MINIATURE MACARONS

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 17 JUN 2015

These macaron are my first attempt to food. I used airdry clay, this time resin clay. And....I think I'll still stick to polymer clay.

I had no idea that airdry clay had this thing called resin clay and they dry hard, just like polymer clay. I also found out that you can also make your own airdry clay, which is called cold porcelain clay, and they also dry hard. I've only used martha stewart airdry clay which is paper clay, and they dry soft (sponge-like) which I didn't like (and now I have tons of them left LOL, they're good for paper collage and the likes I guess but for now they're gonna be in my not-gonna-use-for-almost-ever storage box..)

But even after trying both cold porcelain clay and resin clay, I am pretty sure that I will stick to polymer clay when I do intricate work. 

I actually bought a couple of things to make cold porcelain clay though, because they're definitely cheaper than polymer clay.. I guess I can still use them when I'm making plates etc (which I'm definitely going to make when I'm trying out food...ONE DAY FOR SURE) 

I think I might have spent more time on this than expected because of the fact that I was using air-dry clay, because they, well, dries pretty quickly. And I'm really quite anal-retentive. I think I was only satisfied after the 4th version of the macaron? LOL. Good thing is I somehow always find a better way to do it and it looks better than before. But after looking at it I think I shouldn't have use a layer of paint (which I did for this) but instead a layer of air dry liquid clay of some sort as the paint leaks out.. I couldn't use a layer of airdry clay since it'd be too thick. OH WELL I LEARNT SMTH ELSE LOL.

I had a post regarding the bag in the photo above: http://handxmade.weebly.com/blog/daiso-artifical-leather-craft-kit and I think I didn't mention that it was for a friend. Well, yes it's for a friend's birthday. 

I put the macarons in a paper box that I made with a semi-hard paper meant for making cards (like birthday cards). I thought the papers were really pretty so I bought them on impulse, never thought I'd be using it for something like this HAHA. It wasn't as firm as I hope it'd be but it did the job. 

It just so happens that she likes Coke too, and I saw a miniature of it online while surfing for some miniature gear so I thought of getting it for her too (hoping it fits the bag)

AND THEY BOTH FIT INTO THE BAG PERFECTLY. WOW. I really did not expect that and was pleasantly surprised. I didn't really thought about what if it doesn't fit though. LOL. I just know I needed to make the macarons as small as I could and I wanted it to be 3 x 3. I think it was just pure luck but it's such a..miracle lol. 

I also made a really tiny card and fit it in the macaron box. 

It was quite a long project and I'm glad I decided to do this for her. I wanted to gave her an ang pao (which is basically money) because I know that this isn't something she needs/wants/expected?? But she rejected it and said it was the thought that counts. :') 

She really made my day, even though it was her birthday. <3

DANGO DANGO BIG FAMILY

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 22 APR 2015

Few weeks back, my cousin asked me to make a botan and dango (respectively) keychain for him. 

OK BUT WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY LUL

Basically they are side characters on an anime call Clannad. It was a visual novel and then a TV series based on the visual novel was created. It's basically.....LOVE STORY. Haha. But Season Two, called Clannad After Story, apparently made everyone whom I know who watched it cried. I haven't gotten to it yet, but I know why dango is so....lovable.

 

First. DANGO IS A KIND OF FOOD.

CREDITS TO WIKI

CREDITS TO WIKI

 

 

And for the first season of Clannad, the ending song was this: 
please watch, it's very amusing and after awhile, very addicting

LOOK AT THE LYRICS. WHAT THE HELL. HAHAHAHAHHAA IT'S SO ADORABLE THE MELODY IS GREAT THE SONG ARRANGEMENT IS GREAT BUT IT'S ABOUT A SPECIFIC FOOD AND A BIG FAMILY OF THE SAME KIND OF FOOD WHAT THE-

It has already find it's way to my iTunes playlist. LOL. Isn't it adorable ihsagdilashgbcvlaiwhebc. I got a tiny bit obsessed with this song for awhile and they look so bouncy too omgosh.


So my junior saw the post on my instagram account and she was also a fellow dango-addict. She custom ordered from me one dango. Now the one I made for my cousin were both made from airdry clay. And I did not know what I was thinking haha. Airdry clay does NOT make good keychain. It's TOO squishy and it could get torn easily. So of course I made it with polymer clay this time so it's more durable. 

YEAH I MADE QUITE A LOT (RATHER THAN ONE LOL)

I figured since I have so much colour of the clay I mixed left, might as well make more right.

I gave one of them to my cousin, since I told him if I made it out of polymer clay I'll make him one, since I felt so bad about the flimsy, squishy air dry clay. But there's 9 of them and 9 - 2 = 7MORE HAHHAHAHAA

SO YES, YOU GUESSED RIGHT (if you were even guessing at all)

 

DANGOES GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!
*woohoo!*

My friend was like, YOU CRAZY AH SO MANY GIVEAWAYS, SELL IT LA. Hahaha. Yeah I'm actually quite broke now...but oh well.. I'm not really good yet, so in a way, giving away stuff and getting feedback will be very important to me. Plus, I have to settle my packaging etc before I 'officially' open for custom orders. :D

Slow and steady~

AIR DRY CLAY (MARTHA STEWART)

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 16 JAN 2015

So I finally got myself some clay!!! First clay making ever and I was sooooo excited! 

