CRAFT SPACE MAKEOVER

Few days back, I received my craft closet!

Basically, it's a closet, but opens up to a craft storage with a table that can be extended! 

I love it sooooo much and it has definitely made my crafting much more efficient. Now everything has its own place, and keeping everything after a crafting session has never been easier!

Here's a before and after shot ;)

I also wrote a much detailed post about the process of moving everything from my messy table and the area around it (heh) to the craft closet on my Dayre! :D

It took me a grand total of 5 hours, which to be honest, was less than I expected HAHAHA. I thought it would take me at least two days! 

I had so much fun moving my stuff and figuring out where should a certain item's house be at :>

I also love how the things I always need to reach out to are near me, like my clay storage on my left, paints on top, Pocket Roller from Pocket Kitchen kit on my right etc! Ahhhhh such convenience.

The table too, is more of like extension? I love how I can fit my lightbox inside (and the closet can be closed with the lightbox open like this!) and when I do need space, just push it in and tadah! More space to do things like using the cutting mat :D

This doesn't come cheap, but it's a good investment which I can keep for a very very long time. Hell, a piece of SOFA is even more expensive and you only sit on it! Hahaha. Even after almost a week, I'm still so happy when I look at it (and this doesn't happen to me, EVER

Anyway, this really marks a milestone for me, the FIRST furniture I've ever wanted and got for myself, and the BIGGEST and most EXPENSIVE thing I've spend on smth craft related! :D

ABSOLUTELY NO REGRETS

AICLAY'S POCKET KITCHEN REVIEW

Late last year, I purchased a Pocket Kitchen Ultimate from Jocelyn, the founder of AiClay. 

Here's a video that was made by her to explain what Pocket Kitchen is!

DISCLAIMER
I am not sponsored by AiClay or anyone to write this post. I'm merely doing this because I love it so much and I believe that good things MUST SHARE. 

Also, photos that are not watermarked with my logo is not taken by me and is either from AiClay's website/her Pocket Kitchen tutorials. 

I'll be writing what I love about the Pocket Kitchen kit, and why anyone who is interested in working in polymer clay (not just miniature food) should grab it!

1. YOU GET MORE THAN WHAT YOU PAID FOR (IMO)

Honestly speaking, I was quite reluctant to purchase it because it was quite pricey for me- someone who just graduated from a Polytechnic and recently moved out of parent's home. But I wanted to support her and learn from her, even if it's just from tutorials. Her works were beautiful and it has such a clean, realistic look! 

So I got it without even doing much research, I don't think I even finished reading the description??? Hahahahaha. It was almost like an impulse buy, but I am so grateful that I did purchase it!

When I first received the kit from Jocelyn herself personally, I was SHOCKED when I took it from her! IT WAS REALLY HEAVY!!! But it actually feels quite good XD because it was SGD $238 worth of tools for polymer clay miniature, so it felt right that it weighed so much hahahahaa. 

Now, you really shouldn't be put off by the price, because LOOK AT WHAT YOU GET FOR ONLY SGD $238!!!

Excerpt taken from AiClay.com

Excerpt taken from AiClay.com

I think what's really nice was that she provides you the little things like BLU TACK. Which you can grab from any stationary shop?? Everything is so well planned!

If you think about it, the cost price of everything if you get them yourself is more than half the price you'd be paying for Pocket Kitchen kit??

Take the acrylic roller for example. A quick search on eBay shows that it's USD $9.45, which is SGD $13.14. 

Each Premo clay piece if I remember correctly, is around SGD $3.45. $3.45 multiply by 8 equals to SGD $27.60

Fimo Liquid clay is about SGD $16??? 

Just adding these three items together it's already SGD $56.74 and I haven't even account for 8 more items inside the Pocket Kitchen kit!! Granted, the pricing might be a tad bit different but give or take a few bucks off, it's still about there. 

IT'S SO WORTH IT OMG 

2. EVERYTHING HAS ITS OWN PLACE

ET (my bf) who generally expects very little from people, so much so that he doesn't get surprised when people do something badly, but instead get surprised when it's done well (talk about lowering your expectations haha) so he was very surprised when I opened the Pocket Kitchen to show him the items inside.

