Im Baaack :D

Hello Hello,,

I’m finally back from China -phew-
A lot of things happened so I ended up coming back on the 28th and now I’m just slowly unpacking both my luggage and the boxes from when I moved houses.

SADLY D: !
I didn’t get to buy many craft supplies at all…. TT___TT It seems  will have to rely on Ebay for a little bit longer.
Turns out my relatives didn’t really know where to go specifically to buy raw materials,, but that’s okay.

I did however buy a couple of items which is better than nothing ^^.

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Felt book

Managed to find this adorable felt book, cost me about $5 NZD

 

 

 

 

Felt book 2

Also found these two felt books. There were two other books in this series but one was crochet and another was just random DIY projects. This is insanely cute and helpful so I’ll be making things out of these very soon. I also hope to be able to scan some patterns up ,, but I’ll have to look into whether I’m allowed to or not ( I should do as long as the patterns aren’t being used to generate money though).

Or else I’ll just try to upload similiar patterns. … that I may or may not have traced or drew myself…

One cost $5 NZD and the other about $5.70 NZD.

Cheap right ? Ah

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The blue and pink ones cost 3 cents RMB for one, so it was $30 RMB for one hundred. I bought 50 of each colour so in total about $6 NZD spent on this type.
The black and red ones cost me 10 RMB, so about $2 NZD for each bundle. I’m not actually sure how many is in each bundle… probably about 50 as well.

Cups

Now these are mini drinking glasses. They are actually used for drinking white wine (? I think ) and are kind of small.
They cost me $3 RMB each and I bought 6 of the first glass and 12 of the second one. I’m thinking about using them as sundae cups of some sort.

paints

 

Acrylic paints, just the primary colours and classic black and white :D
I think it was about $7 – 8 NZD for this box. I’m not sure because I went to a place where you could haggle ^^. In these places, none of the items have a price on them ahahaha

Pastels

 

Pastels. Now these were slightly more expensive being about $20 NZD for this box. However it’s still cheaper than the ones in NZ.
The pastels I have now are in 24 colours and are only about 3 cm long….. even then it cost me $18 NZD. And the ones of bought in China are full size as well ! Should be able to use that for a long long time :D

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So there you go,, this all the craft items I got from China. I’m pretty sure that if I knew where to go, I would’ve come back with HEAPS of things… ahahah
But for now I’m happiest about those felt books, I’ll be working out of those for a while and just making short tutorials on basics (like making fruits and tart bases). I also hope to reopen my Etsy ASAP with new listings and start posting regularly again.

But for now, I will be quickly unpacking my boxes and luggage as all my craft supplies are still packed away ^^

Till then,

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Tutorial : Banana (sort of)

Hello helloo,,
So in this post, I want to show you how pastels can make a big difference to your creations. Along the way, I guess you can learn how to make a banana haha – though, I’m not sure what purpose you would have for it.. ^^;;

Banana Colours

For the Banana, I used three colours. Yellow (Du-kit), white (sculpey) and Sunshine (sculpey). Sunshine is basically a baby yellow.

  • Mix the baby yellow colour with the white. This is the flesh of the Banana.

Banana Shape

  • Roll the Banana flesh into a log (sorry the log looks white here =”=)
  • Make the ends more narrow than the centre and then shape it like a Banana.

Banana Skin

  • Roll out the yellow clay, and use your razor blade to cut out three “long leaf” shapes (as shown).
  • Arrange around the Banana
  • Blend the edges together and curl the top ends downwards. Also, define the inedible part of the banana at the end.

Green pastel Shading

Phew, here is the purpose of the post haha,,

  • Take a light green pastel and shade the bottom part of the banana. It depends on how ripe you want your banana to be.

Brown shading

  • Now take a dark brown pastel ( excuse my mutilated pastel ), and shade the very bottom of the banana.
  • You can also add more textures or brown onto your Banana, I just got lazy.

Banana

  • Bake according to the instructions and voilà, your Banana is complete !
So, I hope you see how much of a difference pastels can make to your creations. In the future, I hope to show you more cases where pastels can really complete the overall look (:
If you have any suggestions or requests, just leave a comment.
-Cyn

Polymer Clay- Getting started

Here are the basics I think you’ll need when you start with Polymer clay. All these items can be found in your craft store (if you’re in America). I purchased most of these items from a website based in NZ, and some from a hardware and art store.

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1. This is Fimo Deco gel. This is more translucent that Liquid sculpey and gives a glossier finish. I usually use this when I’m making a sauce that’s transparent (like fruit pie or something along those lines.)

2. This is Liquid Sculpey (TLS). This is used for making whipped cream, and after baking, it has a matte finish. If you do not colour it with pastels it will finish transparent (although, not as transparent as Fimo deco gel). When coloured with pastels, it will be a solid colour.

These liquid clays are also used as extra to hold clay pieces in place when they bake. Depending on what kind of effect you want for your creation, you can decide what brand of liquid clay you want. I just have both.

3. These are just two brands of polymer clay. The white block is Sculpey III and I use this because it is the cheapest out of the Sculpey range in NZ. I find it very easy to condition, however, it does get quite soft when you handle it a lot. The grey block is Fimo and I find it harder to condition compared to Sculpey III. The good thing I find about Fimo is that even when you handle it a lot, it doesn’t go as soft as Sculpey III. (I also use Cernit and Dukit clay)

4. These are Sculpting tools. The silver one is just a tool I use to add texture to my clay. This can be easily be replaced by something pointed like toothpicks or needles (however, needles seem too dangerous as a tool). The black tool is something I picked up from a hardware store. It has interchangeable heads.

5. The most important tool, the Razor blade. Pretty self explanatory.

6. Small box of Pastels. Pastels are great for adding shading to your creations and it definitely makes them more realistic. Pastels are also used to add colour to liquid sculpey or the deco gel.

Now here are some extras that I think will save you a lot of time:

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7. Silicon. Okay, this product is REALLY pricey especially for me in New Zealand. It is basically a two part putty that moulds to whatever you want. I use these for muffin bases, textures and stuff like that. This if definitely optional, but a giant time saver for the lazy or those who want to make more realistic food (e.g. the pattern on the oreo cookie)

8. Cookie cutters. These are a BIG time saver. You don’t really need all these shapes, they just happen to come in a set for me. I think the most basic one you should have are circles. Preferably in different sizes because, circles make the bases for cakes. Of course you can always use circular caps to make your bases OR just shape out the base with your hands.

9. Fimo Glaze. This is just glaze that is used to finish off a creation. It really seals in colours from pastels and overall gives a glossy finish. (For those who are cheap, I guess clear nail polish would work. It would be a bit thick though)

Aaaand there we go ! ;D

These products are just what I think you’ll need to get started. When I first started, all I had was white polyer clay, pastels, glaze and a razor blade. I was cheap and actually used the pastels to colour the clay….as you can imagine, it took WAYYYYY too long and was really messy.

If you think I should add anything else to this post, questions or requests, just leave a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer them.

-Cyn