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!


  1. Wow! Amazing detail!

  2. I love your YouTube videos, the quality of your items is utterly perfect. I really like making earrings, so maybe we could get some smaller items from you?

    Also, amazing tip with the oil, here in the UK the fimo products are very expensive and the thinning gel is ridiculously priced so this now gives me the option to make lots more items. Thank you!!!

  3. hi from Poland:
    OMG ! This is amazing, fantastic and beautiful <3 I love your job ! :3

  4. Thanks for the tip! The details in these sandwiches are simply amazing! The reuben is my fave!

  5. GREAT!! Hey, when I use the oil with clay, and I make sauce, can I bake at the same temperature?

  6. Hi Toni,

    I love your stuff!!

    I hope you received my invitation to participate in the Goin' Gold Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign. (via facebook message)

    I hope to hear from you soon! :)


  7. Now, I'm happy, that I learn English, cause I can read it. (I'm from Poland) Wow, this is amazing, you're amazing!I never seen more beatiful things.

  8. You are great! I am a fan of yours from Polish. Beautiful sandwiches :*

  9. I tried to pick my favorite sandwich. I thought the rueben until I saw the bagel. LOL They look good enough to eat!

  10. It's'beautiful sandwich!!I love your videos

  11. ooo, a lot of Polish people i see :)
    your sandwiches are so pretty! just like real, i don't know how you do that, i tried but it wasn't as realistic as you

  12. Can you bake the oil and clay mixture?

  13. i have a question. you can bake baby oil? isnt it flammable?

  14. It looks like real food! :D
    You are very talented :*

  15. All your works are amazing!
    I made these sandwiches but they are not as perfect as yours ;<
    I love your blog and yt channel <3
    (and sorry for my english, I`m from Poland ;p)

  16. I have made a blog kind of like yours about cute charms. I was wondering if I could use some of your pictures, charm ideas and videos. Please reply to saying yes you can or no you can't. Thank you very much Olivia.

  17. Hi Toni I have changed my blog website so if you could reply to this one I would really appreciate it.

  18. I mixed some clay with baby oil to make a sauce, but it stayed liquid after baking :( Not sure what I did wrong. Thanks for all your lovely tutorials though, you've gotten me hooked :D