Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cupcakes! Cupcakes! And more Cupcakes!!!

Everybody in the polymer clay world has a cuter and more detailed version
of the classic cupcake…
….  cupcakes you can’t even eat!  Ha!

You can’t match how the Beadlady is doing her delightful goodies. 
Details of her work is superb!!! 
Too yummy you wanna bite.  But you'll have a tootache afterwards hehe.

Thanks to her, I learned how to whip up all these inedible cupcakes! 



The Beadlady
http://www.thebeadlady.info
  



I never imagined that doing the polymer clay version is more time consuming than baking the real stuff! 



Just putting the faux whipped cream is making my head spin with all the twirling.  No matter what I do they are getting to be lopsided. 

Wait a minute, the real cupcakes get lopsided too!

Compare mine to the creations of The Beadlady above ... geez is there are reason to compare?







Aside from the whipped cream, adding all the tiny sprinkles was taking me forever arghhhhh!  Not only that, I thought that the faux sprinkles would stick to the faux whipped cream and stay there ….

I was fauxed! 

You got it right, as soon as I put out the cupcakes from the oven, the sprinkles started to fall off rolling to never, never, never everland…. Yikes!



Solution…Glaze! 

Tell me, why do I need to glaze all the cupcakes?  
To make it shiny, sugary, splendid?  

NO! 
To make the sprinkles stay where they ought to be. Yummy effect huh?





Whew!  With edible cupcakes, you just buy those sprinkles, drizzle and go munch! 
Besides, with the real stuff, I could be stuffed!! 
Hmmmmm………better not get into that or I'll lose my 24-inch waistline.  
Ha! In my dreams!!!.
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What would make my cupcake different???

I got it!  I’ll just make my cupcake quack….

Quack!......  Quack!  Quack! Quack!

            Quack!  Quack! .....  Quack!  Quack!  Quack!

                        Quack!......  Quack!  Quack!  Quack!  Quack!

                                    Quack!  Quack!  Quake! Quack!

            Quack!......  Quack! … Quack!.... Quack!

                                    Quack!  Quack!  Quack! Quack!

…………………My goodness!  After all those quacking, I could swear that the spelling of quack is getting wrong!  I just don’t know where it is????  Can you help me find it?


If you visit my home, I have ducks everywhere.  Well, not the real critter.  But maybe when I get a house with a pond I could get a pair and watch how funny they walk.

I got the idea when I came across a cupcake book (the edible ones) that I eventually gifted to my sister (she decorates using fondant and gumpaste, the edible ones too).  I told her to bake me one of these since I love ducks.  She hasn’t baked the ducks for me yet, so I baked mine.  And here they are….

 These quackers are so adorable, don’t you think? 


Ducks on a platter.
Pretend it’s a pond.



Ducks chatting.
“Were you there when Petunia laid all those ducklings with spots!?” said one duck
"Petunia who?" says the other.




Ducks diving.
“Oooops!  Food!  Got to go!”



More diving.
“Get your beak on that fish sister dear!”



Ducks in a row.
“Can’t you see?  This idiot is taking our picture from all angles
and our sisters have their tails up in the air!  How awful!”



Here I added some coins for reference of scale.  See the cat at the background?  He would even like to give them a paw.

Well, that’s all my dearies.. enough said of the cupcakes… and the ducks.



My model for the duckies is patiently waiting for me so I could take a bath.

Tah-tah for now!

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rushing for Christmas


These swirlies are easy to make but the right color combination is important to get a nice finish.  However, if you have leftover clays, experimenting can produce a surprising outcome. 

Twirl, twirl, twirl away!













 
Something for a mother - daughter team, antique look for the mom and a  choker for the daughter.  I created the pendant using blue and purple canes, accented with black filigree balls assembled on a black chain. 
A three-cube combo also using the same canes was used on the choker, strung on a light blue chord.  I included a tiny dragonfly trinket attached to the endings.  It dangles from the back.  Cute!






"I go crazy with fuchsia pink lately!" exclaimed the recipient of this necklace, who is also a dear friend.  But how do I combine fuchsia with other colors to make it elegant?  Well this is the result, fuchsia pink combined with black polymer clay covered with gold leaf and twirled away.  Didn't I tell you earlier that you can do hundreds of combinations using this technique? 
 







Another challenge is how to assemble the whole necklace together.  Chain makes the entire ensemble chunky.  A single chord doesn't give the right balance. 


So, I took a single black chord looped it through one end of a toggle clasp making a double-chord finish.  I love it! 

Finally, I was able to sleep afterwards.





Need an accent for your outfit while clicking away with your camera?  Even if you are not taking photographs, this necklace is a good companion.  I enjoyed making it!  Especially while adding the tiny details.  I'm an amateur photographer as well, so this piece is a favorite!









"Nota"  Imprints of musical notes and clefs on pastel colored clays molded into different shapes.  The chord used for this necklace is about 30 inches long that is simply ribboned to enclose.  This gives the wearer an option to adjust the length of the necklace.
It could also be worn in reverse!  Neat huh?

First creations

Every piece created has a story to tell or something is hidden in it that you need to find what it is!






The Joy of Sunflower,  created for a friend who will fly to the US whose favorite flower is the sunflower.  She would shriek and be thrilled with delight everytime she sees these heliotropic blooms.





The idea for this piece was drafted in pink and orange using colored pencils.  But when I saw that metallic silver provides good contrast to the pinks and blues, it became the base for this piece.  The convex shape was done using glass balls used by fishermen as floatation device for their nets. 







Can you see tell what creature is in this pendant?  Doesn't it look like something that Picasso would paint himself?



Notice anything unusual about this pendant?  Someone who thinks she's a vampire would love to wear this.  But aside from being a vamp, the lady who got this piece is also a rose lover.  So why not put a little pouty zest to the rose and add those fangs?!  (it actually took me some time to create those lower lips to have a bit of resemblance to the lips of the vamp!)
Beads for a beach lover....hmmm... what else to add but sea critter trinkets.  Her outfits are mostly earth colors, quite contrasting for the blue of the ocean, but this first attempt to cane produced a quite interesting output. 
No, it is not a vine, nor an algae, nor a squid.  I actually call this purple twist of clay "Hug".  Using 3 shades of violet, the inner core that is lavander, was wrapped by a thin layer of violet clay.  That's the 1st hug.  Then the outer, twisted clay of deep purple was entwined around the combined piece to create the 2nd hug.  So this pendant should not only be called "Hug" but "Double Hug".