Thursday, July 12, 2018

Miniature local Kueh

These are my handmade miniature local kueh: min jiang kueh and chwee kueh, for a breakfast and tea break item usually found in hawker centers.   No mold using, all handmade using air dry clay
The filling inside the min jiang kueh are the peanut, coconut and red bean paste.


My handmade miniature min jiang kueh with peanut, coconut and red bean paste. 




                                            My handmade miniature local snack: chwee kueh.
                                                    

Thursday, June 28, 2018

活到老学到老

Mdm Lim and her daughter came to me workshop last week to learn how to make miniature nonya kuehs (5 types) . She herself knows how to make real nonya kueh, so when I teach her how to use clay to  make into mini size , she has no problem in doing it. She said to me , this is very interesting and she love it so much.  Never feel too old to learn a new skill. 活到老学到老.




Mdm Lim and her daughter 


My most elderly student


Their master pieces: miniature nonya kuehs


Step by step , you can make it! @ kinsminiature workshop






Friday, June 22, 2018

Verlocal Diaries: Kin's Miniatures

Sean and Jonas came to my workshop last week . Below is the diary they did for me after the short interview with me.

Please visit the link below to view the video taken on that day.

https://medium.com/verlocalsg/verlocal-diaries-kins-minatures-820fc24c36dd

Verlocal Diaries: Kin’s Miniatures

Each week, “Verlocal Diaries” records the Verlocal team’s adventures to various classes conducted by our hosts. From the narration of our hosts’ stories to the thoughts of our fellow participants, we piece together everything we have experienced to create a long lasting memory in the form of a diary entry — that is both personal and shareable.

Dear Diary,
Today we headed to Kin’s Miniatures, tucked inside a camera shop at Chinatown. Kin’s Miniatures was started by Kin as a hobby when she was 42, spending 3 years developing and honing her clay modelling skills.
I’m sure you have seen the unimaginably realistic food mockups outside Japanese restaurants, but have you seen this done with local food?

We were behind the camera for today, filming a curry puff / tutu kueh accessory workshop. The 4 participants for today were a pair of friends, Mandy and Hannah, and siblings, Asabiel and Anabiel.
“I joined this workshop because I thought it was so cute, and it looked very interesting. I also wanted to learn a new skill as well.” — Hannah

Shaping and Colouring

Kin started off by introducing us to air dry clay, which hardens when exposed to air as the moisture inside evaporates. When the clay is not being worked on, it’s placed in cling wrap to ensure that it doesn’t harden.
The base colour of the clay was white, so to colour the clay, acrylic paint was kneaded into it. After some kneading, the clay’s colour would magically change.
For its shape, Kin demonstrated how the clay should be kneaded into a perfect ball at first, before shaping it into the desired form.
Now that the basics were explained, time to get working!

Down to the Details

After shaping and colouring their foods, it was time to add the details! This was the most important part of the process as it determined whether the model was realistic or not.
The toothpick was the tool of choice this round. It was used to create the ridges around the entire tutu keuh. For the curry puff, the toothpick was used to pull and shape the swirls at the edges that formed the crust.
Mandy recalls this being her favourite part of the workshop
“I enjoyed carving out the crust of the curry puff, the waves.” — Mandy
This part proved to be the most challenging, with quite some time spent perfecting the details. However, the good thing about working with clay is that you can keep trying again and again until you get it right.
Kin also shared with us that we could use the actual tutu kueh mold as a template for a life-size tutu kueh model. It’s interesting that we can make use of real-life food molds for clay modelling (but it wouldn’t be a miniature anymore, would it)

Glazing and Gluing

Now on to the finishing touches. Banana leaves were rolled for the tutu kueh’s base, while a semi-shiny glaze was applied to the curry puff. This gave it a nice oily sheen which added to its realism.
After this, the final products were transformed into accessories, ranging from rings, earrings, and badges.
As you can see, the varnish adds a nice sheen to the food, giving it an additional textured finish! Common varnishes like nail polish can also be also be used to achieve this effect.

