Monthly Archives: November 2013

Polymer Clay Gingerbread House Template and Tips

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So, after thinking about it, it’s not exactly easy to make a tutorial over a gingerbread house to begin with. I mean, you can walk someone through on how to make the things like the gingerbread, or the candies, but when it comes to decorating, that’s all about how they like it.Soooooo, with that in mind, I made a template, and will be posting just some tips on how I pulled mine together. Take from that, and you can make yours anyway you wish.

What you will need:
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1. Clay in some variation of brown.
2. Chalk Pastels in varying colors of brown
3. Soft bristle paint brush
4. Blade
5. Tooth brush, bottle brush, or something else with stiff bristles to texture with
6. Needle tool (not pictured)
7. Clay ‘candies’ you made, or any type of polymer clay cane you think is interesting (not pictured)
8. Polymer clay ‘icing’ (there is a tutorial for this on my blog)
9. Template (click the link to download)

Tip #1:
It’s a good idea to bake your pieces first, this will make them easier to work with.
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This is what maine looked like after texture, dusting, and baking them.

Tip #2:
Make sure your icing is THICK. You don’t want it runny as it won’t hold your pieces together during the baking process well, and when you decorate later, it won’t keep it’s shape. Don’t make it so thick that you can’t spread it though. You gauge on what you think you can work with here.
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Tip #3:
Decorate your pieces as much as you can and bake BEFORE putting them together.
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Tip #4: Put the pieces on your base but leave one wall off. This mean you should have three walls on, then bake. After that, you can add the final wall and re-bake. This will end up saving you a LOT of trouble. Trust me…
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Tips #5: When you add the final wall, bake with that wall facing UP.
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Tip #6: Put your roof on ONE piece at a time. Bake between each piece.
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Tip #7: Notice how mine has crack where the pieces didn’t seem to connect 100%? Don’t fret of them! Use your ‘icing’ to fill in these gaps and add a bit of decoration.
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Tip #8: You can leave it as it is, or you can do what I did and add it to a base. I wanted mine to look like it was sitting in snow, so I grabbed a piece of my super soft white clay (Scupley brand called Pluffy if that helps) and stuck the house right on top of it.
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And there you have it. My tips for making your own polymer clay gingerbread house. If you make one yourself, be sure to link me any pictures, because I would LOOOOOOVE to see how it turns out. My husband drilled an eye pin into mine for me because he thought it would make a super cute ornament.
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***Get the Template HERE!!!***

Bows Bows Bows! Does anyone else have this problem?

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So, today, along with a lot of other things, I made my daughter a few bows to add to her ever growing collection.
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Cute, simple cheer style bows. Easy to make, perfect for the only hair style her father can pull off on his own: The pony tail.

Great, right?

Well, yes. However, when I put them on the bow holder my husband and I had made her last year, I noticed something:
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There is an AWFUL lot of bow, not really anymore holder. At one point, this was a pretty little black and white dress shaped bow holder. Now it’s a jumbled mess of a hundred different colors.

I’m sure most of us with daughters have run into this problem at one time or another. How did you solve it? I could always make another holder, I know. Goodness forbid should I get rid of any of these. But, while it may be a big jumbled mess, I can’t help but smile at it. Between her great grandmother and her mother, she will never NOT have a matching bow. 😉

Tutorial: Polymer Clay Candy Wreath and Chocolate Bar

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Just a couple of quick tutorials for a candy wreath and chocolate bar:
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**Wreath**:

***What you will need***:
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1. Blade of some sort. I am using an X-acto.
2. Tooth pick
3. Two shades of green clay
4. Red clay

*Step One* First, take a small piece of each color of your green clay and roll them into snakes, like so:
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*Step Two* Place the clay side by side and twist until you are satisfied with how it looks:
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*Step Three* Cut off the ends:
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*Step Four* Connect the two ends to make a complete circle:
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*Step 5* Grab your red clay, roll three small balls, and place them on the wreath with your tooth pick:
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You’re done!
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**Chocolate Bar**

***What you will need***:
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1. Something to roll your clay flat. I’m using a rolling pin made for clay. You could use a can or a regular rolling pin, I have found lightly dusting those things with corn starch keeps the clay from sticking.
2. Blade of some sort. Again, I’m suing my X-acto.
3. Brown Clay

*Step One* Condition and roll your clay flat until you get your desired thickness:
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*Step Two* Cut away the sides until you get a nice rectangle:
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*Step Three* Using the blunt end or your blade (the back side that isn’t sharp), press lightly into the clay to make lines. One vertical, two horizontal, or reversed, depending on how you have your clay:
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And you’re done!!!
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Thanks for joining me! Come back later and I will post a template and tips on how you can make one of these:
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Tutorial: Candy Canes

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Today is a simple tutorial over two different types of candy canes:
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The first one is more cutesy while the second one, to me, is a tad bit more realistic, and easier to make.

