Miniature bagels tutorial using polymer clay

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01 July 2021
A suitable dish for your picnic or kitchen scene, learn how to make miniature bagels in polymer clay from Lynn Allingham's book, Making Mini Food... You could even use them as charms!

These mini polymer clay bagels are a perfect introduction to intermediate-level miniature projects. Learn to create a variety of simple elements that, when put together, create a realistic piece that looks good enough to eat, complete with bacon, avocado and eggs!

This project is from Making Mini Food by Lynn Allingham, GMC. Now you can indulge in your love for pizza, cake, burgers and ice cream without putting on any weight! With these sumptuous miniature polymer clay food projects you can enjoy all your favourite treats without any guilt at all. Divided into three difficulty levels, the projects have clear step-by-step instructions and are beautifully photographed to whet your appetite. If you love this project you can get the book from our online shop WITH an automatic 10% off just for being you, PLUS free UK P+P! 

DIY miniature bagels tutorial

by Lynn Allingham 

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You will need

  • Polymer clay in white, yellow, pink and brown
  • Soft pastels in beige, yellow, rusty orange, brown, black, light and dark green
  • Deco gel in white and opaque yellow
  • Liquid polymer clay
  • Clear gloss liquid
  • Medium-size miniature ceramic plate
  • Thin brown paper
  • Clay rolling pin
  • Cosmetic sponge applicator
  • Large round-headed embossing tool
  • Plastic protector from a fine paintbrush (for making neat round cuts)
  • Small flat-wash paintbrush
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Bare craft blade
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Pokey tool
  • Glue


Follow the step-by-step instructions or click on the below links to jump to the individual sections...

Polymer clay bagel buns

Polymer clay bacon

Polymer clay avocado slices

Polymer clay poached eggs

Liquid polymer clay hollandaise sauce

Making the bagel buns

1. Take a marble-sized piece of white clay and mix with a little yellow to create a soft cream. Divide the clay into two and shape each piece into 1 13/16x3/8in (4.5x1cm) rolls.

white and yellow polymer clay

2. Take the two rolls and cut them in half lengthways using a bare craft blade. Gently bend and connect each half to resemble cut bagels. Use a large embossing tool to keep the centre hole neat. 

miniature bagel shapes

3. Turn the two bagel halves over so that the flat sides face upwards. Use a pokey tool to texture the flat surface and outer edges.

Adding texture to miniature bagels

4. Take the two remaining bagel halves and turn them over so that the flat sides face upwards. Use a pokey tool to texture the flat surface of one half and the outside and inner edges of the remaining half. 

Adding texture to polymer clay bagels

5. Use a cosmetic sponge applicator to apply beige, brown and rusty orange pastels to the inner textured surface of three bagel halves and the rounded side of the fourth bagel to create a toasted appearance. Set aside.

Adding colour using pastels

Making the bacon

6. Take a small piece of pink clay and mix with a little white and brown to create a dusky pink colour. 

Pink, white and brown clay

7. Take the dusky pink clay and marble with a small piece of white to create streaks. Roll the clay out to 1/32in (1mm) or thinner in thickness. Using a bare craft blade, cut the clay lengthways in the direction of the marbling. Cut the clay into six 13/16in (2cm) strips.

Polymer clay bacon strips

8. Loosely ruffle the strips made in step 7. Apply a little texture and brown pastel to each to resemble fried bacon. Place the bacon to one side, then blend white and yellow clay to create a soft cream.

Polymer clay fried bacon

Making the avocado slices

9. Take the cream clay and roll out to 1/8in (2mm) thick. Use a craft knife to cut eight avocado slices. Use a round plastic protector from a paintbrush to cut neat curved pieces from each avocado slice.

Miniature avocado slices

10. Apply soft pastels in greens and a little beige to the surface of each avocado slice. Build the greens up from light to dark using a small flat-wash brush.

Using pastels to add colour to polymer clay avocado slices

11. Take the three previously textured bagel halves and assemble the bacon and avocado from steps 6–10 onto them.

Making the poached eggs

12. Take white clay and roll into three 3/16in (4mm) balls. Slightly flatten each ball and create an off-centre indentation in each using a large embossing tool.

Polymer clay egg shapes

13. Take opaque yellow clay and roll into three 1/8in (3mm) balls, flatten, and press the balls directly into the indentations previously made in the white clay to resemble egg yolks. 

Miniature clay eggs with yolks

14. Take three small pieces of white clay and gently stretch them out as thin as possible. Cover each yolk with the thin white clay – you should be able to just see the yellow beneath. 

White clay

15. Gently smooth and shape each of the poached eggs. Apply a little texture to the surface of each using the side of a pokey tool to make soft lines in the clay. 

Applying texture to miniature egg shapes

16. Use a sharp craft knife to carefully cut a small slit in each egg to reveal the yolk within. Use a pokey tool to lightly texture the cut edges.

Cutting edges of miniature clay eggs

17. Apply the poached eggs to the three bagels made in step 11. Take the remaining bagel half and place it on at an angle to create one assembled bagel. Bake all the pieces for recommended times.

Assembled miniature bagels

18. Wrapper Cut a 13/16x13/16in (3x3cm) square from thin brown paper. Use a craft knife to cut a zigzag edge down opposite sides of the paper. Scrunch and fold the brown paper as desired and glue the closed bagel into place. Glue the remaining two bagels onto a miniature ceramic plate.

Mini bagels

Making the hollandaise sauce

19. Take liquid polymer clay and colour with yellow powdered pastel. Drizzle the liquid over each egg, applying as much or as little as you like. Bake all items for a second time for the recommended time.  

Coloured liquid polymer clay as hollandaise sauce

20. Take white deco gel and mix with a little yellow to create a cream-coloured sauce. Use a fine brush to apply the sauce to the eggs for additional definition on the hollandaise. Apply yellow deco gel to the cut poached eggs and drizzle downwards onto the plate and paper. 

Applying sauce to clay eggs

21. Apply clear gloss to the rest of the piece. While all the gels and glosses are still wet, lightly dust the open bagel with black and green powdered pastel to resemble pepper and herbs. Leave all to dry completely.

Finished polymer clay bagels

If you enjoyed this 'delicious' project, you can find plenty more in Lynn Allingham's Making Mini Food. Or discover what else you can make with polymer clay over on our blog, like this cute miniature unicorn cake tutorial!

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