Tutorial : “Shaping” your own clay ‘cream’

Hey guys,

From the previous tutorial, you can see that I ‘made’ my own ‘cream’ from shaping it using a tool. Someone asked for a tutorial, so here it is ^^

This is super simple, and it’s really up to you on what your ‘cream’ ends up looking like. However, if you don’t have the same tool I have, I’m not sure what you could use to replace it….
maybe the end of a small paintbrush ? :/

Here we go !

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Materials (whoa , sorry for the huge image)

Materials

  • Clay of your preference
  • Metal skewer thing (what is it called ? )

1

  • Using the rounded end, start making a ‘cream’ pattern on your clay.
  • Do this by lightly indenting your design.
  • When you’re happy with it, go over the pattern with more pressure put on the tool.
  • To define the bottom even more, use the pointed end of the tool and push the clay inwards.

2

  • (First image) It should look something like this.
  • Now, you define the top by making it more pointed
  • Take the end of the tool, and drag it upward, following the line of your pattern

3

  • Keep fixing your ‘cream’ clay until you’re satisfied with it.

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And there we go :D
Super easy right ? I’m sorry if my ‘cream’ doesn’t look as good as the one in my previous tutorial. The shape really depends on you, so fix it however.

Hope my explanation was okay…..

Thanks for the reading !

-Cyn

 

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Tutorial : Mold making (chocolate)

Hello my reader ^^

Today will be a short tutorial on how to make molds. I think it’s pretty self explanatory, just mixing two parts right ? (I’ll show you anyways ohoho,)

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Here we go !

Materials:

Materials

  • Mold putty
  • The object you want to be a replica of ( in this case, chocolate !)

Mixing the mold

  • Take equal parts of each colour ( so that means 1:1 ratio).
  • Mix together ! Mix till you have no more streaks in your putty. I have to work quite fast because mine is fast drying.
  • Slowly, push the putty down onto the chocolate. Make there are no air bubbles, and that it’s stuck to the whole surface.
  • (Try not to push the object into the putty. This tends to morph the details. Instead, roll your putty down over, and firmly push it onto the surface – make sure all important details will be captured)

The replica

  • Once it’s dry, take the object out. Can you see that the chocolate sort of melted ? TT This sort of made my design less clear….
  • Shall we try and see what it looks like ? I put cold porcelain in there !
  • The shape looks the same ! It’s got all the edges ^^

Better comparison

  • Let’s try colouring the CP, make it more realistic,,
  • Which one do you think is the real chocolate ? Wahaha, it’s the bottom one.

Cracks in Porcelain

  • This was the next morning.
  • See how the CP cracked ? It cracked in places where I placed separate blobs and blended them in.
  • The top one doesn’t have any cracks so that means, CP doesn’t crack when you just have one piece !

And there we go !

A chocolate mold, and a little test on how well CP takes on detail from the mold. Remember, if you don’t want cracks in your CP, try to just use one piece instead of blending in several pieces.

Enjoy and thanks for reading !

-My Easter themed creation will be up shortly  ! Just adding some finishing touches ^^;;

-Cyn

Tutorial : Cheese cake

Hey guys !

Today, I will be making cheesecake. This is SUPER simple, and for this one, you’ll see once again how effective pastel is ^^

Here we go !

Materials

Materials

  • Baby yellow clay ( or mix white with yellow)
  • A brown ( studio sculpey : Nutmeg)
  • Orange
  • Toothbrush
  • A rectangle cutter (this is about 1 cm by 0.5 cm)
  • Pastel (orange and brown)

Layers of cheesecake

  • Mix the orange and baby yellow together
  • Roll out kind of thick
  • Roll out brown thin ( not too thin, make sure it’s visible)

Shape

  • Layer it on top of each other
  • Use the rectangular cutter ! ( if you don’t have one , a razor blade would work. Just make sure the shapes are all the same)

Texture

  • Using your toothbrush, texture the sides LIGHTLY. Try to only get the texture on the yellow part.

Completed

  • Shade with pastel.
  • I used a mix of orange and brown. Don’t make it too brown, the surface of cheesecake is usually an orangey colour ^^

Bake and glaze ^^

And there we go ^^

Super easy right ? You can also see the pastel really added the detail onto it , wahaha ! Of course you can use a circle cutter to make it look more like traditional cheescake,,
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this one, if you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment !

