Making Miniature Marmalade

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07 September 2012
imports_HAC_makingminiaturemarmalad_30482.jpg Making Miniature Marmalade
Carol shows us how to make a delicious 1/12th scale marmalade cookery table for the dolls house kitchen. ...

Tools Required

  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Small Rolling pin
  • Tile
  • Oven
  • Standard medicine spoon


Materials Required

  • Kitchen table
  • Fabric
  • Polymer clay in orange, yellow, translucent & white
  • Solid Water from Deluxe Materials
  • Small wicker basket
  • Small glass jars
  • Orange oil paint (or yellow & red to mix)
  • Talcum powder
  • Sandpaper
  • Kitchen Equipment i.e. juicer, scales, cutlery, pots & pans etc


Step 1

  • Mix 1/8 of a bar of transclucent with 1/16 of orange and yellow for the flesh of the orange.
  • Roll the mixed clay into a ball.
  • Flatten to make a cylinder, then cut in half.       
  • Dust the worksurface with talcum powder.
  • Roll a piece of white clay out as thinly as you can.
  • Cut a slice to fit between the two halves.
  • Cut the disc in half again as in the 2nd photo and add another white slice in the centre.
  • Continue until you have 8 segments.            

Step 2

  • Roll out a thin strip long enough to go right round the entire edge of the clay disc.
  • Roll a slightly thicker strip of orange clay and fix around the outer edge of the whole.    
  • Reduce the disc into a cane by squeezing the centre outwards.
  • Do this gradually until it is thin enough to roll in your hands like a sausage.
  • Don't worry if you lose the outer cover of orange clay, you will still  be able to use this cane as skinless orange.
  • Keep rolling until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • This should make about an 18" long cane of orange.  

Step 3

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  • Whole oranges can be made from orange clay straight from the packet.
  • For the dimpled effect on the skin, roll on a piece of sandpaper.
  • For oranges that will be cut open, cut about 1/4" from an unbaked cane.
  • Carefully pinch the open ends, bringing the orange outer clay over the open segments.
  • Roll into a small ball and roll on sandpaper.
  • Cut these in half or into segments.        
  • You can also use a sharpe knife to slice the skin or peel away from the oranges.
  • Take an orange half and gently press onto a juicer, carefully remove to reveal a squeezed orange.
  • Leave the other half on top of the juicer.    
  • When  you are ready, bake the prepared canes, oranges, segments and pieces according to the manufacturers instructions.

Step 4 - Arranging the Table

  • Fold and glue a piece of material over a corner of the table.
  • Fix another piece of fabric into the wicker basket.    
  • Fill the basket with whole oranges.
  • Fix to the top of the cloth and add a couple of loose oranges to the side.
  • Fix the part peeled oranges, some sections, a knife, the juicer and some skins to a board.
  • Cut some slices of orange cane and put into a jug.
  • Add solid water to the jug - colour this with orange oil paint.
  • Add drops of orange coloured solid water around the juicer, cut oranges and on the knife.    
  • Arrange on the table.
  • Add some orange segments to a pair of miniature weighing scales.
  • Drizzle with solid water to give them a wet look.
  • Fill a large pan with Solid Water and add strips and slices of orange plus a spoon.
  • Fill some jam jars with the mixture.
  • Add a funnel to the top of a jar and drizzle on more solid water to the sides.    
  • Allow 24 hours for the Solid Water to set.
  • Cover the jars with circles of fabric and add tiny labels.
  • Arrange all the items on the table.
  • Add pots and pans to the underside of the table if yours has a ledge beneath.

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