Everything has it's own spot and the location for each item is planned so well that all the space is used efficiently, and hence the whole Pocket Kitchen kit doesn't take much space!

This is PERFECT for people who has limited workspace, or doesn't even have one! You can just grab the whole Pocket Kitchen kit to the dining table, and start crafting! 

This is exceptionally good for beginners who doesn't know whether they want to work with polymer clay. Because honestly, there's A LOT of tools you might want to invest in or try, and you might end up purchasing things that you don't really need and it ends up just taking space up like I did lol.

It's nice to go about the test and trial way, but I also spent a shitload of money that I wouldn't need to if I know about Pocket Kitchen earlier...

3. WELL MADE PACKAGING

This might be less crucial to other people, but it was for me. I think Pocket Kitchen was not only meant as a packaging, but also a storage for EVERYTHING inside! 

So as a storage, it should be durable, right? WELL IT IS. 

Look at that part. It was chewed on by my lovebird, Buibui. It's takes very little time for Buibui to bite through everything, but the packaging cum storage was so tough and sturdy that he couldn't get in! *celebrates*

Buibui can destroy all he wants, but it still protected my tools inside! *YAYYYYYY*

Obviously, you shouldn't give it to your pet and let it play with it. But if you were careless and left it out, it shouldn't be very easy to be destroyed!
 

(Hope you don't mind the bird being in the shot haha) (It was very hard to carry in one hand btw so heavy)

I also love the idea of a magnetic flap instead of buckles or smth! It takes little to no effort to open, and the magnet is strong enough that the flap doesn't open by itself. 

Honestly the no effort factor is a big plus, because I know a lot of people who will be lazy to open it if it's hard to open, and in the end just leave it there and not craft, AM I RIGHT??? HAHAHAHA. *guilty*

The packaging is also in a beautiful shade of turquoise, with quotes like above to inspire you to craft and not waste time watching TV ;)

Honestly though, crafting really does take your mind off things. So if you're stressful, it does help! This would also be such a great gift for people who keeps complaining that they have no hobbies or is bored with life because they have no passion. Great kit to start with!

4. POCKET ROLLER

THIS.

THIS IS THE BEST THING INSIDE THE KIT, HANDS DOWN. 

Ever since I got the kit and tried the Pocket Roller, I've been using it ever since. Even before I started on her tutorials hahaha. 

It is basically a roller that has different levellers with different thickness. It's such a great creation for polymer clay and I've never seen it before! This is made exclusively for Pocket Kitchen and you can't find it anywhere else (!!!!!). IT'S SO CLEVER. 

I completely stopped using my pasta machine lolol. Let me list a few reason why this is better than a pasta machine. 

● PASTA MACHINE IS BULKY

I really think the Pocket Roller is really aptly named. Cause it's so portable! Look at the size comparison hahahahaa. You also need a place to clasps the pasta machine to, so you have to plan it well etc etc. Quite annoying. Pocket Roller just place on table and BAM WHATEVER THICKNESS COME.

I removed the Pasta Machine after this photo was taken btw XD I really don't use it anymore hahaha.

● BUILD UP THICKNESS WITH POCKET ROLLER

As you can see, Pocket Kitchen's thickest leveller setting can be quite thick, whereas Pasta Machine's thickest setting is only half the size of Pocket Kitchen's! There's quite a number of thickness setting in the Pasta Machine but they're really gradual, and the last few thin settings can't even be used cause it'll just tear the clay hahahaa.

For Pocket Kitchen, if you want even thicker, you can stack the levellers and roll with two levellers! It's great if you want to make a base with your clay with it, which is how I do it haha.

The base for this piece here was made by stacking two levellers and trimming the sides! It's super even and clean so I really love using this method hehe.

● PASTA MACHINE IS REALLY HARD TO CLEAN

It also collects dust really quickly!!