Thanks for reading

-Cyn

Tutorial : Piping bag

Hallo Hallo !

This was a request, so here is a quick tutorial for preparing a piping bag. For the piping bag, you can use an actual one, or more commonly,  a ziploc bag.

Materials:

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Your icing tip
  • Sellotape
  • Ziploc bag / piping bag
As you can see, I don’t have a ziploc bag ><;; Sorry ! Instead,  I made a piping bag from a piece of paper….
Sticking on the icing tip
  • Cut the tip off the ziploc /piping bag
  • Place the tip over it
  • Sellotape in place ! I usually just wrap the tape around a couple of times. Make sure it’s secure !
Completed
  • I guess it should look something like this… instead of the paper, imagine a ziploc bag :)
And its done !
This is just how I prepare my bags for piping dollops of ‘cream’. Ofc, I use an actual ziploc bag instead of paper. Although, I’m thinking if you could make the piping bag out of baking paper, and then sticking the icing tip on…. do you think it’ll work ? Maybe I’ll try it one day ..

 

Another method is to just cut the tip of the bag, and then place the icing tip from the inside. I was going to show you, but as you can see, the paper isn’t transparent…
This method works as well, but you have to make sure you tape down the sides of the bag where it wraps about the icing tip. This is because you’ll get ‘cream’ into the sides, and then it’ll ooze out.

Hope this was helpful, if you have any questions, just leave a comment ^^

Thanks for reading!

-Cyn

Tutorial : Alternatives of Whipped cream

Hey guys !

As promised, here is my tutorial on different types of whipped cream. Sorry it took so long..  I finally went into crazy craft mode and made a lot of tutorials….
Some are still in editing stage and will be saved as drafts for later posts. I wasn’t actually going to post this one up so early, I was hoping to post the mickey mouse themed ones first, but since I think is is more helpful,  here it is !

(I really hope this helps, because when I was first starting, I didn’t know this at all ! )

Here we go !

Here are the types of whipped cream you can make for your creations:

  •  Sealant
  • TLS (Translucent liquid sculpey)
  • Cold porcelain
  • Puffy paint
  • Hot glue

Sealant: I use a white sealant that is for tiles. It’s air dry, and I’m pretty sure there’s a photo of it somewhere in my previous posts.

Sealant cream

  • You see that normal blob ? That’s the sealant. The dollop of ‘cream’ next to it was piped out. I made a whole bunch and that was the best looking one. You see, the sealant’s consistency isn’t very thick, so some of the ‘cream’ that I piped out spread a little. This made them flat, and the pattern wasn’t defined as I would’ve liked.
  • To thicken up your sealant, just add cornstarch or potato starch , or in my case, Tapioca flour. Mix mix mix ! The more you put in, the thicker it gets ! ( Try not to put too much, or else it’ll get sort of lumpy).
  • In the third picture, you can see that it can hold the peaks ! This is good consistency.
  • It takes about a day for the outside to dry (depending on the thickness of your cream), and probably about…… 2 days ? For it to dry completely. Although, depending on the humidity, it may take longer.

Cake using sealant cream

  • Here is a cake that I iced with sealant. This was the day I thought of using starch to thicken it up, ohoho !
  • Also, since the sealant dries matte, make sure you glaze it afterwards.
Comparison of sealant
Here’s an extra comparison picture I took a few days ago. The one with the ‘cocoa’ powder is the sealant with tapioca starch added. Can you sort of tell the difference ? The pattern of it is much more defined, and sharp compared to the other one. The other one isn’t as defined, and it did spread a little.

Cold Porcelain: Again, this is an air dry type of ‘cream’. The process of making this is basically the same as the TLS.

Making the cold porcelain cream

  • As you can see, I am using PVA glue and cold porcelain.
  • Find a container, or some sort of surface to mix the ‘cream’ in.
  • Mix mix mix ! The thickness of the ‘cream’ depends on the ratio of CP:PVA glue.