Here is what you will need:
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Red Clay
White Clay
Blade of some sort

Now, just take a bit of your red and white clay and roll them into snakes:
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Now twist them around one another:
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Keep twisting until you are happy:
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Cut off your excess:
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Now, roll the twisted snakes until they bind together, something like this:
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And that’s how you make the first one.

For the second one, you are just going to mix some of your red and white clay together and rolls it into a snake, like this:
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And then twist and roll until you are happy with how it looks:
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Cut away the bits you don’t like, and you should have something like this:
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I hope you found this tutorial useful, join me soon and I will walk you through making a miniature candy-like wreath. Thanks!!!

So much excitement in one day!

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My husband just finished adding so shelving around my craft table so that I finally have a decent sort of crafting area. I couldn’t help but show it off a little bit. 🙂
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My craft area is actually shared with the dining room, which is immediately off to the side of the kitchen, if you can’t tell. This is my set up though. The black box on the floor in the corner houses all my nail polishes and things of that nature (including painters tape to aid in little designs).

This shelf is home to my various findings, beads, dice. The beads and dice are used as accents normally for my dragons:

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This shelf holds my oils, paints, alcohol (for aging) and polymer canes. There are also glitter and micro-beads behind the scented oils (which I use in my miniature food creations) that I use more often than other types:

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Tools, cutters, chalk pastels, pasta machine, etc.:
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Molds, baggies, stamps, glitter:
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My baby wipe box full of clay XD:
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Where I put the projects I need to get out of the way while they are still in progress, along with my giant bottle of Germ-X and my little container of ‘icing’:
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And finally, where I actually work (this is a clay mat from Michael’s, I prefer my tile, but that is still over at my parent’s house…I need to go get that). You can see all oils stains on it from those scented oils I use, but it still does the job:
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And that is my work area. Small, still kind of cluttered, but I am extremely happy to have so much shelving space now. Thank you hubby!!!

Tutorial: Fake Icing

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So, my husband surprised me this morning by running to Hobby Lobby and bringing me home a brand new bottle of translucent liquid clay.
So, since I now have that in my possession, I can begin the gingerbread house tutorial, and the little tutorials that will accompany it.
To kick it off, I though I would start with the bonding agent, our fake icing.

For this project here is what you will need:
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A soft clay in your choice of color (I’m using white, and the brand is Sculpey Pluffy, I got this from Michael’s)
A container to mix in
Translucent liquid clay (this can be bought at most any craft store)
And a tool to smash and stir with (I am using one of my blending tools, also bought from Michael’s)

Start off by pouring a bit of your liquid clay into the container:
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Next, tear small pieces of your soft clay and add it to your container:Image
How much or little you add depends on how thick or thin you want your icing to be. Play around with it a bit until you get the consistency you want.

Now just mash and stir:
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I ended up adding more clay to make it stiffer, and my final product looked like this: Image

Now you are set! This can be used on miniature cupcakes, cookies, cakes, or, in our case, gingerbread houses!!!

Have fun, and join me soon. Next I will cover how to make realistic-ish looking candy canes.

It’s a sickly day. A Chibi progress shot and Gingerbread House peek.

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I have been feeling rather dizzy all day. I sat down a few hours ago and thought working with my clay might help me clear my head. Nooooooope. I about fell out of the chair on multiple occasions. However, while I was there, I DID manage to start on a chibi. Really, she just needs a head. Rather big need, but given my condition, I’m happy enough with what I got done.
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Also! I thought I might show you what I have so far for my gingerbread house. Still no promises on a tutorial still, but, I’m not saying it WON’T happen either. Unfortunately, I have misplaced my TLS, so until I have that, I can’t really put the poor fake confectionery house together, which is what is putting off a possible tutorial. Well, what do you think anyhow? Do the little pieces look tasty and real enough to eat?
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Well, I will be laying out on the couch today, moving only when prompted by the mini ones. I hope you all stay warm and well.