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Beginners Corner - Make a Miniature 1/12th Scale Jubilee Cake

Kerry Fawcett

Posted on 25 May 2012

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Tools Required

  • Clean worksurface/flat tile
  • Single-sided blade
  • Craft Knife
  • Roller or glass jar
  • Circular cutters, 1", 1/2" & 1/4" diameter
  • Cocktails stick
  • Soft bristle paint brush
  • Pack of playing cards
  • Handy wipes

Materials Required

  • White clay
  • Yellow, cherry red & blue clay
  • Liquide Fimo (or equivalent)
  • Tacky Glue
  • No-Hole micro beads (gold, red & blue)
  • Gold Metallic powder



Step 1

  • Make sure your hands, tools and work surface are extremely clean.
  • Kneed the white clay until it is pliable enough to work with.
  • Place 25 playing cards on each side of your clay.
  • Use the roller to roll out the clay flat and even. (See 2nd photo above)


Step 2

  • Cut a 1" circle with the circular cutter.
  • Do this on a clean flat tile which will be the worksurface and baking tile all in one.
  • Gather up the excess clay to roll again.
  • This time put 3 cards each side and roll out.
  • Cut out a 1/2" diameter circle.
  • Bake both pieces of clay according to the manufacturers instructions.
  • Once baked and cooled, place the smaller circle centrally on top of the larger one.
  • Glue in place with tacky glue or liquid Fimo.



Step 3

  • Using two cards each side, roll out the bright red clay.
  • Using a single sided blade, cut into 8 strips approximately 1/32" wide. (See photo above).
  • Gently stick one red strip to the edge of the top piece of white clay and bring it down to the bottom of the base (see 1st photo below).
  • Repeat with the rest of the red strips of clay.
  • Roll out the blue clay and repeat the process right round the cake between the red strips.
  • Cut away the excess clay with your craft knife from the bottom of the cake.



Step 4

  • Use a cocktail stick dipped in water to stick no-hole micro gold beads to the top and bottom of each red and blue stripe.


Step 5

  • Place 14 cards either side of a ball of red clay and roll it out.
  • Cut a 1/4" circle from this clay.
  • Glue centrally to the top of the cake.



Step 6

  • Roll out yellow clay with 2 cards each side.
  • Cut 4 strips of clay approximately 1/32" wide.
  • Cut one strip 1/8" wide.
  • Paint each one with brush and gold metallic powder so no yellow shows through. (See 1st picture below)
  • Stick the thickest piece carefully round the base of the red circle.
  • Take a cocktail stick to place alternating red and blue no-hole beads around the gold band.



Step 7

  • Take 1 narrow piece of gold clay and glue to the top edge of the crown rim.
  • Use liquid Fimo as glue. (See 1st photo below)
  • Bend this piece until it meets the centre of the top of the red clay (you may need to trim these pieces).
  • Secure in place with more liquid Fimo.
  • Repeat this process with all 4 pieces to complete the crown.
  • Bake the cake according to manufacturers instructions.



This feature was originally published in Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine. If you like making miniatures, why not buy yourself a copy of the magazine. Or better still take out a subscription so you never miss an issue. For fans of Facebook and Twitter, or to email, print or comment on the feature, please use the buttons above to share with your friends.

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