Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tutorial - Lemon Cane and Halved Lemons


Hi everyone!

Today I'm going to show you how I do my lemon canes. For most of you this isn't something new, but many still ask me how I do them, so here's the explanation!
I didn't invent this technique and I learned it from Angie Scarr. Though of course I adapted her technique for my work.

Materials:
- fimo: white, translucent, yellow, green (7/8 blue + 1/8 yellow)
- toothpick, pin, razor blade
- sandpaper
- glaze/varnish

1. Mix 1/2 white + 1/2 translucent
Mix Translucent + tiny amount of yellow

2. Shape the yellow mix into a ball and flatten it. The diameter should be approx 5 cm (2 inches). Cut in in 10 equal parts.

3. Using a rolling pin or a pasta machine (position 6) roll the white clay out and put it between the parts.

4. In the middle, shape a hole with a toothpick. Roll a white snake and place it in the middle of the lemon.

5. Using you pasta machine (position 2) or a rolling pin roll the white clay out and wrap the lemon cane with it. Make sure there are no bubbles (remove them with your blade) and that the clay don't overlay.

6. Now mix 2/3 yellow + 1/3 translucent + tiny amount of green (7/8 blue + 1/8 yellow) for the lemon skin.
Roll it out (pasta machine, position 7)

7. Squeeze and roll the cane until its diameter is approx 4 - 5 mm (0,16 - 0,2 inch.)

8. Cut approx 4 mm (0,16 inch) of the snake and close each side.

9. Using sandpaper and a toothpick roll the lemon gently onto it and shape the lemon.


10. Cut the lemon in 2 with your blade and then texture the inside with a pin.
Bake accordingly and then varnish the flesh.

That's it, I hope it will help at least one of you :D
xx
Stephanie
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  1. thanks, I wanted to know how to make this!!

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  2. C'est bien gentil de ta part de partager ce tuto :)
    Je ne m'y essaierai pas parce que la fimo et moi ça fait 2 XD
    Bonne continuation, tu sais que j'admire ton travail ^___^/

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  3. Thank´s for the tutorial!
    I just love everything that you create!

    Lena!

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  4. Incredible!!! Thank you so very much for this wonderful peek into how you do what you do! You sure do work on a tiny scale! Wow, impressive as anything!
    ~Emily xx

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  5. I was wondering about that...might have to try one day :-D

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  6. Dear Stephanie,
    May I publish it on the mini food blog?
    Love,
    Sumaiya.

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  7. that's fantastic!!! i have always wondered is that the way you do all these pretty miniature stuff. thank you! i think i'm going to try this tutorial and maybe i can show you the result if you want:)

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  8. Great tutorial!
    I love your work!!!

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  9. Sumaiya, of course you may publish it! :)

    Good to see how many are happy with the tutorial! :)

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  10. Amazing! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  11. OMG, to see your hands working the magic is simply amazing! I loved seeing how you do this! SUPER tutorial! I doubt I could work THAT tiny though! ;)

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  12. OMG that's look fantastic petit! should thry that one day:) yeah right...:)))

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  13. WOW, just WOW! The tutorial is great and the result is lovely

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  14. Awesome tutorial!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. That is sooooooo cool!!!!

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  16. Wonderful to see the process. You clay/food artists amaze me.

    Keep on doing that! :)

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  17. Very beautiful lemons! It's fun to see how you do it too!

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  18. Awesome tutorial, you explain it so well! Thankyou!!

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  19. Stefanie - you are very generous and wonderful - you have given me the taste to get back to miniatures - it's been so long
    Cathy

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  20. Oh, it looks so easy when you do it. I mean for a person like me who never touched fimo this is a challenge anyway:D I should give a try one of these days, thanks for all tips!

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  21. Fanastic tutorial...I have made the canes, but never tried making the halves. In step 9, do you use the toothpick to shape the ends of the lemon? That was the only part I was confused on...(but like I said I've never even tried making them.)

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  22. What amazing work!
    It is always nice to see how something is made :)

    Though I don't think I will try this anytime in the near future I'm still saving the tutorial!

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  23. sul mio blog c'è un premio per te.
    ciao

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  24. I am amazed at how simple you make it look,, when I know it isn't. I'll stick to my bits of wood and fabric and leave the polymer to the experts, but I do appreciate the tutorial and knowing how it is done.

