Totoro + Animals

Hello hello,

This is just something I made for a birthday a couple of months ago and didn’t get around to posting until now. Totoro was requested so … yup.

I had these boxes I bought from Daiso which are for displaying figurines, so I thought I’d make something inside them.

end result

Each animal represented someone, so yep.

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Since I can’t actually bake the plastic, I lined the sides that I would work on with grease proof paper and taped it on with masking tape.

I make that part that Totoro would sleep in on the paper so I can get the form right when I baked it.

prepping box

another angle of beginning clay

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This is what the inside would look like before I baked everything

Pre bake progress

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It took several layers of paint on the sides of the container before it reached an opaque stage.

Adding paint

And then as usual I manage to mess up right before I complete it.
You can see the fingerprints I left on the container in the top image, and I basically did the worst job of trying to clean it off.

I ruined the plastic and had to move the whole scenery into another container (which is the completed image).

ruined plastic

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This container had a lot more height to it.

To be honest, I didn’t want to paint the inside of it because I liked how “roomy” it looked like this.
But because I needed to blend in that green piece of clay, I had to paint a portion of it.
I also had to trim the the clay that sat on the base of the container.

new container

I used masking tape and created a guideline. I decided to go diagonal outwards from the centre.

Painted background

To blend in the edges of the green piece even more, I added texture using the acrylic paint.

At this point, I also started making the little animals. Each one is about 1cm in length and I went for the “realistic” take on the animals instead of the usual cartoon take.

Adding animals

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Here are all the animals.
I did a pretty bad job on the paint, and I probably should have glazed it.

animals

animals

2animals

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Aaand that’s about it.

end result

[Bottle Art] Update

Hello Readers,

Just a small post updating you on what I’ve made.

Posts are getting much more infrequent, and inspiration / time is at a low right now.

One thing I have been learning towards is making something from scratch that I’ve drawn, so maybe there will be a post for that in the future.

Totoro waiting by the bus stop

Both bottles measuring 4cm in height with the cork, and 2cm in diameter.

Sorry for being so inactive, I imagine that it’ll continue this way for a while.

Thanks for reading as usual ! I’ll try my best !

-Cyn

[Big Hero 6 ] Baymax

Baymax

Baymax is approximately 1.3cm tall sitting in his own glass bottle.
Height of bottle is 4cm including the cork, and 2cm in diameter.

I thought the combination of colours were a bland, so I wrapped some red twine around the neck of the bottle.

Just something I quickly made for the sake of an update heh.

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

(Requests are always open btw.. it seems like I’m just not inspired by anything to make craft lately)

Whoa there

Longgg time no post right ?

Apparently, my last post was about March.. so over 6 months ago…

So much for posting every one or so right ?

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Actually looking back through my older entries, I feel like I should mass edit them all.
Just cringing at my usage of ” ^^” ” TT___TT” and the sort..

Mm.

But whatever.

Anyways, just a little post about me finally being on holiday !!
It’s finally here, from now till about… March 2015 ?
I’m on holiday… ahh yisss..

And also, I have actually been crafting here and there – just largely unfinished things.
I still have a whole lot of sculptures I haven’t gotten around to properly paint / glaze.
To be honest though, I’m not sure I want to finish those..

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But what I DID finish, was a new portal gun !
As usual , it was for a friends’ birthday, and as usual, I just winged my way through the sculpting process so yep.
Didn’t even manage to take a whole bunch of images of it either.

Can I add though, out of all the Portal Guns I’ve made, (about 3-4), this one is the most accurate.
Since it was a gift, I actually had to think carefully the order I would make/bake/paint the pieces in, and how each part will be made.

Also, as usual, I rushed it till the last moment, almost screwed it up several times AND was late to the party because I was so desperate to finish it off… Hmm..

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But without any further ado, here are some TERRIBLE images I took right before I left.
I wish I had some better lighting, and area to take the photos in – but really, there wasn’t time.
There are the ones that didn’t suck too much as well haha, enjoy.

