SWISS CAKE ROLL EARRINGS!

Hi!

Yesterday I posted a mini tutorial of these swiss cake roll earrings on my instagram. Today I thought I would share some more pictures of them and add the material list as well.

The best part about these are that they look much harder to make then they actually are, haha! I will include the Instagram video below. Also hope you enjoy the succulents I added as background decor. So proud of myself for actually remembering I had succulents growing outside… after I had gone to the store and bought some. OH WELL, life 😀

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White ceramic plates  (sponsored by miniaturesweethk)/ Gold earring findings/ gold jumprings /  Fimo > Christmas Red, Pastel Pink and Translucent White/ Fimo Liquid Deco GelDSC01055.jpg

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LAVA CAKE RING!  

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Lets just skip right past the fact that I am horrible at blogging. I finally got some time off work and decided that I would pick blogging up again. I can’t make any promises for the future, but for right now I’d like to make a few posts and see how it goes. I am still working on the theme of this blog and trying to figure out how I’d like everything to look.

I love the fact that I can have a place online that’s just mine. A place where I can share my hobby with you guys and I have a bunch of ideas for new blogposts so!

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been obsessed with rings. I used to store them in this huge plastic bag that to this day still exists somewhere at my parents house. Cheap plastic rings with big plastic diamonds on. I feel like they are very representative for my childhood growing up in the 90’s, I will see if I can dig them up the next time I go home to show you guys.

It’s probably been in the cards for me all along that I would love jewelry making. I decided to try my hands at making a lava cake earlier this week. I have never done this before, but I hope you enjoy it! I will leave a link to every supply used down below, as well as my instagram video of it!

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Plates/Ring base/Flat filigree settings/Fimo clay – Chocolate – Apple Green mixed with Translucent – Vanilla – Raspberry mixed with Christmas Red and Translucent- Caramel

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Pin needle/Dotting tools/toothbrush/Flexible cutting blade (any knife will do)

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Fimo deco gel (used to make the filling, icing and to glue the cake to the plate)

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Resin /UV Torch (These are what I used to seal the plate, filigree and ring base together)

The Finished Ring looked like this:

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How I make icecubes for my charms!

28. September 2017

Hi guys!

Today I thought I’d finally share with you how I make icecubes for my charms. This is probably one of the most asked questions on my instagram!

I use Fimo Liquid Gel and the bottle looks like this:

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First step is to pour some on to a baking sheet. This depends on how much you want to make. I usually make up quite alot when I first make these, just so I don’t have to do this every single time. You don’t need to use any tools to spread the liquid out on the sheet, just let it run out by itself.

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Next step is to bake it. I usually set the oven to 100 degrees celcius and bake it for around 15 minutes. This is what works for me, but every oven is a bit different so you just have to try and fail a bit at this step.

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While it is still warm chop it up into square like pieces or whatever shape you want your icecubes to be. Doing this while it is still warm is alot easier then waiting until it is cooled down.

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And the icecubes are ready to be used on a charm! I usually store them in a little box like the one below. I use Fimo liquid to seal them on to the charm also, this is okay and won’t ruin the shape of the already prebaked icecubes!

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I put together a little video showing how to make a simple kiwi fruit drink with the icecubes. Heres a quick supply list if you were wondering where I bought the different things I use in this video:

Hope you found this mini tutorial helpful!

 

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How to make a basic polymer clay kawaii cupcake:

Hi!

Today I want share how you can make a basic kawaii cupcake and what supplies you need. Cupcakes were one of the first charms I started making back when I first discovered polymer clay. To this day they are still my favorite charm to make, just because the opportunities are endless, much like with real cupcakes!

I’ve made some step by step collages showing how to just make a plain vanilla cupcake with some pink frosting. Most of my cupcakes today have a lot more details to them, but I thought sharing this simple one would be great for people just starting out with clay.

Supplies you’ll need for this cupcake, and where I bought mine:

  • Fimo in the colors Vanilla, Chocolate and Pastel Light Pink from Craftcellar
  • Fimo Liquid from Craftcellar
  • Dotting tools from Ebay
  • X-ACTO knife from a local hardware store, but you can also get them from Ebay
  • Flexible cutting blade from Craftcellar
  • A tool for spreading the icing. I am using a stainless steel tool like this from Ebay
  • Lobster clasp from Miniaturesweethk
  • Split jumpring from Miniaturesweethk
  • Screw eyepin from Miniaturesweethk
  • Silicone mold size 14mm from Miniaturesweethk
  • Poluyrethane gloss Varnish from Ebay
  • Pin needle
  • Cheap tooth brush for texturing
  • Brush for glazing

 

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Before you begin make sure you have a clean work surface. I have a glass plate that’s originally meant to be a magnet pin board. Then I usually put a simple white paper and a kitchen tile on top. I love the kitchen tile because I can spin it around as I am working. You don’t need all these things that I use though. Just a simple white paper goes along way. I also use a piece of white scrap clay that I roll between my hands and fingers to get any dust off before I start. I do this quite regularly in between making the cupcake. If I touch anything else when working with the vanilla clay you can be sure there is dust on my fingers. Its a never ending circle even though you think your hands seem clean.

