Making Miniature Food
By Lily Morgan
No home would be complete without food in the cupboard or a spread on the table, and a dollhouse is no different. To really create the impression of a miniature world, food is a necessity, and making miniature food exactly for the purpose of a dollhouse is a popular past time for many adults and children.
Now, you may have read that and had visions of trying to fry a tiny portion of egg in a frying pan, but fear not. The idea is just to create things that look like food, not actually edible portions of food itself - even for the most dedicated dollhouse creator that would be taking things a little far! Instead, creating food for a dollhouse is no different a process to making a chair or a rug. It is all about adding authenticity, and there is no doubt that if you have gone to the effort of calmly and neatly creating a stunning dinner table, it is a shame to have nothing on it. Making food for a dollhouse gives the entire creation a new edge, and it need not be as difficult as you may imagine.
The options for miniature dollhouse food are, quite simply, endless. It all depends on the look and feel you are trying to create. If you have a particularly ornate and historical dollhouse, perhaps even a traditional Victorian set up, then perhaps something like a tea and cake party is appropriate. Or perhaps you would like to add a fruit bowl to finish off the look of a dining suite, or even miniature tins to put in cupboards. The possibilities are endless; all you need is a little patience and a willingness to spend time perfecting the look.
The Victorian tea and cake party scene is enduringly popular, primarily due to how it looks but also due to how tricky it is to create. If you like a challenge, then the cake party scene is a perfect place to start. It also has the advantageous of never being officially finished; you can keep adding to it as your skills improve. The goal is to create small cakes to go on any china dishes you may have, which will show off the whole dollhouse to great effect.
There are two necessities for creating miniature food for a dollhouse. The first is some kind of guidance. This can be in the form of an actual, full size item to work from; this will give you an idea of the shape and look you are trying to recreate, albeit in a smaller size. If you have seen a particularly beautiful cake, you can find a picture and try to copy it exactly - this is vastly preferable to trying to work from memory, as this is where mistakes can occur.
The second necessity is a little more practical: Polymer clay. There are many reasons for polymer clays enduring role in creating miniature food; it is durable, easy to use, easy to find and purchase, easy to work with and it comes in a variety of colors. It is possible to construct an entire cake - including sponge base, icing and finishing touches - using nothing but polymer clay. It is from this most useful of materials that the majority of miniature food is made, and for good reason; it also gives a very lifelike finish to anything you create.
With a little time and patience, a good amount of polymer clay and some real life inspiration to work from, soon miniature food fit for a king will be gracing your dollhouse.