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1  A Cake and a Pin! :D in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShinyThings on: July 22, 2008 11:56:25 AM
I've been busy/lazy lately so I haven't posted anything in a great while, but I just finished with a commission that I'm particularly proud of so I just thought I'd share it with everyone. ^_^ Given, it's not as good as some of the stuff that I've seen on here lately, but I'm still happy with the results!

And a size reference for the cake:

The cake itself is about 3" high and 3" at the base.

Secondly, I'm just obsessed with Starbucks and have been a proud employee for a few months now! xD I've also been making these pins non-stop for co-workers and friends, so I just thought I'd share. :3 This is one that I made for myself:

Let me know what you guys think! ^_^
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2  A few small Valentine's things! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShinyThings on: February 01, 2008 06:11:03 PM
Valentine's Day is coming up and even though some people may believe it to be a consumerist holiday, I absolutely LOVE it.  It's the one day that I can be all lovey-dovey without seeming like a complete nut-job. Cheesy

In any case, I made some things this year for Valentine's that I wanted to share with you all. 

First off, here are some teddy bears holding hearts.  They even have little stitchings on them like actual teddy bears... because I wanted to. hehe xD

The only one that no one likes (poor thing) is the green one for some reason so I just stuck it onto my bag for personal use haha. xD Luckily, green is my favorite color! woop!

Then there's the one thing that I can be proud this season, and that's the traditional dozen roses with a box of Valentine's chocolates.  Everything was made by hand, even the box, so it's almost all polymer clay, with the exception of the stems (which are wires) and the tissue papers.

Tell me what you guys think! Cheesy
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3  Mooncakes! YUM! :D (updated AGAIN! 9/23) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShinyThings on: September 21, 2007 09:22:47 PM
I don't know about you, but I LOVE mooncake! Tongue And, as the time of year rolls around, I start to miss the delicious little cakes that we always got at home.  I've only been away from home for 9 months now, but BOY do I want to go home and sink my teeth in to a nice, sweet, and nummylicious mooncake! T_T

Anyway, as with the dim sum from before, I make whatever I crave... so... here they are - two of the prototypes that I made up for my mooncake set!  The lotus one isn't as nice, but I'm working on it... and I've been informed that the character in the center of the square mooncake is only half of what is supposed to be "friendship."

*shakes fist at google*

I may be half Chinese, but I don't know jack. :x

Anyway, dimensions are approximately 1" wide each.  Let me know what you guys think!  I'll be posting more as I make more... but for now, these will have to do. ^^;

EDITED AREA: (the title will change each time there's an update! lol)

This is my version of the mung bean (or green bean as some people call it) paste filling. :3 The "egg" part came out a little... flat, but that couldn't be helped no matter how many times I've tried.

For size reference. :3

Edit #2:
A bunny and pig mooncake pair!  These usually come without filling so I didn't want to make multiples to cut them up.  Some actually do come with coconut, but the filling is usually so minimal it's not even worth it. xP

For size:

I plan to make at least a few more, so I guess... if you like this one then erm... keep an eye out for my updates? xP

The prototypes:

Thanks for looking!~ <3
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4  My first wire jewelry :D in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ShinyThings on: September 18, 2007 06:44:58 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm usually in the Polymer Clay section, but jewelry making has caught my interest. Grin I normally just make jewelry out of clay, so this is a first for me!

I got bored the other day and started to browse my jewelry supplier's website and came across some chandel-earring (yeah that's what I call chandelier earrings hehe) that were shaped like spirals.  I didn't feel like paying money for it OR waiting for it to come into the mail, so I decided to dig through my stash of silver-plated wire to "experiment" manipulating wire.  A few broken bamboo skewers and one band-aid later, I have this:

I call it "fire trail" because the crystals are Swarovski 'fire opal' bicones that I just absolutely ADORE!  I know... it's not very creative, but you know... erm... look over there! *runs and hides*

Oh and I didn't forget the ACTION SHOT! Tongue Sorry for the mug~

What do you guys think?  Good or bad, I wanna hear it! ^_^
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5  how to make extra-full beaded bracelets? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by ShinyThings on: September 11, 2007 12:13:46 PM
Hey everyone!

I just bought a huge lot of Swarovski bicone beads and some glass pearls and I want to make me a bracelet.  I've started putting the beads together with headpins and all... but it's not getting as full as I want it to be!  I use a small curb chain for the "backbone" (i guess you could say) of the bracelet and I already have two beads attached per ring on the chain.  It looks full, but once i put it on, a lot of the chain is still showing through.  The most probable way to fix this is to add more crystals/beads (I think) but my question is:

Is there a specific way to organize/position the beads on the chain to make the bracelet look "full" even when it's on my wrist?  Or is it an impossibility? Sad

I'll try to post pictures of what I have so far once I get the chance.

EDIT (pictures):

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6  I've been lazy... [image chunkalunkcious! :9]--brownies, earrings, and misc. in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShinyThings on: August 04, 2007 07:38:16 PM
Hehe... I haven't posted anything in a while, but  I've been busy lately, what with exams coming up.  I've got one midterm this coming Friday and a final the following Thursday. *chews on nails* 

These are some of the things that I made a few weeks ago... and some brownies that I made last week but never had a chance to take pictures (read: too lazy to take pictures). lol

I'm sorry for those who peruse my DeviantArt account - these will be repeats for you guys.

First off, the fudge brownies! Cheesy The ruler on the side is showing centimeter measurements.  I went ahead and measured the brownies - they're about 8x7mm (give or take) on each side.

These are some cherry earrings I made as a commissioned work for a fellow classmate-

The same girl asked me to make her some rose earrings as well-

Cheesecake!  Cherry cheesecake to be exact. xD It has a graham cracker crust that you can't really see well, but it's there!  The plate is a little bit more than 1" in width and the cheesecake stands about 1cm tall.  The fork's made with clay as well (as you can tell by the crooked prongs lol)-

My version of Spongebob and the entire Bikini Bottom crew! lol xD It doesn't look like them so much as squishy blobular representations-

Rawr! lol I refuse to do "menacing"-

Lastly, some orchids that I'm too lazy to find the source file for at the moment. xP-

What do you guys think? :3
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7  will bubbler mailers cut it? in Crafty Business Discussion by ShinyThings on: July 26, 2007 05:19:55 PM
Hi all!~

I'm planning to start selling things on Etsy in about a month, but I'm conflicted as to what to do for shipping.  Since this isn't specifically related to Etsy, I just thought it would find a better home here. Smiley

OK... first off, shipping SUCKS!  The prices seem to go up, up, up with no signs of stopping!  I'm kind of at a loss for this because I don't know what to do.  On the one hand, I want to keep my shipping rates as low as possible so I need to keep the weight as low as possible... yet on the other hand, I want to make sure that my items arrive in one piece.

I want to shove these into bubble mailers:

They're made of cardstock and are pretty sturdy, but not as sturdy as the cotton-filled boxes.

My questions are the following:
1. Will this survive the trip?  I don't want my customers opening the envelope only to find a crumpled mess
2. Would a 4x4x4" cardboard box work better and is it worth the extra shipping?
3. Will customers scream and run away when they see how much shipping will cost them?
4. What would you do in my situation?

Thanks guys... I just feel like I'm in over my head, especially since shipping really just... GrRrRr~
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8  Starfish! :P in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShinyThings on: July 08, 2007 03:22:10 PM
A friend of mine from school asked me to make her some starfish earrings so I set out to make it and I like the results. Grin I don't have access to molds, but then again, if they were all molded, they wouldn't be very unique (I think).

Er... those "pearls" are made of clay as well.  Lips sealed Yeah... not having access to a craft store in the area really blows. lol

Sorry to those who have already seen this in my DeviantArt... I'm just kind of proud of the way the starfish turned out. Wink

Oh, and sorry also for the border and little watermark... I always forget to save the originals before adding everything to it.  I will update later without all that stuff once I get access to my camera again (I'm on campus studying for tomorrow's exam lol)

Let me know what you guys think and if there's something I can improve upon (especially if someone here is an expert on starfish anatomy!)
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9  the QUEEN of inedible pie-aras! in CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES by ShinyThings on: July 03, 2007 01:30:59 PM
=D Yes ladies (and gentlemen), my entry is the queen of pies.  Unfortunately, my pies are inedible and hard because they're made of polymer clay!

This is my very first ever entry!  I love making pies, especially pumpkin pies! ... and I love working with clay... so it was only natural that I make clay pies! lol

And here's how I did it:
Materials -
Polymer clay
a mini pie tin
discarded bottle caps

First, I took an old pie tin and cut out the bottom.  These are smaller than your normal 9" tin (this one is about 6" or so).  I wanted a base that I could stick into the oven to bake the clay onto so using my headbands was out of the question.

Oh yeah baby... Wink that's some hott tin-ara action for ya. lol

Then I rolled out some clay and cut it into a tiara shape.

And added the lattice top and crust to my pie crown!

Here it is after I had added some "crust" color to the beige clay and baked it for a bit.  I had to add some E6000 to the back to hold it onto the *ahem* pie-ara because clay doesn't stick so well to the foil tin.

After everything had cooled, I added the embellishments - pie "jewels" lol They're actually pie magnets that I made.  The magnets are so strong that they actually hold through the thickness of the pie-ara, which I am still shocked at.  I don't want to detail how I made the little pies... I'm just too lazy for that.

Here is the view from the left side of the tiara.  It has pecan pie and blueberry pie.  You can see the little round black magnets on the back of the pie-ara.

Here is a frontal view that shows pumpkin pie, a cherry cheesecake... "pie" (lol) and key lime pie.

And this is the right side of the pie where I stuck cherry pie and an open-top strawberry pie.

Lastly, ACTION SHOT! Tongue No clips or strings were harmed in the placing of this pie-ara. hehe

Hope you guys like it!  I see the other entries and the competition is fierce!  But, regardless, I had fun making it and I wanted to thank you all for sitting through this entry. lol
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10  Wedding Cake~ :9 in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShinyThings on: June 29, 2007 10:53:21 PM
I finished a wedding cake today that had been sitting around in my room for the past month. Tongue I only had the base finished and cured, but the frosting had not been.  Needless to say (or well, not so needless... I don't know lol), the blue "fondant" cracked and I had to redo the entire covering.  It measures about 2 1/2" tall x 1 3/4" wide at the base.

This is the cake.  Some of the flowers from the base fell off after baking, but that was easily fixed.  I just wish I had the foresight to have the base protected so that it didn't bake onto my tray. :/

And this is the cake on my hand for reference.  I couldn't get the background very white so we all just have to deal with the hideous blue tinge. x_x

Now to work on making real cakes that I can actually EAT. Tongue hehe

Let me know what you guys think!
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