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Kim
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Current Residence: Yog-Sothoth Rules
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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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ItemReceived Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you like to make a typicall meal from Austria, like Kaiserschmarrn, or Sachertorte? Mozartkugel? Wiener Schnitzel mit Kartoffelpürree? (Viennese schnitzel with potato salad fpr the salad we use red onions!)
It would be so nice!
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Absolutely, I'm always up for a few challenge!
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ItemReceived Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nagh what a pity, you really have to try it! They have chilisauce from level 1 to 10 and 10 is the hottest sauce! I never tried it, I think you need all cats lives XDDDD

Oh yeah, I added you to my watch list, so if you make a meal from Austria, I'll be informed imediately, and BELIEVE ME: I'll answer, for sure ;)
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
That is so kind, thank you :D
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figooza990 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
To tag a quality deviant: And you’re it! 

Quality doesn’t mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how many followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them!
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Life-takers-crayons Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Many thanks for the fav :)
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A-Solop Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Amazing work! I'm in Shock. All such real and tasty
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thank you so much! :)
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BobbyGrapewater Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everytime I see your little works the first what comes in my mind is HARVEST MOON XD it's so cute!!!
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
That is awesome!  I love that game
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