How to make fake food art

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How to make fake food art
(Marja Flick-Buijs)

Making fake food art can be a fun and artistic project, resulting in convincing fake food to spruce up your kitchen or dining room table. While real food displays can go bad or get eaten, fake food lasts forever. Fake food is also more cost-effective; the one-time material investment is a lot cheaper than buying food for display every week, particularly if you make replicas of food that is expensive or goes bad quickly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Real food
  • Amazing Mold Putty
  • White oven-bake clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Super glue or tacky craft glue
  • Butter knife
  • Varnish

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  1. 1

    Apply a thin layer of Amazing Mold Putty (you can find it at Michael's) over the surface of the item you wish to duplicate (such as a banana, apple or piece of broccoli).

  2. 2

    Allow the Amazing Mold Putty to begin to firm for half as long as it indicates on the package. Most Amazing Mold Putty packages indicate that you should let it dry for 30 minutes. If that is the case, you will let it firm for 15 minutes.

  3. 3

    Using a butter knife, gently cut the mould off of the item. Cut halfway through the item vertically so that you have two approximate mirror images. For example, if you are cutting through a banana mould, do it lengthwise.

  4. 4

    Allow the mould to finish drying for another 15 minutes, or half as long as the package indicates.

  5. 5

    Once the mould pieces are dry, fill each mould completely with the oven-bake clay.

  6. 6

    Using the blunt side of the butter knife, scrape off any excess clay so that the exposed clay is completely flat.

  7. 7

    Carefully remove the clay from the mould and bake the clay for as long as the package instructs.

  8. 8

    Apply super glue or a thin layer of craft glue to the flat side of one of the moulds and press firmly against the matching mould to create a whole piece of fake food.

  9. 9

    Paint the fake food with a mixture of acrylic paint and water. The thinner paint makes the moulds look more realistic. Apply several coats if desired, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

  10. 10

    When the fake food is painted and dry, apply a thin coat of varnish to protect the paint and extend the life of the fake food.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to create fake food from items that cannot be made into moulds (such as cake or ice cream), simply mould the clay into the shape of the food using your fingers. Add details using the knife. Bake it and paint as you would the food made with the moulds.

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