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61  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Betty on: October 15, 2009 10:57:45 PM
She looks great. My mom wants me to try and make one for her for XMas
Betty is quite easy to make. She's all balls and ellipses. Once you have rolled a ball for her head, you can judge the height of the rest of her proportions. She is 3 and a half heads tall. I gathered a heap of images from the internet to "fix" her in my head, and went from there. Make sure you post some pics when you make her! Grin
62  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Betty on: October 15, 2009 02:49:23 AM
A friend of mine is a Boopaphile, and collects all things Betty Boop. She challenged me to make Betty. So this is a first attempt. I am pleased with her head and face, but not that happy about the body. But not to worry. Now I have the hang of it, I'm going to try her again. Luv the Betty she's so cutsie. LOL
63  COOKING / Dessert / Squirt Birthday Cake on: October 13, 2009 07:09:48 AM
Ever since my friend's daughter saw "Finding Nemo" she has wanted a cake in the shape of Squirt. She turned 21 this year and this was her cake. It's a moist chocolate mud cake; covered with ganache and a layer of fondant. He's approximately 1 foot or so long. She didn't want to cut him up, but her brother came along and stabbed him, apparently so that was that. Brother's hey?

64  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Handbag Cake on: October 13, 2009 07:00:01 AM
Is this the one from the Planet Cake book? I bought that book last holidays when I was in Sydney. I have never done fondant cakes before so I am going to use the book to learn how.

Yes that book rocks! I desperately want to go and do one of their weekend courses, but the price tag is  bit steep for me. BTW they sell this cake and other's similar to it for $AU600! Not what I charge I might add.
You simply must try the fondant thing, especially the way Planet Cake do theirs; with the ganache. I have been doing fondant decorated cakes for years now, and I'm all for ways that don't use marzipan. It's yucky, and spoils an otherwise yummy cake.
65  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: s'more cute people on: October 13, 2009 06:48:26 AM
Too sweet for words. Grin
66  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Yet more cold porcelain bunnies on: October 13, 2009 06:43:58 AM
Ok, so I like rabbits. I can't help myself. They lend themselves so easily to modelling. I made these ones whilst thinking about cake toppers for a christening cake. I make so many nice things from icing but you have to keep them in a sealed box away from humidity. With something like this, it can sit in a keepsake box or a display unit, and not need any fuss.
With the baby theme in mind, I wanted to go for a stitched look. So after rabbiting Cheesy around in my cake tools, I used the quilting wheel to make the stitching.
I coloured the paste with acrylics before I started modelling. I think it gives a better finish than painting it. I also made a blue one. I did his eyes differently. I used a seed bead as well as some small ovals of white "clay". He reminds me of a muppet, I can just hear him talking in a voice similar to Fozzy or Kermit hmmm.... maybe I should take a break for a while if the rabbits are talking to me???LOL; I prefer just the straight seed beads in this case.
What do you think?

67  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A little birdie told me.... on: October 09, 2009 04:12:46 AM
What do you do with all those little bits of clay or cold porcelain? Make little birdies.
68  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / White Rabbits can't Jump on: October 09, 2009 04:10:40 AM
My mum asked me to make a white rabbit for a friend of hers who collects clocks. Of course it had to be THE white rabbit. He's made from cold porcelain coloured with acrylic paints and sealed with acrylic sealer.
69  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cold Porcelain critters on: October 04, 2009 03:46:01 PM
I have been cake decorating for years now and have seen references to cold porcelain. Suddenly, a couple of months ago, I decided to have a play. I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile the medium is, and best of all it is cheap to make. I can reproduce any fondant model easily and the flowers are just amazing! I can now make cake toppers that people can keep without the need to store specially. With modelling paste (sugar based medium) it has to be stored with a desicant or it will deteriorate and in some instances melt as the sugar dissolves!
I have a great array of cold porcelain mags (from South America) as well as Sculpey and Fimo books for inspiration and tips on modelling.
I have become so inspired by it all that I just had to make some little critters which were sold at our local school fete.

Since then people have been asking me to make some critters for a specific purpose, or an in joke. Luvin' the cold porcelain!
70  COOKING / Dessert / Handbag Cake on: October 04, 2009 03:14:51 PM
This cake is made from dark chocolate mud cake, covered with dark chocolate ganache and then with vanilla flavoured fondant. Details are done with modelling paste. My friend add a pair of sunglasses and a bling bling key ring on the night of the party. She told me that several times she had to stop people from "picking up the bag" to have a closer look at it!LOL

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