Hi there, as a bonus project for my apple a day for a week collection (you can find here) I am deciding to make miniature apples.
The process is fairly simple but it is long and requires patience.
Read on to find out the process!
If I won the formlabs contest, I would begin making useful pieces with the 3D printer.
I have seen the printers before and I have a million ideas running through my head as to what I could make!
Step 1: Get Your Stuff Ready.
You are going to need a few things before you start.
The list is as follows;
- Apple, green or red doesn't matter.
- Lemon, try for a medium lemon, you will not use all the juice.
- Melon baller.
- Knife, I used a Ceramic knife to stop the browning.
- Medium plate.
- Small bowl, the deeper the better.
You will need all the above, if you don't have a knife the peeler can be used.
Step 2: Prepare the Lemon.
OK, you have all the equipment needed lets begin.
Cut the lemon in half and juice it, it is alright if seeds fall into the juice.
When you have juiced the lemon you need to pour it into the bowl and add about four drops of food coloring.
Stir in the red food coloring with one of the toothpicks until it is evenly spread throughout the lemon juice.
Step 3: Prepare the Apple (the Full Size One!)
OK, now we need to peel the apple.
Make sure there is no skin still on any of the flesh of the apple.
Do not discard the skin, instead put it aside; we will be using it to make the leaves for the apples.
When the apple is peeled and the skin is set aside you can continue to the next step.
Step 4: Leave Me Alone!
Time to make the leaves!
Start by taking the skin we set aside and cut the end at an angle like i the first photo.
Next, cut it on the opposite angle to make half a diamond.
We need to complete the diamond as shown in the third and fourth photos.
When that is done you have your first leaf!
Make as many leaves as apples.
Step 5: Mini Apple Time.
Now, we take the melon baller and press it into the flesh of the apple like shown in photo 1.
Twist it in a scooping motion and cut out a small dome, it should be a semi circle but if the bottom edge isn't flat don't worry.
Because of the density of the apple it is hard to get a perfect circle, it is also hard to cut it with the melon baller.
Now with the two halves we need to put them together, they probably won't fit well due to the roundness of the apple, we need to trim a little bit off so it is a flat surface.
After flattening out the edges we can put it together, take a toothpick and skewer it through the middle of the half spheres like shown in the third photo.
By using the toothpick as a handle you need to dip the apple into the food coloring mix we made earlier, the apple will not be 'red' but most apples you see in shops aren't fully 'red'.
After dipping we thread on the leaves and present them on the plate.
If you don't like the idea of leaves you can leave them out. (no pun intended)
The toothpick is needed to hold the apple together and it also doubles as a stem.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!