One of my Christmas gifts (for myself) was the Polymer Clay Cookbook. This book is such a great book to learn how to make simple clay foods, such as ice cream cones, cupcakes, waffles, etc. I bought this book because I wanted something to have, hold and use as a reference while I make these charms. The pictures are great and the instructions are easy to follow!
Another reason I purchased this book is that this book provided instructions on how to make the jewelry aspect and not just how to make the charms. So I learned how to add those little hooks you see on the charm itself with silver wiring, and how to make them into rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.
Since the holidays is almost over, and there's no point in making any Christmas/Holiday charms, I will focus on the next upcoming Holiday- Valentine's Day!
This book has a section on how to make those conversation hearts , so I will give them a try and make them for friends and perhaps giveaways! :)
I'm almost there.. I have started this project in October (according to my previous post) and the reason why this blog has been on a hiatus (among other reasons.) But I am almost finished. I started stuffing some of the pieces together and it is starting to look more together. Once I am done, I will post pictures of my works in progress and final project! Thanks to Lion Yarn (the yarn company) for the wonderful pattern!
What are French Macarons? According to Wikipedia, they are a delicious pastry made of "egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and sugar." They come in all sorts of colors too, so when you have a dozen of them, they look very pretty. I saw these at the Bastille Day Festival in NYC this summer and I decided to try and make my own! (Not to eat, of course. These are used only for decoration and charms!)
These were taken with my phone camera, which does not have flash. Sorry!
Here is my Clay Food workshop. As you can see I am using regular products, not fancy schmancy tools to make these items. For example, the pen is used as a rolling pin; the paper clip is used to give the macarons its rugged edges; the cap of the toothpaste is used to get the circular shape for the macarons. All you need are your hands to sculpt, clay for materials, and a plastic surface, otherwise everything will stick to your desk!
I am busy working on a craft- it's a rather complex project, with several pieces, to make a toy. I can't reveal what it is exactly but I can say that it will have three donut shaped items and is extremely adorable and suitable for babies! :)
So my third project amigirumi project is to create donuts. Again, I found the pattern from Joann.com, and it was very simple to make. (I believe my crochet skills are vastly improving.) I am, of course, crocheting more carrots in between starting new projects. My first donut is this blue one. I have since, made a couple more yellow ones. You can see what it looks like without the stuffing. The shape of a donut is similar to the bowl-shape of the carrot tops and the pig's body.
I am still working on the "frosting."
My first blue donut.
The yellow donut shell
The yellow donut shell (again)
The materials used to stuff the donut- cotton balls and a plastic needle thread to sew the inside.
In order to prepare for an upcoming surprise for my other blog, Beauty and All That, I am making amigirumi carrots! They are adorable mini sized carrots (found the Lion Brand pattern on Joann.com) and my goal is to make as many as possible.
Why do I need so many? Here's a hint, it has something to do with Yes To Carrots! That is all I can say for now... but I just wanted to share my progress!
Here are some pictures..
This is the first completed carrot that I have made and given away. Since then, I have actually made 4 more! All of the carrots' sizes vary because I was experimenting with the width and height. Everyone that I have shown this to cannot recognize that it is a carrot. It is also a bit fat.. so I decided to make it a bit smaller. I have to say that my technique with making amigirumi has improved. The last two carrots I have made do not have any holes (yay) and I do not have to flip them inside out. (If you see in the first picture, you can see the tail of the string sticking out)
For my first attempt to make an Amigurumi doll, I will be making an adorable piggy. I did some research on patterns, ie: learning how to read the abbreviations, and also learning how to do the standard stitches. Luckily, for these types of dolls, you only need to know the basic "single crochet" stitch.
Things I used to help me with my doll: 1) The Pattern. I was looking for a very easy, simple pattern and I found a nice repository on joann.com. You can make dogs, cats, turkeys, even fruit dolls with the patterns listed on their site. They sell yarn, crochet needles, and many other craft items for other things including jewelry beads and fabric for sewing. Check out their projects section to find Amigurumi patterns.
2) YouTube. Without YouTube, I wouldn't have found a great tutorial on how to start a basic crochet doll. It teaches you how to crochet in "rounds" which is the circular part of the doll's head or body. Do a quick search on "How to crochet amigurumi."
3) Yarn and crochet needle. (Obviously!) Without these two, you won't be able to make anything. Depending on the type of yarn you have (is it three/four strands?), you may have to use different needle sizes. For this project, I used a size G needle, and 100% acrylic yarn with 3 strands.
In addition to making Japanese Clay Foods, I am learning to crochet. I already know how to knit (only the basic stitches though) but I was motivated to learn how to crochet to make cute animal dolls. (Think Amigurumi!)
Here are a few pictures of my first crochet pieces and yarn I can practice with:
Here is an upclose picture of my first crochet piece. You can see I am using the increasing/decreasing techniques here. (Note: I didn't even realize I was doing this.) After practicing a few more rows, I realized I was counting the stitches wrong, so I was able to correct it and learn how to "increase" my rows.
I bought three extra balls of yarn at the dollar store, and started to crochet a flower using the yellow yarn.
Next project: an Amigurumi doll! I know- I just can't wait to learn how to make them. I figure I the stitching for the doll is usually the basic stitch so I don't need to learn the advanced ones yet, unless I plan to make sweaters/clothing/etc.
After I found the cutest and tiniest food ever on Etsy (do a quick search on: Kawaii Japanese clay), I decided to make my own using polymer clay. They make great charms, cell phone accessories, and little decorations. They are less than an inch, even half an inch in height. I used Sculpey's Oven Bake Clay that I purchased in an art store- the 30 Color Sampler kit.
Found from inspirations from YouTube (they have some great videos online) I learned how to make a few cupcakes, cakes, and a wedding cake, inspired by the wedding I went to in May (read about it here.)
These clay food sculptures are not baked, so they are still soft and can be remolded, if I wish. Once I perfect my skills, I plan to make more cupcakes and other cute charms, to be available at Etsy and by request orders.
Crafty and All That will showcase my current crafty projects, such as making Clay Food and Crochet. I am excited to learn and try out different techniques to improve my crafting skills. Future projects will include, sewing (hopefully), knitting, and jewelry-making.
Please comment and let me know what you would like to see!