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Kim
United States
Current Residence: Yog-Sothoth Rules
Favourite style of art: Furry Yiff

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Here I've compiled a list of the questions I get asked the most often ^_^

1) How long have you been making miniatures?

I started out in July of 2008 with a book by Sue Heaser called Making Doll's House Miniatures with Polymer Clay.  It's a fantastic book with very easy to follow tutorials on everything from miniature potatoes to Tiffany style lamps.  I was amazed at how such simple clay techniques could produce incredibly realistic results.  From there I started using pictures of real food as a reference and it's spiraled into an obsession ever since!

2) Where do you purchase your plates and other miniature accessories?
Luckily there's a local miniatures shop called Little Enchantments (www.littleenchantments.com) that has anything doll sized you could possibly ask for.  I've also bought dishes and all sorts of cutlery from Ebay.

3) Do you make the plates or just the food?

I only make the food ^_^  The only non-food miniature I've made is an itty bitty Makar (from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)

4) How do you make realistic frosting?

I combine Translucent Liquid Sculpey with solid clay (just eyeballing the proportions since I've done it so many times) and mix like crazy.  Everything I've learned about frosting and dollhouse cake making I've learned from Betsy Niederer - she has an amazing cake tutorial here: www.cdhm.org/tutorials/making-…

5) What do you use to color the food?

Colored FIMO clay (my favorite brand) and colored chalk pastels.  The pastels I use are from the Stampin' Up collection: www.stampinup.com/us/enu/paste…

6) How do you make the food so realistic?

A good dose of artistic masochism and being a stickler for details - every time I make something new I always try to add something extra to make it even look more real.  I take cues from artists who create photorealistic pencil drawings - many take their reference photo and turn it at different angles to really look at what they're seeing.  And it's super tempting to rush through the process to get to the end result, but taking your time is worth the extra effort :)

7) Is the food clay or do you use real food?

I assure you it's all clay and entirely inedible ;)

8) Do you sell your miniatures?

I do!  All the miniatures I have for sale are at my Etsy shop here: fairchildart.etsy.com

9) How long does it take to make these?

Usually from 1-3 hours depending on how complex the miniature is - cookies are the easiest, something like the lamb roast I fiddle with quite a bit until I'm happy with the shape, coloring and texture.

10) What kind of tools do you use?

My staples are a needle, favorite rock for texture, chalk pastels, and a sharp razor blade.

11) Will you make more tutorials?

Sadly tutorials are a bit difficult for me to make since I'm short on time lately X(  If you do a search here on dA or youtube for "polymer clay food tutorial" you'll pull up a fantastic variety of mini food how-to's.  My one and only video tutorial (on cake texturing) is here on my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/fairchild…

12) Do you take custom requests?

I'm afraid I can't take on commissions at the moment as much as I love the challenge!

13) What are these used for? 

To provide dolls with sustenance or happiness for miniature enthusiasts.
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:iconcatharsis82:
Catharsis82 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist
Hi just wanted to say you're amazing and I love your art



That is all have a nice day
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fairchildart Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you! :)
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Rakel1270 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
When I was younger, I use to play with dolls, and my mother would make miniature food for the dolls to "eat". My mom doesn't make stuff like that anymore, since I no longer play with dolls, but I still keep a few.

Seeing your art reminds me of my childhood, and I very much enjoy looking at your work. My memories aside, your art is very pleasing to the eye just like a dish that a gourmet chef would make, only smaller. To add such detail to something so small is an incredible feat.
It gives a sense of child-like wonder to those who see it.
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fairchildart Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you so much<3  That truly means a lot :)
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abohemianbazaar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for adding me to your watch! :)
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
My pleasure!  Your work is exquisite :)
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CheshireAsh99 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
All your stuff is amazingly adorable (I totally didn't look at all you pictures...)! The cheese and shrimp are my favorites; I love how you make your creations actually look like their large and edible counterparts!
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thank you so much<3 :)
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belianis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy and Successful 2016!
Did you have a fine Xmas dinner? I myself was given a Cornish hen that was absolutely delicious; have you ever eaten those?:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
I did!  More of an appetizer spread + cookies + chocolate which was absolutely delicious.  I haven't had cornish hen yet but I've always wanted to (and make one in miniature) :)
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