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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / More mini clay sweets on: September 07, 2010 04:15:28 AM
I've been busy! I'm trying to get enough stock for a local market stall and it's hard when everything you do is tiny... Sad. Anyway i've got some items here:

Banana blueberry tart. Personally I think blueberries and bananas together in real life tastes weird though.

Strawberry tarts.

Jelly (or jello in America!) necklace

Lemon jelly phone strap

Strawberry shortcakes. Made six, ruined 3 Sad. I saved these three though.

Macaron tower, these things take an hour to make each! I'm thinking of just doing these as 'on request' because they are so tedious Sad. They're very worth it though, I love these!

Sigh well, back to being busy! I've got a heap of bakery bread related items too, i'll post them up when I finish them Smiley.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Lots of mini food jewellery + accessories on: April 27, 2010 12:26:30 AM
Hey everyone, I haven't been here for a while! I just finished the med school admissions exam a month ago and i've been slowly getting my life back on track after non-stop study Smiley.

Anyway I have new items to show everyone Cheesy!

Mmmmm apple danish... I wish I had one right now.

Gourmet pegs for tasty laundering Smiley.

Cream puff earrings for dates to nibble on your ears hehe.

Anyway that's it for now, I hope you guys like them Smiley.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A polymer clay patisserie (quite img heavy) on: December 28, 2009 10:24:54 PM
Some more foods I made on Christmas. I tried to practice making cakes because I find them difficult and I think i've got it alright now Smiley. The only issue is sometimes I cut the slices too thin for them to look cute.

Totally wonky cutting - how do you get two different batches of completely different sized cube cakes?!

Sorry about the wonky lighting on this one.

This is a technical impossibility at a real bakery! It's supposed to be fruits on a sponge cake and i'm not sure how the sponge cake came to have the 'piped' border around the fruits. I'm pretty sure you can't do that!

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mini tutorial: how to get a toasty baked look on clay sweets on: December 13, 2009 05:28:54 AM
Recently a few people have asked me how to get the brown baked look on clay foods. I've decided to upload a tutorial here because when I googled the topic I didn't find that many easily available tutorials. Anyway i'm sorry if i'm putting up something everyone already knows, but since people have asked i'll assume it's still a super classified secret.

There are a few ways to get the baked brown look but I think the easiest and least messy way is by use of soft pastels.

1. This is a 'raw' waffle, waiting to be toasted/ironed into golden brown perfection.

2. Get a piece of brown pastel and rub it on a piece of paper until you get some powder off it. Pick up some pigment with a little paintbrush.

3. (Sorry for the blurry picture - can't take pictures with one hand!) Lightly brush your brown pastel on your waffle. I suggest you start off with a little pigment and build up if you don't think it's brown enough. Also raised parts will pick up more pigment and look darker - keep that in mind.

4. And that's all there is to it! You probably don't want a chunk of pastel in your waffle like mine does though.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer clay foods spawned from boredom on: December 05, 2009 07:51:52 AM
Just some foods that I made when I was bored. I'm trying to use up all my Sculpey III so that I can buy new Fimo clay... Sculpey III is way too soft for this type of work!

I only found out I forgot to salt two of my pretzels after I baked them... i'm really blind!

This cake was a bit of a fail actually... I wanted the red jam to look more realistic and liquid-y but it just didn't work. I actually just can't do cakes in general, there's something about layers that screws me up.

Some Japanese Wagashi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagashi) which I was hoping would turn out more translucent.

These were made out of air dry clay - it's impossible trying to get the smeared, rough texture of ice cream on Sculpey III.

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Nigiri sushi tutorial on: December 02, 2009 12:22:01 AM
I made this because I promised someone on the board that I would, but I know that sushi polymer clay tutorials are already abundant in number on the internet so mine is pretty redundant lol. Still I felt like I should do what I said i'd do so here it is:

Nigiri Sushi tutorial:

1. You'll need red, orange and white clay, plus a sharp blade for clean cutting and a sharp ended tool like a toothpick. Optional tools include liquid sculpey and translucent clay.

