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.


  1. Fantastic tutorial! Thank you for all of the detailed information. I must try this soon--one can never have too many mini brownies! :-) xo Jennifer

  2. Jen! thanks for looking :)
    if you try making brownies using this recipe, let me know :):)

    Hugs!! **