Tuesday, July 03, 2012

New earrings + first wire earring ever!

Hello everyone! I finally decided to get back into the gallery system and start selling again as I have signed up for several camps, one of which, the clay one of course, I am going to be volunteering to help out with. So I dropped off a pair of rainbow earrings the other day. See them on my facebook page: And I didn't have a chance to drop these off- these apple earrings- but I may sell them at some later time. I also did some experimenting in wire- just randomly picked up some, had an idea, and started fiddling around- and produced this wire earring. I'm quite pleased. It's not a pair yet, but my mom thinks I should make another, so I will. Perhaps this is just the beginning of another medium that I will use? Hopefully this earring is the first of many.
I don't often experiment- I mean, the whole resin thing was a huge failure- but sometimes it has good results. Keep an eye out for new things. And I'm also thinking about filming another tutorial soon, so watch for that (: Thanks for reading, I love you all!

Monday, June 25, 2012

AwesomeClaySculpting Update #2

Please watch my new video!

Brown & White Treats Series

New series! I've been making pastries and pies and cookies and things. They all seemed to be shades of brown with white here and there, so I decided they'd make a perfect color-themed collection. Enjoy! I also explain each on my new update video:

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Tutorial!

Finally, a new one! More to come, if not the month before summer, then summer. Definitely summer. All the info is in the description!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Earrings...and some tips

Now, before I get into the stuff I made, I just wanna say this. Miniature food is one of the most detailed and complex things to make, because of all the different possibilities. It depends on what look you're going for, first- realistic or whimsical? And once you've decided, details come into play. Are you going to make it so realistic and detailed that it would break if handled? Probably a dangerous idea if it were to become jewelry. But are you going to make it so simple yet fun that it becomes boring to the eye? Like a macaroon with three bright solid colors, but little texture. Better for jewelry, definitely, but not for decoration. All these things must be considered. I make sure I know exactly what I'm doing before I begin, and tailor it to the purpose I'm going to assign it.
For instance, look at the cookies in the middle. To me, they seem pretty realistic. Probably as realistic as I can get it, for now. But cookies in themselves are a simple concept- just ovular objects with a rough surface. The details are up to you. If you want to decorate it, the frosting/sprinkles/chocolate isn't going to make it super-breakable (unless you do something crazy). That's why I was able to make them realistic without endangering them as wearables. However, if you were to do a hamburger, that would be a whole different story, a post for another time.
Considering the Alice in Wonderland-themed earrings, those were not too much to think about. I wanted to make them realistic enough, and, being cookies and bottles, I doubted they would break, expecially if I made them small enough. I'm not too sure about the realisticity of the cookies, but I think they'd pass. For the bottles, I made them up completely out of my mind (well, I did that with the cookies, too) so I have no idea if it would be possible, but it's Alice in Wonderland, so anything can happen. The advantage of that is that no one has anything to compare it to, and therefore it is assumed to be realistic. But I doubt people will read that much into the whole thing.
As for how I made them, I will go ahead and explain.
Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies: I'm actually thinking of doing a tutorial on these, but I'll give you the basics. I mixed Sculpey tan and Premo orange to form a nice cookie dough shade. Next, I mixed brown with black and darker brown to achieve a chocolate-chip shade and rolled it into a really thin log. I then took my heat gun (from Michaels) and hardened it. I used my blade to slice it in really thin slices and those were my chocolate chips. I dried them so they wouldn't mix into the color of the cookie dough. I mashed some of the chips into the dough and kneaded it. Then, I ripped off a bit the size of the cookie I wanted, and formed it into a sort of cookie shape. I added a few chips to the top and worked them in a bit so they seemed normal. I textured the cookie with a toothbrush and smoothed it over a little so it wasn't completely full of miniscule holes. I then brushed some dark brown soft pastels around the edges so it looked cooked. I inserted an eyepin and then made the chocolate mixture- dark brown soft pastels mixed with TLS. I held the cookie by the eyepin and dipped it in the chocolate and let it dry on my bead rack. I did this will all four- three for the earring and one for another cookie mix earring.
'Eat Me' cookies: To make the actual cookie, I repeated the same process as above, only I made it rectangular instead of ovular and omitted the chocolate chips. For the frosting, I finally relented and tried the TLS/clay mixture instead of TLS/paint. It worked pretty much the same, just took a little longer mixing. I used Premo accents blue, which was sparkly! And mixed it with half a clothespin until it was the right texture. It didn't take too long, but I was only using a small amount. I spread it on the cookie with the clothespin. (One cookie's frosting layer is thinner than the other- you can see the glitter- because it kept flipping over and the frosting got all over the table) For the words, I used chocolate chips left over from the chocolate chip cookies and placed them with a ball-end tool. Very useful; I recommend it. I inserted the eyepin before the frosting, FYI.
'Drink me' bottles: I took a bit of red for one and purple for another and formed it to look like the liquid inside of a bottle would look. Like a cone with the top cut off. And I molded some Premo translucent (MAKE SURE it's Premo translucent. Sculpey translucent is LESS translucent) around it in a bottle shape, knowing that the color would show through a little bit. Enough. I left a hole in the top for the cork, which was a bit of brown covered with tiny holes. I wrapped silver around the neck of the bottle and attached a white tag, which I wrote on after it was cooked.
Glazing: to add to the realistic effect, I only glazed the chocolate and the frosting, and the white tag on the bottles.
Heart/coconut cookie: I layered different shades of brown in a heart shape and covered it with chocolate (TLS/chalk). Afterwards, I added some coconut flakes over the top- from MiniatureSweet's Etsy shop, but I'm pretty sure it was just really small scraps of paper. At any rate, some of it sort of distinegrated or something in the oven so I glazed the top and added more so it would dry with the coconut on it.
4-Layer Bar Treat: Same concept with the coconut. If you want to know EXACTLY how I made it, I'll do a tutorial (but you must request it!). Plate mold and doilies and coconut flakes: MiniatureSweet's Etsy shop
Thanks for reading. Requests are welcome.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Second clay layer complete!

