instantly bought six colors (Oh by the way it’s easier to get now cause it’s on Amazon). Turned out that Das Color Clay was the one I was looking for. It works as best as polymer clay for making a range kind of shapes, but compared to polymer clay, Das Color is easier to use, inexpensive, and dries naturally without oven.
When I bought Das Color clay from the store, they clay is quite stiff, but it is actually ready to be used. I personally prefer to wetting the clay with water to get better texture. By adding drops of water on the clay surface while molding the clay, the clay is easier to shape. It dries completely within few hours. What makes Das Color clay different from any other air dry clay is that the clay dries firm and not lightweight, so It is perfect for making miniature display, figurine, and replica.
Das Color has a range of color options, especially the basic ones I need such as white, black, blue, green, red, and yellow. There are more colors at the store and I can even find the lighter and darker version of a single color. Yellow, red, green and white are the most used color for making food clay miniature as mostly food is based on these colors. Although the store provides me a range of colors, I would rather mix the 6 basic colors to create new colors. If I need light pastel colors, I mix a little piece of red, green, or blue with a lager portion of white. For darker colors, I add more black or the original color itself in the mixture.
Unlike conventional ceramic clay sculpting tools, Das Color modeling clay does not require specific carving tools. I use anything that works well to shape and texturize my clay. Crafting clay using kitchen utensil or beauty tool, why not? These are the most essential tools I use:
Tweezer is like my extension fingers. Whenever I need to pick up tiny berries or other minuscule food miniature toppings, I always use tweezer as my fingers are too big. Besides, it helps holding the miniature while painting the surface, so my hands remain clean.