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My worst tutorial ever! :P

Well, at least you get the point of it.

So many people asked, so here is my polymer clay grape tutorial. :)

I couldn't find one when I was looking for one online, so I had to wing it and through trial and error came up with this. It's not the best, but at least it gives you some sort of idea on how to get it done.

I am so so SO sorry for the quality of this. :( I had a new camera and was at a different place than where I usually do all this from. Plus I had a new version of Photoshop to fight with.

I will redo this and upload a better one at some point.

~~~ My Other Tutorials ~~~
Fruit Tarts: [link]
Rice Krispy Treats: [link]
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:iconmoipuny:
moipuny Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the color looks beautiful after bake! flaws may happen, but practice makes perfect <3
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Jenna7777777 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OOO i am so trying this out!
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Jany1982 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
I made some grapes [link]

Should've used more translucent clay. -.-
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PilviPantteri Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
It looks so realistic, i can't believe you have the patience to do these :D
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Stacy270 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Excellent!Thank you for sharing!
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claymasey98 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is so not your worst! this is really cool, and they bake up to look just like grapes XD
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aloexsushii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing~~~
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cleverchic101 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
So cute and creative :DDD
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smeesh-love Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
when you use translucent clay, does it become more translucent after you bake it?
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:iconbon-appeteats:
Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It does. :)
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LaMere01 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I could possibly use this tutorial for the natural dry clay right?? Plus couldent I use this to make a bigger version of grapes??
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can use these for any scale - just make the grapes larger. :) It should work with any clay - just following the curing instructions on the clay packet and you should be fine.
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misunderheard Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing!
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Mingbatrox108 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They sort of look like tic-tacs too :XD:
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look so real. :D
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shondi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Wow! Didn't know you could make grapes with polymer clay.
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:iconbon-appeteats:
Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can make pretty much anything if you set your mind to it. :)
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tira-chan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   General Artist
What keeps all the little grapes together in the bunch? At the end when you add them to the stem.
Do they just stick to themselves and stay together after you bake them?

I haven't worked with my sculpy clay in a while & have been looking for little projects :3
(I usually just make beads)
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
They bake and end up sticking together. If you want to make sure they're really, really stuck together, you can put some TLS on the back of them as you stick them on. :)
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AnimeCartoon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial [link] :D
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome job! :)
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AnimeCartoon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? thank you :hug:
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Muriel09 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
That looks so REAL! :wow:
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :) I'm still tweaking it a little bit, so I might redo this tutorial once I'm completely happy with the new process.
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omnommochi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, these are adorable!
Maybe you could like put little brown spots on some places so that they look even more real! And texturing the stem, too. :) Just suggestions!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)

I was thinking about that, but I'll need to mess around with it a bit more first so I don't just end up covering half the thing in brown chalk. :P lol

Once I find a good way of doing it, I'll post something else on how to color them. :)
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omnommochi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah that's great! My idea was maybe just diping your toothpick in some chalk and then just press it on the grape before making the bunch. :)
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, a toothpick would work! It'd be thin enough.

Maybe some very thin liquid paint? But then it might drip. Think I just need to make one big grape and experiment with it.
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omnommochi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HAHA! That's a 'grape' idea! ;)
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Miyaka89 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, amazing effect :D
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :)
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
There's a simpler way of making the grape actually - using an extruder and a blade, then you don't have to roll all those tiny balls.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for mentioning that; I would have never thought of it!
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad I could be of help; I actually spotted it in a book about making polymer clay miniatures.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It'll certainly save some time since the bulk of this was spent making tiny little grapes.

I think I need to invest in one of those books! They seem really helpful.
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls by Angie Scarr I would highly suggest. I have yet to find a book that is more helpful.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I will try to get my hands on a copy this weekend. :)
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're quite welcome :hug:
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Rae-Lynn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not everyone uses an extruder. I think this is a tutorial for people who choose not to use one.
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I understand that, but I am a firm believer in working smarter and not harder as well as finding ways to work faster and remove tedium. I was simply mentioning it to the author in case they didn't know, which they did not. There's many different ways of achieving a finished product. This is great if you don't own an extruder.

I didn't say anything was wrong with the tutorial itself; quite the opposite is true
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Rae-Lynn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I never claimed you did say anything was wrong. No need to get defensive. I was just raising a point, as you were. It's cool that you taught the author something new. Perhaps, like me, they're from an area that does not sell clay or any of the bits and bobs the more well off clay artists have the luxury of using.
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wasn't being defensive, but you seemed to be insulted by my suggestion. I meant no harm in what I said.

Usually, if you have access to the internet, you have access to any number of tools that can be delivered to your door. You can even use something like a garlic press, which can be purchased at any super market or big box retailer for a reasonable cost, to achieve a similar effect. Most of my sculpting tools, particularly my favorite ones, I have either made myself or were inexpensive to purchase.

I, certainly, am not 'well off' but have simply tried to find creative ways to make sure I can complete the task or effect I need to.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I actually do own an extruder, but I'd never thought to use it like this.

I love when I'm able to gain insight from someone who has more experience than me. :)

But yes, if you don't have access to one this is another way to do it; a lot slower, but it'll get the job done!
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Rae-Lynn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry if you interpreted my words as defensive. I did not type them that way, just as fact.

Unfortunately usually is not always the case.
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Once cannot read tone in text, as I have done nothing but try and offer suggestion and advice.

And because I know 'usually' is not the same as 'always', that's why I suggested cheaper alternatives.
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Rae-Lynn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Exactly, that's probably why you came across as defensive, even when you were not being such.
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raspil Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   Writer
worst? no way. this is easy to understand and the result looks good.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Okay...least aesthetically pleasing? :P lol
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raspil Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   Writer
totally. i might have to make some grapes to show you your tutorial is sound!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you do, you'll have to show me how they turned out! :)
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