Like I said, I neglected my Pasta Machine and it's really never been touched (until today when I took the photos hahaha) and it just collects dust like no tomorrow!! Of course, you can REMOVE THE CLASPS  and keep it but ain't nobody got time for that hahahaa *lazy*

Dust is a big problem for polymer clay because it gets stuck on the clay, and even though you thought you cleaned it, there might be some spot that you missed and TADAH IT GETS ON THE CLAY KWEYGFKAWGFLIAREGLAER. So yes. Annoying.

This is the pasta machine from the bottom, and things get stuck inside. Which means when you roll out the clay, sometimes the stuff from here gets attached to you clay when you roll it out too!!!!

It's especially infuriating when you mix the clay with colours and you have very limited amount of it. Then when you go through pasta machine, shit get stuck on and and it ruins your clay!!!! *RAWR* This exact thing happened to me and I was so mad lololol.

This place is also really hard to clean? Because the base of the pasta machine block it, and you can really use things to dig them out cause it might scratch the metal and your clay piece would have a mark lol.

● STREAKS ON CLAY WHEN USING PASTA MACHINE

This might be different for each pasta machine, but all my pieces comes out with this on them.

It's really minor, and you can remove it by rubbing your fingers on the surface, but that means you might distort the clay thickness by doing that, and it's just better to avoid it altogether. 

WHICH YOU CAN IF YOU USE POCKET ROLLER. Because the acrylic roller is really smooth, there's practically NOTHING on the clay piece. Just. Flat. 

● POCKET ROLLER IS EASY TO USE TOO

Pasta machine is easy to use, but Pocket Roller is too! (and less cleaning needed lol)

Just put the leveller needed, and roll!

THAT'S ALL HAHAHA. 

The Pocket Roller is designed in such a way that it's really easy to remove the levellers, while its sitting snuggly in it's housing.

There's a gap right there and just can just use a finger to pop it out! It doesn't fit very tightly so it kinda slide out when you remove it this way, so no strain on your wrist or finger!

SO WELL DESIGNED I MUST SAY. MORE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POCKET ROLLER!!!

Now, I'm saying this in a miniature artist (amateur but nonetheless) point of view, and you don't need a lot of clay when you make something. Pasta machine will be great to mix A LOT of clay in different colours, but you almost always end up making way too many and wasting clay, and I'm speaking from my own experience.

Jocelyn has a fantastic way of mixing clay that I also use when I know about it from her tutorials, and it also helped me to save A LOT of my clay, and avoid over mixing. Other than wasting clay when you over mix, you also strain your wrist when you try to mix one huge ass bulk, and realise you need a bit more yellow, and it starts all over again. I wasted a lot of time too, doing that.

I'm not gonna say what's her method here because it's in her tutorials and I shouldn't leak any of it, so if you want to know the secret you'd have to support and purchase from her instead! ;)

5. FAVOURITE TOOLS

Other than the Pocket Roller, there's also a few tools that I really appreciate inside the kit. 

I already had my own needle tool, so I didn't use it until quite late, because I realise that her needle tool is sharper than mine (which was a bit to the blunt side) and both has its benefits so I started using both. But my favourite is this dual probe curve/knife tool (which I didn't know what it's called btw until I went to her website to see hahahaa)

Thumbs up cause I love it so much ahahhaa.

So the one on the left is a curve tool, which is SO USEFUL. For some reason it's just easier to use than a needle tool, and I love it so much! 

The one on the right is a knife tool, which isn't very sharp, but it still cuts! So it's really good to make markings, and the flat side makes it really easy to flatten certain things and also easy to mix stuff especially if it requires a bit of force. Having a bigger surface area really helps! Jocelyn shows you the different ways to use this tool in her tutorials too!

This is the brushes she provides for the soft pastels, and I love it so much! It just never occurred to me how useful a flatbrush would be for soft pastels. It's also better if you don't mix your pastel brush with your painting brushes, so I just set this aside for pastels! Really nice to have.

Photo taken from AiClay.com

Photo taken from AiClay.com

It's also really nice to have a small packet of pastels to use for food miniature, rather than lugging around one whole box of pastels and only using one or two from it! Trust me, it's really annoying especially if your table doesn't have a lot of space!

