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1  Tiny Sweets <3 in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Suwalo on: August 08, 2012 04:17:24 PM
Oh gosh, I haven't been on here in ages! It's been so long I had to remember how to post.  Cheesy

Anywho, I've finally gotten around to playing with Polymer Clay, so far just Super Sculpey that was generously donated to me by a friend. These are a few of my first projects and of course they are tiny (is obsessed with tiny things).

Retro Sweet by Suwalo, on Flickr

The Sweets, pictured here on my Re-Ment set:
- Donuts
- Raspberry filled cookies
- A raspberry (it's teeny, tiny)
- Sucker
- Blue bubble gum ice cream
- Wrapped candies
- Cherry tart
(I also pictured the trio of mushrooms but I'll be putting them in a separate post)

All of the figures were painted with acrylics after baking and I'm fairly pleased with how they came out.

Here's a few detail shots:

Blue Sprinkle Donut by Suwalo, on Flickr

Blue BubbleGum! by Suwalo, on Flickr

I decided against molding the stick out of clay and just cut a length of wire to fit, covering it with acrylic paint before gluing it to the sucker.

Lollypop by Suwalo, on Flickr

And this has to be my favorite even though I think it took me longer than the rest of the figures. Cheesy The raspberry was made by rolling teeny, tiny spheres of clay and then adding them to a bigger base... needless to say it took a while. >.>
If anyone can let me know a quicker way to do it please let me know. Grin

Teeny Tiny Raspberry by Suwalo, on Flickr

I'm looking forward to making more tiny things! Thanks for looking. ;3
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2  Re: Givers and Needers Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Suwalo on: April 13, 2011 09:52:41 AM
Here is my awesome package from CraftAddiction. She sent me stamp hand carving supplies. I can't wait to get started on some tiny stamps. Thank you SO much, CraftAddiction, I can't tell you just how thankful I am! Listed is a carving tool w/different carving heads, different sized erasers, and special carving material. She said the light pink kind is the best so I will  be saving these pieces until I get better at carving. Cheesy

I hope that I can start crafting my thank you's next week, I know what I'm doing I just need time to sit down and craft! Tongue
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3  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Gallery (SO 4/18/11) in The Swap Gallery by Suwalo on: April 07, 2011 01:59:37 PM
I received a wonderful package from Deece in MN yesterday and I LOVE everything she made me. She had everything wrapped up in this beautiful wrapping paper and as you can tell I was so excited I almost forgot to take a picture of everything wrapped up (hence the large package already ripped open Wink)

And look at these awesome FQ's she sent with everything. They both have piggies! They are both so sweet and cute, just perfect!

Bigger shot if you would like to see it. Smiley

Now moving on to the main event! Tongue
I think I swooned when I saw the fruit fabric she used, I LOVE it! I'm actually dying to know where you got it, Deece, if I may know. Cheesy
She managed to make so many things from the two FQ's!
All included: 4 coasters, two BIG potholders (insulated  Shocked), Mug cozy, hanging flower charm, a very cute little car key chain, and the cutest little stuffie. It reminds me of a matryoshka, is that what you were going for?

I don't know if you can notice it or not in the photo's but she used this really pretty rainbow thread to sew everything up. Everything matches so well.

I just LOVE everything and now I'm feeling a major case of swap anxiety coming on and I haven't even sent yet! Thank you SO much, Deece in MN! I loved being partnered with you. Like I said, I'm hoping to be done by Friday (and hopefully send out the same day).
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4  Re: Givers and Needers Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Suwalo on: March 30, 2011 09:51:38 AM
I received from SciFunk yesterday and I got an awesome package! Just look! (don't mind my cookie monster blanket, it's what I had handy. Tongue)

There are TONS of tiny buttons, they are the perfect size for my projects! Thank you!

Here is a picture for size comparison, I couldn't help myself so I took some out of their bags. Look at the little gingerbread man cutouts. <3

She also sent an amazing jewelry tool set! It was brand new too (so I couldn't help but open it right away Roll Eyes), I can't wait to use them. And some seed beads, colored wire, embroidery hoops for hanging (right?) and purse frames! <3

I LOVE everything you sent me, thank you SO much! I'm busy working away on your thank you gift. I really hope it comes out like I want it to. Smiley
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5  Re: needle book swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Suwalo on: February 06, 2011 11:52:03 PM
On the FSM Needle book. I am thinking of adding a Meat ball Pin cushion and an emery ball. Just seems like a fitting idea. he is on my desk because he makes me smile.

Yay! Funny thing is when he was still with me I had him on my desk too.  Cheesy
And I'm sorry I forgot about his meatballs but that sounds like a great idea. It would be awesome if you took an action shot and let me know.  Wink Just saying. hehe

Also, I'm really digging the glass and blow torch craft. How did you learn that?

