1-48 scale cheesecake Instructions

by Preble McDaniel copyright 2013

Free instructions for Quarter Connection Convention 2013

Not for commercial use

I have never been on a real cruise, but when I think about them, I think about the food.  For my convention swaps I made cheesecakes and this is how I did it.

Materials Needed

  • Polymer clay (I used flesh colored super-sculpey, but if buying choose off-white so don’t have to paint later)
  • No hole beads or marbles (I used red, pink and dark blue)
  • Gallery glass (I used Ruby Red and Sapphire)
  • Acrylic paint (I used off-white)
  • Sequins – 1/4th inch (I used silver and punched some from white larger ones)

Tools Needed

  • Circle cutter (I used a 5/32 inch kemper cutter, but I narrow drinking straw would work as well.)
  • Tweezers
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile for baking
  • 1/4th inch circle paper punch
  • Paper plate or tray
  • Tape or other means to temporarily hold cakes
  • Paint brushes
  • White glue


  1. Pre-heat oven to desired temperature – refer to the directions on the package.
  2. Roll polymer clay flat. Mine was 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch thick. If uniform depth is desired then roll clay between playing cards or wood pieces the height desired. I considered some variation to be acceptable as this is food and height can vary. I do this on my ceramic tile.
  3. Using circle cutter – cut the clay into circles. Remove excess clay around. It is a good idea to leave some room so the clay can be more easily removed around the circles. (Fig. 1 and 2)
  4. Bake the clay circles and allow to cool. For small items such as this, I usually bake only 10 minutes, but the full 20 is ok as well. Again, follow manufacturer’s directions for the clay used.
  5. My clay was flesh colored so I needed to paint. If your clay is the right cheesecake color then skip this step. Paint the cheese cakes the color of light cheese. I used an off white color as my cheese cake in real life is made with cream cheese which is light but not a bright white. To hold my cakes in place as I painted, I used tape upside down attached to the tile. I needed to do this to separate my cakes to allow room for the paint brush. I applied two coats. I made a point to not blob around the base as when the cake was removed from the tape I didn’t want any paint rims to be there. (Fig 3)
  6. I used a 1/4th inch paper punch to make plates from larger sequins for my white plates. For my silver plates I had some 1/4th inch silver sequins. (Fig 4)
  7. Glue painted clay cakes to the sequin plates. Allow to dry. (Fig 5)
  8. With a paint brush dab gallery glass on top of each cake. While still wet pour the no-hole beads on top. For the cherry cakes I did use red beads but somehow had pink in them as well. I couldn’t tell the difference. For some cakes I added a dribble of gallery glass on the sides and added an extra bead as if the cherry bead had slipped down. I did squish the beads in and while gallery glass paint was still wet, knock off any extra beads that were defying gravity. I also added a second layer of glass paint over the beads after dry. (Fig 6 and 7)

Happy miniaturing!


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