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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Creative minds needed!! White-handled cutlery + sharpies on: September 05, 2007 02:01:03 PM
Hello all,

I'm getting ready to head off to Med school on the 15th and am staring to sort out all my essentials and am trying to customise everything.

I'm now onto cutlery and have a set which has plain, plastic white handles which I bought at the pound shop.

I've found that markers (sharpies) stay on the handles, but I have no idea what to draw/write on them!!!!

As well as sharpies, I have a lot of polymer clay.

Can anyone think of any designs etc. which would suit cutlery?!  Huh

So far, I have written "fork" on one of the spoon handles, and "<-- I'm with stupid" on one of of the knife handles.

Thank you all in advance for your help!!! Smiley

H xx
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Creative ideas for flying ducks?! on: November 03, 2006 08:58:47 AM
I was recently bought a "paint your own flying ducks" kit.

I want to do something more imaginative than the basic-old-kitsch ducks (brown and green)

I was thinking painting a plum on one (Duck in plum), Orange on another (Duck a la'orange) and some cucumber on the other (peking duck wraps!)

BUT.....

I get the feeling there's something more imaginative out there.. something smarter and more fun.

Ideas please!!!! (The ducks and porcelain and white- I have any type of medium to decorate them with!)

Thank you!

H xx
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / *Picture included* Kawaii suggestions?? on: August 12, 2006 11:17:33 AM
I bought this stuffed pear from a charity shop. His eyes were a bit scary with lashes, so I painted over them with black acrylic and removed the lashes. Now I have a nice clean base to work on.. but how do I make him more kawaii ("cute" for those who may not know!  Cheesy)

Any suggestions for the type of eyes I should draw on.. where I should put a little white dot..??



Thanks everyone  Grin
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Painting v.s. Blending on: August 11, 2006 04:06:24 PM
I'm on a super-miniature-food splurge....

I was following this tutorial:

http://park2.wakwak.com/%7Epine/studio/howto/index.htm

I was okay up until the pie-case. I used acrylic. It went on too thick, so I tried to thin it.. first of all using a dab of white spirit (stupid idea! it just separated) then water (not so good). I tried to translate the page with Altavista and the artist says the paints can be "acrylic or watercolour"...

I LOVE glassattic and have followed so so SO many of the links, but for my miniature food, i'm now torn between:

sculpting then painting for shading
making blends and canes and then assembling the food

The kiwis are a great example I feel, because it was easy for me to just paint onto the translucent green.

Also.. any other tips on making miniature food look even more realistic? I know that people use chalk on bread etc. to give it a shaded colour, but I just can't get it right!! It always looks solid and unrealistic.


*sighs*

so do I invest in a pasta machine or some paints? (warning: i'd rather buy a cane from someone more talented than myself than make one, so I am leaning towards the "add detail with a brush" option!!!)

Thanks all

xx

/edited:

To give an example of what I mean...

BOTH these minis are fantastic.. by no means am I trying to imply that one artist is better than the other. However, I want to make my mini food look more like the picture at the bottom rather than the one at the top...



5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Sealing marshmallows on: August 04, 2006 12:19:00 PM
Oo! It's the first time that searching the old posts hasn't thrown up an answer for me.

I am covering an old box in mini-marshmallows.. but don't want to find it covered in wasps during this summer..

I therefore tried to seal the marshmallows

1) Artists varnish : Marshmallows absorbed
2) Second coat of thick, more industrial varnish: Marshmallows obviously still thirsty.. absorbed
3) PVA:Water mix: Marshmallows STILL absorbed!!!

Should I give up or just keep coating them until they become saturated and eventually seal? Has anyone else had marshmallow experience?

Thanks all (p.s. if no one replies/also wants to know the answer, i'm going to keep on with repeated coatings for the moment and i'll take photos of the "finished" thing if anyone's interested?)

H x  Cheesy
6  COOKING / Dessert / Self-aware cakes on: July 24, 2006 11:35:52 AM
For my boyfriend's 20th, I made him some cup-cakes.

They came out tiny and I had no icing, so I thought it'd be cute to make them be "self-aware"..

so this:


went to this:



It's hard to eat something when there's an inkling that it itself knows it exists *smiles*
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Lurking-no-longer (kitten included) on: July 22, 2006 05:57:45 AM
Hello all!

I've been lurking here for a while, and want to contribute something back to the forum which has given me so much in the past week-or-so.

So...

I'm finally putting pictures up of some of my completed projects!! I've just started getting into crafty stuff and it's, quite literally, saved my life. Without going into too much detail, bad things have been happening in my life and crafting has been the most fantastic distraction- and this forum has helped a billion times over.

*smiles*

so here are a few of my bits-and-pieces. I've only been using polymer clay for 3 days now.. and apologies for the kitten picture, but she only became a member of my household 2 days ago! Her original name was "Fimo" (see what I did there??), but it was later changed to Yoshi.

Love to all
BeePea
x


Experimenting.. I tried to put real petals from my garden into the clay. They dried up (obviously), but i'm going to figure out how I can "set" organic material before I put it in the clay.. any tips would be appreciated Smiley (I'm thinking dipping in varnish?)


My very first attempts at polymer-clay-food. Very unoriginal products, but I'm trying to avoid having to make canes as much as possible (I'm going to try and use polymer clay without ever having to make a cane, although this probably means i'll never be able to supply my miniatures with lemons/oranges/etc!!)


My favourite completed project. Should probably be under "jewellery" as it's been turned into a necklace. I can't take credit for the image (stolen from someones myspace). Transferred onto grey Fimo-soft by putting the image onto the clay, rubbing with vodka and leaving to set for 5 minutes. Bake for 5 more minutes, remove paper, bake for another 20. Voila!


If only I could craft more of these!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Spherical plushie? on: July 11, 2006 12:28:47 AM
Hello!

Firstly, i'd like to say how much I LOVE this forum. I've only been skulking around for a day but i'm in love!

Secondly- I want to attempt to make my first plushie and have two questions which I couldn't find answers for.

1) Has anyone ever done a beanie-baby autopsy and then used the basic patterns yourself to create a variation (with different fabric). Do you think this is possible? I'm tempted to buy a cheap beanie off of ebay and then pull it apart (if I have the heart to) to see how it's put together and then re-construct. Any horror stories with this idea?!

2) Spherical plushies. I've been inspired by work from here:

http://www.deviantart.com/view/33043436/

Is there any magical-forumla/pattern for a spherical plushie? Just a big ball of plushie-goodness? I know that if I attempt this alone I will end up with a non-symmetrical lump and some wasted fabric Sad I've looked all over the internet for bean-bag patterns, beanie patterns.. sphere patterns.. with no luck.


Any help would be very VERY much appreciated!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this Smiley

Love,
BeePea xx
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