#CRAFTOFTHEDAY (WEEK 5 & 6) (LAST)

This week was basically a Chinese New Year week for us Singaporean Chinese! :)

I don't really celebrate because our family wasn't really the type to go full on- just a simple reunion dinner with our family! If you want to know more about what Chinese New Year mean to me, you can head here to read what I wrote regarding that topic. 

During Chinese New Year and visiting, the younger ones (AKA those who hasn't got married) will receive an Ang Bao from adults (AKA married), which is Red Packets! These red packets will have money inside, but usually as a form of gesture. Of course people with rich relatives would usually receive more, but it's the gestures that counts in my opinion. 

So to mark the occasion, I made some miniature ang baos! 

YES THE ONES IN THE PHOTO ABOVE IS A MINIATURE! AHAHAA.

I even made little packets that these Red Packets come in! :D

The design was found on google, so credits to whoever designed it! But I made the flaps and the back and actually piece and glued them together so it really looks like an ang pao packet! :D

I learnt quite a bit from using Photoshop from this project too! I do hope I'll be able to make more packaging and stuff in the near future with this skill. 

 

Now during Chinese New Year, whenever we go visiting, we have to bring two mandarin oranges to the said person's house, and exchanging those two oranges we brought with theirs!

The reason mandarin oranges are such an important part of CNY is because these mandarin oranges in Chinese sounds similar to the word "luck" and orange sounds like the Chinese word for "wealth". Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity! (Source: http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/214T11982T14619.html)

Hence I made a miniature piece of oranges! Love the slightly glazed look on the miniature that real oranges have hehe. 

I also glued two ang bao packets at the back! You can see the folds here haha. These ang bao packets definitely give it the decoration piece a CNY feeling and changes the whole theme! It's a wonder how these little things makes everything different.

This were given to my mum as a gift!

I also made a pair of mandarin earrings for my mum, just because! It's also a pair, like how you would bring to one's house during visiting! ;)

During Chinese New Year, there's also a lot of goodies that only pops out during that period! This is a Kueh Lapis (or Kek Lapis) that I learnt how to make in one of AiClay's CNY goodies workshop! 

Photo taken from AiClay.com

Photo taken from AiClay.com

This workshop! 

Yes, I also learnt how to make the oranges here too! But mine has a darker green stem and is glazed :D

I didn't want to post the pineapple tarts because it's made with a mold (for time saving purposes during workshop) hence it's not truly my work. BUT THE TARTS ARE AMAZING TOO RIGHT!!

The Kueh Lapis was made by me and I did a couple so I just put everything on a plate hahaha.

So yep! These were the #craftoftheday posts that I have for those two weeks! The rest were AiClay's Pocket Kitchen tutorial, which can be seen in the review of AiClay's Pocket Kitchen kit

If you haven't read the post, you really won't understand how awesome the kit is. Really. 

Go read it.


Anyway, to address the (LAST) in the title of this post.....

Yes, this will be the end to the resolution of posting a completed craft piece every day for #craftoftheday.

I know new year's resolution usually doesn't last very long for a lot of people, but I was determined to keep it as long as possible! However, I'm gonna have to stop this now because I want to make videos, and it will take me quite awhile to dabble on it and explore that area! 

I'm glad I at least did it every day for more than a month ahahhaahha.

I've always wanted to try making videos, tutorials, just to keep track of what I've done and keep a record, but I will not be able to do it if I keep trying to create something to post every day. And honestly I don't really get much experience out of it! (My photoshop skills have improved drastically though- even if it's just adjusting the brightness hahaha)

I do hope I'll still be able to update my instagram as many photos as possible, and maybe more work in progress shots! But yes, I do want to focus on making videos as of now! 

I will probably lessen the amount of custom orders I take in (even though it's not a lot now anyway...) but I do want to take time off and focus on making videos! I have quite a number of projects in mind, so I wanna make sure I can pull them off first! ^^

This #craftoftheday resolution journey really helped push me to create things and I'm really grateful for that. It was also giving me unnecessary stress but now I have more than 30 craft piece on my Instagram! One of the reason why I wanted to do this was to have more things I crafted as an album so I could see myself improve, and yes, I can definitely see lots of improvement especially right from the beginning! (Editing skills, too hahahaha)

I hope I can finish at least a video by next week...but it might take me more time! Next week is gonna be such a busy week for me haha. 

HUAT AH!

#CRAFTOFTHEDAY (WEEK 4)

Time really flies! It's already the start of February, and I have already made more than 30 craft piece thanks to this #craftoftheday resolution! This is really quite amazing. 

I do hope I can keep this up, and I'd still be able to post one craft piece up every day even when I have lots of custom orders! :D

This week there was a lot of AiClay's tutorial craft pieces, which I will sum up when I'm done with all the tutorial. I will be reviewing Pocket Kitchen with the photos, so let's review those that aren't from AiClay Pocket Kitchen tutorials! :)

Another Gudetama! Hehehe. This time, on a piece of bread!

I think I made the bread a bit too thin....next time I shall do better hehe.

Next, it's a birthday gift for one of my friend when I was still working as a part time accountant:

Jocelyn really likes Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, so I made her one with it sitting on a base with her name, making it really customised!