Photo screenshot from AiClay.com

Photo screenshot from AiClay.com

I already have a blade and I like mine a lot, so I didn't use this until one of the tutorials required it! Yep, the back of the blade is pretty useful if you want to mark straight lines! ;)

Did not take photos of the circular cutters, but here's a post of comparing hers and the other circular cutters I already have 😊 

6. THE TUTORIALS

This was another part where I was pleasantly surprised at. When I purchased Pocket Kitchen, I didn't expect to have 12 MINIATURE FOOD TUTORIALS AND 5 BEGINNER'S TUTORIAL!

It's kept in a neat little thumbdrive, and I love how it was fitted inside snuggly hehe. If you don't take it out, you wouldn't even know it's a thumbdrive! Hahaha. I love how space efficient this whole thing is, really!

Honestly, she didn't need to have include so many miniature food tutorials leh but she did!!! TELL ME IF THE MONEY WASN'T WELL SPENT!!! 

I watched all the beginner's tutorial, and even I learnt something from it! 

I made sure to create something out of all the tutorials, and it was really easy to follow! It's also beginner friendly, and the nice photos definitely helps to encourage people to craft! I'll be posting the photo in her tutorials of the completed craft piece, and then mine! 

Do note once again that only the photos that are watermarked with my logo is mine! Those that has POCKET KITCHEN water mark is screenshot from Jocelyn's tutorials.

Honestly, my work compared to Jocelyn's looks less polished hahahaha. Ah well.

I made the basket with polymer clay too! I think having a basket is quite apt for the breads so I whipped out one.

The one on the left is made following her tutorial, and the one on the right was made by looking as a reference photo of Wolf Burger (located in Pasarbella!) Btw their burgers are really good, really need to try hahaha. But anyway! Most of the things are the same, like the patties. But I made the cheese really melted because the ref photo has LOTS of melted cheese hehehe. 

This really shows how you can improvise from the tutorials!

This is actually the last item I made but I'm going by alphabetical order instead hahaha. You can see my photo editing skills improved quite a bit compared to the first few ones lol!

I think I put too much gloss glaze in this one oops.

The snowman strawberry is also in the tutorial! SO ADORABLE RIGHT HAHAHA. The decorations here were actually quite tough to make, but look at the wafer biscuits! 

For this drink, you have to make the label yourself, but that's relatively easy to do! Just google a certain brand of coffee and print it! But I actually went to create my own one- all in the name of fun! So don't get angry when you read what I wrote on my label hahahaha.

For this tutorial, Jocelyn teaches you two type of cupcake tops! 

Here's another one, an animal cupcake! So cute hahaha. But I was lazy...so I just made a simple swirl!

And anyhow decorate it LOL. This is another tutorial that you can do whatever you want, whatever you feel like! I also used gold clay for the cupcake base, just to see how it looks like! 

Again, I made a really simple topping, rather than making the sprinkles hahahaha. But I love how realistic the donut is here, as you can see from the sides! 

This is another better edited photos hahaha. I recently got new backgrounds and I love all the popping colours! Hehe. 

Anyway, this is another one with lots of decorations! It was really fun to make though, but my white cream was sticky and hard to manipulate so it was giving me some problems! It's definitely not as neat as Jocelyn's hahahaha. My marshmellow's a bit too big but I think it still looks pretty delicious hehe.

My hotdog bun is a little bit different in terms of shape, it's a little rounder at the ends! My sauce was mashed up together, cause I didn't follow Jocelyn's instruction to bake after putting one sauce. So I dumped lots of onions and pickles on top. MUAHAHAA. Another do whatever you see fit example XD

Mint icecream!!! Do you know why mint? BEAUSE NO SPRINKLES HAHAHAA.

Omg how lazy can you get XM hahahahaa. But I do love mint ice cream, and this is actually one of my favourite piece! I wear it as a necklace hehe. And yes I made two scoops instead of one cause I'm greedy. 

