Friday, July 20, 2012

Deli Sandwiches

I made four miniature deli sandwiches using polymer clay. The sandwiches can be made into charms and put onto a key chain, necklace, earrings, charm bracelet or even magnets.

1. Club Sandwich with Turkey & Bacon
2. Baguette Sandwich with Peppered Beef / Steak & Camembert Cheese
3. Reuben Sandwich with Corned Beef & Swiss Cheese
4. Poppy Seed Bagel with Cream Cheese

Did you know that you can make frosting, sauces, or whipped cream by mixing polymer clay and oil together instead of FIMO Deko Gel or TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey)? In this video I mixed white FIMO clay with mineral or baby oil to make the soft cream cheese. It mixes in with the clay just like FIMO Deko gel or TLS would.

I stumbled upon this method a few days ago after I realized almost every block of clay I had was getting dry and crumbly. So to soften the clay I mixed in some oil (because polymer clay is oil based or oil soluble) as I don't own any clay softeners. When I mixed the oil into colored clay, like red, I noticed the clay started to dissolve onto my fingers. So I started experimenting with different amounts of oil. I started with a very small amount, and worked my way up to larger amounts. This is what I found out:

1. If you mix a small amount of oil with crumbly or dry clay, you will get clay that is the perfect texture. Not too soft, and definitely not crumbly.
2. If you mix a small amount of oil with clay that is already soft you will get  something that resembles frosting or whipped cream (like cool whip).
3. If you mix even more oil into the frosting mixture you will get a thin sauce that will be the texture of hot fudge, or tomato soup.

You can use any oil, like olive oil, vegetable oil, baby / mineral oil, tea tree oil, etc.

Try it & let me know how it works for you!


The tutorial is uploading now to my YouTube channel!