2. Grab your white clay and shape it into a rectangle. To do this, roll the clay into a sphere and press down at the top to create an oval. Then push the four sides in to make the sides. This will be the rice that goes under the tuna in nigiri. If you mix half the white with half translucent clay it might look more realistic because rice is not opaque white.

3. Mix the orange and red clays roughly in the ratios shown. For one chunk of clay, mix half red and half orange, and then mix 3/4 orange with 1/4 red.

4. This is what you should get.

5. (There's a picture missing from this step, i'm so sorry!). Divide the mixed clays into six parts (three for each colour). Flatten the clumps into disks and stack them alternating like shown in the picture. To create a more realistic effect have some disks that are fat in the middle and some very thin disks, otherwise you will end up with uniformly striped tuna.

6. (Sorry about the blurriness of this picture!) Take your tissue blade and slide off the sides of your tuna so that you have a nice stripey rectangular block of tuna. It should end up looking like the second picture.

7. Tip your tuna over and flatten either with your hand or your rolling pin. Also try to shape the ends of the tuna to be slightly rounded at the corners. I suggest you do this step carefully because you can't unflatten the tuna in case it is too flat for your liking.

8. If you have liquid sculpey, apply some to the underside of your tuna and press onto your rice. If not, I suggest you bake the rice and tuna separately and glue them together once they are baked so that they don't separate. You can be finished here or...

9. ... if you want your rice more realistic, take a pointed tool and poke randomly at the white part all around.

10. Voila. Tuna nigiri sushi.

I tried to make a tutorial of a sushi cane (like the normal roll up sushi) but it was a total fail lol. I tried three times and i'm just not a cane person. There's a tutorial here (not mine!) http://chat-noir.deviantart.com/art/Sushi-Cane-Tutorial-58865159
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Clear resin casting - how to stick a headpin in? on: November 30, 2009 02:20:46 AM
Hey everyone

This is probably a very stupid question and i'm not sure if it goes in jewellery making or another section but here goes.

I have been thinking about using clear resin casting to make some embedded beads, however I'm confused by how you're supposed to stick a pin in liquid!

For example:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3449/3922694528_64e9b29b63.jpg (I just grabbed this photo off google). See how there are headpins in the top of the charm? How do you do that?

Thank you very much for your help in advance.

8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Help: Renting A Stall for a Market on: March 25, 2006 06:27:49 PM
Recently i've been going on this hairclip/handbag/jewellery making phase and, well, I can't use and wear it all see, so I thought i'd sell them at a market. I live in Brisbane so I was thinking Southbank or Valley markets.

The only thing is I have no idea how to go about that, and I have a few queries which I don't know where to ask, so I was hoping some kind soul could clear it all up for me and i'm extremely grateful.

a) How exactly do I rent a stall?
b) Is there an age restricition, such as only over 18s can rent a stall?
c) What sort of pricing is fair for items such as: - your regular tote bag with patterned cotton
                                                                  - fabric flower hair clips (as in a fabric flower stuck on the end      of a bobby pin)
                                                                  - drop earrings with miniscule things made out of polymer clay.

I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of this stuff, I realise it would help greatly but neither of my cameras are working =(.

Thank you very much.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Burda 8165 - Stuck at Step 7 on: January 16, 2006 03:00:37 AM
Hello everyone, please help me.

I have absolutely no idea what step 7 means. It says:

Stich under collar to coat front and back from center front to center front, matching seam numbers (6). (I'm pretty sure I did that bit right)
Stich upper collar to facing.
I'm not too sure where the back facing was really meant to go either.

In step 5 it says:
Stich back facing piece to shoulder edges of front self facings.
What is this mysterious self facing anyway?

Please help. I realise that you may need to actually make the garment to help, but if you've made this garment before please help me because I am really, really stuck.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Paint question on: January 14, 2006 11:20:59 PM
What sort of paint do you use, and how do you apply it so it won't be too thick? See I did a dabbing method but it turned out really thick and... yeah.

Is acrylic fine? I used acrylic but i'm scared of washing the shirt.
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