awww. Hmm I pressed the thin piece of green clay onto the surface pretty hard and then i also texture it kinda hard with the foil, then scrape it off wit hthe knife. Don't care too much about how each piece looks cause it's random. Just make different sizes. Also, make sure the clay is THIN. I hope it helps >.< good luck!!
I love your tips! For a bloody beginner like me they're invaluable <3 (Although my stuff is a much larger scale, I make props for BJDs and they're more like 1/3 than 1/12. Oh well, beginner friendly, huh?)
As an aside, I think adding a slightly lighter (white/yellow) and smaller leaves for the inner hearts would help add realism to these types of salads. Diluted paints can also help a bit with the outter-most leaves, but more the edging than the inner lines.
Might I ask, do you bake your lettuce before you add it to your dishes? I'd assume so, with a bit of glue to hold everything in. I wonder if a more bendy type of polymer would work for something like this - to give the lettuce (leaves, petals, etc) less rigidness when it's piled up. Or maybe it'd break too easily. Hmm.
Thanks! Yeah, when I make the salad, I usually use a few types of greens so that there's a wider range of color in the salad. I actually don't bake first, I put it all onto the plate and then bake (so that it sticks better cause I blend in some of the edges so it will stick naturally without glue. If some come loose, then I glue those down with like a TEENY amount of super glue XD.
I actually liked the crispness of the salad look cause it looks fresher. I tried softer clay and it came out look very limp and not fresh =\ and no dimension XD. I might just not be skilled enough though...=\...I still have plenty to learn!
Ooh. You bake the plate as well? I should show you mine, they look like...well burned plates. And that's before adding food.
I think crispy is good, I'd eat that over limp! It just looks like it's defying gravity a bit. Though, it does appear you're puzzle-piecing them to keep the fluffiness down. Kudos to your patience level.
Shame the softer stuff turns out limp. I don't recall ever blending mine with normal polymer clay so not sure if it'd blend well or do much anyways. Hmm. I have some spares from a fail project - I think I might test some of it out with my current clay project this month. I'll keep ya updated.
Yup I bake the plate too =]. Since I bake at such a low temperature, it does nothing to the plate.
Ah I will have to piece it together better next time then so it doesn't look like it's floating =]. Thank you so much for your feedback, it is always great to learn from other artists so I can do better .
You will definitely have to let me know I love learning from other's experiences =]
I'm starting to suspect my oven is not as accurate as it used to be. It's rather old and second hand. I once had a thermometer for it, me thinks I'll have to find it again.
How long do you bake the tiniest plates for? I wonder if 6 mins is too much. Maybe I should be looking for a tiny oven to get more baking control. I could use the big one for huge projects, small for accessories; claws, eyes, items, etc. <-- my realization that I'm a noob.
I'm glad to help out, and I appreciate you're willing to take the time to chat with me. I agree it's great learning from others experiences.
I had my plates in there for 30 mins at 275F and it was fine =]. I've only burnt one piece before and it was a 3 layer cake...I think I forgot about it and left it in the oven for over an hour...it was definitely burnt lol
30 minutes?! Mine easily go brown before the 10 minute mark, even at a (supposedly!) 250F/120C. They'd smoke at 20! I'm going to have to give this more thought and experiment. You've really got my gears turning here.
Your burned cake story had me nodding, smiling and frowning. I greatly dislike when that happens, and it happens a lot with me. It's why I make dozens at a time [just in case] but the time/temp never seems to matter. Just if I can eyeball it fast enough!