Edit: this is not the ‘normal’ way of doing strawberry slices. Painting air dry clay is common in Japanese deco books and sites, but with polymer clay this is not how you’re really supposed to do it. With polymer clay you are supposed to make a cane and slice strawberries off it. Here is a thread with many links on different ways to do the cane. Personally, I have failed at every attempt to make one and instead of wasting more clay, I decided to find an alternative way.
Guys, I was just reading one of my favourite sweets deco blogs and found that they had written a strawberry slice tutorial today pretty much identical to the way I do it. It’s here.
The general premise is that you make a long sausage out of your clay and then shape it into a long triangle shape. Then paint the outside of the cane with red acrylic paint. After that, slice the cane into small slices, and then using really diluted red acrylic paint, paint the outer edges of the slice red like a strawberry.
Some notes about doing strawberry slices this way:
- This uses air dry clay, which is what I use also to make my strawberry slices. After years of failing horribly at making polymer strawberry canes, I gave up. The air dry clay I use for this is a Japanese brand called ‘Grace’ which dries translucent. It seems that she is using Modena clay, which I personally haven’t tried yet.
- She, being an incredibly patient person, actually bothers to make the white ‘veins’ inside the slices. I’ve read over and over again as to how she did it, and she just says that she used a ‘fine point brush to draw lines from the outside to the inside’, but I don’t know whether with paint, or water, or while the paint is still drying? I’m sorry, but I personally don’t do it so I have no idea how you could do it.
- I don’t bother to poke seeds on the outside either.
- If you want to do this with polymer clay you’d have to work very fast. Since you can’t bake acrylic paint you’d have to bake a long sausage of translucent clay first, then quickly while it’s still somewhat soft out of the over paint the outside red and slice while still sort of soft.
Anyway I hope this helped, any questions please ask me :). I’m sorry I didn’t make a proper tutorial for this, the reason is because I really hate making them, and I also wanted to plug a favourite website of mine. I’m sorry.