Dollhouse makers and other small scale hobbyists might
be interested in creating miniature vegetables, fruit
and baked goods for miniature kitchens, gardens or fruit
stands. Skilled model maker Mel Varisco demonstrates
hot-to's for making common food items out of various
brands of plastic modeling compounds and the new air
She discusses tools for making models, tells how to
use glazes, stains and paints; and suggests what reference
material to collect. She also covers scale, color blending
and texturing. Projects are demonstrated according to
clay color, i.e., first the yellow foods, then red,
etc. Varisco provides helpful tips for the baking process,
including a warning against using a microwave —
the models will explode!
Varisco is a warm and encouraging personality; she
has enough enthusiasm to infect a wavering beginner.
"Nature isn't perfect," she proclaims, pointing
out that the perfectly formed miniature foods just aren't
natural. That ought to inspire anyone.
Recommended for large libraries, this is one of several
titles available in the Master Miniaturists