Jk it's because the cone's opening was too big HAHAHAHAHA. #improvise

Oh god I think this is probably the worse photo edited in this whole series hahahaha. 

The box was another one of my last minute less than 30min creation so it wasn't really good. Plus the paper was a bit too thick hahahaa. I never really liked macarons cause they're so sweet, but they're sure pretty to look at! The pastel colours <3

This rainbow cake makes me really happy whenever I look at it hahaha. I followed Jocelyn's placement of the cake because I love it so much! My board is a little bit cmi though, but still love it!

Better edited photos haha. For some reason darker background seems to edit better??? 

Anyway! This sandwich was really fun to make! The moment when the plain piece of clay look realistic with just a few brush of pastels and texturing was really satisfying! 


So that's all for the tutorial photos! I guess I just wanted to show how you can create something different with the tutorials and there's so many ways of making one thing! One good thing about making food miniatures is that food usually isn't perfect anyway, so if you make a "mistake" it still works! Hahahaha. 

I apologise for my bad editing skills in some of the photos though, I did improve a lot throughout this so I'm really glad! Hehe. 

I do hope my points is relatable to others, and honestly the Pocket Roller is the best thing you will buy, ever!!

This Pocket Kitchen kit can be use for very long before you replenish the items, and the tutorials itself will definitely last you at least a month or more (if you attempt one every few days). 

Now don't say I never share okay! ;)

P.S. I know this whole post is very one sided and it sounds like I'm trying very hard to sell it, but I really wouldn't spend four hours to write a review that I didn't think was worth it for no reason (AND not sponsored). It might sound like I'm joking but I have NO DISLIKE OR DISAPPROVAL OF ANY KIND for Pocket Kitchen! Even the pricing imo is TOO CHEAP because look at the amount of tools and skills you'll learn?!? (Seriously you WILL spend more than S$238 on tools and materials if you want to make charms as a serious hobby I guarantee you.) 

It truly is a PERFECT kit in my opinion! #noregrets

 

CLAY WORKSTATION "UPGRADE"

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 10 JUN 2015

Time really do fly when you're working. 

Recently just moved out of home and rented a room (with some support from my bf). Trying to be independent, paying my own phone bills etc. It really is quite a struggle. 

I've been neglecting claying for quite a bit trying to balance work, life and craft. Especially when you're having trouble with a certain project not being up to your own standards, and then you're kind of just stuck in the same place, mostly scared of doing it even though you know you'll get it SOMEHOW as long as you try. 

But obviously I'm not gonna give up on clay just because of this one project that I can't seem to create up to my standard and kept failing. 
BECAUSE I KEPT INVESTING ON STUFF RELATED TO CLAY LOL. Honestly I swear I spend on something related to claying every month... T.T

I've been wanting to get something like this for quite some time. I don't know whether is it because I live in Singapore (again), these are hard to come by, and they're quite expensive online too.......

I bought it from here: http://list.qoo10.sg/item/ORGANIZATION-SERIES-DRAWER-BOX/419808561 and they have deals every now and then. If you're in Singapore and looking for one of these, this link is the best shot you have.... 

Even though the deals are REALLY CHEAP, but I don't know why by the end when you're paying it starts added a lot of shit (Black colour +$15+? Really??? When it's the ONLY colour??) It's quite a 'scam' in my opinion as they kind of cheat your feeling telling you it's really cheap and then they add all these 'add-ons' that doesn't make any sense, but I went to Ikea, Big Box, Muji, even Fairprice etc and all of them doesn't have it. At least not the type I want, like the picture above. 

Now the reason why I wanted it was to put my clay, and according to colours if possible. 
The table on top is where I work on my clay, and it's quite a mess... Even though my clay is conveniently on the top, the box that I put my clay in takes up quite a space and it becomes quite cramped. 

It also just pissed me off that the clays are all around and it's quite a hassle to find a colour I want. 

I was pleasantly surprised when the clay FITS PERFECTLY in the smaller drawers, where they were intended to be at. And I could put about one and half more inside? It was really perfect. 

