What I’ve been doing lately

Hello hello,

Just a brief update on what I’ve been making,,

Also, I’m open for custom requests as of today ^^
Just send me a message if you want one.

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New tools

Lately, I’ve been so in love with crafting sculptures with super sculpey that I’ve been feeling reluctant to work with all my normal clay. I think it’s because I can’t be bothered to working with such soft clay from studio sculpey and sculpey III. I still find that Fimo is okay to work with, but mostly just been crafting sculptures.

Above is wire that I bought from Daiso so I can incorporate more sturdy interiors for my sculptures. Up until now I’ve only been using foil – and occasionally  a small part of an eyepin for arms and such but now these wires can really help me stabilize my creations.

Also, I’ve started to watermark my images… can’t tell if I should create another one or just stick with this… what do you think ?

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Adventure Time

Gunter and penguins

Gunter and his penguins

Unfinished Tv

Jake’s baby: T.V

Mid painting

Lord Monochromicorn + Lady Rainicorn
Unfinished painting of all these sculptures

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Animal Crossing

Animal crossing isabelle

Isabelle that still needs to be painted + pen and clipboard still need to be attached

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Pokemon : Starter pokemon series

Juju lip charmander

Charmander: I thought this was hilarious. I was mid sculpt and adding on Charmanders mouth…. look those lovely juju lips.. mm mm ahahahahah

Bulbasaur and Charmander

Bulbasaur + Charmander completed. Just need their coats of paint and glaze

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So there we go ^^
That’s what I’ve been up to lately. I still need to make Squirtle and possibly the rest of the starter pokemons from other generations.

Hope you like this post ^^

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

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Tutorial : Totoro sleeping in a bottle

Hello hello,

Long time no post again..
Just posting to say that I’m actually on holiday in a week. However, it’s also coming up to my end of year exams, so I can’t promise the amount of new posts you’ll be seeing.

Although, after 22 November I’ll be truely free :D ! YEY

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For now, Totoro sleeping in a bottle.

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Materials

Materials

  • Brown clay
  • Dark green clay
  • Light green clay
  • Super sculpey
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Yellow Acrylic paint
  • Miniature glass bottle w/ cork
  • Deco gel or TLS

Adding Base

  • Mix the dark green and light green clay until you get a shade you want (mix enough of this colour to be able to make the whole background)
  • Add a small drop of TLS or deco gel in the bottom of the glass bottle.
  • Take out a small piece of the green clay and place it in the bottom to make the base
  • Even it out using a tool. As usual I chose my ball tool to add that texture

Adding Back

 

  • For this part, I used two different tweezer tools
  • Take some clay and place it in the bottle. Press it into the side of the glass
  • Take any tool you have (like a paintbrush etc), and use that to spread the clay around onto the sides of the class
  • I used the tweezers to help me to this, plus even out the surface

Complted back

 

  • With the rest of the clay, place it in the bottle. There needs to be enough so that you’ll be able to make the indent for Totoro to sit in.
  • You can see some texture I added by tweezers and needle tools

Adding more

 

  • Using tools, create an indent in which Totoro would be placed in.
  • There isn’t a set method to achieve this, so just play around and use angled tools (in my case, Tweezers) to create texture and the shape

Totoro

 

  • Take a small blob of super sculpey and make it so that one end is slightly narrower than the bottom end
  • Take some smaller blobs, flatten them and place it on the base shape
  • Using a very fine needle tool ( I used a real needle), add the texture which would be Totoro’s fur. I used the same technique as from my original Totoro in a bottle

Adding head

 

  • Bake for about 5-10 minutes
  • Then, take some more smaller blobs and create Totoros’ arm and his snout. You only need one arm because you’ll only be able to see one side of him
  • Bake for about 5-10 minutes

Completed

 

  • Take TINY blobs of clay and create his ears ( I accidently made my ears crooked)
  • Bake for 5 minutes

Testing in bottle

 

  • Place it in the background you made. You may have to adjust the indent slightly to that Tototor fits nice and snug

Paint

 

  • Using black, white and yellow paint mix light grey and light yellow

Painting

 

  • Add Totoro’s base coats,
  • I find that in order to get a really smooth coat, mixing the acrylic with water really helps
  • Once everything is as smooth as you like it to be, add tiny details such as his whiskers, eyes, nose and fur arrow things ^ ahahah

Painted completely

 

  • Here he is completely painted
  • You can really see there how crooked his ears were….

