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roll a 1/4" piece of translucent white polymer clay into an oval shape.
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Using your sculpting tool rough-up the clay to make it look irregular on the surface like a real potato. Also poke a few indentations in the surface also.
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Next take your artist chalk and scrap off some creating powder.
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Lightly start rolling the potato in the dusty powder. Use your fingers to roll the clay so that you can press a little harder in some areas and lighter in others. This will enable you to create shading, Chiaroscuro
. You can also use other colors of chalk (brown, ochre, etc.), to get the different colors of potato variety.
Cook the polymer clay in your preferred oven at 130 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Your potatoes are finished. Display as you desire.
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