Step 1: I am using a cupcake mold from Miniaturesweethk in the size 14mm. I bought my first cupcake mold from them years ago and to this day it still works just as good. I own 6 of these now so I can make more than one at a time. Of course, you can make the cupcake base form simply using a needle tool, but personally I love the look the mold makes.

Step 2: Start by cutting off a piece of the vanilla colored clay, if you are using a 14mm mold you don’t need much.

Step 3: Form it into a ball.

Step 4 and 5: Put it into the mold and press the clay gently down.

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Step 5: Make sure the cupcake base is filled all the way with clay by pressing the ball flat on top

Step 6: Gently remove any excess with a cutting blade. Be carefull not to cut the mold. I’ve done this a bunch of times because I’ve been to careless. Now it doesn’t necessarily ruin the mold so that you can’t use it again, but over time it will tear it down since the mold is made from flexible silicone.

Step 7: I usually tap my fingers on top of this to make sure its filled completely before adding the top part.

Step 8: Roll out a little ball of the same colored clay. I’ve struggled a lot with this part. What is too little clay and what is too much clay for the top? I’ve learned that you don’t really need that much. If your top part is too large it will end up looking wonky and often crocked.

Step 9: Once you have the desired amount of clay take the ball and place it on to the middle of the mold and press it lightly down.

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Step 10: Make sure that the cupcake is securely in place by pressing it down all the way around. Also make sure that its centered and that there is no side of it that is pointy. Its should be a smooth circle.

Step 11: I didn’t add q-tips to the supply list, but it’s quite handy to have some q-tips and a little rubbing alcohol. Use this to quickly clean off the dust.

Step 12 and 13: Add texture to the cupcake using a cheap tooth brush. I love this technique! It adds a realistic texture to the cupcake for sure. Texture the whole top part lightly. I’ve found that there is a fine line between texturing too much and texturing too little and I don’t like it being overly textured.

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Step 14: Then there is the eyes. To be honest, this takes a lot of practice to get right. I still struggle with mine. Use a dotting tool of the size you want your eyes to be. Make sure you don’t place the eyes too low on the cupcake. You’ll notice that that will make the cupcake wonky looking at the bottom part of the top. Push the dotting tool lightly in making it the size you want.

Step 15: Once you’ve made your first eye carefully mark where you want your other eye to be. Make sure that it’s lined up with the first eye you made before pushing the dotting tool to far in! It will save you a lot of time. If you just gently mark it and it’s too low or too high, just use your tooth brush and texture over it and try again.

Step 16 and 17: When you are happy with the placement push it in like the first one and try to make it the same size. At this step I usually dot both eyes a little just to make sure they are the same size. Then you’re done with the indents!

 

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Step 18: Roll out two small brown balls of clay and place them into the indents.

Step 19: It may take a few tries to get them to exactly fit the indents.

Step 20 and 21: For the mouth roll out a small snake of brown clay. Roll it as thin as you can get it without it breaking.

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Step 22: Cut off a small piece.

Step 23: Gently curve the piece using a pin needle and your fingers.

Step 24 and 25: Carefully place the mouth on to the cupcake, make sure it is centered. Then curve it some more if you need to by using your pin needle. I get a lot of questions about the mouth and how I do it. Honestly I used to struggle so much with this part. Now I don’t struggle as much, but it’s still the most challenging thing about the whole cupcake.

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Step 26: For the icing I used some pink clay for this cupcake.

Step 27: Chop it up into small pieces, the more you chop it up the easier the process of making the icing smooth will be.

Step 28: I like to use a plastic box to mix it all in because it lets me hold the box and use the walls to crush the lumps. Plus the liquid is quite sticky and it can easily get messy.

Step 29: Add fimo liquid with the clay.

Step 30: Start mixing these two until you get a smooth icing like consistency without any lumps.

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Step 31 and 32: I just included these two steps so that you can see what it looks like during the process. If you think its to thin just add more clay and if its to thick more liquid.

Step 33: Once you’re happy with the consistency start adding it to your cupcake.