Overall

 

  • Add some TLS in the place where Totoro would sit and place him in
  • It looked a little empty so I made a tree stump with the brown clay
  • Bake whole bottle for about 10 minutes

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Finished

 

Here he is completed !

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Overall, it took me about 5 hours to make him ^^
I hope this tutorial was easy enough to understand !

Thanks for reading ^^

-Cyn

 

Tutorial : Animal Cakes

Hi hi,,

Someone has requests a tutorial for my Animal Cakes I made a while back, and looking back at my posts I was surprised I hadn’t posted it yet..

So I know it’s been a while, but here it is !

(I’ve only made one for the Bunny and Elephant because I thought my Tiger one was ugly..)

Animal Cakes

 

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Bunny

Materials

Mateirals

  • Yellow Clay
  • Pink Clay
  • Brow Clay
  • White Clay
  • TLS (optional)
  • Pastels (optional)
  • Black clay (optional)

All those optional ones are for adding the face details. You can either make them from TLS + Pastel or make them from clay

Making the layers

  • Roll out all your colors and with the base (in my case, brown) cut / shape it into a circle
  • Do the same for the pink
  • Place the Brown on top of the pink and use the brown as the template for trimming the edges
  • When you trim the edges, tried to put your blade at an angle so the pink ends up slightly small than the brown, but at the same time having the bottom edges line up

Completed layers

  • For the yellow make an approximate dome shape and place it on top of the pink
  • Start shaping the whole ‘cake’ into a more even dome shape. Make sure the edges are all connected smoothly

Rolling out the pink

  • Roll out the pink clay
  • Cover the ‘sponge’ middle + blend away edges
  • Place in the freezer for 15 minutes

On the white clay, cut out two shapes that are white part of the ears + bake for about 10 minutes

Texture

  • Cut out a slice in the cake
  • Those top indents are where I want to place the ears for the bunny. This slice is located on the back of the bunny
  • Use a needle tool and cake texture the surface
  • I placed the white part of the ears

Adding outline

 

  • Roll out the pink
  • Place it around the white part (you may need some TLS to keep it in place)
  • Add details ( I did this by using TLS for the cheeks + mouth + black clay for the eyes) You can use whatever you want.
  • Bake + Glaze

And that’s the bunny completed !

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Elephant

Materials

Materials

  • Green clay
  • Light yellow
  • yellow clay
  • White clay
  • Pink clay
  • Black clay

Rolling out base shapes

  • Create a basic dome shape
  • Cut it in half horizontally
  • Roll out the white, thickness is up to you
  • Place it the bottom part of the dome on top of the white and use it as a template
  • Cut around edges for the white

Smooth out edges

 

  • Place the top half of the dome on
  • Smooth out the whole shape, making sure all layers blend smoothly together
  • Roll out the light yellow
  • Wrap it around  the whole cake + blend

details

 

  • Roll out the yellow
  • Using a small cookie cutter, I cut a circle + baked for 10 minutes
  • Place it on the cake to make the ears

Details

 

  • Cut out a slice at the back + texture
  • Add on the face details
  • Roll out a small bit of light yellow, roll up the bottom and then flatten the middle
  • Place it on as the trunk
  • Bake + glaze

And that’s the elephant completed also !

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These are very similar to my Totoro cake that I made a while back so I hope this was easy ^^

Sorry for lack of posts, I haven’t even had the time to take proper picture of my new bottle art to post on dA….

Ah..

Soon I will be free (i.e. end of year)

I cry..

Thanks for reading!

-Cyn

 

Tutorial : Polymer clay realistic cake texture with baking soda

So wow, long time no post again, apologies.

It seems I’m catching up on all my bumming around time aahah, but don’t worry, I’m crafting a lot tonight so that I can get some regular tutorials up

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So I’m actually really excited for this post. From the title you can tell what the tutorial is on right?
I’ve actually known about this technique from when I first started from the youtuber “GentlemanBunny”

I tried out it out ofc, but it didn’t end up working. Then about a week ago, I found this website

[Link]

And so here I am trying it out for you guys ^^

Let”s go !