I've now got the second layer of Super Sculpey complete, and I've bulked it out a bit in the right places. There are some slight imperfections- well, not really 'slight'. Yes, my Absolem does have ten legs, but they don't quite match up perfectly. I think one is there just for support. But it doesn't matter, it's Alice in Wonderland, nothing has to make sense. He'll look fine in the end. Also, the whole construction is a little off. A real caterpillar wouldn't look like that. But I'll just keep saying it- it doesn't HAVE to make sense. It's Alice in Wonderland. Nothing ever really does, which it how I like it. Unless you look for it.

But now for the exciting part. Next, I finally get to start adding the color clay, which is really exciting and stressful, because here, I can't afford to mess up. This will be it. How it will look to everyone. No mistakes! It must be perfect, or as close as I can get! I'm gonna start with the legs, then cover the back, and work my way up, doing his head last, the most important. Then I will start on the hookah, which should be a lot easier. Wish me luck!

First big sculpture!

I'm pretty excited about this new project I'm working on. I know it's been a while since I've posted, and I do have pictures and things, so I'll try to keep this up. I had the idea recently that I would try a larger sculpture, outside my range of miniatures. I was inspired by a YouTube sculptor, TheBroodingTom (, who frequently does this sort of thing.

Anyway, I'm sure you would like to know what I'm doing. I'm trying to sculpt Absolem, the blue caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, one of the greatest book/movie series' of all time, in my opinion. I'm going to do him and his hookah, sitting on a 'mushroom,' which is really a wooden base I bought at Michaels. I'm gonna make him & his hookah out of clay and the tube for the hookah will be the sort of thin pipe you find on fish filters (I think they sell those separate at PetsMart) and I'll probably order his monocle online. I want it to be as accurate as possible.

I've so far gotten the armature done, all completely from scratch. I attached the wire to the base (which I painted white) with short screws, positioned it, and filled it out using LOTS and LOTS of foil. I then covered it with tape. After this, I will cover it with Super Sculpey, two layers, before beginning the real color clay. It doesn't look like much now, but it's only the armature, after all. It must be done before the real stuff starts.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Now selling!

I'm so excited! I finally listed an item on Etsy. My first. It's the Christmas Cake Plate, which never sold at the gallery. I'm only selling to the U.S. at this point, because I have no idea how much it costs to send it anywhere else. If you want it (and live outside the U.S.) and it never sells, I might make it available. I have never actually sent a package before so I don't feel at all prepared, but I'm pretty sure this won't break in the mail and can't cost too much to send. If there is anything else you would like me to list, I have these things that have never sold: the Halloween bookmark, the pumpkin earrings/ghost studs, the beach and pond cakes, and the fall scene with the girl and her cat, but that's too fragile and until I figure out how to send it without breaking, you can't have it. Haha sorry. If there is anything else from Flickr that I have put up pictures of and still have, contact me and I may list it for you. I really don't do much with that stuff. Half of the stuff I make I do for fun, and half for orders. So please check it out and give me suggestions. Thanks! Click the post title above to be directly transported to my shop.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


I went to the gallery yesterday and dropped off some stuff. I am selling my pond cake, my beach cake, and my cookie earrings. They are pretty cheap. I am also going to be in the mini (all things miniature) show at the gallery, which is in February. I expect to have many Valentine's-themed miniatures and jewelry, which means I have to get working.

Good news. Despite the fact that I spent nearly $100 at Michaels the last time I was there (Christmas money), I plan to buy packaging supplies soon, seeing as they're sold so cheaply at The Container Store, where my mom works (40% 0ff discount). I bought miniature gift boxes for the gallery to make my items more presentable. Every second, I am getting closer to opening my Etsy shop and looking forward to it immensely. (provided all goes well; I'm still not sure about the credit card issue.)

About my cookie earrings: They're my first dangle earrings. I connected the jump rings myself in an interesting pattern. I made them as realistic as possible. There are two types of frosting: TLS with pastels and TLS with paint. TIP: put the eyepin in BEFORE you frost/ice them. I textured them with a toothbrush and used soft pastels to color them.

The beach cake: decorated with craft sand (applied with TLS and dried with a heat gun), micromarbles, pink and blue TLS, a crab, a starfish, and a shell. The blue inside cake part was blue mixed with a little white and blue micromarbles.

The pond cake: layered blues for the middle (when you look at it sideways, it looks like the duck is swimming on the water), and a duck, lily pads/frog, and a lily on top.

I've been having a bit of a problem with my resin. A lot of YouTubers do that as well as clay, so I decided to try it, but #1: I spilled it on my rug. Remember the icing endeavor? This is just a repeat, except it's on a RUG and will cost a lot of money to get removed. Also, the resin I have drying right now, the bottom is hard but the top is still runny. I'm worried I didn't get the hardener there for some reason, but I mixed it for a good five minutes slowly, like I was supposed to. Any suggestions for this problem? It reminds me of the time Cali tried her first clay woman with 'air-dry' clay and it NEVER dried. That was over a year ago. And guess what? It's still soft.

Thanks for reading, buying, waiting, and your help in advance if you choose to give your advice. Greatly appreciated.
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