The name could definitely be improved though, and I believe the next one would be neater. :D

Also made a little heart here hehe.

This is also painted with watercolour too, and I think the effect was pretty good on Stitch! :)

Quite a number of people has been asking me about BB-8, and I don't think I would want to sell anything that is licensed, like Marvel, Disney.. But if it's a custom order like this, with customised name on some part of the item, and you will not be able to get it anywhere but from me with a slightly different style from the original piece.....I think I would consider it.

I still would need to do some research about this though, so forgive me if I can't seem to do any custom order for such things.

That's all for this week (I know, there's only two) but I think I would be able to review pocket kitchen really soon, so there'll be lots of miniature food photos soon! ;)

#CRAFTOFTHEDAY (WEEK 3)

This week I could finally catch up with my crafting and I was crafting non-stop from Monday to Friday! I LOVE IT HAHAA.

BB-8! I'm so glad I did this :') It was really tough to find reference photo for all the side of the body though, and because I like to be specific, I just had to find all that I could for the 6 different prints in the 6 circles!

Hahaha look at the amount of reference photos my goddddd.

But the toughest part wasn't to find the reference photos, but making the item itself definitely. The BB-8 you see is probably the 4th one I made......

The first few I burnt them because 1. I forgot to cover the item with aluminium pan, 2. The temperature was just set wrongly (160 degrees instead of 130 degrees, forgot to change it back after heating up pizza HAHAHA). 

The third one, I tried to do it with watercolour but because I kept touching it before it completely dried, the orange colour was smudged D:

A really bad photo I took to show ET how bad it was haha. 

HOW CAN I CALL THIS A COMPLETED CRAFT PIECE??? Even though everything was painted nicely, just smudged... :| I thought I might be able to pull this off as a dirty BB-8 since it was quite dirty in the adventures in Star Wars....BUT NOPE. I won't be able to live with myself if I do that haha.

This look soooo much better!! Here is BB-8's different side for my own future reference and also for other people who might wanna try and make this :D

Opps just realised there's no photo for the pattern right at the bottom of the head! You can see it on the last reference photo, the one on the top right! :)

Now, the reason why I can show all side of BB-8 with BB-8's face facing one way is because I can actually move the body!!! 

(I apologise for my unsightly finger with a cut...sometimes I wish I've got nice fingernails and hands...) 

There's a magnet in the head and body, so both parts can be attached! One of the reason I wanted to make BB-8 was to test this particular magnet- SmCo (Samarium Cobalt), and see if it really can stay magnetic even after going through the oven with polymer clay's required baking time!

I'm relieved to say that it works wonderfully and it's still really strong! Even though it's much pricier than the usual magnets. I guess you do pay for the quality! 

A short video of the BB-8 made with polymer clay to show how strong the magnet is in real time :)

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This took a few days to make and it was quite frustrating, but I'm glad I got it right in the end, and I'm so proud of it I even wore it as an accessory! :)

I put a lobster clasps instead of a ring so that I can switch between my #craftoftheday works if I want to hehe. 

 

Alright, the next #craftoftheday item is..... *drumroll*

GUDETAMA!!!!

For those of you who don't know what's a Gudetama.........here's a video to summarise some of the best videos (albeit pointless) hahaha.

Gudetama is a new character from Sanrio, which also designed kawaii Japanese characters like Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars and more! As you can see, it has so many short clips and there's so many compilation! At the end of the video there's even a song hahahahaha. It's basically just a lazy egg yolk- that's about it!

"Sanrio's egg-turned-mascot character gets its name from a combination of the words “gude“(pronouced goo-deh), which is a Japanese onomatopoeia for describing something or someone with no energy or strength, and “tama” from the word tamago, which means egg in Japanese." - Uncle Google

I wonder who came up with this hahahahahhahaha the videos are REALLY, REALLY POINTLESS. But it's soooooo annoyingly cute!

One of the most distinctive features of Gudetama is its butt! So bounceh and....naked hahaa. I think my Gudetama could be improved! Can see myself making more of this character in the future. :D

 

Now this next #craftoftheday craft piece...

A Stormtrooper helmet! Before the Star War craze ends hahahaha.

This was actually harder to make than I expected. Even though it looks really simple, it actually is really detailed!

If you look at the side view, you can see how it has to be a bit slanted, how the bottom of the helmet has to look like, and it has to be proportionate! It took me a surprisingly long time than what I expected to finish this! I'm really proud of this though, and maybe I'll wear it out as an accessory too- if ET doesn't take it from me hehe. 

I always prefer matte glaze, however, gloss glaze was the most apt for these few pieces and they look great in this context! To me, human figurines would look tacky if it's glazed with gloss glaze haha. 


This week, during the weekends, I started posting my rendition of AiClay's tutorials in her Pocket Kitchen! Pocket Kitchen is a kit which includes EVERYTHING you need to make miniature food with polymer clay- and yes, THERE'S POLYMER CLAY INSIDE THE KIT TOO! She even includes more than 10 tutorials! It was such a steal! I invested in it even though I already had tools to make polymer clay, but there's something special inside that I've been using ever since I got it! 

