Learn to sculpt dollhouse miniature apples

Learn To Sculpt
1:12 Green Apples
with Italian Artist
Barbara Dezza

Materials Needed:
  • Polymer Clay
     - Green: (Green Spring or Green Leaf)
     - Terracotta
     - Translucent
     - White
     - Yellow
  • Chalk Pastels
     - Green
     - Red
  • Wilton Industries© Flower Tool Or Similar
  • Toothpick
  • Razor Blade
  • Roller Tool Or Similar
  • Varnish: Shiny
  • Tile To Bake On
  • Talcum Powder
  • Baby Wipes



Tools and supplies used to sculpt dollhouse miniature apples Close-up images of materials needed
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Mixing the clay to make dollhouse miniature apples 1. Mixed equal parts of white and translucent clay.
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Checking the color of the clay to make dolls house 1:12 apples 2. This is the color that you want!
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Mixing the remaining polymer clay to make 1/12 green apples 3. Now mix the rest of the white and the translucent clay with the green and the yellow clay. Proportions are approximately 3:2:1:1/2 (Yellow, Green, Translucent, White).
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Color of polymer clay after combining several clay colors 4. After combining, your color mixture should be spring green in color. This will be use this for the peel of the apple.
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Combining the green and white polymer clay to make the dolls house apples 5. Next you will make the pulp of the apple. Take a small portion of the spring green clay you just made and combine it with the white from Step 1. Reference the image for proportions.
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Checking the polymer clay color for the meat of the miniature apple 6. Check the color in the image, this is the color consistency you want for the apple pulp.
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Checking the polymer clay color for the meat of the miniature apple 7. Here you can compare the greenish clay that you've just combined with the white made in the preceding steps.
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Form the green tinted polymer clay into a cylinder shape 8. Make a little cylinder shape.
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Rolling the green apple colored polymer clay and using roller make into a thin layer 9. Take the apple skin green clay you've mixed. Using the roller, stretch the clay to make a thin layer of the green clay. If the clay sticks to the roller, dust lightly with the talcum powder.
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Clay after rolling into a thin layer 10. Here is the thin roll.
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Preparing to combine the pulp clay with the skin clay 11. Place the off white/beige clay cylinder onto the green strip of clay.
Enlarge picture showing the combining of inner and outer clays of apple
Rolling the two shades of polymer clay 12. Wrap the green clay around the lighter colored clay; cut off any excess, making the inside clay fit to the edges as shown
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Rolling the clays into a thin snake shape 13. Begin working the clay from the center, working your way to the edges.
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Continue rolling the clay to a length of 1/4 inch 14. Lengthen the cane by continuing to roll from the center to the edges. Roll until you have an approximate diameter of around half centimeter (approx. 0.20 inch).
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Cutting the cane length into sections 15. Once you have the diameter you want, cut the cane in long segments around 6-7 millimeters (approx 0.27 inch).
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Forming the shape of the polymer clay miniature apple 16. Take one of the cut segments. With your fingers, softly close the two ends of the segment. Form a little ball to form the apple shape. Do not mush the clay in the center. Now slightly lengthened, making the base more narrow (spherical shaped).
Enlarge picture showing how to shape the basic apple
Indent the core top of the apple with the wilton sculpting tool 17. Use your Wilton Industries© flower tool to indent the top part of the apple (hollow).
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Scoring the miniature dolls apple using the toothpick 18. Using your toothpick, make a small indentation hole and score slightly around the hole.
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Making the apple stem 19. Take a small piece of terracotta polymer clay and roll into an oblong shape to use for the stem. Cut a 1/8 inch length for the stems. Set aside.
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Scoring the bottom of the dolls house miniature apple and coring it 20. With your toothpick, slightly score around the bottom hole of the apple and insert a tiny piece of the terracotta clay into the hole.
Enlarge picture showing how to score the bottom of the apple
Scored bottom of the apple 21. How it should look after you've added the terracotta clay.
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Inserting the stem into the miniature apple 22. Take a piece of the terracotta stem and insert into the top hole you made with the Wilton Industries� tool.
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Completed dollhouse miniature polymer clay apples 23. Voil� the completed apples!!
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You have completed making green apples.

In the following steps, you will learn how to take the apples that you just made and create variations including, a half apple, apples slices and core apples.

But before you begin, you will need to cure the apples you just made for at least an hour or place in the refrigerator for around ten minutes. Don�t let the clay near your real food though). Rushing this will result in clay that is too soft.

Slicing the completed miniature apples in half 24. MAKE APPLE HALVES
Using your razor blade, cut one apple in half. Remove the core.
Enlarge picture showing how to slice the apple
Scoring a natural line down the middle of the miniature dolls apples 25. Using the point of the toothpick, score a light dividing line straight down the middle of the apple half.
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Marking the apple seeds areas of the miniature dolls apples 26. Again using your toothpick, make two points in the center of the apple where the seeds would naturally be.
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Inserting the seeds of the dolls miniature apple half 27. Put a small piece of clay (Terracotta) in the hollows simulating the seeds.
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Quartering the apple 28. MAKE APPLE SLICES
Cut the apple in four equal parts. Always watch out that the clay is hard before you attempt to cut.
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Preparing to core the polymer clay apple 29. CORE AN APPLE
Select a solid apple.
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Coring the polymer clay miniature apple 30. With your blade, begin cutting very thin slices of the apple until you have cored out the entire apple, as shown.
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Seeding the apple 31. Using your toothpick, score a small indentation to simulate a seed area. Take a small piece of Terracotta clay and insert into the area. This is the seed of the apple.
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Cored polymer clay apples 32. VOILA�!!! Cored apples.
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Peeling the polymer clay dolls house miniature apple 33. WHOLE APPLE WITH CUT PEEL
Take a whole apple and with the point of the blade, you can peel from the top just like you would do with a real apple.
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Impari A Sculpt Mele Verdi lezione privata in ItalianoItalian Translation.


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