Your cats are looking really cute. I've been wanting to try this myself, good to see someone else trying it! I wouldn't mind the recipe for the sugar paste if you have it. Yours looks so good I may have to break down and give it a try. Looking forward to seeing your finished product!
The paste recipe is very simple (I have it in metric measurements only, sorry!) 30ml water 5g gelatin (we have it sold in some weird transparent sheets like this picture:http://www.buttalapasta.it/img/carne-gelatina-13.jpg) 50 gr honey 450 gr confectioners' /powdered sugar
To make it I put the bits of gelating to soften in the water for a few minutes in a small pot, then I put it on the stovetop to warm up and melt better, adding the honey. It doesn't have to boil, just to warm up and melt together well. Then I'll put most of the sugar on my tabletop, in a little mound with a hole in the middle where I'll pour the honey/water/gelatin mixture.... and work it all together in a ball. A bit trick at first because it'll try to run around everywhere, but with a bit of patience the result is a soft ball of dough, with a faint honey aroma. You need to let it cool down well, or it will be too soft to wortk with (and I don't want to add too much sugar or the end result will be brittle and cracky), I found it even bette rif it had been prepared at least one day in advance. it can be stored for a while NOT in the fridge, rolled up tightly in clingfilm.
I am going on a trip next week, and it occurred to me that during my last one I really mis-treated my poor makeup brushes, tossed in a random bag getting squashed around... so I decided I needed to make something to store them on the go, and of course I was not going to buy it! I managed to use a piece of a flower print fabric I love, some leftovers from the dog-bed cover I made for my adopted dog, and even the leftovers of a shirt I was shortening ... the only thing I had to buy was a bit of elastic!
I am not too fond of the lilac ribbon, but it was the only one I had on hand. I'm going to replace it with a better color ASAP, though. And the stitching across the elastic is actually bright pink, not that awful reddish color....
Overall it's a bit wonky because I didn't measure anything, just started sewing and cutting... but it seems it will serve its purpose so I'm pleased!
I like wearing rings, but most of my rings, apart from one I had made to measure altering one I inherited from my grandma and one I wear on my thumb, are large, "cocktail" rings to be worn on the middle finger. I struggle with most sizes and shapes, most of the time they don't look that great on my hand or are uncomfortable or my skin can't stand the metal... so as I was playing around with some beads, I decided to try making a pair, just for fun.
this is a cluster ring with different purple beads (mostly little stars), with a thin beaded back. it's really comfy and lightweight, and the beads move around quite a bit while wearing it... it's fun!
this one is much more simple but I liked the central bead's color a lot
I stopped there because it was quite late, but I definitely will be trying something else, maybe a little more complicated!
Hi evryone and thank you for your suggestions! Some were interesting and I'm keeping them for further pieces or for the still homeless one from this bunch. This is my update on what I did with them so far:
With the one made with the first approximate cane, I made a necklace + earring set that went to my mother: I just had some purple beads that went well with the pendand, so I made a two strands necklace for it, and I improvised a pair of earrings (because I just know that without the accompanying earrings, the pentant had a lot less chances to be used!):
To the robot and little fairy, I added some clasps so that they can be attached to zippper pulls, little bags or phones...
While on the two bigger hearts & the little winged figurine I put some plain rings, to use them as pendants. I toyed with the idea of using the two hearts as earrings, but they're a little too heavy for my taste.
Without the two big hearts, the remaining ones looked a lot better as a bracelet, IMHO:
I just filled it a little with pink glass beads, white glass beads, little pearls and little silver beads. I am liking this one a lot!!
Thank you again! I am liking the pink beads a lot, because it's a very very soft colour, and I don't mind it mixing with other colours or clashing with what I'm wearing (I'm a bit picky with my color combinations, be it matching or contrasting)... but it's still more interesting than clear or silver beads. ^_^
Ehm... I am sorry but I can't answer the question... The thicker one I actually bought in a bead shop, but I have lost the packaging a long time ago, so I do not really know... By eye, it's around 1millimeter across... The thin thin one, it's a big spool I inherited from my dad's when he closed his firm and it is so old (dad passed away in '98 so this is much older than that) it lost all the markings too... sorry!
Now my dilemma is that I really really don't know what to do with them!! The robot will become a cell phone charm, and possibly the little angel with the heart.. but all the little hearts? I tried putting them all together as a bracelet, but I was afraid of damaging them, and also the single hearts got a little lost in the chaos of all together, and they're cute on their own. I really would like to use them somehow, because I like them a lot, but I really hav eno idea yet... suggestions would be greatly appreciated!