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  25. Querida Stephanie
    Muito lindos os limoes! Amo swu blog.
    Obrigada, thank you, gracias, merci & dankschön:-)
    Elisabete

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  26. amazing!!!!!

    but it's so fine, I will never manage to do that, you are amazinly handy!

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  27. Oh! Enfin un tutoriel clair sur la façon de faire les citrons! merci tu as été très bon pour le publier! Mon nom est Catherine de l'Italie et sur mon blog il ya un prix pour vous!
    http://leminisdicockerina.blogspot.com/

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  28. Oooooh les jolis citrons !
    Ils donnent vraiment envie... autant de les manger que d'en fabriquer moi-même, je dirais.
    (N'étant pas très habile, je ne m'y essaierai pas.)
    Un grand merci pour ce tuto très instructif !

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  29. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I hope I can try it some time! Your work is GORGEOUS!
    Love, Chani

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  30. I really like this tutorial!!! Very great!

    Greetings,
    Katja

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  31. wow this is amazing! i have the most respect for miniature food makers... I actually bought my clay today at an attempt to become one :)

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  32. Magnifica demostracion de genialidad,y de que el buen perfume viene en potes muy pequenos, felicitaciones. Tamara.

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  33. My mom linked this to me and I was so amazed by this! Love love love ! Gonna try! Thank you so much <3

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  34. Wow that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! I'm eleven and I love everything thats mini and food like!!! Plus for a while I have been making my own food creations. They are made of clay and there really cute because I put faces on them. Well, keeping making those awesome foods!!! My mom thought they were real. =)

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  35. Thanks for the tutorial!
    I added this to our site: All about deco: https://sites.google.com/site/allaboutdeco/home

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  36. How do you get it so perfect? Mine always get weird or misshaped.

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  37. C'est impressionnant de réalisme! Bravo

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  38. Do you mix the white and translucent with the yellow or just translucent with the yellow? Thank you soo much - these are awesome!!

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  39. Thank you, this is a great tutorial
    Jo x

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  40. Just wanted to let you know that I liked your tutorial and video so much, that I published it on my blog! hope you don't mind..... & thanks so much for sharing your craft & technique with such great photos and clear, easy instruction. Your awesome!
    Here's the link to my post: http://beadfancy.blogspot.com/2010/12/make-orange-or-lime-candy-cane-from.html

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  41. Thank you so much for your tutorial. I wanted to make mini lemons for keyrings for a project and this is just one brilliant tutorial you are tops x

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  42. J'ai une question (comme je ne suis pas douée xD).
    Il faut cuire le citron avant ou après l'avoir coupé en tranches ? :/
    Parce qu'en fait quand je le fais avant, ça se déforme, et quand je le fais après il y a comme des miettes, enfin, c'est pas bien coupé quoi xD
    Pourrais-tu m'éclaircir ?
    Ce serait gentil, merci :)

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  43. Katsukii < Tu peux faire les 2 :)

    Avant cuisson, mets la canne dans le frigo pour qu'elle durcisse et coupe avec une lame de rasoir.

    Si après cuisson, elle s'émiette, c'est qu'elle n'a pas été assez cuite. De plus, c'est plus simple de couper une canne cuite qui est tiède. Il suffit de la placer sur un radiateur ou de s'asseoir dessus pour la réchauffer et facilement la couper :)

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  44. Merci beaucoup pour tes conseils =D

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  45. Thanks for the tutorial,i gonna try this for sure.
    Hugs
    Maria

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  46. You did an excellent job of explaining. Thank you soooo much

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  47. Thanks for sharing this! It's always great to know some of the *secrets* behind the experts that make fruit~

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  48. I love this tutorial. It makes such lovely fruit. I just changed the middle color to make grapefruits, I love them!

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  49. I can only say: Oh My God! Wonderful Stephanie! Your work is incredible!

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  50. I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER make this! But I am in complete awe by your patience for making these tiny tiny things!

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  51. what a fantastic work you do! Highly impressed...thank for giving away your secret. I'll never have the time and patience to do this :-)

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  52. Superbe travail !!! J'adorerai moi aussi pouvoir vendre mes créations...

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