Step 34: I am using a stainless clay carving tool that has one flat end perfect for adding icing. Try starting out at the absolute center of the cupcake.

Step 35: Carefully swirl it around and around adding a little bit at a time. I always end up adding to much in the end so my tip is “less is more” for this part.

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Step 36: If you want to make it into a charm I highly recommend these screw eyepins. I am using a silver plated one in the size 5.5x12mm.

Step 37: Place the eyepin at the center of the cupcake and press it lightly down.

Step 38: Twist it carefully down into the cupcake.

After this bake your charm according to package instructions and let it cool completely. I bake mine at 110 degrees celcius for about 30 minutes.

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Step 39: When the charm is cold, I use a glaze to make it shiny. The one I use is poluyrethane gloss varnish and I usually add two coats.

Step 40:  Add a jumpring if you want the option to use it as a necklace, keychain etc. I use a split jumpring for all my charms. That way I am sure that the charm won’t fall off. I have added a lobster clasp to the cupcake in this tutorial. It’s great to use a clasp like this if you want to hook it onto something.

Step 41: It can be hard to get the charm and lobster clasp on to the jumpring because it’s so thight. I usually just use a pin needle and place it between the split so it creates a space where I can push the clasp and the charm on.

Step 42: This is what it looks like from the top once all the parts are connected.

Step 43: And this is what it looks like from the front.

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Then its done! Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Once you’ve mastered the basics of making a cupcake theres so many options you can add to it. Today my cupcakes usually have eyelashes, blush and more different toppings added to them. I made a tutorial for a more advanced one on my youtube that you can watch if you want to. Or you could check out my Instagram that has a ton of different ones!

My most used clay essentials ATM

Hi!

I get alot of questions on Instagram about the clay type I use, how I do certain things and what kind of tools I am using etc. I thought I’d do a post explaining some of these questions quick.

Now these are MY opinions and MY experiences. I am by no means an expert or a professional. Also I feel like I should state that english is my second language so please excuse any gramatical errors.

A big thank you to my dear friend Lise for helping me put these all together, my photoshop skills are very limited, haha! 

The polymer clay brand that I use:

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I mostly use the clay brand called Fimo by Staedtler. It is an oven-hardening type that offers four different kinds of clay all which has a wide range of colors. I only use the types Fimo Soft and Fimo Effect.

Fimo Soft: Offers 30 different colors and in my experience the easiest clay type to work with that I have tried so far.

Fimo Effect: There’s different kinds of special effect colors by Fimo also. They are nightglow, glitter, translucent, metallic, stone, pastel and gemstone. Now I could write page up and down about these effect colors and how some of them changed my clay crafting life. But I thought I would do that in another post.

You can of course mix these two types and they both come in packages of 58 grams. Some are even offered in packages of 350 grams. I bake them according to package instructions, which are 30 minutes at 110°C. This obviously is a learn as you go process since many ovens are different. What works for me might not work for you. You just have to try to bake some scrap clay before you bake your masterpiece and see. Also always keep an eye on it as its baking. I’ve burnt my charms before because I been careless and put the oven at a to high temperature. My heart broke when I suddenly realised what had happened because with clay theres no going back if it melts.

I’ve also dropped both of these kinds of clay to the floor many times and they have never broke. Obviously theres a whole chapter on blending pieces together and how to secure your charm from breaking, but in it self Fimo soft and effect are pretty sturdy clay types.

Theres also Fimo Professional which according to Staedtlers official site is more for professional artists and advanced users. Then theres Fimo Kids which says on their site is meant for kids and is more soft than the other types. I have little to no experience with these two so theres not much I can say about them.

Where can you buy?

Many craft stores sell this brand, for the US they can be found in stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Theres also alot of sellers on amazon and ebay. I am from Norway and my options are pretty limited as to buying them locally, theres only one store called Panduro that sell some colors. I use the site craftcellar.co.uk alot since it is what is cheapest for me. Plus in my experience their shipping is fast to Norway!

Tools I use everytime:

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I get alot of questions from people that want to start out with clay and don’t know what tools to get. Theres a sea of tools out there and its easy to get lost. To be honest, I started out with just my bare hands and stuff that I could find around the house. I used a kitchen knife, a bottle cap and I think a lid from a strawberry jar to make my first cake necklace. Over the years I have accumulated more tools than I need and I find myself always using the five tools listed above.

Flexible cutting blades: Mine are from the same brand as my clay, Fimo. I got mine from the craftcellar.co.uk. The middle one I use all the time. It is light and bends really well. I love using it when I make my sprinkles because I can hold it at each side and just chop away.

