1:12 Scale Food
March 19, 2010 9:45 PM   Subscribe


I wish there were a video or blog post or something showing how it's made.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:50 PM on March 19, 2010

If only I had a penguin...: "I wish there were a video or blog post or something showing how it's made."

This is the only one I could find.
posted by Joe Beese at 9:53 PM on March 19, 2010

Amazing. But now I can't stop fantasizing about serving these treats up on a bunch of tiny plates and pretending to be a very hungry giant.
posted by saulgoodman at 9:59 PM on March 19, 2010 [6 favorites]

Here they're organized by food type.
posted by Joe Beese at 9:59 PM on March 19, 2010

What luck! I'm a little hungry!
posted by mazola at 9:59 PM on March 19, 2010 [2 favorites]

Bah! Someone just went to a Pixie deli in Little Storybook. I call shenanigans!
posted by The Whelk at 10:01 PM on March 19, 2010

Too bad they are made of clay. If they were real food, now that would be amazing...
posted by Windopaene at 10:04 PM on March 19, 2010 [2 favorites]

In order to pull this off as a hobby, I'm pretty sure you couldn't be from one of those households where dried easter eggs are found years after the fact underneath couch cushions.

You'd have to be from one of those households where you keep graph paper around long after everybody's done with K-12.
posted by circular at 10:13 PM on March 19, 2010 [3 favorites]

I want to see the 1:12 food photographed alongside some 12:1 food.
posted by sallybrown at 10:17 PM on March 19, 2010 [2 favorites]

Oh my gosh. As a little kid I was obsessed with this sort of thing - there was a dollhouse store near by and I was all about the little accessories. This is great.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:23 PM on March 19, 2010

Suddenly I feel just a tiny bit peckish.
posted by koeselitz at 10:29 PM on March 19, 2010 [2 favorites]

Shrink Ray. I can tell from the pixels
posted by device55 at 10:37 PM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Optical illusion, the maker is 20-feet tall.
posted by The Whelk at 10:41 PM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

I think I have a new hobby.
posted by stoneweaver at 10:54 PM on March 19, 2010

World’s Smallest Burger
(edible, with preparation photos)
I'm a little hungry now...
posted by cenoxo at 10:57 PM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

And going upscale, the World's Biggest Burger.
posted by cenoxo at 11:02 PM on March 19, 2010

I am so jealous of this person! You know why? As a kid, I was always lured into buying hunks of polymer clay with the promise that I, too, could make tiny, picture perfect versions of things! But could I? Of course not! My miniature clay things looked nothing like their larger selves, and I was very dissatisfied.

posted by ocherdraco at 11:10 PM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Her blog says she's working on her PhD at L'Ecole d'Architecture de Paris La Villette. You see, this is what you get in a country with free university education and socialized medicine.
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:16 PM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Neat. Small food looks glossy but impressively delicious. The cookies are my favorite.
posted by esome at 11:31 PM on March 19, 2010

"My next door neighbor's the Keebler Elf. Oh, I hate that little prick. He keeps me up at night making cookies in his tree. That's no way to run a business. There're zoning laws, you fucking shrimp."

posted by bwg at 1:50 AM on March 20, 2010

Wheeee! Miniature food! I bought this from this woman for my wife when she was preganant and wasn't technically supposed to eat them. It made me very popular indeed!
posted by Jofus at 2:43 AM on March 20, 2010

These are lovely.
posted by ersatz at 3:56 AM on March 20, 2010

This isn't miniature food! These are just European-sized portions.
posted by elmwood at 5:19 AM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

Like ocherdraco, I too bought dozens of portions of fimo to make tiny food for my dollhouse. It also looked very little like what I was aiming to make. Still, I loved doing it. My parents house is scattered with tiny burgers, fires, salmon filets, bagels and cakes to this day.
posted by piratebowling at 6:08 AM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

perfect for this guy!...
posted by es_de_bah at 6:36 AM on March 20, 2010

My mother's best friend was this amazingly creative woman who cycled through every craft known to 60's housewives: pottery, weaving, knitting, quilting, crocheting, beading, spinning yarns, hand dyeing, wine making, and more. At one point she turned her hand to making miniatures-- of course her daughter got the most fantastic dollhouse I had ever seen with everything-- rugs, curtains, furniture, accessories, made by hand.

