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Sculpey Donuts

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I finally made my very first polymer clay creations and I’m pleased to announce that nothing went wrong in the process. I thought I would share with you my step by step account of how I made my cute mini donuts.

Step 1

I used the Ecru coloured ‘Premo Sculpy’ and a very small amount of ‘Raw Siena Premo Sculpey’ and blended it together to make the original colour a little darker. I rolled it into a ball and flattened it a little making sure the edges were rounded and smooth. To make the hole in the middle, I used the end of a paint brush. You can make your donuts as big or as small as you want.

Step 2

Smooth off any rough bits ready to place the icing on.

Step 3

Choose the colour of your icing. I used Green Translucent Premo Sculpey on 3 of them (it looks blue here though).  I also used Candy Pink Sculpey III mixed with a little White to take away the harsh brightness of it on the other 3. measure the icing against your donut then flatten it with your fingers until quite thin. Place the icing over the donut gently pressing it all down evenly being careful not to miss-shapen the whole thing. get the end of the paintbrush again and push it through, making a hole in the icing. It should then look like this:

Step 4

To make the little hundreds and thousands I used the Raw Siena and Green translucent on the pink icing and Raw Siena and Candy pink on the green icing. I broke off a small piece of each sculpey and rolled them into very thin pieces, I used the scalpel to cut tiny pieces and slightly rolling them into the right shape. I placed them onto the donut and pressing them firmly with the side of the scalpel.

Your finished product should look something like this:

Hopefully all that made sense to you. I had so much fun creating these and I will be adding them to a bigger creation which I still need to buy the resources for. Now I look forward to making something else with the Sculpey… but what? 🙂

 

 

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New Creative Ventures

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Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of posts recently, I have lots to write about but have just been too tired and busy. I’m going to try to catch up with everything this evening while gorging on a tub of ‘Ben & Jerry’s’ Cookie Dough ice cream. Probably not a good idea as it will only slow me down 🙂

Inspired by some of the home-made trinket stalls at ‘Hyper Japan’ I decided to try to create some bits and bobs of my own. So today I finally found time to buy some much-needed resources from Hobbycraft. Now what I plan to create involves Polymer clay, but that is all I will be revealing at the moment. If what I plan to create is successful, I will then post a photo. I’m not sure how long it will take me so don’t expect anything too soon.

There’s still a range of tools I need to collect but with the books I’ve seen on Amazon and all the brilliant YouTube tutorials, I’m confident I can do it, although I must admit many video’s do make things look easier than what they are but we’ll see. Wish me luck.

ToyCon UK

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I attended the first of its kind London designer toy convention yesterday. The hard work put in by ‘ToyCon UK’ didn’t disappoint. Preparations included artist interviews running up to the event, giving a helpful insight into the exhibitors. I was able to become a little more familiar with the artists work before the event so I knew what great talent I was expecting. The detail of some of the designs were amazing and made me wish that I could achieve something as spectacular. An inspiring event to say the least.

As well as the featured stalls there were also talks taking place with some of the artists. These were very popular. My friend and I were unable to get into one of them as there were so many people crammed into one room so we decided to secure a front row seat a little earlier for the next one which was interesting and informative. The customising workshop featured artists Jon Paul Kaiser, who painted a giant monster embryo by ‘Taylored Curiosities’, David Stevenson, who left his creative mark on some ‘Kidrobot’ DIY Munny’s and Kerry Dyer, who put her sculpting skills to test also on a ‘munny’. The panel answered as many of the con goers questions in an hours slot.

Jon Paul Kaiser

Jon Paul Kaiser, David Stevenson and Kerry Dyer

Kerry Dyer

There has already been talks of a 2014 ToyCon which I can’t say I’m surprised about as it’s a great event. Hopefully next years con will be in a bigger venue. This year a lot of people missed out on tickets because they had only allocated a certain amount. Now that the organisers know how popular the event will be I’m sure we’ll see some improvements next year. I know I’d like to be provided with a programme including talk times. These were announced over a speaker which was difficult to hear over the hustle and bustle of the hall. Maybe somewhere we can freely eat our own food on site as we felt it would be a little bit cheeky pulling out a sandwich in the coffee shop. And of course more stalls and artists would be amazing. They should come flocking after word of mouth and all the positive reviews.

Here’s a couple of my purchases from ToyCon UK.

Monster from ‘Monsters and mecha’ 

My monster

My Cavey by ‘A Little Stranger’

Hey Cavey

More photo’s from the event to follow.

What a Hoot

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Pink Owlapologies for the cringey title. Just a quick piece inspired by a pot of hand cream haha!

(Pastels on paper)

Owl  

Poisoned

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poisoned cupcake Been mucking around with the old pastels again, it’s not that great but I never was that good at using pastels. I always manage to smudge the colours into each other (not bad if you know what you’re doing) and make a mess. This is a photo of the picture I created my may not be as vibrant.

31 Day Gratitude Experiment – Week 1

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I’ve completed the first week of my ’31 Day Gratitude Experiment’ successfully even if some days I have more to be grateful for than others. There’s probably lots of obvious things that I’ve forgotten to add but this is what I’ve got so far:

Day 1

I am grateful for:

  • The ability to be creative.
  • The technology I use on a daily basis.
  • Social networking sites which keep me in contact with friends.
  • Having a roof over my head and comforts such as a nice hot bath.
  • Friends that are only a text away.
  • My parents who are always there and do a lot for me.
  • My niece who makes me laugh.
  • The memories I made last year.

Day 2

I am grateful for:

  • Having a secure job.
  • Working with nice people.
  • Being able to buy the things I want.
  • Having hot meals cooked for me.
  • Having heating that works and being able to put it on when needed.

Day 3

I am grateful for:

  • Hearing the bird song early in the morning.
  • Having holidays and events to look forward to.
  • Being able to share common interests with people.
  • Having an understanding and accommodating boss.
  • Being in good health.

Day 4

I am grateful for:

  • Not having to work weekends.
  • Spending quality time with family.
  • Living so close to central London.
  • The amazing shows I get to see.
  • Being able to afford to take my niece out.
  • Seeing my niece laugh and enjoy herself.
  • Being able to share experiences with the WordPress audience.
  • The new memories that I’m starting to make this year.

Day 5

I am grateful for:

  • Being able to enjoy a lay in.
  • Being me and not having to pretend to be someone I’m not.
  • Being able to enjoy a wide range of music.
  • How lucky I am to be an able bodied person.
  • Being able to eat anything without putting on weight.

 

 

 

Sugar Skull

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Sugar Skull facepaint

I’ve discovered a new way to be creative! I got much enjoyment out of this so I’ll be investing in a variety of coloured face-paint for future use 🙂