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Miniature Project: Pork Pies

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This fantastic pork pie project from 'Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls' by Angie Scarr (published by GMC) offers more complex variations on caning techniques and develops further the methods for combining clay mixes. This tricky little tutorial shows you how to make both basic and gala pork pies that are the perfect addition to your picnic basket! 

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Miniature Project

Basic Pork Pies

You will need:

Sugarcraft rolling pin or bottle
Single-sided blade
Different-sized circular cutters
Cake-icing nozzles with round-holed ends
Dental tool number 5 or cocktail stick
Curve-ended tool
Talcum powder
Polymer clay: roughly combined basic pink meat mix, foundation colour mix 1, basic pastry mix, translucent
Clear-coloured glaze

Method

1   Roughly combine pork pie mix from equal proportions of pink meat mix and foundation colour mix. Roll it out to a thickness of about 1⁄2in (1.25cm).

Miniature Pork Pie step 1

2 Cut out a circle of clay and release from the cutter.

Miniature Pork Pie step 2

3 Add a layer of translucent clay to simulate the jelly around the meat in the centre of the pork pie.

Miniature Pork Pie step 3

4 With the same-sized cutter, cut two circles of thinly rolled pastry.

Miniature Pork Pie step 4

5 From the same rolled sheet of clay, cut a strip the width of your cylinder.

Miniature Pork Pie step 5

6 Wrap the pastry around the outside of the cylinder like a pie crust, and cut and join together carefully.

Miniature Pork Pie step 6

7 Nip the edges of the pie crust all the way round at the top and bottom to help join the sections.

Miniature Pork Pie step 7

8 Using a curve-ended tool, indent just inside the edge all the way round.

Miniature Pork Pie step 8

9 Make a hole in the centre of your pie using the end of a cake icing nozzle.

Miniature Pork Pie step 9

10 Using a dental tool, mark the edge of the pie in the same way as you have for the tarts (see page 21).

Miniature Pork Pie step 10

11 Cut out a section from the pork pie or even in half to reveal the centre of the pie.

Miniature Pork Pie step 11

12 Paint the top and sides of the pie using a clear-coloured glaze.

Miniature Pork Pie step 12          Miniature Pork Pie step final

 

Gala pork pies

You will need:

Single-sided blade
Circular cutter
Dental tool number 5
Paintbrush
Polymer clay: roughly combined pink meat mix, pastry mix, foundation colour mix 1, translucent and yellow

 

1 Gala pork pies have an egg in the middle. To make the egg, form a narrow cylinder of yellow clay and wrap in a sheet of white.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 1

2 Make sure the white joins reasonably neatly otherwise your egg will be a slightly strange shape.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 2

3 Make a square of the pink meat mix and, using a cutter, cut out a circle from the middle of it.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 3

4 Insert the egg cane through the hole in the middle of the meat square.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 4

5 Squeeze the sides of the square to enclose the space between the meat mix and the egg and to form a cuboid (a lengthened cube).

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 5

6 Cut off any excess cane.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 6

7 Pressing gently, add a little translucent to the top of the pink meat mix to simulate the pork pie jelly.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 7

8 Wrap with a further very thin layer of translucent.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 8

9 Add a layer of clay pastry mix, doubling the thickness for the top crust of the gala pork pie.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 9

10 Use opposite fingers and thumbs to ‘persuade’ the pork pie into shape.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 10

11 Lengthen the cane further until it reaches the scale you require. For 1:12 scale, this should measure approximately 1⁄2in (1.25cm) from top to bottom.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 11

12 Cut the cane through the middle to reveal the face of the pie. Cut into 1in (2.5cm) lengths.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 12

13 Cut a square of pastry mix to enclose one end of the pork pie.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 13

14 Draw a curve-ended tool around the top inner edge of the pork pie to form an indentation.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 13

15 Mark the edges of the pie with the dental tool using the same technique as with the classic pork pie (see page 33). Remember not to mark the front which is the cut edge.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 15

16 Cut a couple of slices of pie.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 16

17 After hardening in the oven, glaze the top, sides and back, not forgetting the edges of the slices.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 17

18 Display the slices in front of your pie to show off the inside.

Miniature Gale Pork Pie step 18

 

If you've got through those steps, you'll have a fantastic set of miniature pork pies to proudly display. For more projects from Angie Scarr's book, just click here and you can find it with 10% from GMC! For our latest issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene, just follow this link

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