'Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls' covers methods on how to sculpt all kinds of different foods, as well as how to make a market stall to showcase them. Included are tutotials on various fruit and vegetables, raw and cooked meat, fish, breads and cheeses. It also lists what kind of tools you will need, and contains a very useful table on different colour mixes (you very quickly learn that simply using polymer clay straight from the pack never produces realistic colours).
There are many great aspects of this book.
Firstly, the sheer number of different foods covered means you won't get bored quickly. I still haven't attempted every type of food shown, and I've been making miniatures for years.
Finally, the biggest mystery to me when it comes to using polymer clay is getting the colours right, and this books takes a lot of the guesswork out by referring to its own colour table throughout. There will be a lot of flipping pages between the colour table and your project, but it helps the novice get a feel for how the colours blend and look after baking without having to sacrifice silly amounts of polymer clay finding out.
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I find a couple of the colour mix suggestions to be a little off, but once more, this is often in the eye of the beholder, and polymer clay manufacturers do sometimes change their formulae, thus making the ratios slightly out over time.
Furthermore, as a beginner's book it doesn't cover many of the more advanced techniques that many miniaturists like to employ, such as using liquid polymer clay. I should mention that Angie Scarr has published other books, such as 'Miniature Food Masterclass', which I haven't yet read, so perhaps these delve into such techniques with more detail.
'Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls' is a great reference book for beginners. It is very comprehensive and will certainly get you started and ignite your imagination. But for the more advanced miniaturist, you probably already know most of what it has to offer. For me, it was a worthwhile introduction to making miniature food back when I was swimming with ideas but had no knowledge or experience. I was able to practice and refine my technique greatly thanks to the tips in this book.
My score for 'Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls' by Angie Scarr:
8/10 (That's pretty good!)