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71  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Name Painting - I need help on next steps! on: September 22, 2013 11:23:21 PM
Akkordeon book mounted on thin wood plates. Bound in a way you can lay it flat and have his name spelled out. Later, you can mount it at the wall.
My thoughts.

Salad
72  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tutorial: If you're missing a mold for, say, a chocolate frog on: September 21, 2013 02:10:04 AM
I hope this is in the right spot, but I could not figure a better one.
So let's say you're planning a Harry Potter themed birthdary on rather short notice. And of course, after going through all the pain of designing your own chocolate frog boxes, printing and glueing them, you want chocolate frogs that do them justice!
But you can't get some, because you're living in a land where the art of baking MODERN STYLE is still considered... well freakish. So no frog mold for you, my girl, at least not in the short span of time until said birthday. So much for ordering in USA or UK or the likes.
But you WANT that frog real bad. You need it, or you'll stick with your nice-but-not-satisfying chocolate covered jelly froggies. No way.
Then it strucks you. Sure, you have no mold, but you do have a master!!! I present to you: Toy Frog the first.

He's about 4 to 5 cm long, detailed, but not too detailed. He's great. But he is no mold... comes a flashing idea.
Introducing: the metal foil sheet (made of aluminium, but god may know how it's called where you live...). Absolutely meant for cooking, touching foods and the like.

So now you wrap that frog in that foil sheet. Wrap tightly, try to have that sheet as close as possible without as many wrinkles as you can manage. You want the detail of your master, not of your wrinkles! Push firmly, make it plan, wrap tightly! Oh, and most important: leave open at bottom! I did that with putting the frog on the table and wrapping it from top down, pressing the foil down on the table while pushing it into the spaces created by feet and belly.
Looks like this:

...looked more like a wrapped frog without the flash, but, hey, whatever. You need the frog, not the pic.
Okay. Now comes the hardest part. Get your frog out of that foil without ripping it, without mashing it, without cutting that frog!
I just turned it and took it out. It's not bad if you need to tug a little bit, I even had to pry a little around his back - I just tried to push it back into the right form, as it was just popped out a bit.
Now get somewhere you can place your makeshift-mold the right way. This mold's deepest part is the head, when you place it upside-down on a plane, all the chocolate will flow out via the frog's bottom. Me, I used small muffin forms just big enough, another way could be to take a plate and fill it with rice or flour, just something that gives way but also support. Remember, your foil mold is rather fragile, so handle with care!
So, after making about as much of them as you need (maybe some more, things can go wrong, you know!), you just pour chocolate into them. Yes, you have to make one mold per desired frog, because these are one-use-only-molds. Nature gives no presents... you want fast, you don't get lasting.
Okay. Fill with chocolate. Let grow cold. Wait some more - just in case. Pry away foil. And - tadaaa - get this:

So even with some little finger or foot missing, it is soooo much better than that:


Salad
73  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: tangled birthday party mural HELP! on: September 17, 2013 12:45:04 PM
One continuos piece of fabric? Of a big plastic sheet? Maybe?

Salad
74  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP on: September 17, 2013 12:42:04 PM
Long time no see. It's not that I'm lazy, it's just so much handsewing until you can *show* something. And, of course, when it gets into the flow, I just forget to take pics. I promise, I'll do better next time... which will be after sunday. We still have a birthday party waiting for a little girl who happens to want a Harry Potter themed birthday - which makes me stop sewing and glueing Chocolate Frog Boxes, printing Hogwarts tickets and Invitation Letters... ah, you should go see for yourself.

So for now, only a short look at two heads of three:



Salad
75  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / "I want a Harry Potter Birthday!" on: September 17, 2013 12:40:20 PM
She took that quite out of the blue. But, being the obedient parents we are, we took to it at once.
Hubby invented a "Quidditch Training Parcour" which incorporates a slack line, cricket balls and goals, a skandinavian game called Kybb which consists of throwing chunks of wood at chunks of wood and - a "find-Wally" image, but it'll be more of a "find-snitch" image.
We'll do some brewing (nonalcoholic cocktails) with Snape and have a lesson in herbs (the kids will have to sniff out garlic, ginger, red pepper and so on), we'll craft wands and have a good time.
Oh, and of course the kids have to be sorted. So I printed out a bunch of original Hogwarts Houses Sign of Arms, we coloured them, enclosed them in plastic and got nice little batches. Every one bears an original Hogwarts pupil's name on them - and the birthday girl will be Hermine Granger. Wink You can fix them to your clothes and wear them!

I printed some chocolate frog boxes and am still gluing them.

I couldn't find some decent chocolate frogs so I'll cover some jelly frogs with chocolate.

My girl ordered me to paint Potter-themed faces to all "Schokoksse" - that one is hard. Try to fit some detail into this d** small chunks.
Ron and Hagrid
Dumbledore and Hermine
McGonagall and Harry. Well, of course you need imagination to recognize them!
Oh, and the invitations - an official Hogwarts Letter, a Hogwarts ticket and a timetable. All printed out and dyed with black tea to give that ancient look - two of them got out by email, looking like this.

Quite some work, and I just hope the weather is stable so we can do the the Quidditch training outside...

Salad
76  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP on: September 10, 2013 12:05:38 AM
And on it goes...
The skull have dried. At last. I redid the squirtle one and redid AGAIN cause I needed to open the mouth. The kid has to have a way to see where it is going, hasn't it?
Then I did the front shell for Squirtle. Again, lots of hand sewing... and I'm still not content with the fastening of the two shell parts. We'll see...
So for now, have a test-run Squirtle with paper mach skull and shell:

Methinks it looks good!
And while still at it, here is Raichus skull in its former state while trying to get the "skin" on it:

Oh, and in-between I started to sew a lot of flames for Quilava:


Back to work,
Salad
77  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP on: September 01, 2013 01:08:36 PM
Some things good, some things bad... the quilava head ain't bad. Still needs a bit tweaking.


But the squirtle skull... it didn't dry properly, and today it ripped where it was still wet. So it is back to the start with this one... I still have some cast and am thinking about taking that. Dries a lot faster and could still cover with paper mache...

Salad
78  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP on: August 30, 2013 01:12:39 PM
Two days now and I'm still putting that *** gooey newspaper onto my papermache-skulls. I just hope they'll dry soon so I can start putting fabric on them. I tried to take pics but it just looks like two balls covered in news. And I put so much effort in modeling some features into them!

Just to keep you up to date,
Salad
79  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Schneien a Winter Elf on: August 30, 2013 01:07:17 PM
He's lovely and has so much character.
But being a german, I just have one little thing to say: "schneien" is a verb, meaning "snowing, to snow". The correct translation of the word "snow" would be "Schnee".

Salad
Thanks for the nice words and the correction. I used a online translator. I think I like the word schneien for his name though, do  you agree?
He's your boy, you name him. It does sound a bit unusal in my ears, germans wouldn't name a thing with a verb, but hey, germans say "handy" to cell phones and buy their coffee "to go" instead of taking it away... So you dou what you want to and don't mind my nitpicking. Smiley

Salad
80  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Schneien a Winter Elf on: August 30, 2013 12:23:22 AM
He's lovely and has so much character.
But being a german, I just have one little thing to say: "schneien" is a verb, meaning "snowing, to snow". The correct translation of the word "snow" would be "Schnee".

Salad
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