How to Make Miniature Clay Donuts
In the end, everything made out of polymer clay is just a series of easy instructions that add up to an obvious shape. Donuts are an easy one to guess yourself, but sometimes it's easier to get started when you have someone elses tutorial before you. Perhaps the best part of miniature donuts is their variety. I made raspberry and lemon filled powdered donuts, bavarian cream filled chocolate covered donuts, simple chocolate covered donuts, and chocolate covered donuts with nuts. These all went together on a sweets bracelet I was making for a friend as a gift. Turning the clay donuts into charms isn't pictured, but is easy to do by inserting an eye pin before baking.
- Modeling clay. A wide variety of clays is useful, but I think the absolute necessities are a light brown (caramel), a dark brown (chocolate), some white and some black, and a little red and yellow for fillings.
- An implement with a bluntly pointed end. I used a cheap plastic clay tool.
If you've been working with clay for any length of time, you probably already realize this, but just in case: polymer clays like Fimo and Sculpey III can be blended much like acrylic paints to make new colors. Nearly any color in the rainbow can be formed from just a few base colors. In general, darkening colors is easier than lightening colors, so if you are making pink start out with plenty of white and not much red. In this tutorial I tried to mention what colors I had used to make other colors, but I didn't outline how much of each to use. It should be easy to guesstimate how much you need.
It can be hard to create the exact same shade of color twice. When I realize I'll be running out of a color soon, I usually mix another ball of it until it's nearly the same shade as what I was working with, then mix the old ball together with the new. If I catch myself early enough that the old ball is larger than the new ball, the resulting ball is close enough that no one will look at it and realize there's a color difference.
As usual, my camera made an awful job of the pictures. The backdrop is an old speaker box.