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21  Simple wired heart pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alhrayth on: March 07, 2010 05:06:29 AM
The other night I was sleepless and bored, and I started playing around with some bits of wire.
At first I made the heart of the thicker wire, with a loop in the inside from where I had a small silver bead dangling. But I didn't like it that much, so I found some thinner wire as I had in mind a picture I *think* I saw here (totally unsure about this) and this is my result:

I was a little worried of the wire getting caught on clothes or scarves, but not so far... I'm pretty pleased!
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22  Olympic Ice Dance Final themed cake for a tv-watching night (IMG HEAVY) in Dessert by alhrayth on: February 24, 2010 04:45:25 AM
So, I had arranged to meet up with friends to watch the Olympics together, to follow the competition where two of my friends were skating. It is a pretty long wait for us in Italy, because the competition ran from around 2am to 6am.... so I volunteered to make a cake to munch while waiting. Of course, having recently discovered marshlaloow fondant coverings and sugar paste and stuff like this... I had to give myself a theme! The idea was to make a cartoon-ish reference to my 2 friends skating in the event that night.

First, a reference: this is what my friends are wearing in their free program this season:

And this is my cake:

without the figurines, to highlight the "tracings" on the ice, and the yellow skirtboard just like the rinks....

funny pic: I used smurf shaped marshmallows to make the blue fondant... poor melting smurfs!
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23  Kitten Cake in Dessert by alhrayth on: February 15, 2010 02:00:22 PM

I had posted my experiments in cake decorating in another thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336785.0, but since I went a little picture-happy with the final cake (while still managing to take all the pics in bad lighting and in a horrible rush, resulting in poor pics!) so I thought I'd better give it its own thread...

This guy I already had:

But I made two more:

See them on the cake:

I love its little toes

I think he's the one who came out best

This one had a bit of a recipe problem and became too dry, so it kept breaking...

I had to both elevate its rear legs to follow the shape it had taken, and cover a missing bit of the cream cover.... that's how the little blanket came to life!

I am happy to report that my friends loved it! (and the interior I knew was yummy, my grandma's chocolate cake with raspberry filling never fails!!
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24  Re: Work in progress: plastic chocolate & marshmallow fondant in Dessert by alhrayth on: February 08, 2010 10:07:08 AM
Here's another step of my experiments. I baked a random cake (a pre-mixed thing because I just wanted a base to experiment on. For the birthday cake I'll be baking my chocolate one) and covered it with the marshmallow fondant, which I had tinted light purple. I was not in the mood for more sculpting experiments, so I decorated it with a bunch of heart cutouts (the purple/blue-ish ones are marshmallow fondant, the white-ish ones are the white chocolate paste).

to smooth the cake base and to make it grip the fondant more I had used some buttercream frosting, which you can sort of see....

I found that the chocolate stuff is not that easy to work with for my warm hands (it starts melting too easily for me to work very easily... I'm not very experienced so my "sculpting" requires quite  a bit of retouching and that's a problem!
So I searched for other options, and I found a reciped for a sugar based paste (there's confectioners' sugar, water, gelatin and honey) which I decided to try out, and I made another little cat experiment:

this one lacks some details but I didn't attempt any painting, I'm on a mission to find some edible ink pens tomorrow in a pastry decorating shop...

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25  Work in progress: plastic chocolate & marshmallow fondant : MORE ADDED! in Dessert by alhrayth on: February 05, 2010 08:56:09 AM
So next week it's the birthday of a goof friend of mine, and since she's recently had quite a bad period another friend launched the idea of organizing a bit of semi-surprise party (she will expect to have a quiet dinner with a couple of friends, it will be a bigger thing). Of course, I got assigned to do the cake, as all my friends love my chocolate cake (grandma's recipe). The thing is, I am bored to death with that cake, because basically I always get asked to do that one and I can never experiment with other things, so I decided that if I can'y modify the base, I'll work on the exterior and have fun with that.
So I did some research on some Italian pastry forums, because I needed to find things I could do with ingredients I could actually find (and sometimes it's not possible with recipes I find here or on some blogs I read, because some things are easily available in the US are unknown here).

So I started with some plastic chocolate, simply made with chocolate, a little water and honey... it turned out much better than I expected
 I had done a little batch with some white chocolate, and I tinted a tiny bit pink and a little portion blue with some random food colouring I had at home (but I've found a store with this kind of supplies in Milan and I want to go there next week for some better stuff), and I made a little cat playing with some yarn (the cake will have a feline theme, so I had to experiment on that subject)...

