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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Air Dry Clay - Drying and Painting on: December 31, 2010 09:25:15 AM
Not sure if this should go here...sorry  Embarrassed

I'm planning to make a doll out of air dry clay. I'll be making her eyes out of it as well, and am thinking about painting them. I have a ton of great acrylic artist inks and want to know if it would be ok to paint dried pieces with these? I've heard stories about the clay absorbing paints...could this happen with inks? I'd be using the acrylic inks to paint eyes, since they're pearlescent, and watered down acrylics to blush her skin. Any painting tips would be great Smiley

Secondly I'm worried about cracking. I'm concerned that some areas will dry faster than others. What's the best way to prevent cracking? I'll be using Sculpt Dry clay.

Thanks!! Cheesy
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Jewellery on: August 30, 2010 02:35:41 PM
Some new goodies from me Smiley

Lush Earrings by Leah C., on Flickr

Pearl Ring by Leah C., on Flickr

Fruity Earrings by Leah C., on Flickr

Glacier Bracelet by Leah C., on Flickr
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rings and a necklace on: August 11, 2010 05:17:27 AM
Here are some rings I made recently.
This one I call Cocktails and Crystals. I think you can see why

This is the Forest Ring

The Forest Ring gave me the inspiration to do this one...

And finally is the Ice Cherries necklace...which is allllll mine Smile I had a moment of longing for sparklies and made it in a few minutes before heading out.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Haven't posted in a while - LOTS of pics on: July 21, 2010 01:20:50 PM
It's been aaaages since I posted on craftster. Here's a little photo feast of some of my recent jewellery adventures. More on my flickr Smiley

All the clay items are handmade by me and of course the jewellery too Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crystal and Pearl Necklace on: December 11, 2009 04:36:12 PM
This is the first thing I've beaded in years. It consists of a silver plated chain with freshwater pearls, faceted czech glass drops, snow quartz beads, and yellow swarovski crystals. I had to make the metal findings for the crystals. Painful  Undecided

What do you guys think?  Embarrassed It's a bit wonky.

6  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Orange Cake on: October 27, 2009 01:02:08 PM
2 layers of chocolate cake flavoured with fresh orange and zest, chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, shavings, and handmade petals for the flower with a zest center. I didn't eat the cake, but I had the extra bits, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Smiley

7  COOKING / Dessert / Ginger Cake Recipe? on: October 17, 2009 12:40:25 PM
I'm looking for a ginger cake recipe. I've seen recipes for loaf style ginger cakes, but haven't had a chance to try too many. Any recipes are appreciated. Smiley

Also, what do you think tastes nice with ginger? I'm sure chocolate does, and I was thinking of doing a round or square ginger cake with chocolate ganache just on top with decorations. TIA Cheesy

EDIT: Just had a brain toot. Anyone tried ginger with caramel or dulce de leche?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Finished 4T Outfit on: August 05, 2009 02:29:16 PM
Here's the skirt I made with its top.

Top: White raised polkadotted cotton, handmade ruffle, lace, ties, and a couple strips of elastic in the back with an elastic waist.

Skirt: Patches of lilac/purple flowered fabric quilted and lined with the white polkadot cotton, handmade silk trim, lace, pleats, and an elastic waist.

It can be worn like this (this is the back of the top)

This can be the front

Or this can be the front

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 2nd sewing project for children - skirt on: August 03, 2009 12:05:39 PM
This is the second item I've made for a child. I was going to make this into a dress with a silk bodice, but it wouldn't hang properly. The silk was way too stiff, and I noticed a few stains Sad Shame, but I think it looks much better as a skirt anyway.

It fits a size 4T, and will stretch quite a bit. I had quite a few lilac/purple cotton squares with flowers on them that were going to be used for quilting in my stash. I sewed them together (annoying and my first time doing something like that) and lined it with a polkadot cotton that you can also see in the front/back (depending on how she likes to wear it) which I pleated. I made the purple ruffly trim you see, which is made from silk. Under the silk trim is some cute lace Smiley It has an elastic waist. I need to iron the pleats again.

I hope you guys like it! I hope this little girl and her mom like it too! hehe

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Kid Clothing Item on: July 28, 2009 06:08:26 PM
Some of you may have read my thread asking about kid clothing and making clothing for a 2 year old. I made this dress. The white fabric is a bit sheer with tiny raised polkadots. The pink bodice is made of a cotton blend, with a flower in the centre. I made the flower on the shoulder out of silk and a bead. My favourite bit is the ruffles I made by hand Cheesy I thought it turned out pretty good, but it turns out that, guess what? My friend's 2 year old girl doesn't wear a 2T Sad She wears a 4T! What a little giant.

I don't know what to do with this dress now. *sigh*

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