Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Polymer Clay (Apple) Pie Tutorial

As promised, I made this tutorial on how to make pie out of polymer clay for your AG dolls. Enjoy :)

What you'll need:
  • tan, yellow, green, translucent, and white polymer clay
  • a pen/paintbrush handle
  • a bottle cap
  • scrap clay (or a lump of regular clay if you must)
  • a stick of brown clay, baked
  • exacto knife (kind of optional, but highly recommended)
  • soft-bristled paintbrush (this is a must!)
  • liquid clay (I use translucent liquid sculpey)

PART I: Mini Pie
This pie is for the miniature AG dolls. It also makes a good necklace charm.

 Step 1: Mix the clays. You'll want about equal parts white and tan, and just a smidgen less yellow.

 Step 2: Roll out your dough, using a pen or a paintbrush handle. You want it to be pretty thin.

 Step 3: Put your dough into the "pan" (the bottle cap.) Prod it into the corners gently using the end of your pen/paintbrush. Trim off the excess, and save. It will be used later.

 Step 4: Make apples. Mix some translucent with a pinch of green and a bit more yellow than green (I used too much green here.)

 Step 5: Put a chunk of scrap clay in the bottom of your pie pan (so you don't have to do quite so much work). It is probably a good idea to use something slightly less brightly colored.

 Step 6: Fill the pie pan with apples.

Step 7: Using an exacto knife, make shavings of your baked brown clay.

Step 8: Put the shavings into some translucent liquid sculpey (TLS). You'll want to make a lot of shavings, as I didn't use enough. Spread onto the apples with a SOFT bristled brush. If you don't have one, you can't do a lot of things with clay, so I suggest you get one. If you don't have soft bristles, the clay will just get messed up.

Step 9: Make long strips of the dough (these will be the lattices).

 Step 10: Put these strips of dough across the pie one way. Five was good enough for me.

 Step 11: Begin to create a weave pattern by going over and under with some more strips running perpendicular to the first set.

 Step 11.5: Your weave is finished!

 Step 12: Using a soft-bristled paintbrush, brush some brown chalk pastel onto your pie. After baking, add brown chalk pastel to some glaze and coat top of pie. Or if you like the way it looks when it comes out of the oven, you can leave it as is.

PART II: AG Doll-Sized Pie
 Step 1: Using the same recipe for dough as above, create this shape.

 Step 2: With the brown clay scrapings/TLS mix from above (remember, more scrapings is better), coat apples using the apple recipe from above.

 Step 3: Assemble apples on pie.

Step 4: Add a top to the pie. Color with brown chalk pastel. When it gets out of the oven, use glaze and pastel to coat the apples.