I deliberately bought one with the bigger compartments so I can put other claying tools like these kemper shape cutters. My collections of tools to help with clay making will definitely increase... (T.T) So I thought it would be nice to have a few more compartments for everything. I love compartments. 

The drawer storage box (apparently what it's called) is currently on the floor against the wall on my left side when I'm claying, so it's really convenient and I have more space on my table hehe.

#noregrets
#eventhoughveryex

PASTA MACHINE (NICOLE CLAY MACHINE)

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 27 JAN 2015

Yes!!!! I GOT A PASTA MACHINE!!! 

(Or clay machine as they say but essentially it's the same as a pasta machine heh)

(Or clay machine as they say but essentially it's the same as a pasta machine heh)

I've been spending a lot on money investing on clay stuff recently BUT NO REGRETS. BECAUSE I CAN USE THEM FOR QUITE A LONG TIME AND IT'S GOOD INVESTMENT (trying to justify my wants..) Again, I borrowed money from my bf again, which he gracefully lend to me and fully support me haha. I'll be returning it after I get my pay for my part time job this month :D

It costs SGD $39.90 which is $40 these people trying to make it look like it cost lesser than it really is lol but yeah. 

I went online to see some reviews and honestly there wasn't much good reviews but most of them were saying it gets the job done and it's okay for a beginner. I don't really think I want to invest in a proper pasta machine which would be bigger than this one. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it's smaller than I expected. Since I really don't have much space in my room, staying with 2 more tenants and all. 

It was fully wrapped in bubble wrap, and I bet it's so that the handle and clamp that comes with it separately won't scratch the machine :)

Comes with this manual thing which was squeezed in the box haha that's why it's crumpled but it doesn't really matter. 

It tells you how you should use it, which is useful for beginner like me. (Putting the clay to the thickest setting, then slowly work the clay to the thinest setting you want, condition the clay before putting in machine etc etc) I know some of the clay makers are saying you can use the machine to condition your clay itself but I think if you want the pasta machine to last you should condition BEFORE putting the clay through the machine. Besides, it's a pain in the a** to clean the machine since you can't open it up :( They don't build pasta machine like how they did in the past, where you can disassemble and clean it and reassemble again. 

The manual also gives some example of how you can make polymer clay items using the pasta machine, which could be helpful. I appreciate the effort. 

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I love how shiny it is hehe. The thickness setting dial, like how I read in one of the reviews, is indeed kind of hard to change, but I'm sure once I find the perfect spot and get used to it, it'll be a breeze. 

I am glad that the clamp they provided was JUST NICE to clamp down the machine on my thin, portable table. 

I don't have a proper desk in my room for me to do my stuff so I always have to take out my portable table and set it on my bed to use, making sure it's clean etc. I clay on my bed too :( 

But anyway, it's great that I don't have to spend money on another clamp or something. It workkkkks. Because I've seen people who says that the clamp is for thicker tables. But that's probably because it's a legit pasta machine and usually kitchen tables are thicker? Haha. 

Just to show the difference it makes to have a pasta machine. I started making my first polymer clay item (which I will blog about it soon) but I decided to get a pasta machine as I realised that I really can't get my clay to be FLAT and NEAT.

I did not have a proper acrylic roller that were big enough to flatten the clay properly. I used the Martha Stewart roller for air dry clay which was obviously not suitable for polymer clay since the colour pigment and tiny bits of clay gets stuck on the roller and it's just so annoying. It also breaks my clay because of inconsistent strength I put throughout. Obviously having a proper roller would work better but it was about SGD $20++ and I'm like NOPE I'D RATHER GET A PASTA MACHINE because roller still may not give you the same consistency a pasta machine may give you and hey my clay machine is just 2x (or less) the roller's price lol.

When I bring my clay through the pasta machine, there were lines from I am guessing the blade, but it's fine because it's only one side and if needed it can be smoothed out with some corn starch! 

I still don't know whether do I need to roll the clay through quickly or slowly but I'm guessing should be slower because being quick might tear the clay which happened to me sometimes. 

