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Now for something a bit unusual!

Now for something a bit unusual!.

Now for something a bit unusual!

As many of you may know as well as making dolls house miniatures I also dabble with making unusual jewellery. One item which seems to be very popular and I get asked for a lot are food inspired charms to add to bracelets. A few weekends ago I took delivery of some base charm bracelets and […]

Birthday party bags!

I’ve just spent a lovely morning creating a set of ten different children’s rings which are to be given away in party bags at a little girl’s birthday party. I don’t generally sell these on my website but they are a staple item whenever I attend craft fairs and they always prove to be very popular. It was at my last craft fair where I met this lady who was looking for ideas for children’s party bags who approached me about creating a variety of different rings.

The themes the little girl chose were as follows:  
Ladybird garden
Dessert
Chocolate
Cinnamon swirl
Doughnut
Puppy dog face
Daisy
Rose
Clown face
Spotty heart

I think the party packs are going to absolutely adorable as so much thought has gone into making the bags. Instead of buying items (other than my rings!) this little girls Mum has spent the time and effort actually making handmade goodies to go into the bags. Each party-goer will receive:

A handmade paper bag which the birthday girl has stamped
A handmade bracelet made from beads they’ve been collecting
A hand sewn hair scrunch  
A piece of handmade soap (made from a kit)
One of my polymer clay rings
Along with a slice of handmade birthday cakeImage

Why not have a look at my shops?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/smallportionsgifts?ref=si_shop  
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/smallportions1?ref=search_shop_redirect  
www.smallportions.co.uk

It’s not too late to spread some love!

It’s not too late to spread some love!

 Valentines day may have come and gone but I was asked to create a chocolate cake covered in chocolates and one spelling out ‘LOVE’ for a lady who was creating a romantic dinner scene. I can’t wait to see this scene and Lisa has promised to send me some photographs once the scene is complete so keep an eye on my blog.

 Because I love making mini cakes and tend to get carried away I created a few additional cakes! They are now added to my Etsy store small portions

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Fairs 2014

I have signed up to the following fairs this year; they are all based in West Yorkshire so apologies if you want to come along to fair but aren’t in the area. 

28 March 2014 – Craft Fair (Cleckheaton – Location TBC)

26 April 2014 – Pudsey Dolls House Fair

24 May 2014 – Craft Fair – Morley Town Hall

8  November 2014 - Craft Fair – Morley Town Hall

January Blues!

Cottage Loaf Tutorial

Making loaves of bread was the first thing I ever attempted when I started making miniature food. It’s one of the easiest things to make and by using everyday items you can make them look really realistic. This tutorial will teach you how to make a Cottage Loaf for display in your house, bakery or shop.

You will need:
Any brand of beige colour polymer clay
Ocre and/or a shade of brown soft pastel
A clean toothbrush (I bought a value one from Morrisons for 18p for this very purpose)
A cocktail stick
A small paintbrush

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First you need a small amount of beige colour polymer clay, if you haven’t used polymer clay before you firstly need to make sure you have clean hands, then you need to knead the clay in order to warm the clay and get the right working properties.

One the clay is warm roll two balls of clay, one bigger than the other, see the pictures if unsure of sizing.

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All you have to do at this point is squash one ball down on top of the other. I never worry about getting the ball on top central as the more lopsided the loaf the more homemade or rustic it looks.

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Now that you’ve completed your loaf, to give it more of rustic look gently press down on the clay with the toothbrush bristles to give the loaf a textured look.

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At this point I add colour to the loaf using the paintbrush (or cheap make up brush in my case) to gently brush pastel onto the loaf.

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Finally use the cocktail stick to create a hole in the top of the loaf.

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Your masterpiece is now ready to be baked, follow the instructions on whichever brand of polymer clay you decide to use and please be careful, polymer clay gets very hot and I’ve burnt myself on several occasions.

Voila! A handmade cottage loaf!

My top tips for using polymer clay!

Top Tips when using Polymer Clay!
Don’t wear a jumper with loose fibres, they will work their way into the clay.
Always have a clean work surface
Don’t be tempted the use nail polish to varnish your creations, in time it becomes sticky.

 

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