Since I don't have an oven, I decided to get Air Dry Clay. 

Frankly speaking, I'm really attracted to their packaging. I could have went to daiso and grab some cheap air dry clay and try but I really wanted to get the kit since there's some mold I could try and they also have some tools etc. This is really good marketing I would say hah.

It includes: 
5 colors of clay (white, 3 primary colours, brown)
2 detailing tools
4 silicone molds
floral tape
floral wire
instructions. 

*note: I put my watermark at the top of the instruction booklet as I thought it was a good place, not in any way trying to infringe any copyright lol*

It's really smooth and soft, and the fact that you can mix and match the colours yourself with the primary colours is really interesting. Martha Stewart also has a videos regarding the air dry clay, like how to use it, keeping it workable with damp paper towels, and also how to make a rose!

Her fingers are so....delicate? It's obviously a skilled clay maker's hand. When I did it I was like "omg the petals lifbfgclsgfsjkhdbf" 

For me, when I tried to sculpt the petals, it keeps on 'tearing', probably because the strength I put wasn't even throughout or something and it got 'torn off' because I was using too much strength... Had to try and in the end came up with another method which was just kinda rubbing it into the shape I want LOL. #fails

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The two roses I made! While letting it air dry, of course I HAVE to try making a miniature out of it. Because. Miniatures. MINIATURES!!

The first one I did! Look at that sizeeeeeee. So happy. For a beginner who didn't even know air dry clay or clay for that matter, existed since about 3 months ago, I'd say I did a pretty good job. *patpat myself*

For the miniature one, what I did was I drew out the outline of the petals with my dotting tools on a flattened clay, and used my xacto knife to cut them out. 

If you see clearly, you can see the 'lint' inside the clay and the end of the petals, as they kinda clumped together when I was cutting it. I think these lints were from the baby wipes (sprayed with water) I used which was obviously a bad idea now. Maybe it was just bad quality baby wipes. But I probably should have just wet my tissue papers or kitchen towels instead.... 

It was kind of annoying because I was worried about the clay drying up etc and the damp paper towels were also getting not so damp... That's probably one of the cons of air dry clay. When they start drying up it's really quite annoying. 

I really like this picture, even though it was a random picture I took to show my boyfriend my progress.

The one on the left is the one I put together immediately after I cut out the petals and the right was put together after I kind of 'flatten' the cut out petals. I like the left one better even though the right one was much similar to the rose that the Martha Stewart video showed. Maybe because the left one was more..... 'curvy'. 

After making a bunch of them! I like the colour scheme hurhur.

It was the miniature's turn to airdry, so I took the time to use my soft pastels to shade my bigger flowers. I think it was kinda fail LOL, another first attempt. And yeah, the leafy parts wasn't really made well.... The green was drying up and I couldn't smooth out the ends perfectly :( But it's alright, I gotta start somewhere and the first few times will definitely lean towards the failure side. HAHA. AT LEAST I TRIED YAY.

I used Decou-Page Matte as a glaze for my roses and I must say I don't really like it. In fact, I probably won't use it to glaze my clay items again. I've never really liked gloss and this does give it a shine to my roses which to me makes it look more plastic than natural. I only wanted the glaze to protect my pastels, not give it a shine...... Need to source for a proper one. :(

I understand that Decou-Page is mainly for paper crafters, scrapbooking and stuff like that but I trusted the sales person who sold me this and I disliked it lol. Again, first for everything~ Lesson learnt! I'll probably pass this glaze to my friend who is quite into scrapbooking. 

Hahaha you can see the broken petals properly, so sad. And they don't look as thin and folded backwards 'naturally' as much as I would like to have. That's what lacking of skill does to you :(

I also made a mini vase for my mini flowers using scrap air dry clay which were drying. I did that by SPAMMING lots of water haha so it'll smooth out easily but it was still pretty hard to manipulate. Then I painted it with off white acrylic paint. 

Left one was before I glazed it and I'm glad I took it to show my boyfriend before I glaze it haha. It looks so much better. It could be that my glazing skill sucks too (since it's also the first time I'm doing it) but I'm just sad I ruined it :( (In my own opinion haha)


 

That's it for this clay! I'm glad I bought it and try and instead of being envious, I'm making some miniatures myself! It's my first ever miniature and I'm quite happy about it. Yayyyy.

And of course, I have to try out their mold. I only tried this one cause I only have enough leftover scrap clays for one, and it was TOUGH. Mostly because it was drying up hahaha. Again, might be because I just suck at manipulating clay. :( But at least I got it hahahaha. 

Can't wait to do more things regarding clay. I really want to try polymer clay though, because of the one big factor that it doesn't dry up. I shall get an oven soon....