February 21, 2014

1/12 brownie tutorial

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This time I'm going to teach you how to make miniature brownies in just a few simple steps.

Let's get started!


- Fimo: translucent and brown
- Cork
- Liquid fimo (similar options: 3D paint in brown or Mod Podge)
- Tile or plastic surface to work
- Facial wipes (to keep your hands clean all the time while working)
- Small ceramic plate
- Tin foil ball/toothbrush (that you don’t use anymore)
- Razor blade
- Toothpick or needle (not too small)
- Glass container
- Acrylic paint in a pastel color of your choice
- Ceramic plate and cup
- Modelling tools: needle or nail
                      dotting tool
- Soft pastels: dark brown
- Brush
- Varnish 

In this recipe cork is going to be the main ingredient of this recipe. Collect some corks from wine bottles and chop a small piece until you have very itty bitty small pieces. Save the rest! It’s a very good material to work with!


First, we’re going to chop some cork in very small pieces like shown in the pic here.
NOTE: be CAREFUL when using the razor blade!

Mix 1 piece of brown and ¼ of translucent. When the mix is ready add a small amount of chopped cork as shown in the picture.
Note: you add translucent because only brown makes the brownies look heavy. The real recipe has butter so it has a certain degree of translucency.

When the cork pieces are totally mixed with the clay, flatten the mix to 0,3/0.4 cm (remember the proportion = 1 cm equals 12 cm in reality).

Cut a square as shown in the picture. Soften the upper edges a little bit with your razor blade.

Start cutting 0,5 cm small squares (0,5 cm = 6 cm in reality).
Now grab your needle tool of your choice and carefully texture the brownies, it’s very helpful having a picture of real brownies close to your working area. Notice that brownies are a sort of flat cake, so not too much of a “spongy” texture here only in small areas.
Shade with brown soft pastel only the top.

Decoration techniques

*The “milk chocolate” look is achieved by using 3D paint in a brown shade. (*)

*If you prefer a darker chocolate on top, use dark brown soft pastel mixed with liquid fimo. (*2)

*Give a “moisture” look by varnishing the chocolate covers.

(*) Use 3D paint AFTER baking your mini brownies and letting them cool down!!
(*2) You can apply the liquid fimo mix along with the finish brownie OR after you bake it.

The finishing touches

An interesting scene is one which has a feeling of “still life”, meaning that something is/was going on, an action.
What I did to achieve this effect and make my scene more interesting was adding a bit of 3D paint or some liquid fimo (from the “ganache” for the brownies) into a small bowl plus putting a bit on a spoon too.  Look around the internet for paper templates of old chocolate bars or labels, print it and put it into your scene.