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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My very first polymer clay attempts - cute food! on: September 07, 2008 04:44:52 AM
I am a bit shy about posting these, having seen the amazing creations that other people post on this board, but I guess I've got to start somewhere! 

These are the very first things I've made from polymer clay.  I've been using FIMO soft.  I'm quite pleased with them! 

Oh and despite having done a lot of photography, it's also my very first time using my husband's macro lens so it's really a day of firsts for me.

This is my favourite burger 'n' fries, I think these will become earrings.



Two cupcakes, one with glitter:



And one without:



An ice cream (or a '99' as we call them here), my husband's favourite one!  It seems to have picked up a red reflection from my t-shirt, strangely, but the ice cream is white in real life.



And finally a donut:



I had great fun with these, I normally knit, sew and crochet and it was great to do something totally different, I hope I get better with practice!  I need to file my nails down a bit though, they are far too long for working with clay I think.

Please tell me what you think!

22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Is there anything I can use instead of liquid polymer clay? on: September 06, 2008 09:33:01 AM
I have had a fruitless search today for liquid sculpey/FIMO/whatever, and it looks like I'm going to have to order it online, which will take a few days.

While I'm waiting, is there anything else I can use to mix with the blocks of clay (I'm using FIMO soft) to give the same effect?  I was kind of thinking of vegetable/olive oil but I have no idea if it would work or ruin the clay completely.

Also, if anyone in London knows of somewhere that sells liquid FIMO, please let me know!  Cheesy
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Can of soup + scrap yarn = pencil pot on: September 04, 2008 01:02:10 PM
Well this isn't the most elaborate crocheted item I've ever made - in fact it required next to no effort at all!  But I thought it was kind of cute so I'm posting it anyway. 

I needed something to hold my calligraphy pens but didn't like any of the pencil pots I've seen in the shops so thought I'd make my own.  I had a can of soup for lunch yesterday so I washed it out and crocheted a little jacket for it out of scraps, and stuck it on with superglue.  I like it, I'm going to make another one for my desk at work next time I have something to eat that comes in a can.  The photo makes it look like it's really gappy - actually it isn't, the flash has made the metal glint but in real life you can't see through the stitches.  It's also a bit darker in real life.



It was super easy and took one episode of 24 so about 40 mins, I doubt anyone would want a pattern but if anyone does, ask and I'll write some instructions.
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A bunny, an owl and a mouse. Cuteness inside! on: July 09, 2008 09:59:40 AM
These are from patterns in Amigurumi World (I know there's a thread already but the search isn't working for me).  I love this book!  The photos aren't great because at this time of day my apartment just doesn't get any light at all.

Firstly my favourite, a pink bunny.  My workmate is moving abroad this month for a new job, and she has to leave her pet rabbit behind.  She's really upset about this so I made her a new bunny that she can take with her! 



Then two for my dad.  I'm going to see him tomorrow for the first time since October (I live in a different country to my parents).  He loves animals and anything handmade so he should like these.  I used to knit him little animals when I was a kid, and he's kept every single one of them! 

Mouse



Owl



Everybody together 



Hope you guys like them!
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting with black yarn = annoying on: July 06, 2008 08:16:58 AM
I have no idea if this is just me or if everyone has the same problem, but when I'm crocheting with black yarn I just can't see the stitches!  Especially if it's something like an amigurumi and the tension has to be quite tight.  I've started the same cat leg three times today because I couldn't tell where the stitches were.  I have absolutely no problem with lighter colours.

Anyone else?
26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi blue cat with a red scarf on: July 02, 2008 08:08:53 AM
I haven't done many amigurumi before but today I have the day off work and just felt like crocheting.  So I made this little kitty.  I think it's quite cute.



I love comments!

27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine light flickering? Probably a silly question. on: June 07, 2008 03:51:37 PM
I've just been doing some sewing on my newest machine which I'm not used to yet, and the light bulb is flickering intermittently, almost as if it was about to blow (but it doesn't).  I did have this happen occasionally on my old Toyota machine when I sewed heavy fabric, but this is fairly thin stuff and the machine doesn't have any problems sewing through it.  I've made sure the bulb is tightened and the connections are clean - does anyone know what might cause this and if there is anything I can do about it?  It's very annoying! 
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How shall I finish these seams? Advice please! on: May 25, 2008 03:10:07 PM
I have this fabric - it's a woven tweed, quite Chanel-esque.  It's fairly thick.  What I am making is a cape - kind of a poncho shape with a buttoned front and slits for your arms/hands.  I can't decide how to finish the seams though.  I haven't actually started sewing, I've just done the cutting and stay stitching. 

The problem is (in my head) that the fabric is rather prone to fraying, but I'm worried about the seams being too bulky - this is why I don't think French seams are appropriate (I also probably haven't got the seam allowance for them because I stupidly cut the fabric before thinking - I have a 5/8" seam allowance to play with).  I could bind them - I haven't got wide enough binding but I'm sure I could find something suitable to cut some from.  Or I could serge them - I would press the seam open and serge the individual pieces rather than serging them together but I'm concerned that the fabric might fray underneath the serged edges.  I have pinking shears but don't think that would be sufficient. 

The whole thing will be hidden by lining anyway. 

What do you guys think I should do? 

I'm posting photos of the fabric below (including a gratuitous shot of my 'new' sewing machine which is being used for this project because I can't bear to put it away.  The lighting is poor and in real life the fabric is much prettier - but you get the idea.





Sorry for the essay and feel free to tell me I'm being silly and to just sew the stupid thing together already.
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / The most expensive fabric EVER. on: May 22, 2008 11:03:11 AM
Today in John Lewis I was having a look at the fabrics and admiring the bridal silks, when I stumbled across some tweed.  I think it was a wool and silk blend in lovely ivory/beige colours.

The price?

80 A METRE!!

THAT'S $160 US!!!

I had to pick myself up from the floor.  Not everything I use is 1 a metre in the market but I think twice before buying something over say 10 a metre.  It was nice, but not 80 nice.

80!!!

Sorry, just had to share.   Cheesy
30  COOKING / Dessert / Wedding cake help needed! (re fondant icing) on: May 21, 2008 12:00:36 PM
Hello all  Grin

We are getting married in August and my future mother in law is making our cake, which is a heart shaped chocolate cake.  We want to have it covered in pink fondant icing but she is having real problems getting the icing to go on smoothly.  Apparently it ended up sitting in a lump on top and future dad in law burst out laughing.  Unfortunately no pictures to show you.

Does anyone have any tips for getting fondant icing to go on smoothly? 

Alternatively, I wondered about using royal icing.  MIL thought it would need marzipan underneath, and marzipan wouldn't go with chocolate cake, but I don't know. 

She mentioned using buttercream instead but I really don't like buttercream.

I would be very grateful for any advice, we really don't want to have to buy a cake as I haven't seen anywhere what I want, which is a pink heart shaped cake decorated with love hearts sweets.
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