Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DIY Miniature Clay Cupcakes & Cupcake Mold

Cupcakes are one of my favorite things to make in miniature, and one of may favorite things to eat.

I posted a charm update this past weekend on my Youtube channel, and the #1 request was a cupcake tutorial so here it is!

I made the cupcake bases by pressing translucent clay into a cupcake mold.

Not just any cupcake mold. I have purchased nearly 10 cupcake molds from Etsy never to be satisfied so I set out to make my own. One year later and I'm very happy with the result.

I love this mold because I can bake the clay while it's in the mold. Once it's baked and cooled, I popped the cupcake base out (very easily, because the mold is flexible). Then I mixed translucent clay with a small amount of tan clay. To color the cupcake tops, I used dark yellow, and light orange chalk pastels. Using a paint brush, I dusted the edges with color.

I used sandpaper (Resin grit from Home Depot, or any hardware store) to texture the top.

To make the cupcake bases look "realistic" I painted them with a mixture of white, yellow, orange, and brown acrylic paint. Then baked the entire cupcake again. (NO, it won't burn as long as you bake it at a lower temperature)

To make it into a charm I trimmed the headpin, then used round nose pliers to create a loop, or circle.

Here are more cupcakes I made with this same mold:

Have Fun & Make Your Own!

Watch the video tutorial below:

Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY: Resin Jewelry

I decided to do a bit of an experiment with resin. I added things that I've never tried before, and here are the results.

BUBBLES: If you mix your resin well and slow for about 3 minutes, then let it sit for about 3 minutes you shouldn't have very many bubbles at all. In fact, none of the pieces I made had bubbles...YAY! Usually I almost always have a few bubbles here and there, but I was patient this time and it paid off.

 I made these to look like diamonds or jewels. I am going to turn these into various pieces of jewelry like rings and pendants.

I added two different types of sprinkles to these pieces.

 I added dried flowers to these. I got the dried flowers at Michael's but they were on clearance, and I didn't see anymore so I suspect that they've been discontinued:( I also painted the backs of most of these a peach color using acylic paint, and I like the result.

 I added peppermints to these and used green and red glitter to cover the backs.

 And I added skittles to these and cover the backs with glitter as well.

These were very easy to make, and I can't wait to try more!

Have Fun!

Watch the tutorial:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Miniature Terrariums

These are two versions of fake or faux terrariums. The first small one looks like a little forest, and the second one looks similar to an underwater pond...minus the scum.

I used miniature bottles from Michael's craft store, lichen + miniature bushes from Hobby Lobby, miniature gray rocks from Hobby Lobby, and clear glue from Joann's Fabric.

The beach versions were actually inspired by candles. One is made to looks like underwater shells, and the other looks like a mini beach.

To make the beach versions I used miniature bottles from Hobby Lobby (The bulb shaped bottle), and Michael's, craft sand from Hobby Lobby, mini seashells from Hobby Lobby, clear Elmer's glue from Joann's Fabric, and food coloring from the grocery store.

They were pretty simple to make, and you can always substitute anything I've used for supplies you already have on hand.

Have Fun!

Watch the videos below:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hunger Games DIY: Nightlock Berries Necklace

‪So bearliz2222‬ from YouTube requested that I make nightlock berries...only a few hours ago...and I scrambled to make this tutorial and upload it in the same night!

The berries are made from navy blue polymer clay, and I just added them to the liquid (Elmers clear glue + blue & red food coloring) without baking them. The bottle on the right was my first try and I added way too much food coloring...so don't make that mistake.

I almost always work on a black granite tile from Home Depot, that costs about $5.00. I loved them so much that I convinced my friend to make an entire table covered in them so I could have multiple work spaces. Nine tiles were used in all.

Of course I made the Nightlock berries into a necklace that will go into my bottle collection.

Also about Nightlock berries:

Nightlock is a wild plant with poisonous berries that Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark used to win the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss first heard this kind of plant from her father. The berries are infamous for the lethal poisonous juices that are inside. - The Hunger Games Wiki

Have fun & Make your own!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cereal Bowls: Cocoa Puffs & Trix

So I made miniature cereal bowls as a request!

I found the miniature bowls on Ebay, and I just pushed in translucent clay, then poured on white liquid clay from katoclay. You can also use white paint instead if you bake the cereal before you add them to the paint.

I added in miniature knives...that look like spoons.

I baked the bowls with the spoon/knives and they turned out fine!

Have Fun!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Baskin Robbins Banana Split & Ice Cream Sundae

So my best friend loves....absolutely loves Baskin Robbins. I'm not a huge, fan of their ice cream, but she is. So much so, that on her birthday she even gets their ice cream cakes.

So this tutorial is dedicated to her.

I made the cup the same as in the Pinkberry tutorial. Then I added "vanilla ice cream" which was a mixture of ivory, and white polymer clay (Sculpey Ivory & FIMO white). The chocolate syrup was made from FIMO Deko gel (you can find it on Ebay) and brown chalk pastels. The cherry was made with Sculpey "Red Hot Red" polymer clay. And the whipped cream was made using the same technique from the Pinkberry tutorial as well.

To make the Baskin Robbins label, I just used this picture, than copied and pasted it into a word document, and resized it to be very small.

The banana split dish was made with white clay, and a lot of patience. I baked the dish, then added brown (FIMO brown), pink (Sculpey ballerina), and white clay (same as the sundae). I added the same chocolate syrup from the sundae, and used red, and yellow chalk to make the strawberry and pineapple syrup.

It was pretty easy to do once I finished the cups and the dish.

So have fun & make your own!


Watch the video!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Apple Pie...or Hollandse Appeltaart

So I've made a miniature Hollandse Appeltaart in a collaboration with GentlemanBunny.

Here are more pictures for you!

So have fun & Make you're own!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

An Alice in Wonderland themed necklace!

So first I made the pendant with the tiny illustration. I used a bezel from Hobby Lobby, and  a random illustration I found here after searching for "alice in wonderland illustration." You can use any illustration you like, but I chose this one.

I used Dimensional Magic by Mod Podge to make the picture glossy. Don't forget to seal the picture first with any clear glue so the illustration won't change colors. This is a very important step.

To make the drink me bottle I used a miniature bottle from Michaels (but you can also find these on Ebay, at Hobby Lobby or Joann's Fabric). I filled the bottle with clear glue, and a tiny bit of blue food coloring.

I made the label by typing out "Drink Me" in size 8 font. I printed out the word, and cut it into a tag like shape. To make the hole for the string I used a needle.
This makes a really cute necklace:)

Enjoy & Make Your Own!

Watch the tutorial below:D


Popcorn Time!

So after I made the cotton candy tutorial I had a request for other "carnival" foods! One was popcorn, so I tried it out and this was the result.

Here is the popcorn box template:  http://www.topsinswaps.com/Food/Workshop/Graphics/Popcorn%20Box%20Swap%20Master.jpg

I really love how it turned out and now I'm using it as a purse charm. I put it on a big lobster clasp and just hooked it onto my purse:)

Enjoy & Make your own!
Watch the video below!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ladurée Macarons and Chocolate

So as apart of a collaboration this week I made treats from Laduree! They are fairly simple to make, and I've made it a little easier for you by making templates for the boxes, and a bonus shopping bag:)

These are templates for the miniature macaron boxes.

This is a template for the miniature chocolate box.

And this is a template for the miniature shopping bag, just be sure to print out two (one for the front, and one for the back).