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Materials

Materials

  • Softener
  • TSL or Fimo deco gel
  • Baking soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
  • Small container for mixing (in my case, a finished face cream container)
  • Foil
  • Polystyrene
  • Tool for mixing
  • Clay of choice

Soaking the clay

  • Take the clay that you want to be the ‘sponge’ colour and place it in the container
  • Poke some holes in it so the softener can work its magic faster
  • Cover the clay with softener and let it sit
  • Every so often, mix the clay around

At first, I mixed the clay around a lot in the softener and this actually made the dissolving process a lot slower. After I gave up and just let it sit, when I mixed it again, all the clay dissolved much quicker.
As for the softener amount, because my container was slightly larger than I liked it to be, I didnt completely cover my clay up to the top. It was kind of half way up the clay and I just flattened it out. If you can, try to use a smaller container.

Completely dissolved

  • Mixmix
  • And then it’ll look like this once dissolved
  • Add some TLS or deco gel, the amount is completely up to you but make sure you put enough… I think mine was about 1tsp ? Sorry I did a lot of guesstimation

Testing clay

  • I took it out and ‘brushed’ it on the foil and baked it. This is to test if it would fully bake and be pliable
  • And yes it was.. lol

Making cake tin

  • For a cake tin, cut out a template onto the polystyrene block
  • Wrap it in foil
  • Cut the edges neatly
  • Place in the oven for baking.

So apparently, when polystyrene is heated, it shrinks. I didn’t know about this method for making cake tins until that day….
Anyway, I put it on for 130 degrees (celcius) and after about 3-4 minutes, the shrinking process started. Then it only took about another 5- 10 seconds before I took it out.

You can take the ‘cake tin’ out at any point once its shrinks. It just needs to be small enough for you to take it out of the foil without changing the shape.

Baking soda

  • Picture of the shrunken polystyrene circle
  • Adding baking soda
  • I added probably about 2 tablespoons. In the earlier link where I found these instructions, it doesn’t really tell you how much to add. I just added enough until the clay mix was thick like real batter.

If you have enough materials, please feel free to experiment with the amounts of softener : clay : baking soda ratio. I think as along as the mix is semi thick, it’ll rise

Baking

  • Pour ‘batter’ into the mould
  • Bake at normal clay instructions ( 130 degrees C , for about 15 minutes)
  • As you can see, it actually rose !SDKFJKFSHHKJ ! It looks realistic right ?

Rising took about 5 minutes in

Complete cake

  • Here it is out of foil
  • You can see the slightly shiny edges from the foil
  • I trimmed the edges of the cake and you can clearly see the realistic texture ( please enlarge the image)
  • The top really looks like a real vanilla cupcake right ?

MOre images

  • Some more images of the cake and texture (please enlarge)

close up

  • I had enough batter to try again and I did
  • This time, I didn’t trim the top of the ‘cake tin’ that much because I knew it would rise
  • However, you can still tell it rose out of the foil
  • Also, because I put in a lot more of ‘mixture’ and baked it for the same amount of time, the clay didn’t completely bake through

It looked exactly like an underbaked cupcake. You can see that when I tore the foil off,  the bits of clay stuck to it like batter would to a cupcake liner

Second try

Close up of the clay

Cuts

  • Here I cut this cake apart to look at the texture because it was failed away.
  • This texture is also perfect for bread as well.

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And that’s it !

An interesting outcome is that the clay actually is flexible. Like its quite soft and when you squeeze it, it just goes back to its original shape again..

This is actually quite an expensive way to make the realistic cake texture but here it is !

I hope you enjoy this, and actually try this out because it’s such a genius idea ,,

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Tutorial : [Animal Crossing] Tom Nook

So Hoi

Finally I have a tutorial for you guys ! ^^
And in celebration of the new Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing : New Leaf release this year, I made Tom Nook!

So who is Tom Nook? He is a “Raccoon Dog”, also known as “Tanuki” in the Japanese version (also a real animal btw, its related to dogs even though they look like raccoons lolol).  He’s basically who you go to to make money and lose money TT..

