06 June 2022
Learn how to make your own miniature seafood platter using polymer clay in this quick and easy step-by-step tutorial – perfect for a dolls house banquet!
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 encompass many different eras – as seafood has been eaten since prehistoric times to the present day.
A picture of the crustation you're 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!
DIY miniature seafood platter
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
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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's 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
When they're ready to bake...
- Bake all the shells and their fillings on a baking tile for about 10 minutes at 130 degrees in a domestic oven
- Allow to cool before arranging on plates or platters with a green leaf garnish as desired
- Glue in position with PVA
- Coat each piece of seafood with a gloss varnish to give that just cooked sheen
- Tiny flecks of parsley can be made by dotting with fine green scatter material whilst the varnish is wet