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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny Sweets <3 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
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Catrina Bear... who says you have to be a skeleton to be a catrina? 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.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 57 ENTRIES / Greetings from Mexico 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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