Final

Here is what it looks like completed.
I bought a case that is specifically for those little models / figurines and placed the portal gun in it.
I also quickly made a stand last minute for it.

Apparently a “Portal Gun stand” exists…. I can’t believe I didn’t google it earlier because I had so much time when I was waiting for paint to dry.
The stand I made here was a mixture of that stand and some improvisation.

If I remember correctly, the gun measures about 7cm across.
Made with :

  • Super sculpey
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glaze
  • Wire
  • Hot glue
  • Clear plastic

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Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here’s the general outline of how I made the gun.

  • Make two tubes out of clay, cut the middles out of both of them, and place one in the other
  • Make the front part which is for the shooting by stacking different sized circle clays
  • Roll out blue clay into a log and place it into the body of the gun
  • Bake
  • Sculpt the back part of the gun
  • Bake separately
  • Make the front white bit of the gun
  • Bake separately
  • Paint the main body of the gun black
  • Paint the insides of the white bits
  • Get some clear plastic, glue it over the main body of the gun where the middle was cut out of
  • Attach both the white bits onto the body of the gun with hot glue
  • Shape some wire
  • Glue onto the white bits of the gun, and just according to what it looks like
  • Paint several smooth coats of paint over the white bits
  • Shape some wire and glue them at the front of the gun
  • Paint over the hot glue
  • Glaze

As for the stand, I just made the basic structure, and used black felt and hot glued it on.

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And that’s about it.
It’s not too difficult, but …quite tedious.
Baking the parts separately was so that I could paint the overall piece better, and give off a cleaner finish.
Sometimes I underbaked the pieces, and adding too much pressure meant that I broke them.
Painting is always a pain since my acrylic paint likes to try kinda… sticky ? It attracts dust quite easily and it’s so painful to get a smooth coat without mixing it with water first…

Ah..

Anywho, maybe if it ever gets requested for my etsy, I’ll make another one and post up the process for that.

As for the next sculpture I’m working on, it’s Baby Groot !!
I have finished making him, and moving onto the painting process.

Hope to post those results soon.

Thanks for reading as usual,

-Cyn

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

 

Short Update:

Hey guys !

So it has finally come to the ‘end’ of my holidays.. I start school on the 1st of February , which is earlier than usual ( its normally February 7th)
And honestly, it feels like I’ve made nothing…

Last year, I was always thinking of all the things I could make in my holidays, update my Etsy and maybe even start a Youtube channel – and now it seems like I’ve done nothing at all..

 

SDKJFHSKHDLJF ! WHY !

 

It’s definitely not the time issue as I’ve had about a month for that, but I don’t know… it’s probably because I don’t really have the inspiration or motivation anymore. I do still have a lot of ideas, it’s just that when it gets down to making the actual craft , it turns out much harder than what I imagine.
Then, it ends up ugly/ takes up time / I start again, and so I don’t post it online ;__;

 

So yeah…
However, I will list what I did manage to do oho :

  • Bunny cake tutorial
  • Elephant Cake tutorial
  • Cherry tutorial (felt)
  • Pineapple, apple, kiwifruit slice tutorial (felt)
  • Watermelon tutorial (felt)
  • Ponyo in a bottle (first attempt)
  • Real pink cake
  • Chocolate cake
  • Haku in a bottle ( in process)
  • GIANT Dango plush

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Real Pink cake

 

RealPinkCake3

 

RealPinkCakeSlice

 

 

DangoPlush

 

 

And here’s a small prototype of my Haku. I’ve got the basic construction method done however, I’m trying to figure out how to put him in the bottle and in what shape. Also his surroundings TT
The one you see below actually broke in half, eh..

Haku Prototype

 

You can see he’s curled around that tool… this shape doesn’t quite work for the bottle, so yes – This is going to get thrown out.

 

Thanks for reading this short rant/ update!

