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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / It's not supposed to be a toasted marshmallow! on: December 20, 2007 11:57:03 AM
or Tales from the Toaster Oven.

Yesterday I got to work on an order I had that was due by December 23rd.  They were supposed to be 1-inch replicas of Mashimaro (a Korean bunny cartoon thinger) with a Santa hat and bells.  Well, I got to work on it and struggled the whole time trying to get the body shape correct, sticking on the ears, etc.  I finally finish (hooray) and stick them in the toaster oven and run upstairs to get my findings and paint and glaze and when I come back downstairs to the kitchen I notice that it smells a little stronger than usual (I cover my projects in aluminum and put them in mini aluminum loaf pans).  I think nothing of it but then I look in the oven and they're burned!  The tops where the hats used to be are charred and black, and the body is this toasty brown like a marshmallow.  I turned off the oven and took them out right away.  All that hard work for nothing!!  Needless to say, I was very upset.  I was under pressure to have these by a certain date and I go and ruin them.  I cried for a good five minutes before I managed to calm down and have a laugh about it.  I can't figure out if I accidentally had it set on Toast or if it was just the way I positioned them high on the rack or whatever.  It was weird.

I made a second batch that evening and they turned out just fine. 

Here's the botched version:


And here's the final versions:


A learning experience for sure.

Anyone else have any disaster stories?  Tongue
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / I miss baseball. on: November 25, 2007 01:27:39 AM
It's my baseball jewelry set!   Tongue  Yes, I am a little bit crazy and obsessed with baseball, so it was only a matter of time before I made some themed jewelry using my polymer clay.  These were made a year ago or so, but since I've been feeling a little nostalgic lately, I decided to post them on here.  Cheesy


These are my baseball earrings.  They're a little irregular even though I used a bead roller, but it's okay.  That way you know they're handmade.  Tongue  I also painted the stitches on, but I'm going to try and stick them on with bitty little pieces of clay next time I make them.  They're very labor intensive, and yet I love them to pieces.

This is what I consider one of my masterpieces.  I can't remember what it was that compelled me to make this thing, but I did...and I love it, too.


It's my "Bases Loaded" necklace.  I don't know why I called it that because, clearly, there is no one on base.  Haha.  But still.  The bases have "dirt" on them so there was someone on there at one time.  Wink


One of the bases.  I was originally going to go down to the park and grab some actual infield dirt, but:
a.) People would probably look at me funny and
b.) People spit on there.  Don't wanna have to put a disclaimer on my site for THAT.  LOL.
So I just settled for some ground-up pastels and I put them on using a paintbrush and sealed it with polyurethane to protect the dirt.


This is a close up of the bicone crystals between each base.  It made the necklace look a little less plain vs. just having the bases alone.


Home plate!  Someone must have slid onto it.  This is the pendant part of it.  I haven't worn it yet, but I intend to some day.

So there you have it.  The most uses of the word "bases" on Craftster so far, probably. ;P
3  COOKING / Dessert / Cherries, Chocolate and Chai! Oh my! on: November 12, 2007 11:09:46 PM
 Tongue  I'm a dork.

Today, I decided to put my new "500 Cupcakes" Book to use and made three batches of different flavored cupcakes (and another mini cake!).  So, here they are in all their mini glory.

These are all tiny (about 2 inches), except for the chai ones. 


These are Chocolate Orange cupcakes.  It has orange zest, orange extract and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.  It tastes like a Chocolate Orange.  :9  My favorites of the bunch.


These are Chai cupcakes with regular chocolate buttercream icing (this recipe I got online, and not in the book; it kinda tastes like chocolate ice cream).  These were good, but the cupcakes themselves had a biscuit-like texture and that threw me off a bit.  But they were still yummy.  Cheesy  They were the only regular sized ones because my sister wanted them that way.


Very Cherry Cupcakes.  These were the mini kind.  I made a mini cake with this batter (see below).  I had to improvise with an ingredient because I didn't have kirsch, so I substituted with the juice from the Maraschino cherries...I'll have to find me some kirsch, LOL.  They're still good, but the cherry flavor is very, VERY subtle. Nevertheless, they still look cute and taste good.


My baby!  This is based off another one of my polymer clay charms.  Tongue  My shells are all irregular!  I need to take classes.   Cry 


I piped in some stems and leaves with the same icing as the cake. 


It's about 4 inches wide.  Tiny!

That's all for this week.  I'll probably end up making more stuff for Thanksgiving or something.   Grin
4  COOKING / Dessert / Bright Blue Frosted Cupcakes on: November 04, 2007 08:07:07 AM
Basic yellow cake cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting colored a ridiculously bright blue.

They may not look like much, but I must say they were delicious, and I made them for my dad because it was his birthday, and hey, it's the thought that counts, right? Wink 


These pics were taken by my wonderful sister.


They kinda taste like a really soft sugar cookie with icing on it.  Yum.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Caaaaaake! on: October 30, 2007 10:02:40 AM
Yeah, so here are some cakes I've made in the past year and a half, and more recently. 

Cherry Scented Cake (the one in my avatar)

This one smells like cherries (I blended a cherry fragrance oil into the outer layer and also with the polyurethane).

Birthday Cake Charm/Necklace

This one doesn't smell like anything. I made the outer border using an extruder and then I flattened some of it with a sculpting tool to resemble a shell border on a real cake.

Strawberry Cake Charm

I made a real life take on this last week (it's in the Cooking section here).  The bigger one wasn't sparkly.   Cry

Everycake Charm Bracelet

I call it that because it has a bunch of mini versions of the bigger cake charms you see up there.  My favorite is the cherry one.  Cheesy  I used some silver-plated curb chain and some glass beads that were in a kit my aunt gave me for my birthday last year. 

I'll probably update this with more pictures as I take them/make more cakes and stuff.  Smiley

If anyone has any tips/comments/constructive criticism, please feel free to leave them.  The more we learn, the better we get!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Mini Strawberry Jam Filled Cake on: October 26, 2007 03:09:27 AM
I was partially inspired by these Mexican snack cakes called Gansito which are spongecake filled with cream and strawberry jelly and covered in chocolate.  I, obviously, ommited the chocolate.  This was made using your normal everyday Yellow cake recipe.  I made two small 4-inch cakes and layered them on top of a layer of strawberry jam.  Then I made a crumbcoat/sticky base from vanilla buttercream.  Finally, I layed a layer of rolled fondant dyed a soft pink on top and topped it with fondant strawberries.  I think it looks pretty decent considering it was my first time trying to cover a cake in fondant.





Smiley
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / How ya doin'? on: October 26, 2007 02:29:01 AM
Hello everyone!  The name's Itzel.  I live in Chicago, IL. I just joined (like 3 minutes ago) and am looking forward to posting here already!  I specialize in polymer clay and sometimes baking (mostly desserts like cookies and cupcakes and such), although honestly, I'm a total newbie when it comes to baking.  I've been doing this for about a year and a half and am participating in an exhibition that'll start in December!   Cheesy  Other than that, I just do random things here and there. 

Anyway, I think this is plenty of an introduction.  Looking forward to posting and getting to know you!
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