Miniature New Year cake using polymer clay


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In this tutorial, Sadie Brown shows how to create an impression and ring in the new year in style with this tiered polymer clay cake, perfect for your dolls house or miniature scene!

Get your new years off with a bang with this fabulous miniature New Year inspired cake, just follow the simple step-by-step instructions...

Miniature New Year cake tutorial 

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You will need

Materials

  • Stardust (Fimo Effect), white and chocolate polymer clay
  • Mother of pearl, gold, silver and purple acrylic paint
  • Sculpey Bake & Bond (or similar)
  • Gold, silver and midnight blue permanent marker pens with fine point
  • 1/12th scale bamboo basket
  • 1/12th scale chopping board 
  • 3mm silver ribbon
  • Holographic paper
  • Craft glue

Tools

  • Small paintbrushes
  • Needle tool or sewing pin
  • Scissors
  • 1.2cm, 2cm and 3cm round shape cutters
  • 5mm star shape plunger cutter

Instructions 

1. Roll out some Stardust (Fimo Effect) polymer clay to around 8mm in thickness and press out two circles, one using a 2cm shape cutter and a second using a 3cm shape cutter. Next, roll some of the same clay out to 6mm in thickness, this time cutting out a circle using a 1.2cm shape cutter or an old lipstick top.

Miniature new year cake step 1

2. Use a little Sculpey Bake & Bond (or similar) to adhere the three tiers together in order of size, with the 3cm cake at the bottom and the 1.2cm cake at the top.

Miniature new year cake step 2

3. Use either a needle tool or sewing pin to make a minimum of six tiny holes in the top layer of the cake.

Miniature new year cake step 3

4. Roll out some white polymer clay to around 1mm in thickness and use a 5mm star shaped plunger cutter to press out four stars.

Miniature new year cake step 4

5. Bake the cake tiers and the stars. Once the cake has cooled thoroughly, carefully paint all the way around the side of the middle tier using mother of pearl acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

Miniature new year cake step 5

6. Use a permanent marker pen with a fine point in metallic silver to create a mottled effect all the way around the bottom tier. Also add a few additional dots to the top of the tier. Cut a length of holographic paper to create a 3mm wide ribbon for the bottom tier and a length of 3mm silver ribbon, preferably sparkly, to fit around the top tier. Stick both into position with craft glue.

Miniature new year cake step 6

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7. To create a simple but incredibly effective cake board, take a round 1/12th scale wooden chopping board and coat with metallic gold acrylic paint. You'll probably find this requires two coats.

Miniature new year cake step 7

8. Paint two of the 5mm stars with the same metallic gold paint, using purple and metallic silver for the other two. Allow both these and the chopping board to dry.

Miniature new year cake step 8

9. Write the year and draw a clock face just about to chime midnight using gold, silver and midnight blue permanent marker pens, again all with fine points.

Miniature new year cake step 9

10. Scan the ‘2022’ (or relevant year) and the clock face up to the computer and reduce them in size using photo editing software. The clock face should be roughly 6mm in diameter and the year decoration 1cm by 3mm. Once reduced in size, print and cut out very carefully.

Miniature new year cake step 10

11. Cut five short lengths from an old 1/12th scale bamboo basket.

Miniature new year cake step 11

12. Use a permanent marker pen in midnight blue to colour the bamboo stems.

Miniature new year cake step 12

13. Use craft glue to stick the now dark blue bamboo stems to three of the stars, the silver, purple and one gold, along with the year and clock decorations.

Miniature new year cake step 13

14. Dip the wicker stems into some craft glue and place them into the holes in the top tier of the cake. Stick the remaining star to the top of the bottom tier of the cake, positioning it slightly at an angle, resting against the middle tier.

Miniature new year cake step 14

15. Cut more lengths of holographic paper, each one half the width of the ribbon for the bottom tier of the cake. Roll them around a needle tool to create a selection of streamers.

Miniature new year cake step 15

16. Glue the cake to the gold cake board and the streamers to the cake to complete the look. 

Miniature new year cake step 16

If you want to make the cupcakes to go with it, pick up your copy of the January 2022 issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine for the full tutorial!


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