-Cyn

Tutorial : Cuppuccino Cake

Hello Hello,

This was a requested tutorial of a Cuppuccino cake that I made …earlier this year IRCC.
It feels like ageesss since I made it , but since I only started this blog this year, it must’ve been early on ^^

Backstory ? Oho,,
So at the start of the year, my old Korean exchange found me via FB. I remember promising to snail mail her a letter like she had, and never actually did =”=. So when she found me, I was like shiet, okay, gotta send a package.
I made this cake based on a Korean bakery called “Paris Baguette”.
I thought this cake was okay to make, the thing is , it was meant to look like a cup of coffee, I had to place decorations and such in a way that when you looked at it, it sorta looked like coffee ? I don’t know, it was hard to replicate it. I think I was trying too hard TT
Anyway, I kinda gave up half way and added my own ideas to it,,

TLDR; I made a Cuppuccino cake from Paris Baguette.

Pictures of reference, here and here.

So here we go.

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Materials

Materials

  • Dark brown clay
  • TLS
  • Terracotta clay
  • Kind of beige (?) coloured clay
  • Pink / red clay (optional, this was for decorations)
  • Green (optional ; decoration)
  • Circle cutter

Basically , lots of ‘browny’ coffee colours.

Cutting shapes

  • Split the beige colour into 1/3 and 2/3. The 1/3 will be for decoration
  • As for the 2/3, roll it out and cut 2 circles out
  • Do the same for the terracotta clay except cut out 3 circles with your cutter
  • Or the other way around, anything is fine.

Main shape

  • Arrange them one after another forming the pattern you want.
  • Carefully, start squishing your clay into a “cup” shape. This will be the cake base.
  • Try to make it more flat and not so tall like a coffee mug. Think cafe mugs
  • Roll out the dark brown clay

Shape 2

  • Cover the whole cake
  • Cut off excess and blend
  • If you need to , reshape the clay into the ‘cup’ shape

Top spiral

  • Taking that 1/3 of beige clay, roll it out
  • Take dark brown clay and make a handle to go with the ‘cup’ shaped base
  • Roll out about 4  little coffee bean shapes, use a toothpick or whatever tool you have to make that line in the middle
  • Take the beige and start making a spiral. You will probably want to do this on the cake itself because it’ll give you a rough template of how big/round it needs to be
  • Take it off the cake, then cut a decent slice out of it.
  • Place it back onto the cake, and use the cut out as a guide for cutting the cake piece
  • Use a needle tool and add cake texture

Decorations : You can decorate however you like, I’m just going to show you how I made mine.

Decorations

  • Arrange coffee beans however you want
  • Then, will dark brown clay, roll it out with one end more narrow than the other.
  • Squish it down onto your working surface and start bending it until you have that ‘steam’ shape. Cut off excess, repeat 2 more times
  • Flatten a circle, using TLS mixed with white clay and make random patterns into it
  • Roll out the red clay and cut a heart shape out of it.
  • Bake the mini decorations (not the coffee beans or the cake / spiral)

Sides of cake

  • Place the decorations on the cake
  • I added some more hearts, and cut out her initials out of the red clay

Completed

  • Then, carefully arrange the decoration on top of the cake.
  • Make sure you plan this well or else it’ll involve you making indents into the cake and if you look carefully, you can see that in my spiral part of the cake.
  • You can add some TLS to help they stay in place if you want
  • Also, I made a spoon with the dark brown clay, it’s up to you
  • Bake the whole cake + glaze

(You notice the leaf that I randomly added on. When I was baking, I accidently over baked it and the leaf kinda got burnt. In the final pictures, you can see that it ended up with this really nice gradient of brown – green. It was good.)

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And it’s done !
It looks pretty easy right ? But as usual , it took me a long time to decide how I wanted to go about this.
Also, looking back on it now, I think I added wayyyyy too many decorations on the side of the cake. I’m fine with the top but I remember at the time that the cake looked ‘bare’ and I needed to cover it up some more… heh.

Before Baking :

 

Completed

After Baking + Glaze

 

Before baking

Thanks for reading,

-Cyn