11 June 2020
Learn how to make this miniature copper garden fork and spade using polymer clay for your dolls house, dioramas, miniatures scenes and fairy gardens.
In another instalment of our miniature polymer clay garden series, Candy Chappill shows you how to make some very realistic looking essential garden tools using dowel and polymer clay in these easy to follow step-by-steps.
Miniature garden fork and spade tutorial
You will need
- Copper Art Clay
- Spacers 1.5mm
- Tuff non-stick card
- Olive oil
- Cutting tool
- Curved objects
- Sanding pad 180 grit
- Sanding flexi file
- Firing method
- Brass brush
- Wooden dowel
1. Roll out your clay 1.5mm thick and carefully cut around the templates. Use olive oil on your cutting tool to make it easier.
2. Once cut out, carefully place the two handles and spade head over something curved to dry, to give a slightly domed effect.
3. Leave your fork head over something curved also, but rotated 90 degrees, so it dries domed horizontally not vertically.
4. Once all pieces are dry, refine them using a sanding pad and file. You might want to use a baby wipe on the delicate fork head.
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5. Glue the handles to the heads by applying some water to the areas, leave to soak in for a few minutes, then join pieces and apply gentle pressure.
6. Once the join is dry it’s time to fire them. Cindy fired hers in a kiln at 970°C for 30 minutes and finished with a simple brass brush.
7. Gently hammer the handles around some wooden dowel. The dome on the handles may have changed their shape slightly during firing.
8. Sand the end of the dowel to make it look and fit better and then glue the handles onto the dowel using superglue.
And there you have it – a gorgeous miniature garden fork and spade set. Now, who's ready for some digging?!
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