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« on: February 24, 2012 09:33:55 AM »

Here's how to make teeny weeny mushroom like these...



You'll need, a piece of sponge or foam, paperclay, new straight pins, paint, white glue, paintbrush and toothpick.

Take a very small pinch of  paperclay and roll it into a ball.



Take a new straight pin and sort of push the head end into the ball.



You should have a sort of hot dog bun effect going on.



Roll the pin/clay between your thumb and finger.



Now, roll that on the palm of your hand.



The clay will thin, covering a good portion of the pin. This creates a thin but sturdy stem for your mushroom. Push the pointy end of the pin into your foam/sponge and let it dry a while. It's a good idea to make a bunch of stems at once, of different widths and lengths.



While those are setting, make your tops. Mushrooms come in all sorts of shapes but here is a simple effective shape. Roll a small pinch of clay and put it in your cupped palm.



Push your pinky finger into the clay.



You should have a nice little domed mushroom cap shape.



Simply push your cap onto one of your stems and let them completely dry.



Another simple effect is made by using the eraser end of a pencil rather than your finger.



You'll get a nice little hollowed cap that way. Again, just push this onto one of the stems and let it dry.



You may find that some of your dried tops become a little loose. Just put a tiny dab of white glue on the end of the stem and pop the top back on. They should fit together perfectly, just like a jigsaw.



To make a redcap toadstool, grab some red acrylic paint and using downward strokes, paint the cap.



Run the paintbrush along the edge of the mushroom for a nice finish.



When that's dry, grab a toothpick, dip it in some white paint, and dab the top.



Ta da! Building these on pins really helps keep them in place. If you're confused about anything there's a video version of this tutorial on my blog.

Happy making!
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012 09:54:03 AM »

ADORABLE! Thank you for the tutorial!

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012 10:48:52 AM »

You're so awesome, knickers! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to feature this on Craftster's Facebook page.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012 11:15:03 AM »

Ooo thanks for the tute, those are adorable!
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012 12:14:19 PM »

I don't squeeeee often, but this is one of those times!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012 12:19:35 PM »

These are the sweetest things I think I've ever seen!  I just made some fairies and fairy houses for my nieces for Christmas.  I used home-grown gourds for the fairy houses, and these little toadstools would have been the perfect addition.  I'll have to make the fairies a summer home, just to try this technique!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012 01:44:49 PM »

I have seen your mushrooms here on Craftster and they ROCK!

Now you're even sharing the greatest tutorial on those too... You're the best!


Oh, your video tutorial is super, you make it look so easy.

A big THANKS!!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012 01:49:31 PM »

Thank you so much for the tutorial.  I'm going to have to look for paper clay next time I go to the craft store.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012 02:59:54 PM »

Oooo, I see jewelry cross-pollination in these. First, if you use head pins rather than sewing pins, you can still stick them in a piece of foam, but have less chance of sticking yourself (they have blunt points)
Second, you should be able to make little loops for hanging by using eye pins (they have a little loop where the head would be.) Just gently push the eye throulgh the cap as you are attaching it.

They are super cute! Great idea.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012 08:40:14 PM »

ooh! I clicked on the picture because these are so super cute. When I realized that you gave a tutorial - I felt like I won something!  Cheesy 

All your stuff is super - thank you for sharing your tricks with us Knickertwist!
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