Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sweet Treats-Polymer Clay Cupcake Tutorial

 This week I got a new mold for making cupcakes from MiniatureSweet on Etsy. It's silicon so you can bake in it but I was so excited to be making cupcakes, I couldn't wait any longer.

My inner sweet tooth took over and I was on a roll. I had a blast and even better these tasty treats were really each to make.
Put pastel color in mold

I started off using a cupcake base mold. I decided to indulge in actually buying the mold since no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get a regular base. This mold made all the difference.

I filled the mold with pastel color to make it look like a cupcake wrapper. I didn't quite fill it all the way but then I pushed the clay against the edges, in the case of molds - less is more.

Add Chalk for baked look

I left the base in the mold mainly to keep its shape and also to keep the icing from getting all over the place. I took a small circle of ecru and pressed it on the top of the base, pressing down the edges to give a rounded shape.

Then I used a toothbrush texture the top, just tapping it all across and added a little brown chalk to give it backed look.

Now for the fun part - the icing! I wanted a natural fluffy icing. It is easy to make but takes some patience. I mixed pink polymer clay icing cut up into very small bit with about the same amount of liquid polymer clay and mixed - this takes a while and you'll probably need to add more liquid clay as you go along. I left it a little chunky to give it some texture.

Ok THIS is the fun part decorating the cupcake. Notice the cupcake is still in the base. As you can see in picture above- the dark pink has some icing on the side.

Using a toothpick I dotted the icing on and and swirled until it looked right to me. Now I took it out. The mold is really flexible and didn't need any release material like water or cornstarch. I just flexed it a little and the cupcake popped out.  You know, it wasn't until I started writing that I realized that this is really unusual compared to so many other molds I have- and tend not to use.

After I popped it out I added some sprinkles, I make those by baking some very thin snakes and then cutting them up. It worked better than unbaked sprinkles. To make it a charm, just add an eye pin before baking.

My sweet tooth can't get enough - get out my shop for more charms

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Making Polymer Clay Boxes

Steampunk Box

Trinket Box

Garden Box

I have been having fun making boxes and it is even nicer to me when I realize I can make things that can be used as well as be pretty. I made this heart decorated pink trinket box thinking of my daughter from when she was little.

She has always loved pink - even today, her hair is pink. She was a tomboy who still like all those girly things and being a princess. It's all polymer clay - pink with gold trim and a heart shaped knob. In fact she said if she had anything to put in it like jewelry, she'd want it. It looks like it belongs to a little princess.

Check out tjese polymer clay boxes in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Anxiety - How do you deal with it?

I've been going through a rough patch with my anxiety. Even more so since it feels like it's something that is really hard to talk. How do you explain that just asking for a cup of coffee today is making you feel like you want to jump out of your skin when the day before you were chatting it up with the waitress and asking about her nail polish

There are lots of ways to deal with it and there are all sorts of triggers for different people, crowds is a big. It's always great to find someone else who understands what you're feeling. It feels even better when you realize even the famous deal with those same issues. I saw Wil Weaton's blog today --
How do I deal with anxiety where he answered the question for one of his fans. 

If you don't remember, Wil Weaton started off as Wesley on Star Trek: the Next Generation. You might not know that he is still very involved in different in the industry and also many conventions for sci-fi, comic book and other fans. His answer was very honest and upfront: 

. The first step for me is to recognize that anxiety is rising up, and then work to identify what’s causing it. (I realize that, for some people, doing just that can cause the anxiety to increase into a feedback loop, so maybe meds are a better first step until the anxiety gets under control). If I’m able to identify the cause (maybe it’s upcoming travel, or a deadline, or I have to deal with a personal thing that I’d rather not deal with) I work to separate RATIONAL thoughts from IRRATIONAL thoughts. This is a real challenge, because the brain is responsible for that job, and when the brain is being controlled by anxiety or other mental health issues, it can be less than helpful. 

I find it great to see people talking about their own mental health issues, since it is so hard to talk about. I've tried hiding it and have heard, just snap out of, I hope mental health will stop be a taboo subject as more and more people are willing to talk and share their experiences.