He buys the stuff you sell, and he also sells you furniture, equipment and the like – and also responsible for the expansion of your house.

So the new change in New Leaf is that you get to have more freedom in choosing what to expand, what rooms to add and WHEN you want to add them. In previous versions of animal crossing, after each expansion, he’d push you to expand more, which kinda made you hate him..
It doesn’t help that it was harder to make money in previous versions than it is in this version.

SO in celebration of Tom Nook’s character being more likeable, I made him ^^

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Also, just a note, I have recently purchased “Super Sculpey” in beige. This clay is specifically for sculpting models and I really like it. If you have ever used Du-kit (which is a NZ brand polymer clay), the texture is surprisingly similar. I’ve always had this thing against Du-kit because it was never ‘crumbly’ like  sculpey and fimo in that you couldn’t create those realistic textures, but after using super sculpey, I’d say du-kit  would be suitable for model making too.

Fully Completed

Let’s begin!

Please enlarge the images! WordPress automatically resizes mine ><

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Materials (Sorry for lack of images)

  • Super Sculpey (colour doesn’t matter)
  • Foil
  • TLS
  • Eyepin
  • Any sculpting tools you have (although, you’ll mostly be using your fingers)
  • Sand paper
  • Eyepins

Acrylic paint:

  • Dark Brown
  • Terracotta brown
  • White
  • Dark blue
  • Light blue
  • Green
  • Pink

Or you can make those colours with

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Green

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CreatingBase

 

  • So taking the foil, create a round base in which Tom Nook will stand on
  • Roll out some super sculpey , and wrap it around the foil, blending the edges.
  • Take some more foil and create Tom Nooks base body shape – kind of like an egg
  • Roll out sculpey and wrap + blend
  • To create a bigger belly, cut a strip of clay and place it across the middle + blend well

Adding Legs

  • (First two images are the wrapping part of this body)
  • Roll out a small log which will be his legs
  • Cut them , place and blend

3Legs

 

  • Look at that bellay Lolol
  • Okay, so that’s what he looks like standing so far. Please remember to have reference image with you at all times ^^
  • To make him more pudgy, Add more clay on the sides of his legs

More pudginess

 

  • Once he’s got more fat on his two legs, time to even out the front
  • Take a small piece of clay, flatten it out  and place on the front part
  • where the clay meets the gap between his legs, just cut it the clay and blend it out behind his legs

View so far

 

  • What he looks like so far

Making the head

 

  • Take some foil and shape it into his head – kind of like an egg with a turned up tip
  • Wrap with clay and blend
  • Keep adding clay to areas which need it. His head : body ratio is kinda of like 1:1 …. I didn’t expect to add so much clay to his head

Completed parts

 

  • Notice their similarity. I almost freaked out because I mistook the head for his body… I was wondering why his legs suddenly blended together.. TT
  • Place head on the top, if you wish you can use an eyepin to help keep this part extra stable
  • I pushed the head downwards and blended away that excess because Tom Nook doesn’t have that big of a gap between his head and body

Neck

 

  • To even out the neck, roll out a strip of clay, and always when blending, make the edges thinner than the middle. This way, blending is much more easier and you won’t have to push hard on the clay to get it to flatten down
  • You can tell I added more clay to the top of his head
  • He’s so top heavy he cant event stand by himself anymore….
  • Adding the earsHere are some different angles
  • Then roll our two circles and attach them as his ears.
  • Use the end of something round to make the indents for his ears

Cheeks

 

  • He still didn’t look right and that was because his head wasn’t big enough still…
  • Add in them cheeks and blend

Adding arms and tail

 

  • Just like the legs, roll out a small log and attach them onto the body as arms. You can use whatever pose you want
  •  Make a small tear drop shape and attach to his butt (lolol). I used an eyepin to help reinforce his tail

Last minute details

 

  • Roll out some clay and cut into a rectangle – this is his apron
  • Add some eyepins in his legs and make two small impressions onto the base of where you want to place him
  • Then use a needle tool and make these indents into holes
  • Add some TLS and place Tom Nook in place
  • He cant stand by himself so he is leaning on the TLS bottle
  • Also , if you want, use a rounded tool to add texture to the base – as you know , this is my usual technique

