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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A Cake and a Pin! :D 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! ^_^
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A few small Valentine's things! 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
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / gunmetal? :/ on: December 21, 2007 06:39:28 PM
Hey all!

My friends and I have been really obsessed with gunmetal earrings and things that we've seen in the department stores.  Most of them are made from flattened, twisted gunmetal wire and they're too easy to make for me to pay top dollar.  For those of you who use gunmetal, I was wondering what your sources are?  I usually shop at Fire Mountain, but they don't carry gunmetal wires or findings.  I've done internet searches for suppliers, but I wanted your guys' opinions on a good place to buy it with reliable service, shipping, and quality.

Thanks! Cheesy
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Polymer Clay in Victoria, Australia? on: September 27, 2007 07:41:13 PM
Hi guys!

I am actually writing this in hopes of helping out someone who is interested in getting into the wonderful world of clay!  Only thing is, she lives in Australia and I am... no where near there, but I'm still trying to get information for her. Smiley She lives in Sale, Victoria and would like to know if any of you wonderful ladies/gentlemen know of stores in the area that carry polymer clay.  I know it's being a little specific, and I've already directed her to the other post regarding clay in Australia (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=60430.0), so if there are any local crafters that are willing to lend a hand in this search, the both of us would be MORE than grateful for you help!

Thanks a bundle for reading~
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mooncakes! YUM! :D (updated AGAIN! 9/23) 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
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / SO many types of fabrics! on: September 21, 2007 10:05:04 AM
I was browsing some online fabric stores and it seriously made me dizzy. @_@ They had so many different types of fabric that I really don't know what to do!

I'm pretty new to sewing, so really, the only thing I know about fabric is cotton, linen, canvas, and... uh... silk, I think. :x

Do you lovely ladies know of any sites that will give me information about the different fabric types?  Like... what exactly is muslin?  What can I use it for?  What is "slink fabric"?  If I were to make a dress or purse or a pair of knickers, what's the best fabric, etc.?

Any help would be MUCH appreciated!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first wire jewelry :D 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! ^_^
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / how to make extra-full beaded bracelets? 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):

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / I've been lazy... [image chunkalunkcious! :9]--brownies, earrings, and misc. 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
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / will bubbler mailers cut it? 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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