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21  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: May 01, 2010 07:13:47 PM
Very cool!  And definately doesn't have to be mini food.  I look at sooooo much of that stuff that it's good to see other uses for the clay.  The Escher thing is awesome!

I'm working on a bunch of Mexican (well... American-style Mexican) food for Cinco de Mayo.

I finished the redware yesterday...

(never thought I'd draw a rooster that small!  It's just a little taller than the nail of my little finger)

And the tortillas are coming along...

Still lots of stuff to make (rice, beans, cheese, sauces, tomatoes, etc), and I'd like to be finished by the 5th... dunno if I will be.
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22  Re: Fimo Deco Gel/TLS? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: April 28, 2010 05:46:51 AM
I mix Fimo and TLS all of the time.  I just bake it a little higher than normal and keep a close eye on it.

TLS is much, MUCH cheaper.  There are several sites that sell *bulk* bottles at really great prices.  Fimo Gel has gotten a bit tough to find for some reason.  There's also Kato Liquid, but I've never used that.  I'm sure Diane B. can fill you in.

TLS hardens translucent, not clear, but not white either.  To use it for whipped cream you'd need to add something to it for whiteness.  Fine chalk, pastel, paint, or even just white clay.

I used un-colored TLS for the glaze on this king cake...

Glazey, but not creamy.
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23  Re: Think I have enough tools and supplies? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: April 21, 2010 10:46:28 AM
I have one tool that I think is for embossing.  It's a wooden tool with a tiny metal ball at either end.  I'd been looking for something that small for ages and finally found one last week.  I was thrilled!

*edit*  This thing:

(and my very cluttery desk)

I already used it on the tortillas I'm making.
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24  Two sets of tiny cupcakes in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: April 18, 2010 03:31:30 PM
I spent about a week making tiny cupcake wrappers... so now I have a few hundred.  Had to fill them...obviously just a few start with.

(auto-resizing always makes these look kinda crappy... so click and drag or copy and paste to look at the full-size)

Fancy ones with Spring flowers in fondant...

....and simple chocolate with chocolate frosting and a little sprinkle of sugar...

More to come....eventually.... Cinco de mayo and Mother's Day stuff first.
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25  Think I have enough tools and supplies? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: April 15, 2010 10:14:48 PM
No wonder the bag I carry with me to work is so heavy....  Shocked

.... and that's not including the clay and reference stuff (books and catalogs) I carry too!

...and now.... labeled!  I'm sooooooo bored!

I'd love to see what other people use, if anyone else feels this dorky...
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26  Hastily *Handmade* Wedding Gift - Etched Glasses and Decoupaged Box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Blitherypoop on: April 06, 2010 08:04:39 AM
I'm not 100% sure this was the right place to post this, but...  I made these as a gift for a friend's wedding last month.  His new bride is obcessed with penguins and loves teal.  The original idea credit should probably go to my sister.  I think she suggested etching glass.  The cups are from Ikea.  I have them in red and really like them... plus they're sturdy, actually colored glass instead of just coated, and reasonably priced.

These little penguins were on the invitations, so I knew she'd like them.  She may have drawn them herself, I'm not sure.

(sorry for the crappiness of the photo, glass is tough to photograph in a dark apartment)

....so what to put them in?  I was originally going to just spraypaint a box, but my health and the weather changed my plans.  The night before the wedding, while still rushing to finish the glasses, I grabbed some tissue and borrowed some Mod Podge from my sister and did this...

The next morning, with the bottom still wet, I packed it....

(you can't see the wax paper guarding against the dampness)

.... and ribboned it....

Exceedingly last-minute (I had to contact the bride telling her to varnish the box if she wanted to use it in the bathroom because I didn't have time to do it myself), but I was pleased with the results.  The box even matched the wedding's color theme.

The bride and groom have both said how much they like it, but I was never actually thanked.   Roll Eyes
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27  Re: Making cinnamon buns in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: April 06, 2010 07:40:54 AM
I just checked your profile and you're in Sweden... but you can probably still find suppliers if you're interested.

The wire connectors look like this:

See how the bottom is shaped just right?
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28  Re: Making cinnamon buns in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: April 06, 2010 07:36:31 AM
The only good way I know of making paper cups is to make a silicone mold of an electrical component called a "twist-on wire connector" that just happens to be the right shape and size (variety of sizes really) for cupcakes and wrappers.  The molds can be used to make cups, using them as a die and the connector as a tap, pressing the paper into the mold with the connector.  Wetting the paper a little makes it hold shape beautifully.

Here are my first attempts.  I can't find a punch the right size, so I have to use scissors... the edges aren't as clean as I'd like.

(the colored ones are thicker because they're pressed in sets of 5, I'm still working out my take on the technique)

I've made more since.  My OCD has really kicked in.  I've bought three different packs of full-size or candy size cups in the last four days because of this frenzy of mine.  Now to make cupcakes....

The connectors can be gotten in packs at hardware stores, for $2-4... the molding compound's the pricey part.  I got a (2oz?) pack of two-part silicone from Polymer Clay Express for about $8, I think.  By far the best price I've seen.  They have similar stuff in craft stores (usually in the soap or candle section), but it is single-step and costs more.  But like most things, it goes a long way with miniatures.  I made 4 cupcake molds and 6 raspberry molds and you'd hardly know I'd used any at all.  The containers still look essentially full.
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29  *Certain Seafood Chain* meal - dollhouse scale in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: April 04, 2010 02:43:54 PM
... goes without saying, if you recognise the biscuits.

I made this as a birthday gift for my lobster-loving sister.

For a better view, copy and paste the image source or check out my blog.
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30  Dollhouse Scale Easter basket trio (and a fourth) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: April 04, 2010 02:22:37 PM

Took me a couple of weeks and I finished on the last day possible... but here's my Easter stuff!

Thing is.... I really don't like Easter.   Roll Eyes  I had to make something more my style too.  Dunno if you can call it an Easter basket or not.

(For a better view, copy and paste the image source or check out my blog.)

And tonight... I can move on to something that isn't egg-shaped or woven.  Good riddance!
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