Final Thoughts

The workshop was carried out smoothly and everyone was happy with what they made. Kin was always there to guide and give pointers on the process.
“I really enjoyed the workshop. Kin was very patient in teaching us, helping us correct our works. We also get a chance to really see our effort being translated into jewellery which you can use in the future.” — Hannah
I feel that creating clay miniatures with local food is a fun and creative way to express our local culture. With our food culture being so rich and diverse, there an endless amount of food we can miniaturise! Apart from curry puffs and tutu kueh, Kin also holds miniature workshops for dishes like chicken rice, bentos and even tsum tsum figurines!
Start your fake food journey here 🍱🍔🍰
Take a look at more of Kin’s amazing creations in our feature video below!
https://www.facebook.com/VerlocalSG/videos/1962018863816445/




Saturday, June 16, 2018

Miniature Food Theme Jewellery Making Class


Dive into the world of miniatures with this 1.5-hour food-themed jewellery  making workshop. You will learn how to make miniature renditions of local foods such as char siew pau, tutu kueh, or curry puff from scratch without using mould castings and then craft them into a matching earring and ring set. Take home your finished product and wear it proudly!





Handmade Miniature Food Jewellery


Handmade miniature tutu kueh , curry puff ear rings and rings


Wear it proudly because is your art work !






  






Handmade miniature food jewellery  @ kin's miniature workshop










Monday, May 14, 2018

Miniature soda drink & kuehs

These are my recently handmade miniature soda drink and miniature nonya kuehs.  Learn how to make these cute little nonya kueh and make them into jewellery like ear rings, ring, key chain etc. You can now find my workshop on Fave.


My handmade miniature Singapore nonya kueh platter : ang ku kueh, tutu kueh , curry puff etc.


Singapore kueh platter

Miniature layer kueh, ang ku kueh, kueh tutu, curry puff , kueh dadar and oden oden. 



miniature soda drink and afternoon high tea snack



My handmade miniature soda drink. 



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mothers Day

Sometimes the best way to express your feelings is to give someone an unique , handmade with your passion and things/food/figurines that she like as a  present . I can help you to fulfill these wishes. 

Happy Mothers Day!


A simple handmade cake with lots of LOVE!


Food that mothers like to eat. 




My handmade miniature basket of flowers using clay, real dried flowers and paper. 



A handmade miniature simple and cute basket of flowers. 



a handmade simple bao key chain. 


handmade these miniature food for your mother , I think they will love it so much!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Team Bonding Miniature Clay Art

Planning a learning journey for your company ? What about having a miniature clay food making lesson conduct by Kin's Miniature Workshop?  I have been teaching people how to make miniature fake food for more than 10 years. Let's learn how to make a real local food into a miniature size and keep it forever and ever? You can make them into a fridge magnet , key chain or a jewerlley. 

    The purpose of ART is washing the dust of daily life off our souls 
                                                             
                                                                                                            - Pablo Picasso






Lesson at NTUC


Happy learning!


Very focusing at their art piece. 


sending photos to friends..their master piece after a 2 hrs lesson


give a helping to friend



step by step , everyone can do it!




Friday, April 20, 2018

Miniature Dim Sum & Kuehs

Dim sum is a style of Chinese , Cantonese cuisine. They usually is a small bite - sized portions food in a steamer baskets or small plates.  They look very cute when they are in a miniature size. Below are some of my handmade miniature dim sum made of Clay.



My handmade miniature dim sum + nonya kueh kueh. 



Miniature Nonya kueh: tutu, layer kueh, kueh dar-dar 


Which one do you like? 



my handmade miniature "Fa" bun/bao key chain


Miniature dim sum: all sort of baos/steamed buns 



Monday, April 16, 2018

Singapore Heritage Festival 2018 Miniature Workshop

On 14th April, 2018, last Saturday I conducted a miniature food sculpting workshop at SYS memorial hall  ( 晚晴园—孙中山南洋纪念馆)  making the famous snack Tau Sar Piah.  (Link: http://sysnmh.org.sg/en/whats-on/events/singapore-heritage-festival-2018) 
The photos shown below were taken on that day.
You can read more on: https://www.facebook.com/kinsminiature/




Miniature food making @ Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 



This workshop is specially conducted for the Singapore Heritage Festival 2018. 



Helping each another to make the famous Tau Sar Piah in Balestier 



very focusing at their art work: miniature tau sar piah


For all age group, children accompany with their parents


Handmade miniature fake food: mini tau sar piah





Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Miniature Orchids

These are my handmade miniature orchids done recently.  The height of the flower is about 4-5 cm. The   miniature orchids is about from 0.5 cm to 1.2 cm.  They are sale at my workshop at 24 pagoda street.



My handmade miniature orchid in pot. 


These miniature orchids are handmade using air dry clay, these clay are water resistant and last for long. 



White mini orchid with little purple line on top



My favorite miniature orchid ! 


handmade these orchids on requested. 



The height of the orchid flower is about 4-5 cm from top to bottom.