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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / art deco painted purse on: January 08, 2011 12:39:32 PM

This is a bag that I bought in a charity shop for cheap - originally it was just plain and cream, but had lots of scuff marks and little holes in it, because it was made of fake leather.

I just painted a design on it with normal acrylic paints to cover up the messy bits, was going for an art deco look originally. Its hard to tell from the photo, but this bag is really small, maybe 6 inches across - so the pink isn't quite as oppressive in real life. The paint has stood up quite well to use so far, probably because I used really thin layers then covered it all in flexible varnish.

Let me know what you think...
2  COOKING / Dessert / Massive dalek brownie cake! on: November 04, 2010 02:10:08 PM
Ok so this was a bit of an ambitious scheme but it came off ok in the end. It was the birthday of two of my friends, and pretty much the only thing they have in common is a love of Doctor Who, so it was either this or Russell T Davies's face.

I'm still not sure I like the new dalek design, they look a bit like they're wearing a bustle, but the bright red was nice and easy to do with shop bought fondant. I'm sure none of these are news to anyone, but some quick tips;

a) I froze the brownies slightly, stuck them together in a stack with melted chocolate, froze again, and then just carved it to the right shape - this way it comes out much less likely to topple over or unbalance, and with less crumbs coming off

b) The nobbles (don't know what they're called) were getting so boring until I realised it was quickest to make a long snake of icing, chop it up into lots of equal small sections, then roll each one into a ball before snipping in half with scissors

c) For yet more stability I stuck kebab skewers down the middle at different angles. Can you tell I had to carry this thing to another city, on a bus and two trains?

Anyway on to the pictures, it was way too much fun posing big mothership cake dalek with the identical little toy one.

Uhoh, kitchen chaos....

It. Was. Massive.

3  COOKING / Dessert / From opposite ends of the baking spectrum... on: February 18, 2009 07:13:06 AM
Ok, so these are for two birthdays - one for my little niece's third, and one for my housemate's twenty-fifth. I basically took the same approach of rendering their favourite things in cake form, only going for cute in one and scary in the other. 

Terminator cake! This was a lot more fiddly than I anticipated. Its all done in black fondant on a base of rich chocolate brownie carved into shape, then I painted it with silver lustre dust dissolved in water until it got shinier than a cake has any right to be - the photo doesn't quite convey the metallic effect, but you get the idea.
The black icing tasted gross and stained people's teeth, but the party was post-apocalyptic themed anyway so it seemed appropriate.

Aaand then, for a small child named Iona who is obsessed with the frogs in our garden pond...

It was chocolate and vanilla marbled inside, the children loved it and covered all surfaces in sticky green ick. The colours aren't completely right (don't have any photo editing software) - the flowers were actually lilac and the grass wasn't that yellow - but you get the idea. I decided not to inflict fondant on the tea-party attendees, who (unlike the house party attendees) were genuinely and passionately interested in eating the icing, so its all butter cream apart from the little frogs, which no one could bear to eat anyway.
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