For several years at Easter she would blow out eggs, cut off one end and make miniature scenes inside using polymer clay. They were phenomenal (like everything she turned her hand to) and much smaller than 1:12 scale. I remember one was a backyard scene with a tree, tiny rose bushes, daffodils, picnic table and a lunch all laid out with plates and glasses and napkins and food.

She made one for my mother. It was to commemorate the brick fire pit the two of them had constructed in my mother's backyard. Inside the egg, the tiny fire pit had wisps of smoke rising up; I think she used cotton fibers stiffened with glue. There were other details, but I mostly remember that smoke which stood out so clearly against the painted sky. Sadly, the eggshell was insanely fragile and my mother had it sitting unprotected on an egg cup on the sideboard. It should have been enclosed in a glass box. One day one of her cats knocked it over and smashed the egg.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:00 AM on March 20, 2010 [3 favorites]

cenoxo: "And going upscale, the World's Biggest Burger."

Looks like she finally found the beef.

My favorite is the chocolate chip cookie prep. Not only does the cookie dough look good enough to eat, the broken egg gives it that final flourish of untrammeled mastery.

"I've heard of portion control, but this is ridiculous..."
posted by Joe Beese at 8:07 AM on March 20, 2010

Amazing. Ingenious. Charming. The attention to detail is fascinating. Like the translucency of the lemons, the dimpled rind, slightly glistening segments. Check out the striations on the salmon steak earrings. Exquisite detail.

My inner 6 year old is experiencing some major delight, baby gaga voice at mouse squeak level, oooh the teensie peensie weensie!!! The tiny winy gingerbread house!

Exploring her pages it turns out there is a world of miniaturists. Those who make things in 1:4 scale down to 1:12 and more.

Secret Life of Gravy, It's sad about the broken egg. Guess your mom's friend was making a creative take-off on a panoramic sugar Easter egg (ooh fun. Had this kind as a kid.). Neat idea. People do insanely creative things with eggs. Awww. Sounds like a beautifully created memento. Now a cherished - and unbreakable!- memory.
posted by nickyskye at 8:26 AM on March 20, 2010 [2 favorites]

This is easy. All you need is a giant match.
posted by tigrefacile at 8:34 AM on March 20, 2010

Too bad about the big credit line across each image.
posted by zadcat at 8:38 AM on March 20, 2010

Mmm, Figmalicious.
posted by Quantum's Deadly Fist at 10:20 AM on March 20, 2010

She also sells on etsy.

Her stuff is way better because it is hand made, but it reminds me of re-ment food. I collect dolls and have a lot of 1:12 stuff for when I photograph them.
posted by morganannie at 10:35 AM on March 20, 2010

nickyskye: "Exquisite detail."

The dusting of flour on a baguette.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:08 AM on March 20, 2010

... and cheese burger and chips with salad for two.
posted by cenoxo at 1:58 PM on March 20, 2010

posted by IndigoRain at 10:15 PM on March 21, 2010

These are gorgeous. And believe it or not, there's a whole group of people out there devoted to making scale food. (I used to be one of them... in a previous life...) They are a subset of scale miniature enthusiasts and they make some eye-popping things.

Janet Uyetake is another artist who's about as good as it gets. And there are some seriously amazing artists in Japan who make croissants and sponge cakes that look flaky and tender but are smaller than a penny. For those interested in seeing how it's done, Angie Scarr offers some tutorials and videos on her website. This artist in Italy gives some insight into her process in her blog. There are books out there detailing how to make miniature food as well.

I used to have hundreds more sites bookmarked, but those got packed away along with all my Fimo years ago...
posted by Ms. Informed at 8:04 AM on March 26, 2010

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