Colouring the CP cream

  • Here’s what it looks like on this random piece of clay. It sort of looks like the icing on buns right ? Ohoho, the consistency is quite thin here.
  • I added more clay, and a litttle bit more PVA. Can you tell the consistency is thicker ?
  • Let’s try adding some colour. I am using pastel.

Coloured porcelain

  • Using pastel doesn’t really give the ‘cream’ a very concentrated colour. Try acrylic paint if you want something more concentrated.
  • Also, see how this consistency can hold the ‘peaks’.
  • And again, just how it it looks like on top of that piece of clay. You can swirl the clay with a needle tool ( or toothpick). It will hold the swirls nicely.

Now, the only concern I have for CP whipped cream are the cracks. If you do manage to make CP that doesn’t crack, then this won’t be an issue. Also, keep in mind that CP does shrink when it dries. This left little holes in the ‘cream’, but it’s not too noticeable, and should be fine.

Translucent Liquid SculpeyThe steps for making translucent liquid sculpey is exactly the same as the CP version. Since it is basically polymer clay, all you need to do is bake to set it. This version of the ‘whipped cream’ is definitely the most time efficient ( since you don’t need drying time). However, it is also the most pricey.

TLS

  • All you need is Liquid sculpey and the clay of your choice. You could use Fimo deco, but I find TLS is better.
  • The steps are exactly the same as the Cold porcelain version. However, it does take LONGLONG to mix. It’s best if you make a big batch all in one go to save you time.
  • When you start mixing, start off with a little bit of clay : TLS. This is because, you’ll need way more TLS than clay. Slowly add more clay to thicken the consistency.
  • The second image is my batch of TLS. When I need to use it, I just take a little bit out, and add colour if I need to.
  • Remember to bake it ! It’s best to add TLS after your creation is baked, this is so you have a more solid surface to work on.

Puffy Paint: This isn’t really whipped cream, but puffy paint is AWESOME as drizzle. It isn’t that pricey, so yeah. The only downside is that, you can’t really pipe it out with a pattern.

Puffy Paint

  • This is my puffy paint collection ! This all came in a pack,,,,, for about 4 NZD ? Don’t really remember.

Coloured of Puffy paint

  • Here is the nozzle that usually comes with the puffy paint. This is what I meant when I said that you couldn’t really pipe it out with a ‘pattern’.
  • The second image is just the colours.
  • Notice in the third image , the colours are darker. Puffy paint gets darker as it dries. I just randomly made this cake with leftover clay…. sorry, it’s a bit ugly.
  • Puffy paint takes about a day to dry ? You could use a hair dryer but when I did , it ended up spreading everywhere TT. Plus, if you blow dry it, you have to hold your creation, and then your fingers end up burning. Just let it air dry. 
Hot glue: Now this technique, I haven’t actually tried myself. I saw it on youtube a while back , and it is very effective as drizzle for deco den. The only thing is that you’ll have to buy coloured hot glue. I can’t really find them in NZ (only the glitter ones), so yeah.
Here’s a video !
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Aaaand there we go !
I really hope this helped ! When I first started out with polymer clay, I only knew about TLS. It made me so sad when I added too much clay, and needed to add HEAPS of TLS to get it into a smooth consistency…

If you have any more ways to make whipped cream, please leave a comment :D
And as always, if you have any questions, just leave a comment !

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Happy Valentines day <3 : Valentine Bear Paperweight + card holder

Hey there !

As you can see from my previous post, I was DEFINITELY going to post a Valentine themed craft on Tuesday ;D
Well, It’s Monday 11:30pm right now, I actually JUST finished the craft one hour ago…. yes, it took me very very long…

I was actually going to post the tutorial up tomorrow after school but,,, I don’t want to keep you waiting ><
(also, think about the editing x__x )

So I’ll leave you with this !
It is a  “Bear paperweight + a card holder”.

Tutorial will be up as soon as I finish editing ! Happy Valentines day !

Valentine Themed bear paper weight + card holder

I tried to make it “Valentined themed” as much as possible… but .. I really could not think of anything else but chocolate.
And we all know chocolate for Valentines is abused every year – so I do not that for this post !

(see the heart shaped ears and nose ? ohoho ! The rosy cheeks and pink colour theme :D = valentines okay ? )

– Hope you’re satisfied with this creation !

-Cyn