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use a slice of bread on a painting

jefklak's picture

use a slice of bread on a painting

I don't know where to place this, so sorry if it's in the wrong forum.

I'm looking for some way to transform a slice of bread I made myself to a version which does not go bad - ever. It's used for display purposes, I want to create a poster with real food in it. I know some bakers have plasic bread up front on their windows which of course never goes stale. I am searching for something like that, but I'd like to make it myself.

So my question is: can I simply spray plastic paint onto a piece of food? 
What do I need for something like this?


I hope the question is clear enough :)


clazar123's picture

I entered "display food" and immediately found the following:

I'm not sure iof you want to learn to make these items or if you want to buy them. Making them is a whole new learning curve. I don't know if you can make a "real" bread that will have any longevity in that kind of display-unless you want one of my baking powder biscuits-they are famous for that and incurring dental work in all recipients! I'm sure they'd varnish quite well to keep them dustable.

Have fun!

yy's picture

Hi Jefklak.

If you'd like to make these display items yourself, I don't see a reason why you couldn't spray varnish on bread, or even dip the slice into a can of varnish and drip dry. However, you'll have to find a way to dry it inside and out before varnishing it.

I haven't tried this myself, but putting the bread in a very low oven for several hours might work (around 200F, so that browning doesn't occur but water is encouraged to evaporate). I don't know how it would work for an entire loaf, though.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

The trick is to dry out the bread and replace the water with a preservative before it starts to shrink.  I have no experience in using glycerin but I have seen demonstrations with living plants and flowers.  It is also used to spray on objects to make them look moist.   Always was fascinated by it.  Bread doesn't have veins or a built in water pathways.  Replacing cell water with plastic is one thing, spraying another.  What about buying some sponges or urethane foam (set or as insulating liquid)  and have a blast cutting out or creating shapes.  Then seal the surfaces and spray paint them.  It kind of rubs me the wrong way to take food and make it inedible.  

Or hire someone as talented at Pip to do your photography for you.  That guy's got incredible skills!   Order it poster size mount it on glass and add back lighting (LED) to drool bigger than life.

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pmccool's picture

or "dead dough decorative bread art".  Lots of possibilities there.


LizvandeVal's picture

1,5 cup flour

0,5 cup water

1,0 cup salt

2 tbs oil or glycerine

use it like clay, bake in oven for about 1,5 /2 hrs. They are ready when it sounds hollow. Cool down and paint.

Warning! Non-eatable!

jefklak's picture

Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping to make a slice of sourdough bread myself with nice holes (as it should be) instead of having to buy decorative bread because they look so cheap (and because I did not make them myself of course!). I'll try drying the slice in the oven and varnishing it, it might work, it might not. It's worth the effort.


breadsong's picture

At some point I read something about decorative breads that were to be varnished - the advice was to leave
the back side unvarnished, so any remaining moisture in the bread could escape via the unvarnished side,
to help prevent molding.
:^) breadsong