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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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:icon0012eduardo:
0012eduardo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
i wish i was as talented as you i only know how to write weird stories
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blooming-wildflower Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
YOU. ARE. AWESOME.


'nuff said.
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thank you<3 :)
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OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
wonderful, really helpful.
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thank you<3 :)
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taipoh Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
do you use a magnifying glass of some sort while working with miniatures? I've tried making something tiny once and it strained my eyes badly :C
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I tried using a magnifying lamp but thought it felt odd to use so I just propped up everything close to my face :) It feels more natural that way
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honeysclover Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
what do you type in the search engine in ebay in order to get the all dishes and such?
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
'dollhouse ceramic plate' :) and if you look at other items the seller has, most dollhouse miniature sellers on ebay have a variety of kitchen related minis
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DaughterofArtemis134 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you actually cook real food?
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Not nearly as well as I can fake food ;)
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DaughterofArtemis134 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: Oh okay
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PoppyTheKitty Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question. Do you ever get hungry when making your delicious looking creations?
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Oh definitely ^_^
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Honey-Hill Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your art is awesome. I absolutely love the level of detail you put into your work.
If you ever make pineapple earrings, I'll totally be the first to pounce >:D
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Thank you! :D
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KingPuddi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question myself. o: is using colored chalk pastels easier than using paint?
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I prefer chalk pastels because I feel they give a more subtle effect when they bake right into the clay and I have easier control over the intensity :)
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KingPuddi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay, thanks! :la:
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sugar0o Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
okay i read the list! i saw that you sell them, but what do you do with the one's you don't sell? do you just have a mini collection of them in a box or something? it's a REALLY interesting hobby and i admire the work you put into making them! i just wonder what you do with the ones you dont sell :3
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I have a little setup of all my miniatures and accessories here on my table corner: [link]

I plan on buying some kind of display box for them someday :)

Thank you so much!
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sugar0o Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome :3 part of me says you should take a pic with Mini L surrounded by cakes :3 and sugar cubes :3333
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
will you make larger doll scale foods? I have 70cm bjds... thats 1/3 scale...
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I've made a few larger scale sculptures but it's a challenge for me since 1:12 scale is so enmeshed in my brain :)

One miniature food sculptor who does phenomenal works at larger scales is Cindy Teh (Snowfern), her dA page is here: [link]
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thx u for the link
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Fate-Wolffe Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
sensei, make me your pupil
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Fate-Wolffe Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
is that a yes?
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
:D
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MomoDreams Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Really impressed with your work! Would you do 1:3 sizes? / Take comissions?
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Thank you so much! I'm really sorry but I'm afraid I'm a bit short on time and can't take commissions at the moment :(
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AmateurVirtuoso Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I want to get started with polymer clay but my parents refuse to let me use the food oven to bake it -.- so I was wondering if you knew of any other methods to cure it? I don't have a microwave or any kind of toaster oven :L
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Aww I'm very sorry to hear that :( I've only used a regular oven myself, but here's a link to a tutorial on baking clay:

[link]

I hope this is of some help!
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AmateurVirtuoso Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha :S Really? Does it give off any fumes that linger after baking?

Ohh thank you, that explained a lot! :D If only I had the money to buy a dedicated oven...*sigh*
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I haven't had any problems with fumes with the ovens I've used, but I wish I could buy a toaster oven just for mini making too XD
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AmateurVirtuoso Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahh okay, so you also cook food in the same oven you use to bake the clay? Haha in an ideal world XD
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xLilu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
you can also boil some clays :3
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AmateurVirtuoso Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student General Artist
OK I'll try that, thanks!
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KittyChow Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
wow~ your art is the type i will always admire, one that takes time, patience and skill! and they are just so wonderful too...yum^^~
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Thank you! ^_^
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Mystic-Wolf-of-Dark Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Every time I look at your art I'm just like "No, this is impossible! Nobody can made food that small and delicious looking!!!"
Your amazing ^_^
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Thank you so much ^_^
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BadgersBakery Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
"favorite rock" aww...
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
:D
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DaniBones Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I'm glad you finally posted this, because up until now my main answer to your sheer amazing talent has been "IT'S MAGIC. SHE'S A WITCH."
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fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Oh haha XD
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Candieee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I can't help but be in awe of all the wonderful things you make. Thank you so much for sharing these with everybody! :)
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Thank you! It's my pleasure ^_^
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mcaputo123187 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student
thats awsome. I have a question for you

out of all the foods you make which one do you love doing the most thats your absolute fav?
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:iconfairchildart:
fairchildart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I really love making cookies, especially the process of 'browning' the edges and mixing chips in ^_^
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Moorstream Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I don't figure out how you make things look oven-brown! =) Adding those pastel colors afterwards? Are the chips also pieces of clay? Your work is brilliant!
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