The Marvelous Miniature Culinary Creations of @shayaar
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“People can’t get enough of seeing their favorite treat in the size of their finger,” explains accidental miniature food artist Shay Aaron (@shayaar). Shay studies stage and costume design in Tel Aviv, Israel, but has spent the past decade fielding miniature food requests from every corner of the globe.
Since his first commission — a tiny Seder plate for Passover — Shay has refined his micro-culinary skills, at one point enrolling in a six-month baking course to learn more about pastries. But there will be no sampling of these bite-size morsels. His works, done at a 1:12 scale, are primarily made of polymer clay, but can include resin, glass, wood, metal and paper.
The final step of production is the most difficult to capture, but also the most important. “Texturing is crucial and takes lots of time and energy,” Shay explains. “I’m using a sewing needle to create bread crumbs or the spongy texture for a layer cake. I can work on a tiny piece for an hour just to get the right texture.”
The Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders can’t stop marveling at the impeccably detailed, impossibly tiny miniature food created by Rochester, MN-based artist Kim of fairchildart. From fruit and veggies to mouthwatering main courses, tantalizing sweets, and even a cannibal’s feast, all of Kim’s 1:12 scale food sculptures are handmade using polymer clay, needles, colored chalk pastels, rocks, razor blades and awesome attention to detail.
“I started out in July of 2008 with a book by Sue Heaser called Making Doll’s House Miniatures with Polymer Clay. It’s a fantastic book with very easy to follow tutorials on everything from miniature potatoes to Tiffany style lamps. I was amazed at how such simple clay techniques could produce incredibly realistic results. From there I started using pictures of real food as a reference and it’s spiraled into an obsession ever since!”
When asked how she manages to make her miniature food look so realistic, Kim says that secret to her success is: “a good dose of artistic masochism and being a stickler for details.”