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« on: November 26, 2008 04:16:07 PM »

I'm laid off, so everyone is getting handmade gifts this year. I wanted to do some pre Christmas gifts for my Aunt to wear on the holidays. I made her a gingerbread house pin that she loved years ago, but thanks to beadizzygrl, I can make canes now! This was a really fun project and the total time was about 6 hours. It will go a lot faster if I make any more because the canes are made. A big thanks to KishCrafts and Porgie whose tiny food is such an inspiration!! Here are the finished pins:



Let's get started. First we make some canes that look like peppermint candy, save some of the left over pieces for candy canes.









Then we make a Christmas tree cane. First cut out your tree:





then stuff in the white. I cut out triangles to fit under the branches:



Then reduce and:



then some candied fruit canes:







Next we cut out the houses. These were run through the pasta machine on the thickest setting:





Then reduce the candy canes and use them around the framing. I formed the gingerbread men by hand, I think I'll make a mold for next time. His buttons are those tiny glass marbles:



Time to reduce the canes and start decorating!



Using white clay and liquid clay (thank you Dianeb) I made some icing. I used ultralight clay because I think it 'melts' nice.  I added some glass marbles for sprinkles:





As you can see, I decorated them all differently.

The End! Thank you to all of my mentors at Craftster.





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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008 04:27:18 PM »

what product did you use?  I don't hink I've ever seen anything like that (i used to be a brownie/girlguide, we did lots of odd crafts, nothing like that though)   
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008 04:56:36 PM »

Well done. The tute and the final products. Your aunt will love.
Sorry about the lay off.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2008 05:01:26 PM »

Aw, they look cute and yummy. Thanks for the tutorials on how to make the candy. You did a fantastic job on both of them. ^_^
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2008 06:46:17 PM »

Cute, cute, cuuuuuute! I was just about to make some little gingerbread houses for Christmas too! Thank you for the great tutorial! I really like the cane part of the tutorial and your little houses are adorable. Best of luck with your work situation.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2008 07:06:22 PM »

  :)so adorable
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2008 07:25:20 PM »

I agree that their stuff is such an inspiration..you did a great job..the canes have always stumped me..your photos are great..
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008 08:09:47 PM »

I hate to hear you are laid off Sad
But you have really used your time well!! Those are totally adorable! The details are amazing!
Love them all!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008 08:17:38 PM »

well, they're cute!
I'm inspired to try out canes.
I've only tried once and I got kind of mad.   Cheesy 
Haha...looks great though. 
Lucky Aunt hehe!   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2008 01:48:38 AM »

Thank you so much guys Smiley I'll survive, and yeah, it's allowing me to spend some time on working on my crafts, which I love so much Smiley

Belladune, it's all polymer clay and the little marbles are these: http://www.blockheadstamps.com/marbles.html
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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2008 08:25:20 AM »

I appreciate the user-friendly directions!
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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2008 08:38:02 AM »

Geektoys- I added your project to my blog today-
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2008 08:53:16 AM »

Aww I'm really sorry you got laid off hunni Sad But hey.. like you said, at least you have spare time to craft and make little batches of PURE AWESOME like these! I'm loving these pins so much... and you've done the canes perfectly. I'm tempted to have a go myself at canes, but they're always been such disasters in the past!
Anyway, great work on these! Can't wait to see what you create next  Grin

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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2008 09:12:51 AM »

Very nice!... and I know they'll be a big hit.
Making canes sure makes the decorating work go faster too, doesn't it! 

Hmmm... think I'll post my gingerbread house too, in a new thread, and also add links to more canes and tutorials that can be used for them.  Seems like a good time--still 5 weeks before xmas.


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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2008 09:50:08 AM »

Please do DB!!! I would so love to see it!

I do intend to make a full house, now that I have the canes done. I also want to make the gingerbread look more like gingerbread.

I know the canes could have been better. I so hate reading directions and just dove in lol. The side logs on the pepperment candy should have been much bigger.

Gannon thank you so much for the blog entry!! That is too cool!!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2008 10:05:50 AM »

i hafta say i'm a huge fan of your little peppermint candies. very awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2008 01:01:39 PM »

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Please do DB!!! I would so love to see it!

Oops... got distracted.  Maybe after Thanksgiving!

Don't get too excited though about mine... it's just a naked 6" house, but I also have photos of some of the canes and candies I made to go on it. 
And there are loads of good lessons, links to photos, tips and ideas, etc. for making them (flat or 3-D, small or large) on this page at my site if you don't mind reading stuff (or at least clicking on links  Grin):
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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2008 09:31:15 AM »

They are so awesome! You must have had quite a bit of patience to do that! I love them!
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these are so sweet. I love the simplicity of how they came out.. they look so cute yet almost elegant at the same time. great job on your explanations as well. thanks for taking the time to write such a great post!
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2008 04:55:07 PM »

You make everything look so easy! Such a good cane maker!
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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2008 08:35:48 PM »

Wow... wonderful tutorial and project.  Thank you so much for sharing!
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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2008 02:34:27 AM »

These are super cute!
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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2008 05:31:29 AM »

They're so cute! I'm sure that whoever gets them will love them.
Great tutorial, if I celebrated Christmes, I would have used it to make presents O:
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2008 11:48:01 AM »

Awesome! Great tutorial!
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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2008 07:50:33 AM »

I love it!  Thank you so much for showing how you made the tree candies, they are too cute! 
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2008 03:30:43 PM »

Thank you so much everyone Smiley I'm working on the house now (Thank you DB!)
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txs for the great tut... i'm using it as my guide...Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2008 08:54:23 AM »

Very cute, and good tutorial.  It will be added to the archive once my final exams are over.   Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2008 09:15:58 AM »

oh thank you! Cheesy
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