I do know that I MUST condition the clay properly before I put it through the machine (this is my own opinion though some people condition the clay USING the machine) and also, try to flatten the piece with my hands as much as possible before going through the machine so that it doesn't get stuck and I don't have to force it through the machine which is never good. 




I'm glad that I got the machine, it really makes a huge difference and makes my final product looks more professional. If you have bumps on a supposedly flat piece it really wouldn't be nice, would it?
 
Or maybe I'm just a perfectionist haha. 


IF IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FLAT IT NEEDS TO BE FLAT!!!! *makes a huge fuss*

OVEN

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 21 JAN 2015

YES. I FINALLY GOT AN OVEN. 

AFTER THINKING ABOUT IT FOR SUPER LONG AND HAVING A REALLY LOW BUDGET BECAUSE I'M A BROKE SINGAPOREAN TEENAGER WHO STILL HASN'T HAVE ANY SAVINGS. 


But my personal ah long (loan shark) aka my boyfriend lent me money to buy a SGD $30 second hand oven from Carousell! 

Initially I was suppose to get an Iona Convection Oven but the seller was one of the better sellers I've made deals with who checks the products he's selling and he told me that the oven kept on tripping, hence he offered me another oven which he was selling at $40 but gave me $35 instead (without me even asking like wow. I don't like to "can nego" with people so when people do this themselves I feel happy haha)  

The oven I got was Technogas Convection Oven MTO-1100. 

Photo credits to http://www.adpost.com/sg/appliances/5712/

Photo credits to http://www.adpost.com/sg/appliances/5712/

I think this oven is a really, really, REALLY old model (the ad where I took this picture from was selling it since 2011 LOL) which I actually don't mind as long as it works and for $35, I'd say it was a good deal. 

It's currently sitting in my side of my room under my bed side table. Of course putting an oven in the room is such a good idea but we don't have any space in the kitchen and I'll be the only one using it anyway. There's enough room ventilation at the top so all should be well. I FINALLY GOT AN OVEN TO CURE MY CLAY YAYYYYYYY. 

I'm gonna try to attempt clay tomorrow after school, let's hope I succeed....

DOTTING TOOLS MAKEOVER

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 15 JAN 2015

The dotting tools I got from ebay for making clay. I actually bought the tools before I bought the clay, weird right? But I wanted to make sure I have all the tools before I work on my clay. These dotting tools are usually for nail art, but they're really good to use for clay especially miniatures (after much research hahaha) so I got them. The problem is, even though they're really nice to hold, I really dislike the colour and pattern......... I mean sure some people might think they're beautiful but they're really not my style and I really don't like them and it's my personal opinion. So instead of making myself work with them when I start working on polymer clay (LOL) I decided to paint them.


I used Martha Stewart Satin paint which is really really beautiful. I wanted to use the air dry clay (also from Martha Stewart) that I worked on a little before I painted these but since they're air dry clay it was drying up and getting much harder to use and I don't want to waste new ones. So since I don't have many scrap clays, I use these small triangle plates instead as I have more than enough. 

It was also a good excuse for me to try out the paint hehhehe. Initially when I used it, I thought it was pretty thick which I liked. The direction of the brush strokes could be seen easily and I was afraid that they will show up really obvious and also destroy the texture so I was being careful and tried to make sure the coats were as even as possible but of course they can't be perfect. It was delightful to find out that after the paint dries, the brush strokes are really not very obvious unless you really look at it, and it also feels good to touch, smooth and matte (MATTE!!). Honestly my painting skills isn't that great so I thought it was amazing they kinda smooth out while drying. 
 

This is when they're not completely dried yet but dry enough to remove them from the small plates. You can see the brush strokes I talked about, but after about a day or two, for some reason they really smoothed themselves up! Love it. I probably will do another coat as there were some place not painted properly (need to buck up on my painting skills lol) when I'm not lazy enough to make a better holder for my tools and mixing some of the colours. 

I made all the colours similar to the initial one, except for yellow because I don't think I want a yellow in my collection..... I changed it to purple mixed with a little bit of white hurhur. They look so much better don't they?