Foil reinforcement

 

  • Since he couldn’t stand, had to make reinforcement with foil
  • Made the stupid mistake of baking him without the foil all around him and only the back…

As he was baking in the oven, the clay softened and he got a lot weaker. Because I didn’t have the foil on all four sides he actually fell off his base. I quickly took him out, placed him back on and reinforced all the sides as show in the first two images

More problems

Burnt tail

 

  • Due to my small oven, the top of his head that was closest to the heating bar got burnt
  • Also, as the clay softened and the placement of the foil, his tail also dropped down and baked too low…

Arms

 

  • Removed his previous tail and while working on it, his arm fell off
  • … Please use eyepins to attach them on

Burnt

 

  • After attaching a new arm, I baked him on his back.
  • Made the stupid mistake of changing the heat to top and bottom – ended up with burnt flattened edges on the ears, tail and base
  • Refixed the flattened parts
  • Baked
  • Sanded everything down

Base colour coat

 

  • Adding white base coat.
  • This is to help the actual paint show up in its true colours. Also means that you’ll need less layers to get the same effect

Brown

 

  • Made brown from my primary colours
  •  Dark brown : Red + Blue + Yellow until satisfied
  • Lighter brown : Red + yellow to get a light kind of orange  then + green to get that shade

brown paint

 

  • Panting his main colours

Completed

 

  • Adding the remainging colours
  • He’s on his side because I’m drying the green on the base

 

Fully Completed

 

And here he is fully completed !

Glaze if you wish

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For acrylic paint, I recommend that you dilute it with some water so that it becomes much more thin and smooth. This way, you’ll get less streaks and more even paint layers.

Also, sand down your figurine after baking. I’m not too experienced with sanding so I just took random sandpaper I had. I think you should go for a finer one so that it doesn’t leave those uneven indents from the texture.

Having a smooth base gives you better end product, so please try to do that. Blend well and sand well – my Tom Nook would have turned out better if I sanded him properly.

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-phew- Long tutorial right?
Just letting you know I’ll be back blogging regularly until school starts again!

Thanks for reading!

-Cyn

 

Jiji’s Family ! [ Bottle art ]

Hello Hello !

So I finallyfinally finished the custom request from my Etsy ^^ !!
The person wanted Jiji and his family from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s delivery service,,

I really wanted to replicate him and his family on that ledge with all the ivy and stuff everywhere, but it was really hard to get the bricks and such…
Originally, I thought of not covering the whole base of the bottle like I usually do, and just have this chunk of white in the middle as the ledge. Then  I thought about the scale of Jiji and the other cats and how small I would have to make them…. can’t… do that yet..

So yes ,

Here is what the bottle first looked like :

before4

 

Made Jiji and his little black kitten that looks just like him, at this point I didn’t know how to even begin making the other kittens TT

catsupclose3

 

But here they are… can you see the scale ? Ahahaha, soooo tiny and cute !
As you can see, the face details are pret-ty minimal..  like two dots for the eyes and then this faint pink for their noses

JijisFamily

 

And here is the whole family completed ! Thank to some fingerprint on my camera, the photos arent very clear… ah,,

JijisFamily2

 

Here is a closer image, ^^ This was taken and sent to the buyer to make sure it was okay, and to let them make any changes hurhur

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And today it was shipped !!

Packaged2

 

All my packaging for my creations get sent like this.

  • Gift bag
  • Bubble wrapped creation
  • For bottle art, I give 4 jump rings and and eyepin just in case they want to make it into a pendant . It’s in that little clear bag with my logo on it hurhur
  • And then a little twist gift message thing (?) Idk what its called

Packaged1

 

All packaged and ready to go !

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This is why I couldn’t take better pictures… ahahah, it was already bubble wrapped and everything. I didn’t even realise the images were slightly blurry until I started to edit them for this blog. Ah..

So here’s the mini update.
I have a 6 day holiday so I will definitely spend a whole day just making tutorials for you guys.

Hopefully this is the break I need to finally update all my CraftCandies platforms

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn