Monday, March 26, 2012

Padico Large Soft Molds

Padico Large Soft Molds

1) Sometimes, with deeper molds (or more detailed ones), you need some baby oil to grease the inside of the mold for easier unmolding even though the mold is flexible.

2) Pack clay into oiled mold.

3) Use another piece of clay to press firmly into the clay object in the mold.

4) Lift the clay object from the mold.

5) For cupcakes, wait for the base to firm up after a day or two before adding on a raised area on top of the base and texturing it with a toothbrush.

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Tamiya Baking Master Decoration Powder

I found an interesting new product!

Tamiya Decoration Series: Baking Master Decoration Powder to give that authentic baked look to your faux cakes and breads.

It's a box of three coloured powders--light brown, brown and dark brown. The powder comes with a two-sided applicator brush.

To demonstrate, I have a cupcake and doughnut made of Mermaid Puffy White Clay.

1) Apply some light brown powder to the mostly dry clay cupcake and doughnut with the brush-end of the applicator.

2) Use brown powder to darken the edges and sides of the baked items.

3) Use the sponge-end of the applicator brush to roughly daub on darker highlights.

4) Finish with more brown and dark brown powder along the raised edges for a "baked" look for the cupcake or a "fried" look for the doughnut.

5) Leave the powdered items alone for a few hours before using them in your deco crafts.

(Tamiya Baking master Decoration Powder is available in my Etsy shop.)

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Soft Molds

It's October! I have been experimenting with casting resin--a liquid resin which is added to an equal amount of hardener and mixed before colours or other bits and bobs are added in.

I am using Padico soft molds for this as they are flexible and Castin' Craft resin.

I coloured the resin with Tamiya acrylic clear colour and filled the molds to the brim. The good news is the resin does not shrink much, so it's okay to fill molds to the brim.

After a day, the resin is still flexible. After two days, the gemstones should be ready for unmolding.

It's definitely easier to unmold the gemstones with flexible molds.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Doughnuts and fondant cakes

- Padico deco sauce
- acrylic paint
- air-drying clay / or already made clay cakes/doughnuts
- sealant for the clay items
- toothpicks / pins

1. When making doughnuts, filled buns or fondant cakes, make a hole where the exposed part of the confectionery is for some of them. Then you can have some whole items and some with their fillings exposed.

2. When the clay item is dry, the hole can be filled with deco sauce. Allow 24 hours to dry before the second layer of deco sauce is applied.

3. For the ripple effect, apply white deco sauce in stripes across the doughnut/cake.

4. Apply the contrasting colour deco sauce in stripes between the white deco sauce.

5. Using a toothpick, drag the point perpendicular to the stripes of deco sauce to achieve the "feathered" icing effect.

6. Dragging the toothpick or pin in one direction gives scallop-like effect. Alternating directions gives a more "feathered" look.

7. Allow 24 hours for the deco sauce to dry.

8. Apply sealant or gloss coat if required.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

It's September already! It's been so busy at work . . .

I have a new favourite clay--Mermaid Puffy by Padico. It's an airy-drying clay that is waterproof and slightly springy after it dries.

It's a bit sticky when you first take it out of the packet, but some kneading will do the trick. Best to knead it before putting it into any moulds. Or oil the molds first.

Mermaid Puffy comes in white, chocolate and biscuit (shown above). Convenient, no? It looks like wholemeal bread or gingerbread when you cut through a piece of dry Mermaid Puffy.

I like nothing more than mini slabs of ginger cake or 1/2 scale cookies.

Or some tasty-looking doughnuts too . . .

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Monday, December 13, 2010

13/12/10: Osaka and Kyoto

Went shopping in Tokyu Hands. Checked out the selection of clay and craft materials.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

12/12/2010: Osaka
Landed in the early morning. Very tired now.

Waited until 7am for the Travel Desk to open so that I could buy the Kaiyu Pass and the 3-day Kansai Thru Pass. Can only buy one Thru Pass at a time with one passport, so I'll have to buy the others as I go along.

It gets dark by 5pm around here. I had planned to go shopping in Kobe and look at the Luminarie 2010--a yearly memorial for the 1995 Hanshin earthquake.. I only managed to do one due to the sheer, frustrating collective insanity of the Luminarie.

The traffic police packed a lot of us sight-seers up on Tor Road and directed us to start, stop and go. One lane of the road had been cordoned off for the mass flow of people. But it went on and on, all the way into the covered arcades of Motomachi, out again past the Chinatown areas and back up towards Daimaru. And it doubled back after several blocks. I did some calculations with my maps and the entire cordon might have been more than 2km in length.

It wasn't a very smart thing to do while running on empty on a cold winter's night, but I didn't opt for the deguchi along the way. Optimism and 24 hours with no sleep will do that to you.

After passing Daimaru for the second time on the other side of the road, even the optimistic Japanese around me were going "What the [slightly more polite expression for hell here]?!?"

It was like stumbling into a strange roundabout marathon around the Motomachi district of Kobe. We just kept going and going along the cordoned off streets and wondering if we should just get out of this crazy rat race. It took a while until I finally noticed that the people in front of me were not two girls and one guy as I originally thought but two guys and a girl. One of the guys was in a poofy skirt, black and pink hoodie and more make-up than his red-haired girlfriend. This is only notable because I saw the three of them again at the train station in Umeda later in the night--coincidence?

After almost one and half hours, I made it to the start of the Luminarie.

You get to walk through the pretty shiny arcade of lights until you reach an area packed with people and food stands--and another castle-like structure made of pretty lights. The thousands of people around you are also taking photos so no-one minds if you stop and take your own.

It might not be worth it if you're dead tired and sleep deprived, but it's a mad kind of fun. Could not go to Yuzuwaya as it closes at 7.30pm.

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