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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Mardi Gras themed cake on: September 29, 2008 03:04:46 PM
Wow! I don't think I've ever posted anything that was "This Rocks!"-worthy  Cheesy
2  COOKING / Dessert / Mardi Gras themed cake on: September 29, 2008 02:44:32 PM
My group and I from my college Culinary class entered this cake for a "food as art" competition for a local food festival. We didn't place- we were going up against head pastry chefs and bakers and there was some pretty amazing stuff.

But none of us had ever worked with fondant before and we're all really proud of it. I let them handle the baking of the cakes and everything, but I pretty much studied up on how to work with fondant. I think next time I'll try making it myself instead of using the store bought fondant because it really doesn't taste that great.

The stars are little molded chocolates.

I can take full credit for the roses :]

I think I'm going to really start baking- I thoroghly enjoyed it.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Creepy Elegance-New Steampunk Pieces on: April 28, 2008 05:17:57 PM
I LOVE the first one! I like necklaces withthe chain attatched to the sides of a pendant a lot.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new stuff: pendants, earrings, resin, etc. on: April 12, 2007 06:02:24 AM
Thanks Smiley

Yeah, I'm not really sure how I'm going to finish the other resin things with plants in them. I was expecting the resin to dry harder than it has, and I was just going to drill holes in them and add a jump ring to make them pendants. Now I'm thinking I'm going to have to do something else to keep them from bending/stretching/sticking/breaking.

sometimes a hot (really strong) needle works for me. you just hold it over a candle and do it that way.

im curious about something... everytime ive seen the resin in a bottlecap its rounded... almost like a dome kind of. did you make the resin in another mold and then put it in the bottlecap once it cured?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: painted giraffe shoes! on: March 12, 2007 08:04:10 PM
oh my gosh- those are adorable. i would totally wear those. i wish i could draw/paint/be artsy. i probably couldnt even draw a stick giraffe  Cry
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mallisa's 1st Resin (Plus a couple others) **LARGE Images** on: March 09, 2007 08:25:14 AM
i love the ones that have beads set in them. Their wonderful. I've been thinking about trying resin, but am still a little intimidated, how hard was it?

it was pretty easy. there were more steps than i thought there would be, but it wasnt difficult. mine came out a little soft. i havent tried it again so hopefully next time i do they wont turn out like that. but i definitely suggest trying it. it opens up a lot of windows!

Those are fantastic, especially the seahorse one! Did you have to use some type of release spray to get the charms out the mold?

yes i used the easy cast mold release spray (although i dont know how well it worked. they didnt come out very easily. maybe they just werent completely done curing)

i still have a lot of kinks to work out. im just glad that they turned out as well as they did my first try ;o)
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mallisa's 1st Resin (Plus a couple others) **LARGE Images** on: March 08, 2007 10:56:06 AM
These look great! What kinds of molds are you using for the resin?

Its just a mold I bought for like 4 dollars. I think the brand is Castin' Craft or Easy Cast. Something like that. Its got all different shapes in it.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mallisa's 1st Resin (Plus a couple others) **LARGE Images** on: March 08, 2007 06:26:27 AM
I'm sorry, I should have specified that there are only two made from resin. They are the seahorse (thank you for the compliments by the way) and the green and blue one.

The seahorse was easy. I found the seahorse bead at Wal-Mart. They have them in that reddish color or in brighter colors. I just filled the mold halfway, stuck him in there, and filled it the rest of the way. then i wrapped it in wire so that I would have a way to put it on a chain. The string I have now for it is just temporary because it is not very strong.

(and yes I LOVE LOVE LOVE seahorses as well. I always joke around with my boyfriend that if we ever have kids and get married we will be like seahorses. Especially the carrying the child part. He he.)
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mallisa's 1st Resin (Plus a couple others) **LARGE Images** on: March 07, 2007 09:25:17 PM
In the end I actually had some of the resin mixture left over so i was just trying to find something to put in it. It came out a lot nicer than i thought it would.

Close-up of the pendant:

My 1st bead wrapping project:

A random pendant I made. I'm not crazy about the shortest dangle. I'll probably take it off before I put it on a chain.



Comments/Suggestions please!

P.S.  Sorry for the huge pics!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crochet +lampwork=necklass on: March 02, 2007 06:08:54 AM
ive never seen that method before. is it difficult crocheting with wire?

and your necklace is beautiful by the way!
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