... and here is the best picture I could manage to show the details of the bottle charm.
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6  Re: needle book swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Suwalo on: February 06, 2011 09:35:37 PM
I received this cute needle book from Strawberryh yesterday but was unable to upload until today.

Look at the little gnome! It looks to me like his hands are in his pockets.  Cheesy

And look at the gnome Velcro! Did you cut each colored piece and sew them together or did it come like this? Either way it's neat.  Wink

Also, there are quite a few pockets (which I LOVE). I can even fit my sketchbook into it!

Here are the little mushroom pins she sent as an extra. I could not for the life of me get a good color photo of them.  Angry

They are just too cute. This one is my favorite.  Wink

Thank you SO much for my first swap experience Strawberryh! Hope you liked yours as much as I liked mine. Also, I hope you don't mind but I would love to add to this. I'm thinking of adding embroidery to the fabric like some more gnomes, mushrooms, trees, etc.
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7  Catrina Bear... who says you have to be a skeleton to be a catrina? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Suwalo on: December 06, 2010 05:37:15 PM
Well, here she is, all 2 1/8 in. of her. Smiley

She is needle felted from yarn and her little Day of the Dead mask is felt; embroidered and sewn into a mask.
She seems more like a toy because she has a movable head, arms, and legs, so I put her into this category but let me know if she should go into fiber arts.

Here with her whole ensamble. I think I might have made her pillbox hat too little for her big ear because it takes a few tries to get it to sit right.

And shock... her mask is removable. Wink (Somehow, I don't think I fooled you)

And some detail shots of her mask

I had quite a time making her and I'm still having fun putting her into funny poses. Still trying to figure out what to put her in because I made her with the intention of gifting her to a friend. A part of me is begging to keep her but I should be good and stick to my original plan. Wink
Thanks for looking! Comments and critiques totally welcome.
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8  Greetings from Mexico in CHALLENGE 57 ENTRIES by Suwalo on: December 05, 2010 01:26:49 PM
Hello! I'm new here to craftster and this is my first project post. Smiley

I chose the Mommy and Me Paper Shoes and the Keepsake Paper box templates. Being as I love the Day of the Dead I knew I was going to craft something about that holiday, and it took me a bit of time and some brain cramps to finally get this idea off the ground. Seeing as how I'm always sad when said holiday is over I decided to craft a little piece of it that I can have all year round. Cheesy

The box template reminded me of a mail package, so I just went with that. The box is made from two toned cardstock that when ripped or sanded shows the bottom color so I sanded the front of the box to make the door. The little tag also uses the cardstock, but I carved the letters and ripped the edges instead of sanding them. After cutting my flowers I had left over bits and pieces that looked like flower petals that I used for the traditional "path" laid out for the souls so they know where to go.
...and here's what burst from inside it. Wink

It's a tiny home with a Day of the Dead altar and one very happy soul. Grin (I will apologize now for the bad lighting... I'm sorry!  Cry)
I wanted my flowers to look more like marigolds, the Day of the Dead flower, but I only had red and yellow tissue paper when I needed orange. So like a good crafter... I made my own. Smiley I held two pieces of red and yellow tissue paper together and gave them a glue and water bath. I was hoping they would magically melt together to make orange but sadly, no, that did not happen. What I did end up with was a pretty piece of two tone paper that when hit with the light tinged the yellow with a little bit of red. I cut the flowers from this paper, curling the petals up and out and rounded off the edges to make them look like marigolds. All in all I made four flowers varying in size from 3/4 in. to 1 1/4 in.
The altar was made from cardstock using an altered origami bench diagram. This is supposed to represent the traditional altar that is placed in one's home to offer up the soul's favorite foods (this little guy's favorites are the cupcakes). Wink

Its food stuffs were taken from old magazines, cut out and glued to the table.

This guy was by far the most time consuming. He is made from felt that was either felted (head, legs, ribcage, pelvis and eyes) or sewn (arms, feet and hat) together. Also, the tiny details on his face and hands were embroidered and just for the fun of it I ran an invisible thread through his arm and leg bones so he's fully posable. He measures just under 4 3/4 in. and has wire to reinforce his leg bones and spine.

Here are some detail photos of the inside.
The banner says "Happy Day of the Dead" in Spanish. The letters were sewn on tiny scraps of fabric measuring about 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 cm.

I tried to take a picture that showed how pretty the tissue paper window looked with light streaming through it but this is as close as I could get.  Undecided On the inside I have the moon showing through and on the front it's that cute pink stamp. Wink

Detail of the door from the inside with the marigold "trail" leading to the altar.

Ok, I'll stop bombarding you with pictures... and leave you with one last picture. Tongue

My little catrina bear isn't actually included in this post or this contest but my little skeleton looked so lonely without a buddy. Smiley
I had a blast making this and hope you guys enjoyed seeing it. Comments and critiques are totally welcome.
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