I am quite satisfied with this, as it's the first time ever that I attempt it and it turned our cute. I have sketched a design for the cake with three little figurines, and I hope they will turn out nice!

I have a tiny bit left and I will later try to form it into something else to decorate a cake I'm baking tomorrow to continue with my experiment... which is, covering the cake with a sheet of marshmallow fondant!

I found one recipe, but I could find only pink&white marshmallows, so the ball that I have resting in my pantry right now is definitely pink (I'll find white ones for the real cake somewhere next week!) and tomorrow I'll try to roll it out and see how it goes covering a cake....

so I'll try to post more pics tomorrow, wish me luck!!!

oh, btw, I also made another little experiment, it's a caramel/cream sauce (like a toffee sauce? we call it another way in Italian, but I googled around and it seems the nearest thing)... and now someone has to hide this little jar from me because it's tooooooo good and it took no time to make!!!!

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26  I needed to keep my hands busy: some pendants, one figurine in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: January 14, 2010 01:38:15 PM
Frankly, I'm not really happy with most of them, but today I was waiting for some news and was sooooo anxious I just needed to do something. If I'd been a little more inspired, I'm sure I'd have done some things differently, but at least I spent a good afternoon...

This pendant I quite like. It's pearly fimo mixed with some eyeshadow pigment and glitter, wrapped around a clear glass and a couple of silver beads. The pearly beads was added after baking.

there's a lot of pretty glittery that didn't show up in the pictures here:

P is my real initial...

this one has already been snapped up by my mother to use as a cell phone charm as she has a very cute purple cell phone...

(I made a similar one for myself some time ago:

these ones were sooooo cute until I varnished them, because the gloss makes the details disappear a little... the petals are round and with a little indent which is soo cute, but were impossible to photograph. Imight try to thake some more pics tomorrow when there will be some better light!
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27  So my friend begged me to make Cinnamon Rolls for New Year's Eve dinner.... in Dessert by alhrayth on: January 02, 2010 12:48:15 PM
and I obliged!

Actually they were not the dinner, of course - we had a table full of lots of different canaps and nibbles ad dips and spreads instead of proper courses:

and before they arrived I made the dough and set it to rise. After dinner I rolled out the dough, spread butter and cane sugar and cinnamon, rolled it and baked it to have....

my rolls:

out of the oven,
with the cream cheese and vanilla glaze
with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

These were much better than the ones I made last summer!!
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28  Re: Show me your Christmas tree! in Winter Holidays by alhrayth on: December 17, 2009 07:38:35 AM
My tree is very simple but I love it anyway. It used to be only transparent/iridescent stuff for years, then last year I added some white bits after some decorations a friend gave me. Then when I painted my living room lilac, I decided to add some purple to the tree this year...

(I esp. like the stars hanging on the window behind it... it's all glittery and nice when the sun shines! And excuse the wet bit on the tablecloth, I had a mishap watering a plant and I noticed only now that I didn't cut it out of the pic)

closer, with flash

at night, with lights

some details
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29  randomness: a little angel, a couple of pendants, and more in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: December 16, 2009 02:03:31 PM

So, ages ago I posted about this little voodoo mummy figurine I made to have a copy of a good-luck doll I lost and couldn't retrieve:

but it turned out my friends found it creepy, and after a while I got tired of hearing their comments. So my little mummy will find a secure hiding place in my purse, and I made a new little thing to hang on my phone:

a little smiling angel with a big heart. I hope they won't find it creepy only because it's not pastel colored!!

then with some of the pearly white fimo I used for the wings I made a little necklace I had been thinking about:

then since I had a little bit of white left and more of that glittery red, I made another pendant for which I still have not found a use, as it's a little big and heavy for my usual style...

and lastly, mixing the scraps of pearly white and glittery red, I got this glittery pearly pink (which is a lot less orange than in the pics) and made an earring/necklace set...

what do you think about them??
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30  Born bracelet, I got also some earrings out of it... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alhrayth on: December 06, 2009 02:38:09 PM
description is in the pic.... it's a very easy recon, but I'm happy with what I have got now instead of a lonely mismatched pendant and a too-full bracelet...

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