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Miniature Sea Food Platter - DIY Web Exclusive Project

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A walk on the beach can give you so much more than just a bit of exercise and a free pedicure!  Find some mini seashells and you have the makings of a platter of food for your dolls house which can encompas many different eras - as sea food has been eaten since pre-historic times to the present day.

A picture of the crustation you are trying to make always helps with the realism of the finished food, so look it up on the internet or in a cookery book before you start, and your platter will be mouthwateringly good!

You will need:



Selection of open mini shells i.e. Scallops, Limpets, Clams or Mussels
Polymer clay in translucent, black, orange, yellow, white
Craft Knife
Baking Tile
Black marker pen or paint
Mini Plate or platter
PVA glue
Gloss Varnish
Greenery (optional)

Scallops - Translucent & Orange Polymer Clay



• Form a mini sausage of translucent and cut into slices
• Arrange centrally in the shell
• Add a tiny curved sliver of orange to one side

Limpets (a favourite of the Romans) - Grey clay



• Mix translucent with a tiny spot of black to make grey
• Roll into a log and slice into roundels
• Place centrally in shell and indent slightly in the top

Mussels - Yellow clay with black marks



• Mix a dull yellow with a tiny spot of black & translucent clay
• Form into little flat bean shapes
• Press into the shell
• Add black markings for the beards to the edges after baking

Clams – Cream clay



• Mix translucent with a pinch of yellow and a pinch of white so it is a bit streaky
• Roll into little balls to fit within the shell
• Gently tease out a couple of little horns at one end of each clam with your craft knife

  1. Bake all the shells and their fillings on a baking tile for about 10 minutes at 130 degrees in a domestic oven.



  1. Allow to cool before arranging on plates or platters with a green leaf garnish as desired.
  2. Glue in position with PVA.
  3. Coat each piece of sea food with a gloss varnish to give that just cooked sheen.
  4. Tiny flecks of parsley can be made by dotting with fine green scatter material whilst the varnish is wet.





How easy is that! Scrumptious too. Have a go and do let us here at DHMS see pictures of your work.

Ann


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