I'll be posting a full blog post with all my rendition of her tutorials and also my thoughts and review of Pocket Kitchen! Meanwhile, if you want to know more about pocket kitchen, do head to her website and check it out!

#CRAFTOFTHEDAY (WEEK 2)

This week was pretty hectic for me as I have freelance video operator events to work for. Waking up 5am for three days consecutively and not eating much for the first two days really take a toll on me. 

However, since I started my resolution, I wanted to make sure I post something up everyday and I'm glad I was able to do that even when I wasn't crafting! 

I know I said that I'll be posting a blog post for #craftoftheday every sunday, but I went out to Cat Safari on that day! You can head to my Dayre Post to read more :D

There were 4 custom orders for #craftoftheday this week, so here's the other craft pieces!  

I wanted to make a no face (Kaonashi) for quite some time and I finally did it thanks to my resolution hehe. This was really tiny, and the face details were quite tough to paint! The watercolour effect could be seen much better here!

I started painting quick watercolour background to go with my random craft piece, because I was quite sick of the dull, white background HAHAHA. 

It looks very kiddy, no shadows and it's just not very well done, but I think it tells a better story for each craft piece! This still takes time though, but I enjoyed making it hehe.  

The next craft piece is these TOTOROS! I've actually crocheted these for my teacher when I was still dabbling in the craft side.  

This is the blog post for it: http://doubleoxm.blogspot.sg/2013/10/totoros.html.

This is my old blog though, and I'm keeping it for things like this haha. You can also see the crochet patterns I made under the crochet tab. Hahaha. The photo looks terrible what was I thinking hahahahahaha.

I STILL haven't watch the Totoro movie NOW and I'm making clay versions of it HAHAHA.

These were from a pattern online, and honestly I think I was very ambitious even in the past. I stopped crocheting because I refused to keep using other people's pattern and made some patterns of my own. But it took a lot of time to create the patterns and crochet itself is a very time consuming thing to do! 

After I realised that polymer clay exist, I've stopped crocheting/knitting altogether. #guilty. I have so many knitting needles and crochet hooks and they're just sitting there untouched...

I digress! 

Now that I think about it, I should have made the grey Totoro at least two times bigger than the current size haha.

The next craft piece is Whisper from the 3DS game, Yokai Watch! This game is one of the best RPG games I've ever played, and I actually finished the main story of the game without realising I'm going so fast! 

The side quests are actually really interesting and best thing is they're not overwhelming like some other RPGs. The graphics are terrific, and I love how it's so well planned! There's even toilets and stuff in supermarts XD

If you have a 3DS you really have to check Yokai Watch out!!! IT'S SO UNDERRATED TSK.

For this craft piece, I tried to imitate the shadows since Whisper is white in colour. The mouth, eyes, everything is watercoloured...I think it doesn't look as nice. Maybe I'll only make watercolour series for things that has colours on their body, and make the eyes etc acrylic paint like usual. hmmmmm.

Alright, that's all for #craftoftheday. I need to buck up and make more crafts!! Used up a lot of them during the past few days when I didn't craft and was working and resting.. :| More to come soon! :D

#CRAFTOFTHEDAY (WEEK 1)

My first craft of the day post! I'm so excited to start on this, and I hope I will able to continue this for a very, very long time. 

I've always loved the water colour effect, but I've never tried it before. Not even on paper. I don't know what came to me, but I decided to do the water colour effect on polymer clay! I guess what I imagined was much fancier than what I can currently do...

Anyway, yes, I started the watercolour series, and my first few #craftoftheday both are used with watercolour!

This is the first ever #craftoftheday and I decided to make a penguin haha, since there's only one colour XD but I guess it didn't go as well as I thought it would cause it's my first time handling watercolour. Apparently it takes awhile getting used to even on paper, so I'm not expecting much from the first few creation.

The next #craftoftheday was my lovebird, Buibui! I wanted to do it because buibui has got really pretty feathers and I thought the blending of the watercolour would be nice. 

By then, I had consulted Uncle G(oogle) for more information on watercolour, and I started to have better control with the medium. BUT. Watercolour paper kinda absorbs the water, while on clay it just kinda dries up hahahaha so it was quite tough to handle.

I made clay Buibui rounder because I wanted to portray the fluff that Buibui has hahaa. 

The tail colours are quite accurate if I may say so myself hahaa. Buibui's tail has a red spot near the end! 

You can see it here hehe. 

Btw it took me quite awhile to get this shot, since Buibui was attacking clay Buibui and I was moving all over the place hahaa. Glad I managed to take this photo *phew* 

I love this so much that I decided to wear it out and flaunt it whooop! 

I actually broke one of these glass globes thanks to Buibui -.- sigh. But I'm keeping the current one out of Buibui's reach hahaha. 

The necklace is actually one of my existing one because I don't have good quality leather strings for necklaces...I do want to make some of my charms into accessories in the future so maybe I should invest in some...hmm.

Alright, that's all for this week's #craftoftheday! Can't wait for the next few hehe. My goal is to be able to post something up even when I'm resting, so at least 10 photos in advance! Will be working on it hehe ^^