Pin needles: You might already have a box of these at home and haven’t thought about using them. I know I didn’t. They are great to work with if you need to get closer to what you’re making and want more control. Also they’re light to hold. I use them every time I put the little eyelashes and mouth on my charms. Also for texturing the inside of cakes these are great. Downside is that it hurts to hold it for to long because it is so thin.

X- ACTO knife: My life got a whole lot easier once I bought one of these. A kitchen knife only goes so far when you’re making itty bitty pieces. Great for cutting more precisely and in my opinion you should invest in one of these from the beginning. You can find them many places. I got mine from ebay I believe.

Needle tool: These are also on my everytime list because I use them when my hands are to tired of using a pin needle, haha! Same as the knife above, ebay is where I got mine from.

Dotting tools: I believe these are the tools I have seen most clay crafters own. They are super cheap nail dotting tools from ebay, and probably the best buy I have ever made when it comes to tools. I know Fimo offers their own dotting tools as do many other brands. In my experinece you don’t need to invest in a expensive set when these works just as well! Ebay also is your friend here. Just search for dotting tools and these should pop up from a bunch of sellers. I use mine mostly for making indents for eyes or texturing.

Tools I use almost everytime:

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Acrylic clay roller: Mine is from the brand Sculpey. They’re much like Fimo, but my experience with their clay is very limited. I moved up from using a jam jar to this beautiful item. Its an acrylic roller that is quite handy if you want to roll out your clay and don’t want to touch it much. You can find them in craft stores that offers Sculpey, on amazon or ebay. Theres probably also a bunch of online stores that sells them too. I got mine from craftcellar.co.uk.

Clay extruder: I don’t know how I survived so long without one of these! Want to make tons of sprinkles? The different types of disks that comes with this set makes that easy peasy. I always use one of the round ones for the rim around my drink charms. Just because then I know they will always be the same size and I don’t have to roll it out with my hands. Again I got mine from craftcellar.co.uk. If you live in US Amazon also sells these (affiliate link). I HIGHLY recommend getting a screw one. Theres a type that you need to push down with just your hands to get the clay to come through. For those of you with muscles, you’re good, me not so much.

Pasta machine: This is great to have if you are making cakes or charms where you need to stack layers and want them to be exactly the same thickness. The one I have is from craftcellar.co.uk and has 8 thickness settings.

Kemper cutters: Over the years I have tried many different cutters and these are the absolutely best ones I have tried. I have four different sets of these, they come in different shapes and sizes. Unfortunately I have only found them on etsy so far and the shipping to Norway is twice the price of the actual cutters. Now for me they are worth it because of how much I use them and how much I love them. They cut clean edges and I’ve had them for a couple of years and they’re still as good as new. I am saving up to get the oval shapes next!

Translucent liquid and glaze:

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This next point is probably the two most asked questions I get and I thought I would just add it in this post. How do you make the icing you use on your charms and how do you make your icecubes? Two magical answers: translucent liquid by Fimo and Sculpey  and you can get them at craft stores where these brands are sold or online. I got mine from craftcellar.co.uk, again. This is really my go to online shop, haha (there will be a mini tuturial on these two liquid forms later at some point)! Many also want to know which type of glaze I use, I’ve honestly only tried three types so my experience here is pretty limited to say the least.

Fimo Liquid: This is the one I use the most. It is the most transparent of the two ones I have tried. If I am making my iced drink charms, the icecubes are made from this liquid thats prebaked and chopped up. Then its added to the drink and you can bake it again without worrying about it getting destroyed.

Sculpey liquid: In my experience this liquid form doesnt turn out nearly as translucent as the Fimo one. I mostly use this if I am making icing for my charms and theres no need for it to be translucent anyway. Like for my milkshakes or icing on top of cupcakes. All in all I really don’t need the Sculpey one if I am being honest.

Fimo Gloss Varnish: This is the glaze I started out by using and probably the best known type. Its Fimos official glaze and honestly the only polymer clay glaze I can find in Norway. I used this glaze for a couple of years and was happy with the shine and the glaze overall. Its quite liquidy and I had to practice applying it but once that was down I was happy with it.

Poluyrethane gloss varnish: I later on switched to using this glaze and I probably to be completely honest will never go back to the fimo one. This is easier to apply, dries quicker and the shine is amazing.

Thats a quick summary of my most used essentials! There will be more in depth tutorials and guides later on, just thought I would add this as a first step! Theres an ocean of opportunities with polymer clay and things that you can add like glitter, shimmer, micro marbles, sand, paint ect. The possibilites on what you can make are endless and its SO much fun experimenting!

I will be making a post on all those and my experiences.

If you read till  the end you’re a champ and I love you!